10 x ideas for dishes with harissa: that delicious pepper sauce

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Harissa is a Tunisian sauce based on roasted peppers and (often) roasted peppers. Spices such as cumin, coriander, garlic and chili make this a super concentrated flavor bomb. And that makes a lot of preparations very happy.

You can also do this with harissa

1. Between a sandwich

You can make toasted sandwiches as exciting as you want. And although there is nothing wrong with the classic version, you can just as well give a sandwich a nice twist with less common ingredients.

For example, go for a combination of grilled aubergine with manchego and feta, or smoked salmon with zucchini and pickled lemon. In both cases, harissa is a suitable binding agent that you can spread on the sandwiches with confidence.

2. As pasta sauce

If you are even a little familiar with Ottolenghi’s books, then you know that the cooking hero is a big believer in this spicy pepper sauce. In his book Simpel , for example, he makes a pasta sauce with papardelle with black olives and capers. Culy also recently came up with a recipe for orechiette with harissa, pickled lemon, basil and tomato .

vegan pasta with spicy harissa and pickled lemon

3. With oysters

As a surprising oyster topping, you can dilute harissa with some lemon juice and/or a light vinegar. Super tasty, but don’t spoon too much of it on your oysters. After all, you want to avoid losing that delicate oyster flavor.

4. As a seasoning for shakshuka

Although you don’t often find harissa in traditional shakshuka recipes, the two do make each other very happy. After all, the tomato-paprika sauce with the iconic breakfast dish can really use the heat of harissa.

If you opt for rose or lemon harissa, you will also give your shakshuka an extra touch of je-ne-sais-quoi . Stir it into the sauce, or spoon it in heaps on top as a garnish.

5. With aubergines

Eggplant and harissa is one such flavor combination that always works well. Whether you spoon some harissa through your moussaka (as we saw with Sergio Herman in his book Just cook it ), spread focaccia with harissa and grilled aubergine or stir a spoon through your baba ganoush : just believe it will taste good.

6. Harissamayo

With pita, flat bread, with a lamb burger or homemade kebab: with harissa you give your mayo an interesting touch of spice. The preparation is of course also ridiculously simple: just stir some of the pepper sauce through your mayo. Good food can be that easy.

7. As a marinade for fish and meat

Whether you provide a sirloin steak with a good old twist or smear a whole fish with the paprika paste: in almost all cases harissa is an excellent candidate for the marinade. Donal Skehan ‘s harissa fish with baby potatoes is a good example, but experiment with your own favourites.

Harissa fish from the oven Donal Skehan

8. In your omelette

Tired of your standard omelette? You can remedy that situation with a spoonful of harissa. Stick to your favorite omelet recipe and use 1/4 tablespoon of harissa per egg.

If you want to go all the way , finish your harissa omelette with toppings such as feta, pomegranate seeds and a handful of fresh parsley.

9. Through the bulgur or couscous

The neutral, almost dull taste of grains such as bulgur or couscous can be given more character in an instant with harissa. Add some pickled lemon , za’atar and your favorite vegetables and meat and you’ll score big with your eating crowd.

10. As dip

With lemon juice, liquid honey, garlic and olive oil, Ottolenghi in Shelf Love makes a dip of harissa. He uses it in a recipe for potato-vegetable fritters. Do we want!

It can also be simpler: by mixing harissa with Greek yogurt (think of it as the lighter version of harissa mayonnaise). We think it’s delicious with Indian samosas , smashed potatoes , fried shrimp, kebab skewers or carrots in crispy filo dough .

Carrots in filo dough

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