Saturday, May 14, 2011

Brown Fish Rice

There's nothing Fish-y about this rice, except its name. This is the type of rice Egyptians eat next to Fish or seafood, it gets it's brown color from browned onions.

First minced onions are fried in oil till almost blackened, then water and rice are added. Flavored with cinnamon, this is one unique way to cook rice as a side dish.

Brown Fish Rice Recipe


4 Tbsp Vegetable Oil
1 medium sized onion, minced finely
1 cup Water
1 1/4 tsp Salt
1/2 tsp Cinnamon (or to taste)
1 Dry Bay leaf
1 cup rice, rinsed


1. Place the oil and onion in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat.

2. It is important to keep stirring the onion for it to brown evenly.

3. Keep stirring, and if it's browning too fast or unevenly, lower the heat.

4. At this stage have the water ready, as the onions will get from golden to light brown in color, but continue on stirring.

5. When it reaches dark brown in color it is almost done, it's important to keep stirring so it doesn't burn. Be careful 'cause it goes from brown to black in a blink of an eye, which is what we DON'T want.

6. When it has reached dark brown and the onions started to sizzle frantically, water is added. Be careful because water might splash when it is added, this is a good time to make use of kitchen gloves.

7. Add salt, cinnamon and Bay leaf to water, and stir to combine.

8. Add rice to water and cover with lid, and bring to a boil. About 5 minutes.

9. Open lid after 5 minutes, if water is almost evaporated and the brown onions are visible on top of rice, stir through with a fork a couple of times to incorporate onions, lower heat and continue to cook for 15-20 or until rice is done.

Serve next to a seafood dish.


  1. Hey S,

    Found your comment on my blog and replied there but thought you might not see it. Thanks for dropping by my blog. I really admire what you're doing here though. It's great to see people taking the time to document the whole process instead of just the end result. But where's your follow button? :)

  2. LOVE your blog. Would love to see more :-) Thank you!

    1. Unfortunately you're Anonymous, because I'd love to thank you by name for being a voice of encouragement at such a tough time for me.
      You made me reconsider this blog and its existence. Thank you! =)