Harissa Sauce



Harissa sauce, also referred to as a paste, is made from chili peppers, an array of spices and oil. Although a sauce, harissa is often used to enhance recipes including various soups, stews, and proteins. The sauce brings life to a plate. Everything from the color to the many flavors within will command and maintain your attention because harissa is so vibrant and complex. You get bright bursts of spice, heat, pungent hints of garlic, earthiness and so much more. The sauce is often referred to as North Africa’s favorite hot sauce and it definitely is. Harissa originates from Tunisia, a country in North Africa, although Morocco is often given credit. The person responsible for this creation remains unknown as well as how long the sauce has been around but it can easily be made in the comfort of your own home.

Place of Origin: Recipe difficulty:
North Africa Easy
Preparation Time: Cook Time:
40 minutes 3 minutes
Yields: 1 cup of sauce, servings vary

!!!! Ingredients

  • 4 oz. dried red chilies, Guajillo, Arbol and Puya chilies are recommended
  • 1 teaspoon coriander seeds
  • ½ teaspoon caraway seeds
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • Salt, to taste
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil or vegetable oil

How to Make !!!!?

!!!! Sauce – Step by Step Instructions:

1. Place the dried chilies in a heat safe bowl.
2. Bring a pot of water to a boil.
3. Pour the boiling water over the chilies.
4. Leave to soak for 30 minutes.
5. Grind the coriander and caraway seeds with a mortar and pestle or in a spice grinder.
6. Heat a small dry skillet over low heat.
7. Add the spices to the skillet.
8. Toast until fragrant. Stir to prevent burning.
9. Drain the chilies and reserve the liquid after the 30 minutes have passed.
10. Remove the stems and seeds of the chilies if desired (the seeds are where the heat is). Wear gloves to protect your hands.
11. Combine the chilies in a food processor with the spices, garlic cloves and salt.

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Ideas to Use – !!!

Harissa has endless uses. It can act as a marinade or rub for meat, a dollop can be added to burgers before forming the patties, harissa doubles as a spicy condiment for chicken wings or you can whisk it into salad dressings. Chopped vegetables or pasta can also be tossed with harissa for added kick.


!!! is fit for:

Vegetarian, vegan, low-carb, low-fat, gluten-free, paleo and ketogenic diets.

Harissa sauce is incredibly versatile and that versatility carries over into the number of ways you can make it. Dried chilies are always convenient but fresh chilies work too. You just have to use twice as much. The types also do not matter. Feel free to mix up your chili combination. Also, play with the amount of garlic added and the spice combination. There are so many to choose from.

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