Harissa Fried Eggs

published Apr 27, 2023
Harissa Fried Eggs Recipe

Harissa paste, an aromatic North African chile paste blended with peppers, citrus, cumin, coriander, and caraway, takes your fried eggs to eleven.

Serves1

Prep5 minutes

Cook3 minutes to 4 minutes

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Harissa fried eggs on plate with a side of toasts.
Credit: Kelli Foster

There’s no shortage of ways to jazz up fried eggs. You can basically take any condiment and fry an egg in it (like sesame fried eggs, pesto fried eggs, chili crisp fried eggs, and even Buffalo sauce eggs). One more condiment that’s worthy of your fried eggs: harissa sauce.  

Although eggs are still pricey, this hasn’t stopped me from buying them or slowed down how often I cook with them (which is several times a week). What has changed, however, is that whenever I choose to cook eggs I make them count. 

Enter: these harissa-fried eggs. The eggs sizzle in a rosey-tinged pool of olive oil and harissa sauce — an aromatic North African chile paste blended with peppers, citrus, cumin, coriander, and caraway — and cook up with spice-infused whites and crisp, lacy edges. 

Start with Harissa Sauce or Paste

Save the dried harissa spice for another time. For these fried eggs, you’ll want to use a jar of harissa sauce — my favorites are NYShuk and Mina — or a tube of harissa paste. Heated in a skillet with a splash of olive oil, the flavors in this chili-based sauce (or paste) come to life to create the perfect base for cooking eggs.

Serving Harissa Fried Eggs

There is truly no wrong way to eat harissa fried eggs. Enjoy them on their own, layered on a breakfast sandwich, topped with crumbled feta, or draped over a slice of creamy avocado toast — these are all great options. 

My absolute favorite way to turn harissa fried eggs into a magical meal is to slide them onto a bed of creamy, tangy Greek yogurt, top them with quick pickled red onions and fresh mint leaves, and serve them with crusty sourdough toast alongside to mop up every last drop. The richness of the yogurt, acidic tang of the onions, and bright freshness of the mint play so nicely with the harissa and truly balance out the heat.

Harissa Fried Eggs Recipe

Harissa paste, an aromatic North African chile paste blended with peppers, citrus, cumin, coriander, and caraway, takes your fried eggs to eleven.

Prep time 5 minutes

Cook time 3 minutes to 4 minutes

Serves 1

Nutritional Info

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons

    olive oil

  • 1 tablespoon

    harissa sauce or paste, such as NYShuk or Mina

  • 2

    large eggs

  • Kosher salt

  • 1/3 cup

    plain Greek yogurt

Optional garnishes:

Instructions

  1. Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in a small nonstick skillet over medium-high heat until shimmering. Add 1 tablespoon harissa sauce or paste and spread around the pan.

  2. Crack 2 large eggs into the skillet, and season with a pinch kosher salt. Cook undisturbed until the edges are crisp, the whites are set, and the yolks are runny, occasionally spooning the oil over the whites, 3 to 4 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat.

  3. Spread 1/3 cup plain Greek yogurt on a plate. Use a thin spatula to transfer the eggs to the plate. Garnish with fresh mint leaves and pickled red onion, and serve with toast or warm pita, if desired.