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cooked wild rice in an orange pot with a wooden spoon

How to Cook Wild Rice

Valentina K. Wein
Learning how to cook wild rice is easy! It’s delicious, versatile, and can be used in so many different dishes.
*I use a combination of vegetable stock and water in the below instructions -- you can also use chicken stock or meat stock.
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 2 mins
Cook Time 1 hr 10 mins
Total Time 1 hr 12 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 10
Calories 118 kcal


  • 2 cups raw wild rice
  • cups unsalted vegetable stock
  • cups water
  • teaspoons salt
  • pepper to taste


  • Rinse the rice. Rinse the rice under cold running water.
  • Cook the rice. Add the rinsed rice, stock, water and salt to a very large, heavy-bottomed pot and bring to a boil. Turn the heat to low and bring it to a simmer, cover, and cook until it’s tender, about 1 hour and 10 minutes. (Cooking times might vary.) You will see that most of the grains have split open and curled when it's ready. If it’s tender, but there’s still liquid at the bottom of the pot, drain it.
  • Season, serve or set aside. Season to taste if necessary with salt and pepper — or add it to any recipe you’d like to make.


Calorie count is only an estimate.
Keywords easy side dishes, versitile sides, great sides for meats
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