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Harissa Roasted Potatoes

4 Servings

1 hour 10 minutes active

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Tossing the raw potatoes with harissa before roasting muted the chili paste's flavor, so we crisped “naked” potatoes on the bottom rack first, then tossed them with a portion of the harissa and returned them to the oven. That gave the potatoes the right texture and a spicy crust. A final hit of the remaining harissa, along with parsley and lemon juice, kept flavors bright.




Don’t forget to taste your harissa for heat and pungency before tossing the potatoes. A harissa with gentle heat and smooth texture, like Milk Street's recipe, worked best here. If your variety is particularly spicy, you may want to reduce the total amount to ¼ cup, reserving 1 tablespoon to finish the dish.

1 hour

10 minutes active


  • 3

    pounds Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch chunks

  • 5

    tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided


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Jeff B.
March 23, 2023
Great Roasted Potato Technique
Whether or not you're a fan of harissa, you should try this potato technique. The potatoes are wonderfully crispy on the outside, with the perfect amount of tender inside. I don't love spicy, so I used half the amount of harissa (Trader Joe's) which was perfect. I look forward to using this technique with some other flavors/sauces.
Michele R.

Used a prepared relatively mild harissa. (Although trying the Milk Street recipe is on my 'to do' list.) Otherwise, made as written and outcome was as expected. The recipe says four servings but depending on what else you're serving with this with, my experience is you could plan on it serving five or six.

Eileen G.

First time trying harissa. Very glad I cut the amount in half! Delicious.

Roscoe N.

Will also give this a go in the air fryer, which is great for potatoes (and cauliflower which will also get this treatment

Peter Chris S.

Made with Trader Joe's harissa. Family felt they'd just prefer to have regular roasted potatoes. There's not enough going on here to justify the extra steps, especially when plain roasted potatoes are so delicious on their own. I like spicy potatoes (I'll always order the "cajun style" fries when available), but even I agreed.