40+ Harissa Recipes

Spice up your meals with these 40+ Harissa Recipes! Harissa is a versatile North African chili paste that adds depth, flavor, and just the right amount of heat to a wide range of dishes. If you’re a fan of spicy foods or looking to experiment with new flavors, you’re going to love using harissa paste. Discover how well it pairs with cozy soups, grilled meats, roasted vegetables and more!

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Ways to Use Harissa Paste

  • Toss your favorite vegetables in harissa paste before roasting for a flavorful twist like in these Harissa Roasted Carrots.
  • Blend harissa into your homemade hummus for an extra kick like in this Spicy Harissa Hummus.
  • Stir harissa into tomato soup for a warming and subtly spiced flavour like in this Creamy Moroccan Tomato Soup.
  • Spread harissa mashed chickpeas between slices of toasted bread for a zesty and satisfying lunch option like in this Chickpea Smash Sandwich.
What is harissa paste?

Harissa paste is a spicy and aromatic North African condiment made from chili peppers, garlic, olive oil, and various spices like cumin and coriander.

Is harissa vegetarian/vegan?

Harissa is typically vegetarian and vegan since its base ingredients are plant-based, such as chili peppers, spices, and olive oil.

Can I make homemade harissa paste?

Yes, homemade harissa can be made by blending together chili peppers, garlic, spices, olive oil, and other desired ingredients. Learn how to make your own in this Easy Homemade Harissa recipe.

Where can I buy harissa paste?

You can buy harissa paste at most grocery stores with an international foods section, specialty food stores, or search specifically for “harissa paste” in online stores.

