MEET OUR HARISSA PASTES AND DRY HARISSA SPICE BLENDS


 

SIGNATURE HARISSA

Premium chili pepper condiment

Come along on a culinary journey with our Signature Harissa! Mild in heat but big on flavor, this is a treasured heirloom recipe passed on from Ron’s grandmother. Created with carefully sourced sun dried chili peppers and our special piquant spice blend, our Signature Harissa is the perfect secret ingredient to add richness, depth and subtle heat to your favorite family dishes. 

So versatile! Use our Preserved Lemon Harissa for:

COOKING: stir into soups, stews & sauces FLAVORING: spread on burgers and sandwiches & fold into dips
SEASONING: sprinkle on salads, eggs & vegetables
* A tasty alternative to ketchup, sriracha, salsa etc

signature harissa.png
 

 

PRESERVED LEMON HARISSA

Premium Harissa, with a twist

This is Harissa, more exciting than ever before. We add preserved, locally-sourced lemons to our Signature Harissa, giving it a distinctly tangy twist. We also amp up the garlic and add toasted, ground caraway seeds in a delicious nod to Tunisian cuisine. Gentle in heat, but big on flavor, our Preserved Lemon Harissa is your secret ingredient to add richness and depth to so many of your favorite dishes.

So versatile! Use our Preserved Lemon Harissa for:
COOKING: stir into soups, stews & sauces
FLAVORING: spread on burgers and sandwiches & fold into dips
SEASONING: sprinkle on salads, eggs & vegetables
*A tasty alternative to ketchup, sriracha, salsa etc

harissa with preserved lemon.png
 

 

HERBY HARISSA SPICE

Who knew harissa could taste this good? We blend our Signature Harissa chilis and spices with oregano, fennel, and other Mediterranean herbs to deliver an earthy, aromatic edge to your favorite dishes. Traditional Italian recipes will especially come alive with a sprinkle of our Herby Harissa Spice.

So versatile! Use our Herby Harissa Spice for:
FLAVORING: sprinkle it on pasta, garlic bread, potatoes & popcorn
COOKING: stir into soups, stews, grain dishes & sauces
GRILLING: rub it onto poultry, fish, meat & vegetables
*A tasty alternative to red pepper flakes, paprika, cayenne etc.
 

  • Heat level: Medium

herby harissa spice.png
 

 

ROSEY HARISSA SPICE

When Harissa meets rose, magic happens! Our special Rosey Harissa Spice blends premium sun-dried chilli peppers with delicate rose petals for an exotically sweet and floral taste. This dry spice will add gentle heat and full-bodied fragrance to any of your favorite dishes.

So versatile! Use our Rosey Harissa Spice for:
COOKING: stir into soups, stews, grain dishes & sauces
GRILLING: rub it onto poultry, fish, meat & vegetables
*A tasty alternative to red pepper flakes, paprika, cayenne etc.

  • Heat level: Mild

rosey harissa spice.png
 

 

FIERY HARISSA SPICE
Our fiery Harissa spice is for the adventurous at heart! We start with the same components of our Signature Harissa – the finest sun-dried chili peppers and our special piquant spice blend - then add ultra-smoky Morita chili peppers to deliver maximum flavor. Use this bold spice to enliven any dish that needs an extra kick of chili and heat.

So versatile! Use our Fiery Harissa for:
GRILLING: rub it on poultry, fish, meat & vegetables
COOKING: stir into soups, stews & sauces
FLAVORING: sprinkle on pizza, pasta, & eggs
*A tasty alternative to red pepper flakes, paprika, cayenne etc.

  • Heat level: HOT

 

fiery harissa spice.png
 

HOW TO USE HARISSA? (HINT: ON EVERYTHING!)

Harissa is a remarkably versatile condiment that can spice up anything from lamb kebabs to fried eggs. Growing up, Ron’s family used it all the time – as a dipping sauce for fried fish, in traditional mashed potato and ground beef dumplings called popletas, in Moroccan carrot salads and fresh tomato salads, and to flavor chickpea dishes.

At home, try stirring a spoonful of NEW YORK SHUK harissa into soup for an extra kick of heat, or dilute it with oil to create a fragrant dipping sauce for bread or pita. Drizzle a little over hummus, grain salads, or roasted root vegetables; add it to marinades for chicken, beef, fish, or tofu; slather it on sandwiches, or dollop some onto a burger for an unforgettable twist. 

Check out some of our recipes:


Roasted Tomato & Harissa Soup

Roasted Tomato & Harissa Soup

Moroccan Potato Salad

Moroccan Potato Salad

Tuna Salad With Harissa & Cured Lemon

Tuna Salad With Harissa & Cured Lemon

‘Spaghetti And Lamb Meatballs’

‘Spaghetti And Lamb Meatballs’

Chickpea, Short Rib And Harissa Stew

Chickpea, Short Rib And Harissa Stew

Roasted Pepper and Harissa Salsa

Roasted Pepper and Harissa Salsa


What they say about us...


"NEW YORK SHUK's harissa is dynamic with a subtle heat that gets balanced by the natural sweetness of the chilies. It is not technically meant to be eaten by the spoon, but you definitely will not regret it if you do."

- Chris E. Crowley | Serious Eats

At Daniel, we accented a dish of cedar wood-wrapped hamachi with NEW YORK SHUK's harissa and an eggplant and tahini emulsion. While not a traditional pairing, the harissa's deep, gently smoky flavor added incredible and unexpected dimensions to the dish.

