A Simple Harissa

Preparation info
  • Makes About

    1½ Cups

    • Difficulty


Appears in
The Barbecue Bible

By Steven Raichlen

Published 1998

  • About

Here’s a quick and simple version of harissa. Serve it alongside grilled lamb, kebabs, and other North African–style meats.


  • 2 large, ripe tomatoes
  • 1 small onion, or 2 shallots, peeled
  • 3


  1. Cut the tomatoes in half and gently wring out the seeds and liquid over the sink. Grate each tomato half on the coarse side of a grater into a bowl by holding the cut side of the tomato half against the grater and grating the flesh just to the skin. Discard the tomato skin.

  2. Grate the onion into the bowl. Stir in the parsley, paprika, olive oil, and le