Delicious Ways to Use Harissa

Prepared harissa chicken in skillet ready to be served.
One Skillet Harissa Chicken with Chickpeas is a fuss free dish that’s easy to make at home. Spicy, fragrant harissa coats the chicken and chickpeas as they roast.
Harissa Chicken with Chickpeas
Harissa hummus in bowl surrounded by pita bread and crackers.
This Harissa Hummus recipe will have you hooked with its spicy, smoky, and wonderfully aromatic flavor.
Harissa Hummus
Lemon Chicken Skewers with Harissa Yogurt Sauce recipe. Dip the lemon-dressed and marinated chicken thigh skewers in the refreshing yogurt sauce for a burst of irresistible Greek and Mediterranean flavors.
Lemon Chicken Skewers with Harissa Yogurt Sauce
Smoky, warm, fragrant Middle Eastern spices imbue this simple sheet-pan cabbage-and-meatball dinner with big, bold flavors.
Recipe: The Modern Proper
Sheet Pan Harissa Meatballs and Cabbage
Hearty and bold, this Morocco-inspired grilled lamb burger gets a little kick from harissa mayo and a topping of crisp pickled cabbage.
Recipe: The Modern Proper
Lamb Burger with Harissa Mayo
Creamy Moroccan Tomato Soup. The cozy weeknight soup that’s quick, easy, and healthy too. Pantry staple canned tomatoes, smoky, fiery Moroccan harissa sauce, and creamy coconut milk, for a completely vegan soup in 45 mins or less.
Recipe: Half Baked Harvest
Creamy Moroccan Tomato Soup
Harissa Eggs in Whipped Goat Cheese: Eggs in harissa sauce snuggled into a bed of creamy whipped goat cheese with avocado relish, so delish!
Recipe: Half Baked Harvest
Harissa Eggs
Baked Sticky Honey Harissa Pork Ribs Racks of pork ribs are marinated in a dry rub of salt, cumin and pepper then baked until they are tender.
Recipe: Cooking with Cocktail Rings
Baked Sticky Honey Harissa Pork Ribs
The simple mixture of umami-packed sun-dried tomatoes with the North African red pepper blend, harissa, complement the briny feta cheese.
Recipe: Cooking with Cocktail Rings
Spicy Feta Dip
Seared chicken thighs are served with a harissa lentil stew made with tomatoes and chicken broth for a flavorful meal.
Recipe: Cooking with Cocktail Rings
One-Pan Chicken Thighs with Harissa Lentils
This Harissa Chickpea Smash Sandwich is a great option for a nutritious and satisfying lunch. You can prepare it in 10 minutes!
Recipe: Life Around the Table
Harissa Chickpea Smash Sandwich
Creamy Carrot & Parsnip Soup combines roasted root vegetables, cannellini beans & vegetable broth with a hint of spicy harissa paste & lime.
Recipe: Life Around the Table
Harissa Carrot Soup
Harissa Roasted Carrots with Labneh and Pistachio Dukkah – a delicious side dish, perfectly spicy, creamy, and crunchy. Full of flavor!
Recipe: The Healthful Ideas
Harissa Roasted Carrots
Harissa roast sweet potato wedges pack a flavorful punch of heat and are perfectly crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside.
Recipe: Whole and Heavenly Oven
Harissa Roast Sweet Potato Wedges
Spicy, cooling and totally mouthwatering these Harissa Roasted Cauliflower Tacos are a sheet pan dinner that’s easy to make.
Recipe: Vanilla and Bean
Harissa Roasted Cauliflower Tacos with Chickpeas
Whole cauliflower receives the royal treatment, as it’s boiled until tender, roasted in a hot oven until browned, and doused in a sweet and spicy harissa paste.
Recipe: Home Cooking Collective
Whole-Roasted Harissa Cauliflower with Garlic Yogurt
These oven-roasted harissa potatoes are a simple side dish with a spicy kick. They are flavorful and pair perfectly with so many things.
Recipe: Our Happy Mess
Harissa Potatoes
This Honeyed Harissa Roast Chicken is a twist on classic roast chicken. It’s spicy, sweet, a little bit smoky, and packed with unctuous flavor. It is a set it and forget it kind of meal, which is ideal during busy weeks.
Recipe: Yes to Yolks
Honeyed Harissa Roast Chicken
This Smoky Harissa White Bean Dip is made with simple pantry ingredients in under 10 minutes flat- yet is elegant and delicious!
Recipe: Feasting at Home
Smoky Harissa White Bean Dip
Hearty Cauliflower and Potato Soup Packed with flavour, this harissa cauliflower and potato soup is hearty, filling and perfect for the colder months of the year. Completely vegan and gluten free, it’s perfect to make for friends and family.
Recipe: Lucy & Lentils
Potato & Cauliflower Soup With Harissa
If you are looking for a quick pasta meal, this spicy Harissa pasta is packed full of flavors and absolutely delicious.
Recipe: Six Hungry Feet
Spicy Vegan Harissa Pasta
Braised harissa eggplant with chickpeas is an easy vegan and gluten-free main course. Meaty eggplant, simple tomato-y broth, and spices.
Recipe: The First Mess
Braised Harissa Eggplant with Chickpeas
Harissa Vinaigrette is a slightly spicy and flavorful dressing that adds a North African twist to your favorite salads, marinades & more.
Recipe: Crowded Kitchen
Harissa Vinaigrette
Harissa Shrimp. A quick dinner that bursts with flavor. Ready in 20 minutes, it’s easy and foolproof to make. Perfect for every occasion.
Recipe: Serving Dumplings
Harissa Shrimp
These vegan and gluten free carrot fritters are made with red lentils and quinoa and a spicy tahini harissa yogurt sauce for dipping.
Recipe: Crowded Kitchen
Carrot Fritters with Harissa Tahini Yogurt Sauce
Honey-Harissa Baked Salmon with Dill Rice is a restaurant-quality meal ready in just 30 minutes. Serve with sautéed veggies or a side salad.
Recipe: Dishing Out Health
Harissa Baked Salmon
Honey-Harissa Grilled Peach and Burrata Salad with rice and fresh mint is the perfect side for all of your summer entertaining needs. Vegetarian, gluten-free, and make-ahead friendly. 
Recipe: Dishing Out Health
Honey-Harissa Grilled Peach and Burrata Salad
Quinoa Stuffed Zucchini with Harissa Butter will become a summertime favorite. This vegetarian meal is fresh, flavorful, and nutritious.
Recipe: Dishing Out Health
Quinoa Stuffed Zucchini with Harissa Butter
These raviolis with creamy harissa sauce make for the perfect for week-night dinner. It’s easy to throw together but so full of flavor which makes it super satisfying. I love pairing it with a simple salad.
Recipe: Dash of Mandi
Raviolis With Creamy Harissa Sauce
This creamy harissa broth with rice is a perfect vegetarian dinner option. It’s filling and spicy, but tender green beans add a nice freshness to this meal.
Recipe: Tried and True Recipes
Creamy Harissa Broth with Rice
Easy Shakshuka Deviled Eggs: Flavorful twist on classic eggs with harissa, yolks, and tomato-y jam. A unique and delicious appetizer!
Recipe: The Curious Plate
Shakshuka Deviled Eggs
Popcorn lovers, meet your new obsession: Cinnamon Harissa Caramel Popcorn! Sweet and spicy perfection in every bite.
Recipe: Joy the Baker
Cinnamon Harissa Caramel Corn
The toastie of your dreams – a layer of fresh pesto, gooey, sticky homemade beans and melty vegan cheese. A quick-cook toastie you’ll want again and again.
Recipe: Rebel Recipes
Smoky Harissa Beans, Gooey Cheese & Pesto Sandwich
Roasted Eggplant with Harissa-Tahini Sauce, herbs, and cashews. Serve this roasted eggplant recipe as a stunning side dish or vegetarian main course.
Recipe: Dishing Out Health
Vegan Roasted Eggplant with Harissa-Tahini Sauce
This harissa couscous with fennel is the pearl couscous with harissa recipe you’ve been waiting for. It’s easy to make and absolutely loaded with flavor.
Recipe: Tried and True Recipes
Harissa Couscous with Fennel
These creamy harissa beans on toast are a simple but flavour-packed breakfast or dinner that will leave you feeling warm and cozy inside.
Recipe: Taylah's Kitchen
Creamy Harissa Beans on Toast
Mediterranean Chickpea Harissa Frittata, a simple one-pan vegetable frittata made with pulses, sun-dried tomatoes, spinach, feta cheese, za’atar seasoning, and spicy harissa.
Recipe: Fork in the Road
Mediterranean Chickpea Harissa Frittata
These healthy chickpea and quinoa harissa stuffed peppers are perfect for a quick weeknight meal. They’re vegan, gluten free and packed with flavour.
Recipe: Cupful of Kale
Chickpea and Quinoa Harissa Stuffed Peppers
This Spicy Harissa Lamb Meatball Stew is hearty and comforting. Perfect served with couscous and some naan or lavash for dinner!
Recipe: Jonathan Melendez
Spicy Harissa Lamb Meatball Stew
Switch up your breakfast and brunch routine with this easy to make Shakshuka Bread Bowls. It's like portable shakshuka (eggs cooked in spicy tomato sauce and sprinkled with feta and cilantro) encased in a delicious, crusty bread boat.
Recipe: Jonathan Melendez
Shakshuka Bread Bowls

