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Seafood Biriyani

Photo: Jennifer Davick; Styling: Ginny Branch


Prep time 25 mins
Cook time 30 mins
Yield Makes 4 servings
Basmatti rice serves as the base to fragrant and flavorful Seafood Biriyani.


  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided
  • 1/2 pound small raw shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1/2 pound firm white fish, cut into pieces
  • 1 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 2 onions, chopped
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon saffron threads, crushed
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground red pepper
  • 3 plum tomatoes, seeded and chopped
  • 1/2 cup golden raisins
  • 4 teaspoons minced fresh ginger
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 cup basmati rice
  • 4 whole cloves
  • 1/2 cup roasted, salted cashews

How to Make It

  1. Melt 2 tablespoons butter in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Sprinkle shrimp and fish with 1/4 teaspoon salt. Add half of seafood to pan and cook, turning once, 3 to 4 minutes or until browned. Repeat with remaining seafood. Transfer to a bowl; cover and keep warm. Set aside.

  2. Add remaining 2 tablespoons butter to Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add onions; cook 7 to 8 minutes or until golden brown, scraping to remove browned bits from bottom of pan. Stir in cumin and next 3 ingredients; cook, stirring constantly, 15 seconds or until fragrant. Stir in tomatoes and next 3 ingredients, and cook 1 minute. Stir in rice and cloves, and cook, stirring constantly, 1 minute.

  3. Stir in 2 cups water and remaining 3/4 teaspoon salt. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer 17 to 18 minutes or until liquid is absorbed. Stir in reserved seafood until heated through. Sprinkle with cashews.