How To Make Sayadieh

Sayadieh is a delicious aromatic fish and rice recipe with origins in Lebanon and Syria. However, it is also famous in other Middle Eastern countries. It is a simple recipe and contains fewer ingredients, including filets, rice, and onions. Let us discuss how to make Sayadieh. Read on!


  • Four tablespoons of olive oil
  • A half teaspoon of allspice
  • A half teaspoon of ground coriander
  • A half teaspoon of ground cumin seeds
  • ¼ cup of toasted pine nuts
  • One large yellow onion
  • One or two cups of water
  • ¾ cup of basmati white rice
  • ¾ pounds of skinned fillet
  • Salt and black pepper to taste


  1. Mix ¼ teaspoon of each spice with olive oil in a small bowl
  2. Dry the fillet (fish) and cut it into large chunks
  3. Apply the spice mixture to each piece and set aside
  4. Heat one tablespoon of olive oil on a medium heat
  5. Add pine nuts to the olive oil and cook for a few minutes
  6. Set aside these nuts in a small bowl lined with a paper towel
  7. Add two tablespoons of olive oil to the frying pan
  8. Cook the onion slices on medium heat
  9. Transfer the cooked onions to two sheets of paper towel
  10. The purpose is to pat the oil off
  11. Rinse the white basmati rice and transfer it to the pot
  12. Add ¼ teaspoon of each spice and ¾ of the onion slices
  13. Mix the toasted rice with onions and spices on a low flame for two minutes
  14. Add a half cup of water and salt and bring to a boil
  15. Cover the pan and simmer for twenty minutes
  16. The purpose is to make the rice tenderer
  17. Add a small amount of olive oil to the frying pan while the rice cooks
  18. Sear the seasoned fish for three minutes on a medium heat
  19. Make a bed of rice and place fish chunks on top of it
  20. Garnish the dish with toasted nuts, parsley, and onion slices
  21. Enjoy the delicious Sayadieh with your family or friends