Scrambled Harissa Eggs

Scrambled Harissa Eggs

I had some harissa eggs in a restaurant recently and couldn’t wait to experiment at home.

Normally when we have an omelette or frittata for dinner, my Irishman makes some joke about ‘where’s the meat’.

But with these eggs the fact that it was meatless went without comment.

I’ve written this recipe to serve one because I like to cook each serve individually but you could use a larger pan and double it if you prefer.

I’ve just used a commercial harissa in a tube I get from my local supermarket. If you can’t find harissa see the variations for alternatives.

Harissa Scrambled Eggs
5 from 3 votes

Harissa Scrambled Eggs

Course Dinner
Cuisine Moroccan
Keyword almonds, dinner, eggs, harissa, salad
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 1


  • 3 eggs
  • 1-2 tablespoons harissa paste
  • 2 tablespoons cream
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • toasted almonds to serve
  • salad leaves to serve


  1. Heat a small frying pan on a medium heat. Combine eggs, harissa, cream and a pinch of salt in a small bowl. Stir with a fork until just mixed.
  2. Add butter to the warm pan. When it starts to foam and sizzle, add eggs. Leave to cook for 30 seconds to 1 minute or until you can see the egg around the edges of the pan starting to set. Stir gently to scoop all the cooked egg into the middle and allow the runny egg to ooze down onto the bottom of the hot pan.
  3. Cook for another 30 seconds to 1 minute until most of the egg is set but there’s still a little runny egg on top (it will continue to cook after you remove it from the heat).
  4. Pour harissa eggs onto a plate. Top with almonds and salad leaves. Serve immediately.

Recipe Video

Variations & Substitutions Scrambled Harissa Eggs

no harissamake your own or use your favourite hot sauce (adjust quantities according to taste) or use 1 tablespoon tomato paste and some chopped fresh red chilli or dried chilli powder. Finely chopped Chipotle chillies in adobo sauce would be lovely too.

vegan – try adding 1-2 tablespoons harissa to this scrambled tofu. And use oil instead of butter.

dairy-free – use oil instead of butter and water or your favourite non-dairy milk instead of the cream.

more substantial (carb lovers) – warm pita bread, tortillas or hot buttered toast.

more substantial (low carb) – extra almonds, crumble over some feta, serve with more substantial low cab veg like wilted greens or some roast spiced cauliflower.

Low FODMAP – replace almonds with macadamias.

carnivore – serve with crispy bacon, spicy sausage or spanish chorizo.

Waste Avoidance Strategy

eggs – will keep in the fridge for weeks or use for another meal.

harissa / almonds – keep it in the pantry.

cream – unopened cartons will generally keep in the fridge for a few weeks. If you need to store for longer, just pop in the freezer in a sealed container. Or freeze in icecube trays so you can easily defrost just what you need.

butter – will keep in the fridge for weeks.

salad leaves – are highly perishable. My first path would be to use them for another meal (salad for breakfast!) but if that isn’t possible you can pop them in the freezer. They will wilt down but can then be used anywhere you’d use wilted greens. At least this way they won’t go slimy.

Prepare Ahead

Best when freshly made! Leftovers will keep in the fridge for 2 weeks and eaten cold. Don’t freeze.

Harissa Scrambled Eggs

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Have fun in the kitchen!

With love,
Jules x

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    • It doesn’t matter too much Bea – I use whatever I have. Sometimes regular whipping cream and sometimes double cream. And you can always make it with milk if you’re out of cream – because it’s a small amount there’s not a significant difference.

      • 5 stars
        I had purchased some harissa in a jar from Trader Joe’s, but didn’t know how to use it. I tried this recipe using the suggestion of using yogurt instead of cream. (I didn’t have any cream on hand.) And the eggs turned out great! Thanks for a great new recipe!!

    • I found these way too strong even though I only used 2 tbsp for 6 eggs. However, I just read that you used harissa in a tube. I used dry harissa. Perhaps you could update the recipe to read “harissa paste” for anyone who jumps right to the recipe/is unfamiliar with harissa? Thanks!

      • I haven;t come across dry harissa Amanda – can imagine a powder would be significantly stronger!

        Thanks for the suggestion.

        Have updated the recipe!

  • 5 stars
    I tried this using plain yogurt in place of cream and it turned out delicious! I love that it almost tastes like a softer and more mellow version of ground pork sausage. This is my new comfort food. Thanks for the recipe.

  • I stumbled on your recipe after I also recently enjoyed harissa eggs in a restaurant, and now I’m curious where you had this dish. I can’t wait to give it a try!

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