Whether you’re a loyal harissa devotee like myself or you’re standing with your first jar of homemade harissa paste in hand, you’ll love our collection of recipes with harissa paste.
Think buttery harissa roasted cauliflower for dinner or harissa shakshuka for brunch, and easy harissa vinaigrette for every meal throughout the day.
I’ve curated a selection of harissa recipes I know and love – that I know you’ll love too – with a few extra iconic recipes we all need in our repertoire.
So, are you ready to turn up the heat? Grab your harissa jar and prep that apron. And let’s get into the flavourful world of harissa.
Where to get harissa paste?
North African harissa typically comes in three forms.
It is best known as the fragrant harissa paste – a condiment made from red peppers or rehydrated dried chiles blended with toasted spices, fresh garlic and olive oil. But it is also available in harissa sauce (a fiery ready-to-use sauce) and harissa powder (a dry harissa spice blend).
The harissa dishes in this recipe collection use harissa paste.
You can make your own harissa paste or rose harissa paste (harissa with rose petals) from roasted red bell peppers. But you can also make an easy harissa paste from rehydrated dried chile peppers. Or use harissa spice to make quick and easy harissa paste.
If you have a runny harissa sauce, you can reduce it in a non-stick frying pan over low heat until you have thick, concentrated harissa paste.
And if you’re not in the mood to make the red pepper paste from scratch, you can find harissa paste in most grocery stores. For my favourite store-bought harissa paste, look for the Belazu rose harissa paste (Amazon affiliate link).
Our favourite harissa recipes
A tablespoon of harissa paste can boost the flavour of any dish. I add the spicy condiment to soups, stews, sauces, dressings, marinades, dips and spreads. You could say it’s my not-so-secret weapon.
More recipes with harissa
This harissa recipe roundup would not be complete without a few of my favourites that got me hooked on harissa in the first place.
This hearty harissa pasta dish combines the spicy yet floral flavour of rose harissa with sweet, caramelised onions. Cherry tomatoes, Kalamata olives, and capers turn this easy harissa pasta into a flavour-packed dinner. And you can prep the sauce up to three days ahead. Serve the pappardelle with a simple green salad for a cosy weeknight meal.
Try this pappardelle with rose harissa, black olives and capers recipe (from Ottolenghi).
These harissa chicken thighs are a delicious, sticky, and flavourful dish. The chicken thighs are marinated in a blend of honey, harissa paste, apple cider vinegar, and garlic, and then roasted to perfection in the oven. The sweet and spicy glaze is the perfect accompaniment to the succulent chicken.
Serve the chicken with some minced cilantro for an extra hit of flavour.
This delicious grilled chicken with harissa is packed with smoky, tangy and spicy flavour. Marinate the boneless, skinless chicken thighs in garlic, red onion, coriander, black pepper, smoked paprika, cumin, cayenne and harissa paste. Grill it to perfection and finish with a squeeze of lemon juice and a generous drizzle of olive oil.
Serve it over couscous, with a side of veggies or a Mediterranean salad for a flavourful meal.
This easy harissa chicken traybake is a zesty, one-pan recipe that transforms chicken legs into a flavour-packed feast. Spicy harissa paste, aromatic garlic cloves, and tangy lemon wedges add heaps of flavour, while cherry tomatoes and new potatoes roast to juicy and tender perfection. It’s an easy-to-make yet deeply satisfying weeknight meal.
Serve the harissa roast chicken traybake with warm pita bread and a green salad.
Roasting the salmon at a low temperature in a generous bath of extra-virgin olive oil ensures the fish remains tender. It is impossible to overcook the salmon. And the coating of harissa paste and grated garlic topped with roasted lemon slices, impart a spicy and aromatic flavour. Try the hands-off roasted salmon to impress guests at your next dinner party!
These marinated harissa chickpeas are packed with flavour and perfect for a meal or snack. You only need eight simple ingredients to make these saucy, smoky chickpeas to prepare it in minutes.
Add the harissa chickpeas to your next pasta salad, grain salad, sandwich, buddha bowl and more! Enjoy the plant-based protein and fibre with a zing of harissa heat.
These harissa potatoes pack a serious flavour punch. The potatoes are boiled until just fork tender, smashed, then liberally coated in a harissa paste and olive oil mixture and roasted until crispy.
Serve the potatoes while hot with a cool and creamy homemade Greek yoghurt dip to balance the heat. Perfect as a snack or roasted potato side dish!
This harissa chicken dish is a flavour-packed one-skillet winter meal packed. Marinate the skinless chicken breasts in a mixture of full-fat Greek yoghurt, honey, olive oil, lemon juice, harissa paste and salt, then sear and roast the chicken in a cast-iron skillet. Shallots, honey and persimmons add sweetness, while the harissa adds a spicy kick.
Serve it with fresh mint and an extra drizzle of honey (or hot honey more heat).
Harissa paste adds a serious flavour boost to any roasted vegetables. This harissa-roasted sweet potato power salad is flavourful and nutrient-packed. It’s great for make-ahead lunches or easy weeknight dinners.
Toss roasted sweet potatoes with harissa, kale, quinoa, avocado, and pumpkin seeds, and drizzle with a creamy parsley tahini dressing.
It’s plant-based and gluten-free. But you can easily customise it with extra protein, feta cheese, or roasted veggies. Perfect to enjoy hot or cold!
This grilled lamb burger with harissa aioli has everything you need for a memorable meal. The juicy lamb patties, made with garlic, onion, spices and salt and pepper, sing with Middle Eastern flavour.
And the harissa aioli adds a spicy tang, while the melty cheese, arugula, and pickled onions bring the flavours and textures together on a toasted brioche bun.
Serve it up with a side of fries for a truly indulgent feast.
Frequently asked questions
You can use harissa to spice up soups, stews, pasta, couscous, salads and sandwiches. It’s an excellent way to inject some fiery flavour into your meals. Try harissa roasted cauliflower or an easy harissa salad dressing to get to know the flavour.
Harissa paste has a rich, smoky flavour with undertones of red pepper sweetness rounded out with a spicy kick. Expect a well-rounded blend of spices, garlic, chillies, and a touch of citrus. Rose harissa also has floral notes from rose petals and rose water.
The spiciness of harissa varies depending on its ingredients. But it tends to be moderately hot. For more control over the heat, make your own rose harissa paste and adjust the amount and type of chillies to suit your palate.