Harissa-Marinated Steak

Preparing the harissa ahead of time allows the home chef to create a complex and full-flavored steak in a matter of minutes.

Slideshow: Steak Recipes
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  • Servings: 4
  • Time(Other): plus overnight refridgeration


  • 4 dried large mild chiles
  • 1 small spicy chile (Thai chile or similar) plus more to add spiciness, stems and seeds removed
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander seeds
  • 1 teaspoon caraway seeds
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • Four 10-ounce steaks

How to make this recipe

  1. Make the harissa

    Soak the chile peppers for 30 minutes in warm water until soft, then remove the stems and seeds. Blend the ingredients until smooth. For best results, refrigerate overnight before using.

  2. Prepare the Steak

    Spoon the harissa evenly onto the steaks, then set aside at room temperature for 30 minutes. Grill over direct, high heat to your liking. Rest for 5 minutes, then serve.

Contributed By Photo © Russ Crandall Published June 2015

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