Recipe: Moroccan harissa lamb steaks

Following on from my recent recipe for Jamaican jerk chicken with callaloo and rice and peas, Encona Sauces sent me a jar of their new Moroccan Harissa Marinade (£1.99 for 180g) to try out.
Made using chillies and a selection of herbs and spices, harissa is a spicy, fragrant paste used commonly in Middle Eastern and North African cooking as a condiment, or mixed with water or tomato juice to spice up stews, couscous or casseroles.
Although you can make your own harissa ‘from scratch’, using a premade jar saves a lot of time and as it’s so pungent, a little goes a long way.

To prepare the harissa lamb, I followed the recipe printed on the marinade label but rather then cutting the lamb steaks into chunks and cooking it on a skewer, I chose to serve them whole instead.
I was really pleased with how this dish turned out; the marinade tasted authentic and aromatic and it had a good kick to it, without being too spicy.
For the harissa lamb (serves 2):
6-7 tbsp Encona Moroccan Harissa Marinade
300g lamb steaks
2 red peppers
2 red onions
1)  Smother the lamb steaks in 6-7 tbsp of Encona Moroccan Harissa Marinade, cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours (or overnight, to allow the flavours to really soak into the meat).
2) Chop two red peppers and two red onions into chunks and toss together with the lamb in a roasting dish to coat well.
3) Cook for 15-20 mins on 200°C (fan-assisted)/220°C (combination)/gas mark 7 until the meat is cooked to your liking, turning frequently.
4) Serve with couscous and/or any salad you like. I served my harissa lamb with a shop-bought Moroccan couscous and a homemade potato salad made by my housemate in just five minutes using leftover boiled potatoes, sliced spring onions, mayonnaise and wholegrain mustard.
Encona Sauces sent me a complimentary jar of Moroccan harissa marinade for the purpose of this review; however, I was not obliged to write a positive review.


  1. September 17, 2015 / 8:15 am

    Oh gosh you’ve made me so hungry!! I love how simple you’ve made this look. I just moved away from home and I’m still figuring out what sort of things are easy to cook so maybe I’ll give this a try 🙂

    Laura @ What’s Hot?

  2. September 17, 2015 / 8:41 am

    Wow, just wow!! I needed this in my life!! I LOVE Morocco food but hubby is not so keen so I never cook it 🙁

  3. September 17, 2015 / 8:45 am

    I’m not usually a big lamb fan but this sounds delicious!

  4. September 17, 2015 / 9:22 am

    I adore Moroccan flavours and there is nothing better to serve them with than lamb as they work so well together.

  5. September 17, 2015 / 12:32 pm

    That sounds lovely, we like using harissa paste and always add it to couscous when we have it. Not tried marinating lamb with it. Am going to be trying this recipe x

  6. Catstello
    September 17, 2015 / 1:14 pm

    I like trying new recipes. I don’t eat lamb but I’d like to give this a go!

    Catstello |

  7. September 17, 2015 / 2:39 pm

    I have to confess, I have yet to try couscous! We are big lamb eaters though so it’s great to see a variation of how to do it! I think my other half would love this dish – not that my culinary skills would do it much justice! Xx

  8. September 17, 2015 / 3:02 pm

    This looks delicious, I never think of buying lamb unless it’s in shanks x

  9. September 17, 2015 / 4:37 pm

    I have never been a fan of lamb. My husband loves it though!

    • September 18, 2015 / 10:14 am

      Ooh, I love lamb. Especially with mint 🙂

  10. September 17, 2015 / 4:46 pm

    Oh yum this sounds absolutely delicious – I definitely want to give this a try.

  11. September 17, 2015 / 5:26 pm

    Encona make some great sauces, I use them all the time. Can’t wait to try this out.

  12. September 17, 2015 / 8:51 pm

    Wow, these look amazing. Ive not heard of this marinade before. I can just imagine the delicious smells that came from your kitchen!

  13. Serena
    September 17, 2015 / 11:04 pm

    This looks like a very tasty meal. I love fruity couscous.

  14. September 18, 2015 / 10:12 am

    My goodness! I love lamb but I always run out of ways to make it. I love this recipe – Will defiantly give it a go.
    Thanks so much for sharing

    Charlotte x

  15. September 18, 2015 / 10:35 am

    This is making my cheese and pickle sandwich look a bit sorry for itself!

  16. September 18, 2015 / 2:49 pm

    Growing up, I didn’t like lamb at all, but I’ve grown a love for it. I have never tried harissa, but think I’d love it.

    • September 19, 2015 / 12:06 pm

      Ooh, I love harissa – it tastes delicious with chicken, served with cous cous 🙂

  17. Emma
    September 18, 2015 / 8:33 pm

    This looks so yummy. I’m not a fan of spicy spicy, but we love cous cous in our house. Ever since our honeymoon in Tunisia 11 years ago, it’s been a major feature 🙂

    • September 19, 2015 / 12:13 pm

      Oh wow, I’d love to taste cous cous in Tunisia – I bet it’s delicious!

  18. September 18, 2015 / 10:30 pm

    I’m bookmarking this – my husband would love this recipe!

  19. September 19, 2015 / 8:55 am

    Oh yum, I love lamb and I love harissa – this looks really delicious 🙂

  20. September 19, 2015 / 3:17 pm

    My children would love this – I don’t eat lamb, but it does look delicious. Kaz x

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