Prep time: 10 min | Cook time: 30 min | Total: 40 min

Serves 8

Sayadieh is the perfect dish for those cold Manitoba nights that make you wish you were on vacation in the Mediterranean. Popular in Lebanon, Sayadieh can be made with almost any type of fish (although white fish are preferable) and just a few other easy to find ingredients.

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  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 yellow or white onions
  • 2 cups of long grain rice
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt + a little extra for fish
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp ground ginger
  • 1 ½ lbs of local Manitoba fish (any type, but preferably white fish)
  • Optional garnish: chopped almonds and parsley


  1. Roughly dice the onions.

  2. Heat 1 tbsp of oil over medium heat, and sautee the onions until the begin to brown.

  3. Add the rice and all spices to the pan and stir to coat.

  4. Add 4 cups of water to the pan and cover to cook the rice. Leave cooking until the rice has absorbed all the liquid. Then remove from heat.

  5. Season the fish some salt on both sides of the fillet, and fry using the remaining tbsp of olive oil in a separate pan.

  6. When the fish is cooked through, break it up into small pieces and sprinkle over the rice.

  7. If desired, top the dish with chopped almonds and parsley as a garnish


Note: For a more authentic Mediterranean experience, serve this dish with tahini (can be found in the international aisle of most major grocery stores)

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