Satisfy Your Cravings with This Delicious Sayyadiah Recipe

Welcome, my dear readers, to my latest culinary creation – the Egyptian Sayyadiah Fish with Rice recipe. This recipe was inspired by my travels to Egypt, where I had an opportunity to try some of the most delectable seafood dishes I have ever had.

The Sayyadiah fish rice is a traditional Middle Eastern dish that has been enjoyed for centuries. It is believed that this dish originates from Egypt and was popular among fishermen as it used simple ingredients that were readily available. Over time, this dish made its way across the region and became a staple in many households.

I know that you might be hesitant to try something new, but let me tell you- this recipe is not only easy to make but also packed full of flavor. It’s perfect for those who want to enjoy a delicious meal without spending hours in the kitchen.

So sit back and let me guide you through the steps that will lead you to experience one of the most exquisite recipes from Egypt. Are you ready to taste the flavors of the Middle East? Let’s get started!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Egyptian Sayyadiah - Fish With Rice
Egyptian Sayyadiah – Fish With Rice

My dear reader, let me tell you why this Egyptian Sayyadiah – Fish With Rice Recipe is a must-have in your recipe collection.

First and foremost, it’s a delicious and hearty meal that will quickly become a favorite of yours and your loved ones. The combination of tender, fluffy rice with perfectly cooked fish creates a harmonious blend of textures and flavors that will leave you feeling satisfied and fulfilled.

Not only is this dish hearty and tasty, but it’s also incredibly healthy. We use whole fish fillets that are packed with protein and omega-3s for a nutritious boost. This dish also incorporates brown rice, which is an excellent source of fiber and helps regulate blood sugar levels. The dish also includes onions, garlic cloves, and ground cumin that not only impart amazing flavor but also have loads of health benefits.

Additionally, this recipe is simple to make with ingredients that are readily available at any grocery store or local market. The brown rice in this recipe can easily be substituted for long-grain rice for those wanting to incorporate another type of grain.

As if all the points above aren’t enough reason to give this recipe a try, I’ll share one more thing with you – the versatility. This recipe can be modified to suit different tastes and preferences like adding in pine nuts to give it an extra crunch or opting for fried rice instead of plain rice.

In summary, the Egyptian Sayyadiah – Fish With Rice Recipe does not only taste incredible but is also incredibly healthy, easy to make with readily available ingredients, and versatile to customize as per taste. What more could you want from a single meal?

Ingredient List

 A savory dish for fish lovers
A savory dish for fish lovers

Here are the ingredients you’ll need to make Egyptian Sayyadiyah:

For the fish and rice:

  • 2-3 whole fish (12 oz each) that are good for frying such as tilapia, sea bass or snapper
  • 2 cups of long grain rice
  • 1/4 cup of flour
  • 1/4 cup of vegetable oil for frying
  • 1 onion (sliced)
  • 2 garlic cloves (finely chopped)
  • 2 teaspoons of salt
  • 2 teaspoons of ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon of fresh ground black pepper
  • 4 cups of hot water

For the garnish:

  • 1 parsley sprig (optional)
  • 1 lemon wedge (optional)

Optional ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons of pine nuts (toasted)

Make sure to gather all your ingredients before starting to cook so you have everything you need within reach.

The Recipe How-To

 Aromatic rice with tender fish
Aromatic rice with tender fish

Getting Started

  1. Prepare the fish: Clean and scale whole fish 12 oz per serving.
  2. Season the fish: Season both sides with salt and fresh ground black pepper.
  3. Dust the fish: Dust lightly with flour on all sides.

Onions and Rice

  1. Sauté onions: In a medium-large saucepan over medium-high heat, sauté chopped onions in a tablespoon of olive oil until soft and translucent.
  2. Add Garlic and Spices: Crush garlic cloves and add them to the onions in the saucepan along with a pinch of ground cumin.
  3. Rice: Add long-grain rice to the pan, stir in with the onions mixture, and cook for a couple of minutes.
  4. Water: Add enough hot water to cover the rice by about an inch above it.

Cooking The Fish

  1. Add The Fish: Place seasoned and dusted fish on top of the rice mixture in the pot.
  2. Cover and Simmer: Cover the saucepan tightly & reduce heat to low, allowing everything to simmer until both rice and fish fully cooked through (about 15-20 minutes).

Fried Sayyadiah Topping

  1. Pine nuts / lemon wedges: In a skillet, over high heat fry some pine nuts, remove from pan, set aside along with lemon wedges/ parsley sprig for garnish if desired.
  2. Fish Fillets: Remove intact fish fillets from pot onto platter & place additional fried pieces or select amount of fried fish to add back to pot’s surface or sprinkle portions over individual servings.