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Harissa chicken in skillet topped with dollops of yogurt sauce.

40+ Harissa Recipes

Spice up your meals with these 40+ Harissa Recipes! Harissa is a versatile North African chili paste that adds depth, flavor, and just the right amount of heat to a wide range of dishes. If you're a fan of spicy foods or looking to experiment with new flavors, you're going to love using harissa paste. Discover how well it pairs with cozy soups, grilled meats, roasted vegetables and more!
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 4 people


Harissa Yogurt Sauce

  • 3/4 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1-2 Tablespoons harissa paste
  • 2 Tablespoons lemon juice
  • Salt and pepper



  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  • Heat oil in large oven-safe skillet over medium-high heat. Season chicken with salt and pepper. Cook chicken for 4-5 minutes per side, until browned. (The chicken does not need to be fully cooked through.) Set aside.
  • Reduce heat to medium and add onion and garlic to the skillet. Cook for 2-3 minutes, until softened. Add tomato paste and allow to brown for a minute or two.
  • Add chickpeas, harissa and chicken broth.
  • Return chicken to the skillet and scatter lemon slices around. Place in oven and roast for 20-25 minutes, until chicken is cooked through. Top with cilantro and serve with harissa yogurt sauce on the side. If you'd like your chicken more browned on top, pop it under a broiler set on high for a minute or two.

Harissa Yogurt Sauce:

  • In a small bowl combine yogurt, harissa and lemon juice. Season to taste with salt and pepper.


Different brands of harissa can have varying degrees of heat. You should taste yours first and modify the amount you use from there. You may need anywhere from 1/8 cup of harissa to ¼ cup.
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Calories: 453kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 33g | Fat: 32g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 168mg | Sodium: 219mg | Potassium: 554mg | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 320IU | Vitamin C: 5.9mg | Calcium: 72mg | Iron: 1.5mg

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