This Vermicelli Rice, also known as Lebanese Rice, is made with only 3 simple ingredients: rice, vermicelli pasta, and olive oil. This rice pilaf is easy, tasty, and is the perfect side dish to any meal. Here’s how to make it!
Bring a medium non stick pot over medium heat and add 1 tbsp. of oil. Add in the vermicelli pasta and toss continuously until golden brown, but do not burn.
Add in the rice and sauté for a couple of minutes. Then add in 3½ cups of hot water into the pot, as well as the salt. Adjust the taste.
Cook the rice uncovered on medium low heat until the water has halfway dried out, but not completely dry. Then cover and let the rice fully cook on low heat for about 20 more minutes, folding once half way through.
When rice it done, fluff it up and serve. You can garnish with some toasted nuts and chopped parsley.
You can swap oil for butter or ghee, or use a mix.
If you can’t find vermicelli pasta, you can use angel hair pasta, just be sure to break it up thinly. Unfortunately, spaghetti noodles will be a little too thick.
The vermicelli should be a golden yellow color even before you start toasting it. Don’t accidentally use rice vermicelli that’s used in Vietnamese cooking. Those come packaged as well but the noodles itself are white and are also labelled as vermicelli or rice sticks.
Keep a close eye on your vermicelli pasta while you toast it as it can quickly go from a beautiful golden brown to burnt!
Be sure you are constantly stirring the vermicelli so you toast them evenly.
Do not skip rinsing the rice. You want to remove as much starch as possible so that the grains of rice do not stick together when cooking and you get individual fluffy grains of rice.