- Eddy Leroux | Chef de Cuisine, Daniel |  NYC


rach.jpg

As a professional cook, I have tasted other types of harissa and yours has an incomparable depth of flavor and a thick, velvety texture. I put it on almost everything now, honestly, it's addicting

‪- Rachel Nichols | chef @ The Smile | NYC

"Ron and Leetal's harissa is jammier, fruiter, and riper than any you've tasted before."

 - Gabriella Gershenson | Wall Street Journal


"Most bottled harissas are just intensely hot, but there's a rounded, roasted flavor to NEW YORK SHUK's version that is perfectly nuanced. One night we ran out during service, so we substituted some other store bought brand. 
Customers noticed the difference and complained!"

Garett McMahan | Chef de Cuisine | Perilla, NYC

kri.jpg

With the Mediterranean food craze sweeping the country, the Tunisian spice paste harissa might just become the next Sriracha - and NEW YORK SHUK's version is worthy of the designation. 

- Kristin Donnelly | Zagat 


Read more about our Harissa story:


WHAT IS HARISSA?

Imagine sitting down at an outdoor cafe in Marrakech, Tunis, or Tel Aviv. The air is perfumed with spice, and on the table in front of you sits a plate of something delicious, a glass of fresh mint tea, and a small jar of harissa

Photo: Christine Han

Photo: Christine Han

Thick, vibrantly red, and lusciously textured, the piquant chile paste beckons you the way it has beckoned North African cooks for centuries.

 Harissa has been at the center of Maghreb cuisine ever since New World explorers first introduced the Latin American pepper to Europe in the 16th century. (Scholars believe that chiles likely travelled to North Africa along with Spanish colonizers or roving spice traders.) With their beguiling flavor and easy adaptation to their new, sultry climate,  Maghreb cooks quickly learned to love the chile pepper – particularly when pounded into an oil and spice-enriched paste that delivered fiery complexity to their food.

Today, harissa is a staple of Tunisian, Libyan, Algerian, and Moroccan cuisine. It is also revered in places like France and Israel, which are home to large populations of people from these countries. 

In the United States, harissa is quickly gaining popularity as a flavorful alternative to condiments like ketchup, salsa, and sriracha, as well as a potent ingredient that amps the flavor of any dish it touches.

TRADITION MEETS ARTISANAL INNOVATION

Like Italians with tomato sauce, home cooks across North Africa and the Middle East are serious about their harissa. Each cook has his or her own special method for grinding the chiles and blending in oil, garlic, and spices. That’s why our harissa is bound to family tradition. 

Our recipe is inspired by Ron’s mother Linor, who was similarly taught how to make it by her mother after their family immigrated from Morocco to Israel.

But even more than heritage, what really sets our harissa pastes and dry harissa spice blends apart are their apart is its pure flavor and composition. We never allow unnecessary ingredients like red bell peppers or tomatoes to bulk up the mixture. And we carefully source every ingredient that ends up in our jars, from the sundried chiles, apple cider vinegar , and oil, to the toasted spices, and garlic. Most importantly, we work in small batches, producing no more than 100 jars of harissa at a time to ensure consistent and delicious quality in every spoonful.

Photo:

THE VIDEO

Best American Artisans series; Food & Wine Magazine and Food. Curated have partnered
to produce a video about how and why we make our Harissa. Hope you enjoy watching!


 
 

THE CHILES

Harissa comes from the Arabic word "to break," which likely stems from the mashing of the chiles. We blend three different chile varieties into each batch of our harissa. We start with juicy, slightly sweet Big Jims and deeply flavorful Sandias, which bring gentle heat and acidity to the mix. Both of these hand-harvested, sundried versions of these peppers are sourced from the good folks at Sichler Farms Produce, a renowned chile farm run by 5th and 6th generation growers near San Antonio. To round things out, we also incorporate Mexican-grown guajillos, which add a subtle chocolatey smokiness. 

For our dry harissa spices, we grind all of the chilies and spices into a fine, fragrant powder that is ready for stirring into stews, rubbing on grilled poultry, fish, or meat, or sprinkling onto vegetables.
For our harissa pastes, we plump the chiles in hot water then press them through a hand-cranked food mill (which we believe might be a nod to the French influence on Moroccan cuisine) to form a brick-red paste that is completely free of distracting pepper skin and seeds. Unlike many jarred harissas, ours is completely smooth while still being full of body and texture.

 

THE SPICES, GARLIC, AND OIL

So here is where things get really personal. How many spices should you use, and which ones? Which oil makes the best binder? How many cloves of garlic are too many? All harissa makers must answer these questions for themselves. Our motto is, let the chiles speak for themselves, incorporating just a few well-curated additions to enliven them and deepen their flavor.

On the spice front, we toast earthy cumin and citrusy coriander seeds until fragrant, then grind them up so they release their potent flavor and fragrance. To make our harissa pastes, we blend them with a drizzle of apple cider vinegar until smooth – but not too smooth. We think the promise of crunching down on the occasional nubby coriander seed is part of the pleasure of dipping into an NEW YORK SHUK Harissa jar. 
As for the oil, Ron’s Moroccan grandmother, Rachel Corcos, drizzled richly-flavored argan oil into her harissa. His mother used either argan oil or peanut oil, which was more widely available in Israel. Today we favor mild, GMO-free canola oil, which provides a silky richness, without overpowering the chiles’ flavor. To finish our pastes, we soften fresh garlic in a little more oil until it turns mellow and sweet. Folded into the harissa, it offers a perfectly piquant undertone that brings the other ingredients together.