Tuesday Toast: Mimi Cooks— Fish & Rice

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Today’s Tuesday Toast is from MimiCooks (www.mimicooks.com). We thought a fish recipe would be perfect. Many types of fish (i.e. salmon) are rich in Omega-3 fatty acids which help to lower a part of your cholesterol called triglycerides. There is also evidence that omega-3 fatty acids helps brain function as well.  All of the ingredients in this recipe are fresh and many of the benefits have been discussed in previous posts on www.suzyeats.com (ie cumin, tumeric, garlic). Please let us know what you think of the recipe. :)


This is how I make Sayyadeyeh. There are many recipes for this delicious dish, depending on where you live in the Middle East, but the end product is always delicious and satisfies any fish lover.

Fish Fillet


1- 1.5 Pound of  fish fillet. You may use any fish of your choice.
 1.5  Cups long grain rice
 4-5 onions, sliced
 1 Cup canola oil
1 Cup of flour
One teaspoon of : Salt, Black Pepper, Cinnamon, Cumin, Turmeric and a tablespoon of Cardamom 
Marinate for the fish:
1/4 Cup olive oil
Juice of one lemon
Salt and black pepper to taste
1 tablespoon of Cumin
Few crushed garlic cloves
Fried Onions
 * Wash the fish well with water. The fish should not have any fishy smell, it should smell like the sea and this means that it is fresh.
* Wash the rice and set aside.
* Prepare the marinate by mixing up all the marinate ingredients. Add the fish and cover the fillets from both sides. Set aside for about half an hour.
* Heat the canola oil in a frying pan. 
* Dip the fillets in the flour to cover from both sides then fry to a golden color.
* Set the fish aside on paper towel to absorb the extra oil.
* Strain the canola oil you used to fry the fish with and use it to saute/ fry the onions. This way you will get the flavor of the fish incorporated with the onions.
* Brown the onions to a nice golden/brown color. Set aside on a paper towel to absorb the extra oil.
* Add the spices to the rice to prepare for assembly.
To assemble:
*Put the onions in the bottom of the pot. 
*Add a thin layer of the spiced up rice. 
*Add the fish fillets. 
*Add another layer of the rice to cover up all the fish. 
*Add water just to cover up the rice.
Fried Halibut Fillets
*Cook on high heat until the water starts boiling. Lower the heat and cook the post on low simmer until the rice is fully cooked. It is just like cooking a pot of rice. It should take about 30-45 minutes to cook. 
* Invert the pot on a platter. Add couple of fried fish fillets on top and garnish with fried pine nuts or fried slivered almond or both.
Serve hot next to green salad or tomato salad mixed with parsley and cucumber with tahini sauce.


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