Easy Homemade Harissa (Whole30, Keto, Paleo)

Receive my latest recipes, tips and meal ideas in your inbox. Subscribe here.

Quick & Easy Homemade Harissa (Paleo, Vegan, Whole30, Keto)

Harissa is fiery red-orange paste (or thick sauce) of North African origin. It’s a delicious condiment, and is often used as a flavouring cooking ingredient. It’s become very popular in the culinary world in the recent years, both for its flavour and its versatility in the kitchen.

You can find ready-made harissa in most supermarkets. It’s often sold in a tube or in a small jar. However, making your own not only ensures all natural, real food ingredients, but it also allows you to control the flavour and the heat of the sauce. In today’s post, I want to show you my super quick and simple recipe for homemade harissa.

There are many variations of harissa, so this is by no means an authentic version. It’s actually a more simplified recipe, made with ingredients that I thought most of you will have in your kitchen already. You could also add roasted red peppers or caraway seeds to the mix, to make it a little closer to the traditional recipe. Store harissa in an air-tight container in the refrigerator for up to 2-3 weeks.

Interested to learn more about herbs, spices and essential oils? Check out this amazing deal for a super bundle of eBooks, eCourses and more available this week.

My favourite ways to use harissa sauce


  • As a condiment with grilled steak, fish and poultry. Think hot mustard and ketchup combined together.
  • Stir it with mayonnaise for an amazing, spicy sauce to go over your burger patties or sausages.
    Mix with a little lime juice and honey and use as a glaze on baked salmon (see picture). Then bake in the 200 C/ 400 F oven for 15 minutes.
  • Harissa prawn skewers, anyone? Mix harissa with a little extra lemon or lime juice and olive oil to marinate the prawns before grilling.
  • Add to a dressing to drizzle over African or Middle Eastern-inspired salad; or mix with a little extra olive oil and salt, spread on a plate and top with roasted carrots and pumpkin.
  • Add to a beef or lamb chilli stew for extra kick and flavour.
  • Mix with coconut yoghurt for a lovely dressing or sauce over grilled meat.
  • Mix into a burger or meatball meat, or stir into chicken wings marinade.
  • Stir through scrambled eggs or add to baked eggs (a la shakshuka style).
  • Add to dips (e.g. harissa guacamole or babaganush) or stir into your next bowl of pumpkin soup.
  • Harissa butter – enough said!

Homemade Harissa Sauce Recipe

clock clock iconcutlery cutlery iconflag flag iconfolder folder iconinstagram instagram iconpinterest pinterest iconfacebook facebook iconprint print iconsquares squares iconheart heart iconheart solid heart solid icon

Quick & Easy Homemade Harissa

  • Author: Irena Macri
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 mins
  • Yield: 1 cup 1x
  • Category: Condiment
  • Method: Blended
  • Cuisine: North African


  • 3 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 long red chilli, roughly diced (seeds in)
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds or powder
  • 1 teaspoon coriander seeds or powder
  • 1 teaspoon paprika powder
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon
  • Handful of coriander/cilantro leaves


  1. Add all ingredients to a food processor or a small blender (like NutriBullet) and process until smooth. Stir in an air-tight container for 2-3 weeks (in the fridge).


Quick & Easy Homemade Harissa (Paleo, Vegan, Whole30, Keto)

Irena Macri
By Irena Macri

About the author: Hi, I’m Irena Macri. Here at Cooked & Loved you will find simple, delicious recipes worth sharing. From new dishes to old-time favourites with a twist, this is the food I cook and love. More about me here. Sign up for my newsletter here.

PS. Some posts contain affiliate links, which means I receive a small commission for purchases made through these links.

Comment or Rate This Recipe

Got questions or feedback? Leave a comment. Made the recipe? Please leave a rating as it helps other readers to discover this dish. Name and email are required to avoid spam comments and are never used for any purpose or shared with third parties.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Recipe rating


See all comments »

You Might Also Like

Share via
Copy link
Powered by Social Snap