Looking for ideas to use up the jar of harissa in your cupboard? Check out our harissa recipes, from everyday ideas to show-stopping vegetarian entertaining centrepieces. This chilli paste blended with garlic and spices is super aromatic. We’ve also included a recipe to make your own harissa at home. Use harissa paste in our Mediterranean recipes…
How to make your own harissa
Harissa is essentially a Tunisian chilli pepper paste, and there are thousands of variations. This one has heat, but it’s balanced, and has so many layers of flavour (including chilli, cumin and coriander), each one coming as soon as the previous has subsided. Click here for the recipe.
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Easy harissa recipes
- Use shop-bought harissa paste or make your own
This vibrant recipe sees chicken thighs slathered with harissa and cooked in a rich tomato sauce with beans and olives – a healthy, high-protein family meal with a punchy kick of heat.
Prawns, harissa and plenty of fresh basil are all you need to make this pasta dish really sing. Finish with a dollop of yogurt to cool that punchy spice.
An absolute classic, made that bit more exciting by adding rose harissa paste and plenty of fresh lime to the mix. With only 15 minutes prep time, this is the perfect dinner party starter.
With sweet, spicy harissa and salty feta, vegetarians will not miss out with this stunning Middle Eastern centrepiece.
Flavour prawns with harissa, dill, garlic and lemon, then serve swirled through orzo pasta for a speedy but sophisticated midweek dinner.
Stir rose harissa through spaghetti and juicy cherry tomatoes for a high-fibre, low-calorie vegetarian dinner.
A healthy, low-calorie midweek dinner idea, using charred pork loin medallions, harissa, chickpeas and spinach. It's less than 500 calories per serving!
Chunky wedges of roasted rose harissa cauliflower, served with warm hummus and a super-simple homemade dukkah.
Our yummy sticky harissa chicken is a healthy option for a mid-week meal that isn’t short on flavour. There will be plenty of sauce, so serve with rice or grains to soak it up, and perhaps a bitter leaf salad.
There’s a careful balance of flavours here – a sweetness from the honey, a warming spice from the harissa, a freshness from the lemon – and they’re all soaked up by the perfectly roasted cauliflower, becoming a wonderfully hearty and warm salad.
With its tropical notes and its subtle harissa heat, this loaf cake serves up a big slice of holiday flavour, topped with creamy icing. Don’t be scared of the harissa – the flavour mellows in the cooking. Check out our best banana recipes here.
Make your own nutty dukkah as a dip for these chicken wings spiced up with harissa and Frank's RedHot sauce. Discover more of our best party food recipes here.
Use up your leftover potatoes in this punchy dish. It's a quick recipe for an easy side.
Check out our vegan roasted cauliflower with warm harissa hummus. This cauliflower recipe makes for a great side dish when feeding a hungry crowd. Plus it's low in calories and it's gluten free.
Check out Sabrina Ghayour's take on everybody's favourite, the classic cheese toastie, spiked with harissa. It's vegetarian too, so your veggie friends don't have to miss out.
The best way to enjoy a nice tuna steak... alongside harissa potatoes. All the ingredients are easy to get hold of and it's on the table in 25 minutes. Here are more stew ideas too try.
Check out these honey glazed cocktail sausages with harissa. The quick and easy skewers are super simple to make and ready in just 30 minutes, a perfect side to your summer BBQ. More BBQ ideas here.
This quick and easy vegan salad recipe sees roasted courgettes and crunchy chickpeas tossed in punchy harissa. It's ready in 20 minutes and low in calories too.
Give our simple and speedy chorizo and butter bean stew a try. This warming recipe is a great midweek dinner for two, ready in 20 minutes.
This easy dish makes a great alternative to any weekend roast. Serve with freshly chopped tabbouleh salad and a smooth saffron yogurt.
Harissa gives a kick to the dressing for this simple, low calorie sweet potato and freekeh dish. It's easy to prepare and can be made for a filling midweek meal.
These crunchy fish fritters with sweet and spicy harissa-base dip from Persian cooking guru Sabrina Ghayour are a great idea for a middle-Eastern dinner party spread.
Spice up your life with this quick and easy recipe for fiery couscous, tomato and fish broth. The harissa gives the dish a wonderfully smokey edge.
Our smoked lamb meatballs with sweet-sour harissa sauce are quick and easy to make but are packed full of flavour.
This recipe for harissa chicken meatballs with bulgar is quick, easy and healthy, but packs a flavour punch.
This recipe for roasted sweet potatoes with harissa yogurt, toasted nuts and seeds from Dan Doherty makes veg the star of the show.
A fast-to-make and easy vegetarian soup made with chickpeas and harissa. Ready quickly in 20 minutes.
This recipe for harissa salmon with mixed grains and spinach is super easy to make, ready in just 15 minutes and gluten-free.
We love avocado! With this recipe for grilled avocado halves with harissa hummus, we've promoted it to BBQ star.
These quick halloumi flatbreads with harissa dressing are easy to make, ready in under 30 minutes and vegetarian. Perfect for a midweek meal.
Get into the superfood revolution with this healthy combination of harissa-grilled salmon, farro or freekeh and herbs, all mixed together to create a spicy, filling salad.
You can make this Moroccan lamb and chorizo stew the day before you need to feed a crowd and chill until you’re ready for your guests to feast.
Nourishing and delicious, this harissa-spiked soup comes stuffed with celery, parsnips, leek, kale and chickpeas.
Brushed with punchy harissa, this chicken breast dish is an easy everyday dinner for two.