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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


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. 


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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


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.




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. 


  • 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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