Harissa Sauce

This spicy condiment can also be used to spice up soups, as well as stews and grilled vegetables. Mild chiles, such as ancho, may be used instead of hot ones if you prefer. Harissa sauce can also be purchased ready-made in Middle Eastern and specialty food stores.



Total Timeunder 15 minutes

Make Ahead RecipeYes

Dietary Considerationegg-free, gluten-free, halal, kosher, lactose-free, peanut free, soy free, tree nut free, vegan, vegetarian

Equipmentfood processor

Five Ingredients or LessYes

Taste and Texturegarlicky, hot & spicy, savory, spiced

Type of DishCondiments


  • 4 dried red chiles, stemmed and seeded
  • 2 large garlic cloves, peeled
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ¾ teaspoon ground caraway seeds
  • ¾ teaspoon ground coriander
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons water


  1. Break the chiles into pieces and place in a heatproof bowl. Add enough boiling water to cover and let soak for 5 minutes.

  2. Drain the chiles and place them in a food processor. Add the garlic, oil, caraway, coriander, and salt and process until puréed. Add the water and process until smooth. Transfer the sauce to a tightly covered container and store in the refrigerator until ready to use. Properly stored, it will keep for several weeks.


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