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A bowl of fluffy wild rice showing its beautiful fluffy texture and dark brown color
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Easy Wild Rice

Wild rice is a nutritious whole grain with a delicious nutty flavor. Enjoy it as a side dish or add to soups, salads and casseroles.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Total Time50 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: wild rice
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 143kcal
Author: TipBuzz


  • 1 cup wild rice
  • 3 cups cold water
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt or to taste


  • To a medium saucepan, add the wild rice, water and optional salt and butter.
  • Bring to a boil on high heat, about 5 minutes.
  • Cover with a tight-fitting lid and reduce the heat to low.
  • Simmer for 45 to 60 minutes or until the grains are al dente. (It's no problem if there's some water leftover in the pot.)*
  • Drain any excess water remaining in the pot and fluff with a fork before serving.


  • Recipe yield: 3 to 3 1/2 cups cooked wild rice depending on the variety.
  • * If the grains are still too firm, add 1/2 cup boiling water and cook covered for 15 more minutes. If water is leftover in the pot but the rice tastes done, simply drain through a sieve and let the rice stand covered for 5 minutes.
  • Storage: You can store cooked wild rice in the fridge for up to 3 days. Otherwise, freeze in a resealable plastic bag for up to 3 months. Reheat in the microwave.


Calories: 143kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 148mg | Potassium: 171mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g | Calcium: 8mg | Iron: 1mg