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Authentic Harissa Paste Recipe


Authentic Harissa Paste Recipe – a north African condiment that will add depth and smokey spice to meats, stews and roasted vegetable dishes. PLUS a 5 minute cheater version! See notes.



  1. Bring chilies to a boil in a large pot of water, turn heat off, cover, let sit 1 hour or overnight. Toast spices and grind them.When the chilies are soft and rehydrated, drain and remove seeds and stems ( you can rinse them under running water to get them cleaned up . Place all the ingredients in a food processor and pulse until desired consistency. If you like a “looser” style add more oil.
  2. To store, place in sealable jar and drizzle olive oil over top after each use, to preserve. It will last 1-2 months in the fridge.As long as it’s covered with a layer of oil , it should keep well.


The preserved lemon, is especially authentic and delicious if you can find it.

FOR a Quick harissa paste, simply mix the following together in a bowl.  Not authentic, but a tasty quick option! 

  • ¾ cup olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon vinegar (apple cider, red or white wine)
  • 2 tablespoons plus two teaspoons ground cumin
  • 2 tablespoons plus two teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 1 ¾ teaspoons cayenne or chipotle powder
  • 1 ¾ teaspoons salt
  • 10 garlic cloves, finely minced

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