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Harissa Spice Mix

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Prep time: 5 minutes
Makes: 2 Tablespoons
Nutrition Facts: View label


  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cayenne pepper (or any red chile powder with the heat level you like)
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika (mild or hot)
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground caraway seed


  1. Wash hands with soap and water.
  2. In a small bowl, mix together all ingredients.
  3. Store in an airtight container.


  • Use with Harissa Roasted Butternut Squash or to season any roasted vegetables. Add harissa to sauces, soups and stews. Add any type of vegetable oil to make a paste for roasting poultry, meats or tofu.
  • No cayenne pepper? Make your own by grinding whole red chiles or crushed red pepper flakes in a blender or with a mortar and pestle.
  • No ground caraway seed? Make your own by grinding whole caraway seed in a blender or with a mortar and pestle.
  • Try using whole cumin and coriander seeds. Toast the seeds in a small pan until they warm and begin to smell. Let the seeds cool, then grind in a blender or with a mortar and pestle.


This is so easy to mix. Grinding caraway seed was the only prep that took a bit of time. I used the whole batch for a recipe that called for 1/4 cup harissa paste. To this mix that makes 2 Tablespoons, I added 1 Tablespoon water and 1 Tablespoon oil for the amount I needed. It worked perfectly and is much less expensive than harissa that doesn't seem to be available at all stores.

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