Harissa with Serriana Olive Oil is the spicy sauce that accompanies a Moroccan or North Africa Tagine or Couscous. 

It's easy and quick to make. Here's how to do it.

Harissa with Serriana Olive Oil

Essentially, this is a sauce made of roast peppers and roast garlic - with chilli peppers and spices. 

Use lots of Serriana olive oil to bath the peppers, garlic and spices before roasting.

I used the following ingredients

4 Tablespoons of Serriana Olive Oil.

1.5 large red peppers (500 to 700gs), deseeded and cut into rectangular pieces

6 garlic cloves (with their skins on)

1 to 4 fresh chilli peppers (seeds removed) or chilli flakes. The amount to use depends on how hot and spicy you want your Harissa to be.

1 Tablespoon of Turmeric powder

1 Tablespoon Cumin powder


Firstly, make sure everything is well mixed, that oil covers the pepper pieces and garlic cloves and the spices are evenly distributed.

Then, lay everything out on a large baking tray. Check that the peppers are laid skin-side-up. 

Like this...

Next, bake for 1 hour at 125 degrees centigrade.

 You should be able to note a lovely roast peppers smell when it is ready.

Harissa with Serriana Olive Oil - stage one

Remove the backing tray from the oven an pick out roasted garlic gloves. 

You want to shell and remove their skins. They will be hot, so remove with a spoon and allow to cool down first.

Then, place everything in a blender, or allow to cook and chop down small.

Finally, fry the mixture for 7 to 8 minutes in a little Serriana olive oil

Harissa with Serriana Olive Oil

You are now ready to serve your Harissa with Serriana Olive Oil. Typically, it is served cold as a condiment to a large dish - such as a tagine. However, it also be used as a chutney or an accompaniment to other dishes where a bit of extra spice helps release the flavours.

storage tip

Final tip - if you want to preserve your Harissa with Serriana Olive Oil, then place in a clean jar and to protect the sauce, cover the top with a little extra oil as suggested here.

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