Moroccan Harissa

Great recipe for Moroccan Harissa - Make this easy harissa paste with dried chiles, garlic, and warm North African spices and keep it in the fridge for use on meat, chicken, fish, or even veggies.

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Prep Time: 15 min
Total Time: 45 min
Yield: 8 Serving

Moroccan Harissa

Moroccan Harissa

How To Cook Moroccan Harissa - Moroccan Harissa Recipes


  • 4 ounces dried chiles of your choice (roasted red peppers, Baklouti peppers or serrano peppers)
  • 1 teaspoon caraway seeds
  • 1 teaspoon coriander seeds
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 3 to 4 garlic cloves, peeled
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt, or to taste
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, plus more for storing
  • Optional additions: fresh lemon juice, preserved lemon, fresh or dried mint, fresh cilantro, sun-dried tomatoes, tomato paste, cayenne, paprika


  1. Soak and prepare the dried chiles.

  2. Combine chiles with the remaining ingredients in a food processor.

  3. Run the food processor, and while it's running, drizzle the extra virgin olive oil from the top opening.

  4. Transfer the harissa paste to a clean mason jar. Cover with a very thin layer of extra virgin olive oil, then cover the jar with its lid tightly and refrigerate.
  5. Note: Remember that harissa paste will deepen in flavor as it sits in the fridge over the next day or two.


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