Besa’s Grilled Halloumi Recipe

Delight in a sweet-savory dish that makes the perfect starter to any meal
Besa's Grilled Halloumi
Besa’s Grilled Halloumi

Besa offers up a menu of creative cuisine. Here, the downtown Detroit restaurant shares its recipe for its sweet and savory grilled halloumi, a great starter to any dinner.

How to Make Besa’s Grilled Halloumi


3 red onions 

3 cups sugar

1/2 Tbsp. salt 

1/4 tsp. red chili flakes 

1 tsp. fennel seeds

3 qt. red wine vinegar

2 sprigs fresh thyme (chopped) 

Canola oil

3/4-in. slices halloumi 

Fresh figs, sliced 

1 tsp. olive oil


Small-dice red onions and place in a 2-qt. sauce pot along with sugar, salt, red chili flakes, fennel seeds, red wine vinegar, and thyme. Bring mixture to a simmer and reduce on medium-low heat until thickened (the liquid should coat the back of a spoon). Allow marmalade to cool at room temperature for 1 hour before serving.

Heat a cast iron pan on medium heat until hot and add a drizzle of canola oil. Sear halloumi slices on both sides for 1-2 minutes. Remove from pan and lightly season with salt. Place seared cheese on a plate and top each slice with marmalade. Place fig slices on top and drizzle with olive oil.

Besa, 600 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313-315-3000;

This story is featured in the October 2021 issue of Hour Detroit magazine. Read more stories in our digital edition.