Harissa is a North African sauce that is packed with flavor and a little kick of heat. Making it at home to control the level of spiciness and use it as a marinade, a dip, or to add lots of flavor to your favorite dishes.
Where can I buy harissa?
Harissa is sold in the International section of many supermarkets. You can also buy a jar or two in a Middle Eastern grocery store where you can find a larger selection to choose from. The flavor varies depending on the brand as does the spiciness. Some brands are very spice and others are mild. I prefer the milder harissa that tastes more like sweet smoky bell peppers than hot spicy chilies.
My favorite brand is not always available at the grocery store so, I decided to recreate it at home. Now, I must admit that I did not grow up eating this sauce growing up so, I’m definitely not an expert harissa maker but, this recipe tastes pretty close to the one that I love so, it will do for now 😄
Ingredients for Harissa
Traditional harissa calls for a blend of chilies such as chipotle, Guajillo, New Mexico chilies, Ancho, Arbol, and/or Puya chilies. These chilies (at least a few of them) are available in my grocery store however, I do not normally use them in any of my recipes and I’m not of fan of making special grocery trips for just one ingredient.
Also, my favorite brand did not list any of these chilies on the ingredient label so, I opted to use crushed red pepper flakes (which I use all the time) instead.
Here is the list of ingredients that you will need to make my Harissa recipe:
roasted red peppers in the jar
crushed red pepper flakes
How to use harissa in recipes
There are so many ways to use this flavorful sauce. Here are a few:
- as a dip: put it on a charcuterie board with pita chips, veggies, and other dips
- as a marinade for chicken, fish, and lamb
- add a few tablespoons in soups and stews for more depth of flavor and some heat
- add some to shawarma sauce, hummus, to mayonnaise, or to your favorite dips
- add a few tablespoons to your shakshuka
- stir some into pasta, couscous, and even rice
- add it to a hostess gift basket because the best gifts are homemade😊
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- 4 roasted red peppers
- Crushed red peppers
- 1-2 tablespoons olive oil
- 4-5 garlic cloves, peeled
- 1 teaspoon ground coriander seeds
- 2 teaspoons ground cumin
- Salt, to taste
Add the garlic cloves to a food processor and pulse until finely chopped.
Add all of the remaining ingredients and pulse until smooth.
Taste and adjust the seasoning (salt and red pepper flakes) if needed.
Transfer to a storage container and drizzle some olive oil on top.
Refrigerate up to 2 weeks.
The harissa sauce can also be stored in an airtight container in the freezer for up to 2 months.