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I’ve been cooking wild rice quite often lately, and I really enjoy mixing it up with all kinds of dry fruit, vegetables, spices, sauces. It’s a really versatile and delicious whole grain with quite an impressive nutritional record.  Here are some highlights:

  • First of all, wild rice is gluten free which is great for a gluten free lifestyle. It is also rich in dietary fiber and low in fat.
  • According to Wikipedia, when comparing wild rice to quinoa and oats in terms of a protein content, wild rice takes a proud second place (after oats) in protein content per 100 calories, while quinoa is the third. Thanks to all that protein and fiber, eating wild rice is much healthier than other kinds of carbohydrates, plus it will keep you feeling full longer taming that appetite, again thanks to all that protein and fiber.
  • Finally, wild rice is a great source of certain minerals and B vitamins.

Wild rice is truly a great ingredient/resource to have in your pantry, and below are the simple instructions on how to cook it.

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How to cook wild rice

How to cook wild rice



  • 1 cup wild rice
  • 4 cups water
  • salt to taste


  1. Rinse the rice in a strainer to clean.
  2. In a medium sauce pan, combine 1 cup of wild rice and 4 cups of water (1 to 4 proportion) and bring to boil on high heat.
  3. Reduce heat to medium or low and simmer/cook the rice for 30-45 minutes, depending on the type of wild rice you have. Cook until the rice is soft but not mushy and until most of the grain are popped. You don't want the rice to be tough and chewy, so be patient and cook just until it's of the right softness. Once the rice is cooked to the desired softness, drain extra water from the pan.
  4. Once cooked, season rice with salt, if desired.



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  • Amy @ Thoroughly Nourished Life May 11, 2014, 8:55 pm

    Love wild rice! Beautiful for making stuffing, or for adding almonds, apricots and spices too for a great side dish.

  • Lindsey @ American Heritage Cooking May 11, 2014, 11:13 pm

    I love wild rice! You sound like you get all cray cray with it and I hope you post some of those recipes!

  • [email protected] May 12, 2014, 6:59 am

    I see, so you use a lot more water to cook it. Thanks, Julia. Great tips!
    🙂 ela

  • Beth May 12, 2014, 8:35 am

    Wild rice gives such a unique flavour to rice dishes, and is so much tastier and healthier than regular white rice. Great post!

  • sarah k @ the pajama chef May 12, 2014, 12:04 pm

    i love wild rice! thanks for the tips 🙂

  • [email protected] May 12, 2014, 6:15 pm

    I love the flavor of wild rice. I really need to cook it more!

  • Holly - Beyond Kimchee May 12, 2014, 6:52 pm

    Thanks for the great nutritional benefit information of the wild rice. I love wild rice but doesn’t get to cook that often. I am inspired to cook more often after reading your post.

  • Monica May 12, 2014, 6:53 pm

    I totally agree with you. I finally cooked wild rice at home a couple of months ago…now it sits in the pantry ready to go whenever. It is delicious, with that nutty chew, and good for you. You’ve reminded me to make it again soon!

  • Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes May 13, 2014, 1:30 am

    I used to cook wild rice all the time but it’s been so long….great post!!

  • Jill @ Vintage Kitchen May 17, 2014, 11:03 am

    I needed this recipe! Thanks for sharing the nutritional info too! I made it this week. Perfect!

  • jocelyn January 3, 2015, 1:12 pm

    I cook wild rice this way. Takes longer ..but every grain is soft fully opened. curly
    and not mushy.

    1 cup wild rice
    4 cups water.
    Bring both to boil.
    Turn down heat to simmer for 25 minutes (covered)
    Do not open lid at any time.
    Turn heat off.
    Let sit for 1 (one) hour
    Perfect wild rice.

    I cook wild rice differently.

    1 cup wild rice
    4 cups water.
    Bring to boil.
    Turn down heat to simmer.(covered)
    Cook 25 minutes
    Turn heat off for 1 (one) hour. Do not remove lid any time.
    Perfect fluffy, curly, soft but not mushy rice.!

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