Syrian Rice

Syrian Rice

Time: 30 mins


  • 2 cups long grain white rice (Not short grained!)
  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 cup of broken spaghetti ((pieces, about 1 inch) or 1/2 cup orzo pasta
  • 4 cups hot water
  • 2 -3 teaspoons salt, depending to taste


  • 1 Wash the rice in strainer.
  • 2 Soak rice for 15 minutes in hot water.
  • 3 Put butter in pan, melt, and then brown Spaghetti pieces or Orzo using a medium heat.
  • 4 Be careful not to burn the butter.
  • 5 Now drain your rice that is soaking and add it to the butter/ Spaghetti (or Orzo) in your pan.
  • 6 Saute the rice for approximately 5 minutes with medium heat stirring frequently to avoid burning the rice.
  • 7 You want a nice light brown color.
  • 8 After rice is browned, add 4 Cups Hot Water and Salt.
  • 9 Cover and bring to a boil.
  • 10 You want it to boil briskly for about 5 minutes.
  • 11 Turn heat to LOW and cook until all the water is absorbed.
  • 12 This should take about 15 minutes with Very Low heat.
  • 13 You might want to stir once or twice to make sure it is not burning.
  • 14 Uncover when you are ready to serve and make sure to stir it again at this point.

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