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Top 7 harissa dip recipes

Most often you will find harissa being used to enhance  dishes such as couscous and tagines. We are going a slightly different route today. Below you will find a selection of the finest harissa dip recipes, which, although  less commonly used definitely deserve a lot of attention if you are a foodie.

Harissa dipping sauces can be served on  a variety of occasions. For example, If you have some great bread and don’t know what to do with it, whip up Mina’s harissa - lemon - olive oil  dip recipe and you have yourself a great snack or sharing dish.. Dip sauces are brilliant for sharing and therefore  perfect as a starter for large family gatherings or even as a party snack.

If you are into healthy and low-cal eating, we would recommend that you go for a harissa yogurt or tzatziki dip. Swap Greek yogurt in a recipe for a 0% fat option and serve it with celery or cucumbers – a tasty and healthy treat.

Harissa dipping sauce recipes

All the recipes below work extremely well with one of our harissa sauces, harissa paste or harissa powder, blended with some olive oil.

Mina’s harissa lemon olive oil dip

This dip is Mina’s favorite. Growing up she would make it for her siblings and they would enjoy it with great bread or with tuna and olives. Also great as a marinade or dressing.

Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 2 minutes
Yield: 2 servings

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons harissa
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • ¼ teaspoon salt

Cooking directions

  1. Place all ingredients in a bowl a mix thoroughly

Harissa aioli recipe

Harissa mayo is a stunning spicy condiment which goes well with sweet potato fries, sandwiches and other foods that are normally served with mayo. Try it with crispy fried calamari or any fried fish in general.

Quick harissa aioli recipe

Prep time: 2 minutes
Cook time: 60 minutes
Yield: 2 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 teaspoons harissa
  • 3 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • Lemon zest for extra flavor
  • Freshly cracked pepper and salt to taste

Cooking directions

  1. Combine all ingredients in one bowl.
  2. Refrigerate for 30-60 minutes to get the best flavour.

Gourmet harissa aioli recipe

Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 10 minutes
Yield: 2 servings

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons harissa
  • 1 egg
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • ½ cup vegetable oil or light olive oil
  • ½ cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

Cooking directions

  1. Combine garlic, lemon juice and an egg in a deep blender cup.
  2. Add ½ of vegetable oil on top, let it stay there for 15 seconds, place the head of an immersion blender at the bottom of the cup, switch it on and start slowly moving the blender when the aioli would start forming. Process till all the oil been emulsified.
  3. Continue blending while slowly pouring olive oil into the bowl.
  4. Season with pepper and salt to taste.

Harissa yogurt dip

Greek yogurt complements lamb, beef and some vegetables beautifully and when you add harissa that transforms any of these dishes into a memorable experience. You can also easily control the spiciness by adding less or more harissa to the dip, depending on your personal preferences or heat of your harissa.

Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 40 minutes
Yield: 2 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 teaspoons harissa
  • 3 tablespoons Greek yogurt
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • ½ tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh mint
  • Sea salt to taste

Cooking directions

  1. Whisk Greek yogurt with harissa paste or sauce.
  2. Chop mint leaves finely and add them to the mixture.
  3. Mix in garlic, olive oil and season to taste.
  4. Refrigerate for half an hour to let flavors mingle a bit.
  5. Serve with lamb, beef or roasted vegetables dishes.

Harissa hummus recipe

Harissa hummus dipHummus has become a staple dip recently. Serve it fresh with pita , crisps, vegetable sticks or crackers. It also makes a delicious wrap or sandwich filling. Store hummus in the fridge for 4-5 days in a sealed container. We also would recommend making two portions instead of one as it disappears very quickly...

Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 10 minutes
Yield: 4 servings

Ingredients

  • ¼ cup tahini
  • 2 cups canned chickpeas drained (reserve the liquid)
  • 2 tablespoons harissa
  • 5 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons water or chickpea liquid
  • 3 cloves of garlic

Cooking directions

  1. Put chickpeas and garlic into the blender and whizz until smooth
  2. Then add the rest of ingredients and process until the mixture would become creamy.
  3. Taste it and add salt, harissa and lemon juice to taste.
  4. Garnish with some extra virgin oil and cumin for serving.

Pro tips
To explore new taste options, try adding a tablespoon of smoked paprika or 3-5 smashed roasted garlic cloves.
To make roasted garlic - remove and discard dry outer layers from the whole garlic bulb, slice off the very top of the garlic head, rub it with some olive oil and salt and roast it at 400°F for approximately 30 minutes. Let it cool before peeling it.

Harissa Tzatziki Dip

Though tzatziki is normally associated with Greek cuisine, it blends well with Moroccan food. Serve it with kebabs or roasted meats and veggies.

Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 15 minutes
Yield: 2 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Greek yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons harissa
  • 1 cucumber, seeded, peeled and grated
  • 1 clove of garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

Cooking directions

  1. Put the grated cucumber into the colander and sprinkle with salt. Let it sit for 10 minutes and then squeeze any excess water out of it.
  2. Add cucumber to the small bowl together with harissa, Greek yogurt, garlic, lemon juice and olive oil.
  3. Season to taste.

Harissa eggplant dip recipe

This harissa flavored dip uses eggplant and tahini as a base and therefore some compare it to baba ghanoush, however we believe that harissa works amazingly well here and therefore we prefer it to the classic baba ghanoush version.

Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 30 minutes
Yield: 4 servings

Ingredients

  • 5 (4 lbs) eggplants
  • 3 tablespoons harissa
  • 8 clove of garlic
  • ⅓ cup tahini
  • 5 tablespoons olive oil for roasting
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil for the dip
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice

Cooking directions

  1. Make slashes with a knife all over the eggplants. Rub them with olive oil and salt and insert 2 garlic cloves into each of them.
  2. Put eggplants to the oven and roast for 30 minutes until they are soft. Turn them occasionally if you are using the grill option.
  3. Cool the eggplants, discard the skin.
  4. Add the eggplants, harissa, tahini, lemon juice and 2 tablespoons of olive oil to the food processor and blend it until the texture becomes smooth.
  5. Season to taste with salt.

How to serve harissa dips?

Harissa dips can be served with raw julienned vegetables, such as carrots, celery or cucumber – which  make it a perfect healthy snack choice. Alternatively serve it with bread sticks, pita, fresh sourdough bread or even some tortillas!

And don’t forget the presentation - we eat with our eyes first. Invest in a nice dipping bowl and a serving wooden or slate board for your bread and veggies – and all the dips  will taste even better for you!  

If you want your table to look colorful – consider using both Mina green harissa and spicy or mild red harissa for your dips. Serve them both in different serving bowls and they would look just great.


Have a look at our other recipes if you are interested in some other harissa uses.


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