What is harissa paste?

Harissa is a North African paste made from soaked chilli peppers blended with coriander, caraway, garlic, salt and olive oil. Harissa ranges in flavour from mild to extremely hot. It can be used as a condiment, dip or marinade, or stirred into stews, soups and sauces for a flavour boost.

Where to buy harissa paste

Belazu Rose Harissa, £4.30/170g, Sainsbury's

Bart Harissa Paste, £5.72/82g, Amazon

Harissa paste recipes

Harissa spaghetti

Stir rose harissa through spaghetti and juicy cherry tomatoes for a high-fibre, low-calorie vegetarian dinner.

Harissa Spaghetti Recipe

Green lentil harissa soup

Try our healthy way to use green lentils in your cooking. Nourishing and delicious, this soup comes stuffed with celery, parsnips, leek, kale and chickpeas.

Two black bowls filled with green lentils and chickpeas in a broth

Sticky marmalade and harissa chicken

There couldn’t be a simpler weeknight dinner than this. There will be plenty of sauce, so serve with rice or grains to soak it up, and perhaps a bitter leaf salad.

Harissa Chicken Recipe with Marmalade


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