Harissa

Servings: 8 Prep: 5 min Cook: 0 min Total: 5 min

I don’t remember where I was when I first tasted Harissa, sad to say. Some part of me just feels like it’s always been there when I’ve needed it. It’s a spicy, exotic, complex blend of spices hailing from Tunisia (Northern Africa).

Harissa is strongly chili based, using the piri piri chile in Tunisia. Mine still has a kick to it, but the spice has dropped back to basic cayenne, while the cumin has really been brought forward. Perhaps it’s not a true Harissa, but I tend to prefer it balanced this way. It’s still pretty fantastic, whatever you want to call it!

Normally, I’m a bit of a purist and prefer my meats and veggies to taste like their natural flavors. However, harissa is so overwhelmingly delicious, that … when I use it on something, IT is what I want to taste! It’s a sumptuous bounty of flavor!

I really can’t think of anything that couldn’t benefit from a dab of harissa. It’s amazing as a marinade and a sauce. It’s great on all meats and fishes. It’s wonderful on veggies. I’ve even drizzled it all over pizza! Probably not great on ice cream, but … that may be its only limitation. Try it. You’ll be glad you did!

Note: Served with a Tunisian Lamb Rack, in the photos.

Harissa
Ingredient
Calories
Fat
Protein
Carbs
SA’s
Fiber
Net Carbs
2 tbsp (12g) cumin seed, ground
45
2.6
0
5.3
0
1.3
4
1 tbsp (5g) cayenne pepper
17
1
1
3
0
1
2
1 tbsp (6g) coriander seed, ground
17.9
1.1
0.7
3.3
0
2.5
0.8
1 tbsp (6g) caraway seed, ground
20
2
1.2
3
0
2.3
0.7
1 tbsp (18g) salt
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1/4 cup (22g) fresh mint, chopped
9.7
0.2
0.7
1.8
0
1.5
0.2
1/4 cup (22g) fresh cilantro, chopped
5.1
0.2
0.4
0.9
0
0.7
0.2
2 tbsp (30.5g) lemon juice, freshly squeezed
7.6
0
0.1
2.6
0
0.1
2.5
1/2 cup (108g) olive oil, good quality
955
108
0
0
0
0
0
4 each (12g) garlic cloves, minced
16
0
0
4
0
0
4
Grand Totals (of 8 servings):
1093.3
115.2
4.2
23.9
0
9.5
14.4
Totals Per Serving:
136.7
14.4
0.5
3
0
1.2
1.8 g
90.2%
Fat
1.4%
Protein
8.3%
Carbs

Harissa

Harissa

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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 8 Servings
Author: DJ Foodie

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp cumin seed ground
  • 1 tbsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tbsp coriander seed ground
  • 1 tbsp caraway seed ground
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 1/4 cup fresh mint chopped
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro chopped
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice freshly squeezed
  • 1/2 cup olive oil good quality
  • 4 each garlic cloves minced

Instructions

  • In a bowl ... blend.
  • Serve with stuff! (Just make sure you stir it, before you serve it. The goodies tend to settle at the bottom.)

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