• Course: Main Course
  • Skill Level: Advanced
Gather the family for this Lebanese main dish with rice and fish filet.


  • 1 Kg fish cut in pieces
  • 1½ L Water
  • 3 Large onions, chopped
  • 2 Cups long grain rice
  • 3 Tbsp oil
  • 2 Tsp salt
  • 1 Tsp pepper
  • 1 Tsp cumin
  • 2 Tbsp pine nuts, grilled (optional)

  • Tarator Sauce:
  • 1 Cup of fish stock
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup Al Wadi Al Akhdar tahini (sesame paste)
  • Salt to Taste

Step 1

Heat oil in a saucepan. Add the head of the fish (or a little piece of fish if using fillet), and 1 chopped onion. Cook for 5 minutes. Add the water, cumin, pepper and salt. Lower the heat and simmer for about 25 minutes.

Step 2

Strain the stock and keep it.

Step 3

In a large skillet, heat 2 tbsp oil. Put the rest of chopped onions and fry until brown. Remove the onions and set aside.

Step 4

Add the pieces of fish, and season it with salt and cumin. Fry until cooked.

Step 5

In a large pot, heat 4½ cups of fish stock. Bring to a boil.

Step 6

Add the rice and cook on low heat, about 20 minutes.

Step 7

To make the tarator sauce, mix all the ingredients together until smooth.

Step 8

Serving Tip: In a large dish, layer the rice, top it with pieces of fish and decorate with fried onions. Serve with tarator sauce.

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