How to Cook Wild Rice

When you thumb through cookbooks or surf the net looking for instructions on how to cook wild rice, you may be surprised to find out that wild rice isn't a rice at all, but instead a nutritious grain. In fact, it's the only cereal grain that's native to North America. Sometimes called the "caviar of grains," wild rice has a delicious nutty taste and a creamy consistency with a slight crunch that imparts extra flavor and texture to recipes. Wild rice can be expensive, so you might want to try mixing it with white or brown rice for a more budget-friendly side dish. The extra expense might be worth the additional nutritional benefits, too. Wild rice has fewer calories and more protein, fiber and certain vitamins than white rice. This recipe mixes wild and white rices, which both keeps your food costs down and--if you're serving wild rice for the first time--adds that familiar bit of fluffiness that your family might be used to. Just a 1/2 cup of wild rice makes this recipe go from good to excellent and adds elegance to an everyday dish.

What You'll Need

  • 1   tablespoon olive oil

  • 1   large onion, chopped (about 1 cup)

  • 2   large carrots, chopped (about 1 cup)

  • 2   stalks celery, sliced (about 1 cup)

  • 2   cloves garlic, minced

  • 3 1/2  cups Swanson® Vegetable Broth (Regular or Certified Organic)

  • 1/2  cup uncooked wild rice

  • 1   cup uncooked regular long-grain white rice

  • 2   tablespoons chopped fresh parsley

Step By Step

Heat the oil in a 12-inch nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add the onion, carrots, celery and garlic and cook until the vegetables are tender.
Stir the broth and wild rice in the skillet and heat to a boil. Reduce the heat to low. Cover and cook for 25 minutes.
Stir in the white rice. Cover and cook for 20 minutes or until the rice is tender. Sprinkle with the parsley.
Wild rice is a relatively expensive ingredient, but a little goes a long way. The 1/2 cup in this recipe lends texture and a rich nutty flavor.

Wild-rice pilaf goes well as a side-dish for smoked, poached or grilled fish or shellfish and complements other entrees such as chicken, pork, veal or even beef. If you prefer, you can choose other vegetables your family likes as substitutes for the onion, carrots, celery and garlic that are used in this recipe. Once you have the hang of how to cook wild rice, try experimenting by adding in nuts, fruits, crumbled sausage or cheese, ingredients that are part of many wild-rice pilaf recipes.
You might even think about adding wild rice to other rice dishes you cook, such as stuffings, salads, casseroles, soups and even rice pudding.
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