Tilapia with Harissa

October 22nd, 2009 by Victoria


I was flipping through a health magazine and came across this recipe. I had heard of harissa before but I had no idea what it was so I was really interested in trying this recipe. It’s a fresh slightly spicy roasted red pepper sauce that is delicious over white flaky fish! We had some roasted potatoes and green beans with the tilapia with harissa and was delicious. My husband especially liked it and he is not a big fan of most fish dishes, so this recipe is definitely a keeper. This would go great with other white fishes, like mahi mahi, sea bass, snapper and halibut.

Tilapia with Harissa
adapted from Women’s Health Magazine


2 6 oz tilapia filets
1 12 oz jar roasted red peppers
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
1 garlic clove minced
2 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
1 Tbsp sherry or red wine vinegar
1/2 tsp cumin
salt and pepper to taste


For the harissa, combine roasted red peppers, cayenne, garlic, olive oil, vinegar, and cumin in a blender or food processor and puree until smooth. Add salt and pepper to taste.
For the fish, lightly oil a grill or grill pan and heat to medium high. Season flesh side of the fillets with salt and pepper to tasteand place skin side down on the grill. Cook until the skins are lightly charred and crispy about 4-5 minutes. Turn the fillets over and cook for another 2-3 minutes. Fish should flake with a little pressure from your fingertip. Top with harissa and serve immediately.

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