Ruz Sayadeya

  • Serve hot family-style straight out of your piping hot cooking container along with a bowl containing hot liquid aside the plated servings or spoon desired portions into individual shallow bowls for sit-down dinner presentation.

Enjoy this traditional Egyptian seafood-rice recipe that will make you feel like you are touring Egypt!

Substitutions and Variations

 A taste of the Mediterranean in one dish
A taste of the Mediterranean in one dish

If you’re up for trying something different, feel free to experiment with the ingredients in this recipe. Here are a few substitutions and variations you can try:

– Fish: In this Sayyadiah fish rice recipe, I used whole fish weighing 12 oz. However, you can use fish fillets if that’s what you have on hand. Seafood lovers can try substituting the fish with shrimp or prawns to create a seafood rice dish that’s equally delicious.

– Rice: While I prefer using long-grain rice for this dish, some people opt for brown rice for its nutritional benefits. Lebanese fish rice, or ruz sayadeya, is quite similar to Sayyadiah fish rice, but it usually requires the use of basmati rice or any white rice variety.

– Fried Fish: Although traditional Sayyadiah involves boiling the fish before proceeding with the recipe, some recipes call for frying the fish first. Frying the fish fillets brings an additional level of flavor and texture to the dish as well. You can also fry pine nuts and onions to add crispness to the recipe.

– Spices: For variation in taste and aroma, some cooks mix ground coriander with cumin instead of using just cumin alone. Other spice blends worth considering include baharat and ras el hanout, which are customary throughout Middle Eastern cuisine.

Overall, there are endless ways to customize this Egyptian Sayyadiah – Fish With Rice Recipe based on your preferences and ingredients available. Don’t be afraid to try out new variations and substitutions — you never know what tasty combination you’ll come up with!

Serving and Pairing

 The golden brown fish adds a pop of color to the plate
The golden brown fish adds a pop of color to the plate

Once the Egyptian Sayyadiah is ready, it simply looks and smells divine – a beautiful blend of colors and aromas! You can serve this dish as a main or side dish at any time of the day, and your guests are sure to appreciate your efforts in creating such a sumptuous Middle Eastern meal.

For serving, a great idea is to place the whole fried or baked Sayyadiah fish on top of a bed of brown rice, garnished with a parsley sprig and lemon wedge. The rice absorbs all the flavors from the fish and the seasoned water, giving it an incredibly rich taste. Pine nuts can also be added to give an additional dimension of flavor and crunchiness to the dish.

As for pairings, Egyptian Sayyadiah pairs wonderfully with tabbouleh salad, hummus, baba ghanoush, and pita bread. The lemony flavor of tabbouleh and hummus complements the natural flavors of the fish quite well.

If you want something more substantial, you could try pairing your Sayyadiah with fattoush salad or lentil soup. Fattoush salad is made up of fresh vegetables like cucumber, lettuce, tomatoes, onions, radish and flavored with thyme-sumac dressing – it’s crisp and refreshing taste complements the hearty nature of our Sayyadiah meal. Lentil soup is thick and delicious soup that’s great to eat anytime, anywhere in any season; its earthy notes help cut through any richness from the fish.

Finally, if you’re looking for something to wash down your meal with- iced mint tea, pomegranate juice or orange juice are refreshing beverage options that ensure your meal experience ends on a high note.

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 My secret ingredient for the perfect rice: cinnamon
My secret ingredient for the perfect rice: cinnamon

Making the Egyptian Sayyadiah dish ahead of time can be a great way to save time for future meals. The fish and rice can easily be stored separately in airtight containers in the refrigerator for up to three days. When ready to serve, simply reheat it in the oven or microwave.

If you’re planning ahead, you can also freeze the dish for up to two months. It’s important to store the fish and rice separately before freezing to avoid overcooking or undercooking either of them during reheating.

To reheat the frozen Sayyadiah fish rice, allow it to thaw in the refrigerator overnight. Once thawed, transfer the fish and rice into a baking dish and cover it with foil. Bake in a preheated oven at 350°F for 25-30 minutes or until heated through.

Make sure not to overcook the fish as it could lose its tenderness if reheated for too long. Leftovers should be stored separately in airtight containers and consumed within three days.

Remember that while making this dish ahead of time is an excellent way to save time, it’s best enjoyed fresh. So whether you decide to make-ahead or serve immediately, be sure to enjoy this Middle Eastern rice dish with wild abandon!

