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How to Make Harissa

Watch Chef John make this delicious and versatile hot sauce using several kinds of peppers. Harissa is a Tunisian hot sauce that’s easily adaptable to meet your personal pain threshold. In this video, you’ll discover how to fire-roast bell peppers over an open flame—and then see a cool trick for steaming off the skins. You’ll also learn how to prep the peppers properly. Then it’s seed-toasting time. All the spices get a quick grind before everything’s finished off in the blender. Easy! Harissa is a magical ingredient and incredibly versatile; add it to all kinds of savory dishes—it makes everything taste better! Watch the video, then get the recipe for Chef John’s Harissa Sauce.

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  • TommyRock

Woooo! Make sure you use gloves when chopping those hot peppers!

  • patuniajen

Ahahaha! Nice LLCoolJ reference there Chef John!

  • witchywoman

I need to make harissa for a Moroccan dish that I'm making this weekend. Thanks, Chef John, for taking the mystery out of it for me...I appreciate this video!