Various Wild Rice Cooking Methods

There are lots of ways to cook wild rice, and it can be cooked from slightly crunchy to soft and anywhere in-between.

Stove Top Cooking

Wash by running cold water through wild rice in a strainer. Place 1 cup wild rice in a pan with 2 cups water or broth. Cover and bring to a boil. Boil for 10 minutes. Reduce heat and simmer for about 40 minutes. Add salt to taste after cooking. Undercook for a more nut-like, slightly crunchy texture or cook a little longer for a tender, fluffier texture. Do not overcook. Wild rice expands about 3 to 1 when cooked.    


Place wild rice and liquid in pan in oven, set oven to 325 degrees and bake 1 hour 15 minutes to 1 hour 30 minutes.

Slow Cooking

Place wild rice and liquid in saucepan on stove and bring to boil. Cover, remove from heat and let stand for 3-4 hours. Wild rice will be about 90% cooked. Complete cooking in a main dish. Salt to taste after cooking. Cook up more than immediately needed and freeze the rest to be used in a variety of dishes.

Instapot (fastest cooking)

Add 2-cups wild rice and 4-cups water or broth. After cooking time is up, release pressure and fluff with a fork, salt to taste, cook longer if desired. After releasing pressure let stand for several minutes and let cool.


  • Ultra settings
  • High pressure
  • Time: 18-22 minutes, (crunchy - softer)
  • Keep warm after cooking


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