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May 15, 2008 09:36 AM

Question re: Shrimp in harissa

I would like to try this recipe, but am a little concerned about the "spicyness" of it. Is it very spicy, or hot? If I needed to reduce the heat, should I just omit the cayenne?
If is not really hot, but rather flavored with the spices, I would give it a try. One of the people who would be eating it cannot tolerate anything hot. ( I know, I know)
Thanks so much.

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  1. Can you post the recipe?

    Harissa is usually an exceedingly spicy condiment. I have cooked shrimp in foil packs with harissa, olive oil and lemon juice and it's got a ton of kick.

    5 Replies
    1. re: katecm

      Thanks, katecm.
      The recipe is from The Flexitarian Table, and the ingredients are;

      1. re: katecm

        Oops, I kicked myself off before I finished!!
        The ingredients are: 2 tsp. cumin,1/2 tsp fennel,1/2 tsp caraway, 1/2 tsp cayenne. This is for 1 pound of shrimp.
        Thanks, again

        1. re: bxgirl

          1/2 tsp of cayenne doesn't sound the slightest bit spicy to me. I wouldn't think you would need to reduce it at all (I also dont know why the recipe would be called shrimp in harissa if there isn't harissa in it.)

          I assume the seasonings are a rub you put on the shrimp rather than part of a sauce? if one of the people is super sensitve to spiciness, you can mix the rest of the spices in a bowl and then divide in half or quarters and then add the appropriate amount of cayenne only to the part of the spice mix for the spice eaters.

          1. re: ESNY

            bxgirl: The dish is not very hot. It just has a little kick and it's quite delicious. You'd get more info if you posted your query on the thread for this month's cookbook of the month, which is the Flexitarian Table. There are a number of posts about the shrimp with harissa marinade.

            1. re: oakjoan

              I agree with oakjoan - not very spicy but very delicious.

      2. Thanks, everyone for your replies. Oakjoan, I actually did read the COTM threads, as well as the original "beetlebugs" thread (before the book was chosen as COTM) and none that I read discussed the spice-factor. Thanks for the info.
        I am so glad to hear that it is not too hot, and I do look forward to making it.