If you’re looking to add a little spice to your (kitchen) life, look no further than this essential condiment. For the uninitiated, vibrant red harissa is a popular North African spice paste that boasts a fiery and garlicky taste that elevates everyday dishes to the next level. Although traditionally added to stews and couscous meals, recipes can vary widely to also include everything from roasted cauliflower and carrot salad to chicken wings and tofu dishes. Most versions contain caraway, cumin, coriander and a dash of mint, if you’re ambitious enough to make the paste from scratch. Whether store-bought or homemade, consider the sauce a kitchen mainstay.
Moroccan Harissa Chicken Wings
These harissa-coated baked chicken wings are totally worth the messy fingers. Serve them up with a side salad to help take the edge off the spice. For added crispiness, toss the wings with baking powder before cooking. For more inspiration, we cooked with six trending spices to see if they were worth the hype.
Moroccan Harissa Roast Cauliflower
Vegetarians and carnivores alike will delight in the rich flavours of this Moroccan-inspired roasted cauliflower side dish. The homemade harissa includes guajillo chiles, cumin and coriander seeds, but you can whip up your own variation of the North African condiment. Find more creative cauliflower recipes to satisfy your carb cravings.
Pigs in Blankets With Harissa Ketchup and Honey Mustard
Chicken sausage baked in flaky puff pastry and served with dipping sauces? Sign us up! Combine one cup of traditional ketchup with two tablespoons of harissa paste and voila! You’ve got yourself a spicy condiment that pairs beautifully with these bite-sized gems.
This isn’t your typical BBQ burger. Grilled pita is packed to the brim with scrumptious ground beef and topped with Manchego cheese, spicy harissa paste, yam hummus and a fried egg. Our mouths are non-stop watering just thinking about it.
Moroccan Carrot Salad
Dress up a classic carrot side salad with garlic, lemon dressing and one tablespoon of harissa paste for a spicy kick. Pair it alongside one of these light and easy dinner ideas.
Dig into this fresh, hearty bowl brimming with chopped veggies, fresh herbs and a generous dollop of harissa paste for some welcome sweet heat. Trust us, it’s the ratatouille recipe of our dreams. We also love these make-ahead vegetarian dinner recipes.
Israeli Lamb Chili with Arugula Pesto & Tahini Sauce
From the crunchy pine nuts to the crisp arugula and creamy tahini sauce, there’s certainly a lot going on in this dish’s flavour department – and that’s not even mentioning the perfectly tender chunks of braised lamb served alongside a dollop of hummus and crumbled goat cheese. But the real kicker? Two tablespoons of harissa paste to add a little spice to your life. Bon appetit!
Harissa-Roasted Winter Squash
From start to finish, the recipe takes only 40 minutes to make. Plus, it only uses five ingredients: acorn squash, olive oil, goat cheese, pomegranate seeds and a harissa spice blend.