Skip to main content

Harissa, The Super-Healthy Hot Sauce To Put On EVERYTHING

Say hi to harissa!

If you're not already spooning this spicy pepper sauce over everything, maybe this should be the year you start. Harissa's not only totally crazed with flavor, it also combines several of the most healthful ingredients on the planet -- olive oil, chile peppers, and garlic.


Homemade Harissa

Photo by Chef John

Be warned: You will want to spoon this sauce over any foodstuff that is not ice cream or cake!

Splash a little harissa onto cooked veggies, baked fish, stews, grilled chicken, scrambled eggs, fried potatoes, and more, more, more!

It's a staple of Tunisian and Algerian cooking. And these days, you can find prepared harissa in grocery stores. But for the DIYers, here's a tasty, spicy homemade harissa recipe.

See How Chef John Makes Harissa

We have to agree with Chef John: "A small spoonful of this makes virtually any savory dish better."

Can you handle more good news about hot sauces?

And some favorite recipes starring harissa


Grilled Lemon Yogurt Chicken

Photo by lutzflcat

Spicy Tarragon Yogurt Chicken
Harissa is a great flavor partner for tarragon, "one of the most aromatic and sweetest herbs that there is," says Chef John.

Salmon with Harissa
"Fiery harissa and smoky paprika in a mayo base stand up to the distinctive flavor of mighty wild salmon." -- Cazuela

Vegetarian Moroccan Harira

""Harira is a famous Moroccan soup, and here's a hearty vegetarian (and vegan!) version - packed with tomatoes and chickpeas and flavored with paprika, turmeric, saffron, ginger, and harissa." -- chouchou65

Vegetarian Moroccan Harira

Photo by chouchou65

Moroccan-Style Lamb Shanks with Apricots
"This is a gorgeous, easy, and pretty quick version of lamb tagine I made on Valentine's Day. For an authentic feel we ate it with our fingers -- it was a complete hit!" -- moonpig

Lamb Merguez Sausage Patties
"Make a double batch, and experience not only this amazing burger but also use it in/on a number of things. It's wonderful in beans, frittatas, pastas, soups, and especially crumbled on pizza or flatbread." -- Chef John

Saffron Couscous
"A light side dish or a great lunch box salad. The addition of saffron makes it just interesting enough!" -- toastyfrenchy

OK, so how about other healthy recipes that are also easy to make and ready in a flash?

Check out our complete collection of Healthy Recipes.

Follow Me to More Articles & Tips

Carl Hanson

About Carl Hanson

Carl will eat that. Share with him @CarlNo9 on Twitter.