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how to cook wild rice in an Instant pot pressure cooker or on the stove top.

Wild Rice Recipe

  • Author: Sylvia Fountaine | Feasting at Home
  • Prep Time: 2
  • Cook Time: 45
  • Total Time: 47 minutes
  • Yield: 2 ½ cups 1x
  • Category: side dish
  • Method: stovetop, instant pot
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

This wild rice recipe is simple, tasty and nutritious Learn how to cook wild rice on the stovetop or in a pressure cooker. Includes both stovetop instructions and Instant Pot instructions. 


Ingredients

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Stovetop Method

  • 1 cup wild rice (do not use a blend)
  • 3 cups water or broth
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil

Instant Pot Method

  • 1 cup wild rice (do not use a blend)
  • 1 1/3 cup water, veggie broth or chicken stock
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt (reduce to 1/4 teaspoon if using broth or stock)
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil

Instructions

Stovetop Instructions (45 minutes)

  1. In a medium saucepan, bring water or broth to a boil. Add rice, salt and olive oil and give a good stir. Once boiling, cover, lower heat to low, and keep it at a gentle simmer.
  2. Simmer 35 minutes- and check for tenderness.  (Timing will depend on the thickness of the grains which can vary.) Some grains will have burst open while some will have not. Test a grain that has not burst open- and if tender enough for your liking, then turn heat off.  If not, simmer another 5-10 minutes until desired tenderness.
  3. Drain over a fine mesh strainer for 5 minutes. It is ready to eat!

Instant Pot Instructions (50 minutes)

  1. Rinse and drain wild rice.
  2. Place in an Instant Pot with 1 1/3 cups water or veggie broth (or chicken stock). Add salt, and olive oil.
  3. Pressure cook on high for 30 minutes.
  4. Naturally, release for 10 minutes. Fluff with fork.

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Notes

Because of the varying degrees of “thickness” of wild rice, cooking time is never an “absolute”, each batch can be slightly different. I prefer the stovetop method because I can more easily gauge this. 

To serve as a tasty side- drizzle with more olive oil (or butter), season with salt and pepper to taste, and sprinkle with a fresh Italian parsley. 

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: ½ cup
  • Calories: 122
  • Sugar: 0.8 g
  • Sodium: 234.8 mg
  • Fat: 1.3 g
  • Saturated Fat: 0.2 g
  • Carbohydrates: 24 g
  • Fiber: 2 g
  • Protein: 4.7 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg

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