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What is a substitute for harissa?

Photo: Randy Mayor; Styling: Leigh Ann Ross

"I have a recipe that calls for harissa, but I'm having trouble finding it. Any suggestions for a harissa substitute?"

This North African red chile paste packs A LOT of heat. For every tablespoon of this fiery flavor, you can substitute a tablespoon of berbere, chile paste, or tabil (Tunisian spice paste). Of course, for a little less heat, you can always use hot sauce.

The Harissa Salmon recipe pictured on the left is an example of how this chile paste can add fiery heat to a fish dish.

If you're interested in more dishes that use harissa, check out our collection of African Recipes or type "harissa" into the recipe search bar on the homepage.