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What Should I Do With Harissa Paste?

This spicy, aromatic chili paste is a versatile tool in the kitchen. Make the most of it.
By Published Sept. 7, 2022

Don’t deny it: That jar of harissa paste taking up room in the back of your refrigerator has been staring you down for months. You bought it for one recipe and now don’t know how to use it up. We get it! We’ve been there!

That’s why we know exactly how you can put that jar of scintillatingly spicy, deliciously aromatic harissa to use. Read on to learn a few different applications for this versatile condiment.

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10 ingredients. 45 minutes. Quick, easy, and fresh weeknight recipes.

Use harissa paste to add a kick to your salmon

If there’s anything that complements the creamy, fatty flavors of salmon, it’s a burst of peppery harissa. In his recipe for Salmon with Sweet Potatoes, Asparagus, and Yogurt Sauce, Cook’s Country test cook Lawman Johnson brushes the salmon with harissa paste to amp up its flavor and pairs it with a creamy, cooling yogurt sauce.

A little goes a long way in this recipe, where the harissa is added just before roasting, allowing the savory heat of the paste to melt into the fish, tying the dish together and creating a remarkably unforgettable flavor.

Use harissa paste to spice up meatballs

Drawing inspiration from the flavors commonly used in Moroccan tagines, our One-Pot Lamb Meatballs with Eggplant and Chickpeas features lemony lamb meatballs that are seasoned with spicy harissa for an extra oomph.

As a weeknight meal that will only take about an hour to whip up, these meatballs let harissa truly shine. Accompanied with sweet raisins and creamy eggplant, this balanced dish will transport you directly to the souks of Rabat.

Use harissa paste to whip up a delicious weeknight dinner

Thirty minutes, a handful of ingredients, and 1 tablespoon of harissa will have you thanking the pantry gods that you kept that jar around for one more night.

Cook’s Country’s recipe for Roasted Chicken Thighs with Harissa and Cannellini Beans pairs bombshell flavors for the perfect weeknight meal. Not only are the flavors rich, aromatic, and deeply savory, but they come from a slew of convenient ingredients, such as canned beans and jarred roasted red peppers.

Easy, crowd-pleasing, and downright delicious.