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20 Apr ’14

Simple Sayadieh Recipe (Fish with Rice) | From My Kitchen


One of my favorite Lebanese/ Arabic dishes is Sayadieh, it is basically a great way to incorporate fish into our diet specially for those who are not big fish fans, aka children. Done in the orthodox way, this is considered one of the elaborate recipes, but being a full time working mom, i won’t deprive my family from such a nutritious meal because of a complex recipe, which is why i simplified it. This is an easy ‘shortcut’ method, so please don’t judge πŸ™‚

for all dishes that have rice within the recipe, it is highly recommended to use long grain rice, known as American rice, or in our region ‘Uncle Bens’.

For this recipe you will need:

1 Kilo fish fillets, preferably hamour, if i am in a hurry and no access to fresh fish, i get the frozen ones

2 TBS Canola Oil

4 onions sliced lengthwise

4 cups fish stock or water

2 cups long grain rice ( American)

Spices: cinnamon, all spice, cumin, nutmeg, white pepper, dried rosemary if available

You will also need a hand held mixer to not splatter all over the kitchen

Pine nuts & slivered almonds for garnich (toast in a small pan with oil, butter, or just spray oil)


Baking Fish fillet

First put the fish fillets in an oiled tray, sprinkle salt and pepper all over on both sides. turn them in the oil so they will be coated and not dray out.

Fry sliced onions

Fry sliced onions


Second slice all the onions, the onions are what will give the whole dish the real flavor, which is why you need so much. Brown them (not burn) in the oil, this will take a while, use medium to low heat.

Brown the onions & add spices

Brown the onions & add spices


Add the spices it will help with the color (I know that’s cheating a bit). Transfer onion to a deep pot before adding the stock.

 Add stock or water to browned onions

Add stock or water to browned onions


Add 3 cups of theΒ  stock/ water to the onions (make sure they were browned really well), stir, then using a handheld mixer put in in the pot and blend the onion/stock mixture, it will be thick.

Baked Fish Fillets


By this time the fish is done, be careful not to overcook to not become rubbery.

Add the sauce to the rice in addition to the remaining 1 cup stock/ water , & salt, and cook as usual. you can add more cinnamon, and all spice, if you like, it will give it an even stronger flavor.


Lay the onion rice and top with fish fillets and nuts

Lay the onion rice and top with fish fillets and nuts


Put the rice in a serving dish, lay the fish on top, and garnish with the nuts.


Bon Apetit!

If you try this recipe, would love to know how it turned out!




  1. I just try this. Taste good!

    Comment by Meagan — 21 Apr ’14 @ 10:01 am

  2. Love the sound of the spices with the fish!

    Comment by Sue Slusser Lau — 12 May ’14 @ 5:31 pm

  3. Looks good πŸ™‚

    Comment by Strong Outdoors — 9 Jun ’14 @ 1:48 pm

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