Tips for Perfect Results

 A healthy and flavorful alternative to fried fish and chips
A healthy and flavorful alternative to fried fish and chips

Now that you have all the steps to prepare Egyptian Sayyadiah – Fish with Rice, let me share with you some tips and tricks for perfect results every time you make this dish.

One of the best things about this recipe is that it’s already hard to mess up. However, following these tips below will help you take your Sayyadiah fish rice dish to the next level.

Firstly, be careful not to overcook the fish fillets. Fish is a delicate protein, and it can quickly become rubbery if overcooked. The fish will continue cooking in the steam after you remove it from the heat, so it’s best to remove it from the pan just before it’s cooked through.

Secondly, use long-grain rice. This type of rice is less starchy than short-grain varieties and will keep your Sayyadiah fish rice from becoming too sticky or mushy. Also, be sure to rinse the rice thoroughly before cooking it to remove excess starch.

Thirdly, don’t skip on the ground cumin or fresh garlic cloves. These spices bring a unique flavor profile to the dish and are essential components in many Middle Eastern recipes.

Fourthly, if you’re using whole fish rather than fillets, ask your fishmonger to clean and scale them for you. Cleaning whole fish takes time and patience; having someone else do it for you will cut preparation time and make the cooking process easier.

Fifthly, consider adding pine nuts as a garnish on top of the rice before serving. Pine nuts add a pleasant crunch and nutty flavor that complements the rest of the dish.

Lastly, for extra flavor, serve your Sayyadiah fish rice dish with lemon wedges or parsley sprigs on top. Squeezing some lemon juice over your plate right before eating creates a refreshing tanginess that perfectly balances out this savory dish.

By following these tips and tricks, your Egyptian Sayyadiah – Fish with Rice recipe is sure to impress both yourself and anyone else who gets to taste it.

Bottom Line

In conclusion, if you love seafood and are up for a culinary adventure, Egyptian Sayyadiah is the dish you need to try. This Middle Eastern delicacy is a perfect blend of flavors, textures, and aromas that will tantalize your taste buds.

By following the easy-to-follow recipe detailed above, you can make this dish right in your own kitchen. With its unique mix of spices and herbs, the dish truly stands out from other fish and rice dishes.

Whether you’re planning a dinner party or just want to enjoy a lovely meal at home, Egyptian Sayyadiah is an excellent food choice. It is versatile and can be served with many accompaniments and side dishes.

In conclusion, if you are searching for a delicious recipe that provides an authentic taste of Egypt, look no further than this Sayyadiah fish rice recipe. Your taste buds will thank you!

Egyptian Sayyadiah - Fish With Rice

Egyptian Sayyadiah – Fish With Rice Recipe

I have not as yet tried this. I’m posting it for Zaar World Tour III. I’m not counting the time for cleaning the fish as most of us buy them pre-cleaned.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 8 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Course Main Course
Cuisine Egyptian
Calories 429.1 kcal


  • 4 (12 ounce) whole fish, each about 12 oz
  • 1 lemon, juice of
  • salt, to taste
  • fresh ground black pepper, to taste
  • 3 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 2 medium onions, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 2 cups long grain rice
  • 3 1/2 cups hot water
  • flour
  • oil (for frying, preferably olive oil)
  • lemon wedge (to garnish)
  • parsley sprig (to garnish)


  • Scale and gut the fish and leave the heads on. ( well, you don’t have to if you don’t want to).
  • Rinse and wipe dry.
  • Rub surfaces and cavities with lemon juice, salt and pepper.
  • Cover and leave aside for 30-45 minutes. Prepare the garlic and mix with the cumin.
  • Gently fry the onions in oil in a deep pan for 15-20 minutes until very soft and golden.
  • Wash rice, drain and add to onions.
  • Stir over medium heat for 2-3 minutes, then add the hot water.
  • Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low, cover pan and cook gently for 20 minutes.
  • Make 3-4 deep slits on each side of the fish and fill slits with garlic-cumin mixture.
  • Coat fish with flour and shallow fry in hot oil until golden brown and cooked.
  • Remove fish and keep it hot.
  • Add about 2 tablespoons of the oil in which the fish was cooked to the cooked rice. Stir through with a fork, cover pan and leave rice for 5 minutes.
  • Pile rice on a platter, arrange fish on top and garnish with lemon wedges and parsley sprigs.

Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 376gCalories: 429.1kcalCarbohydrates: 81.5gProtein: 7.4gFat: 7.6gSaturated Fat: 1.1gSodium: 11.8mgFiber: 2.1gSugar: 2.8g
Keyword < 4 Hours, African, Easy, Egyptian, Savory, Spicy
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