Rose Harissa Paste

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rose harissaOttolenghi fans rejoice! If you can’t find the Rose Harissa Paste that is called for in some of his recipes we’ve got you covered so now you can make your own. We’ve adapted our best selling Harissa blend with addition of roses to give it a special sweetness and devised this quick and easy recipe to make Rose Harissa Paste. Use it in Ottolenghi’s recipes as called for and also branch out on your own! This rose harissa paste is good for roasting meats, seafood or veggies, adding to pasta dishes, or use as a condiment in burgers or quesadillas. The addition of rose water adds a floral dimension that is over-the-top good. You will want to make this recipe again and again.

Rose Harissa Paste

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Makes one cup

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  • 12 oz. jar roasted red peppers, drained
  • 5 tablespoons ground Rose Harissa
  • 2 teaspoon tomato paste
  • 3-1/2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon rose water
  • salt to taste


  1. In a mortar & pestle or food processor, pound or pulse the roasted red peppers into a paste-like consistency and transfer to a bowl.
  2. Add Rose Harissa spice, tomato paste, olive oil and rosewater. Mix well. Taste for seasoning and add salt if desired.
  3. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to one month.
  4. Recipe makes approximately 1 cup.


If you are using a food processor on the roasted red peppers, be sure not to over-process! The consistency should be a paste, not a puree.

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  1. Lilith says:

    It would certainly be helpful to include the ingredients that comprise a rose harissa spice blend for chefs that actually want to create and learn how to understand the complexities of flavor.
    It is my opinion that a serious recipe delves into how to create these concoctions from scratch, not relying on seasoning blends or jarred peppers to quickly create a shall I say lazy facsimile of an authentic delicacy 😉
    Sorry to criticize, but when I search out a recipe I’m not looking for a quick fix I’m interested in the entire self created process ❤
    Thank you for sharing though.

    • Sherrie says:

      Thank you for addressing the lack of ingredients listed so we have added a link to our Harissa page where they’re easy to find. The recipes to all of our blends are proprietary, however. This blend was created due to the many requests we got for a specific Rose Harissa blend, due to its rise in popularity. We understand the love and creative journey of creating a meal from complete scratch. Our blends are made for the convenience of our customers budgets, time and availability of equipment. Our recipes are open to interpretation, as they are guidelines not rules. Our goal is that everyone is able to make a flavorful meal and easily “play” with their food.

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