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How to Cook Wild Rice Perfectly

It is important to cook wild rice well to enjoy it in your meals.  Wild Rice is a good nutritious substitute for potatoes, pasta or rice. The great thing about it is that it is gluten-free. You can eat it alone or add it to salads, soups, casseroles, and even desserts.
Course Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine gluten-free, vegan, vegetarian
Keyword Gluten-free, Vegan, vegetarian, wild rice
Author Diana Herrington


  • 1 cup wild rice
  • 3 cups water
  • 1/2 tsp Himalayan salt


  • Rinse the wild rice in a fine-mesh strainer and rinse with cold running water to remove unwanted hulls and dust.
  • Put the rice in the saucepan with 3 cups of water and soak overnight or for a few hours. I do this to help it to cook faster.
    You can skip soaking overnight and just start cooking it.
  • The next day, add salt and bring to a boil over high heat.
  • Reduce heat to low and simmer/cook the rice for 50 – 60 minutes, depending on the type of wild rice you have.
  • Cook until the rice is soft but not mushy and until most of the grains have burst open. Check the rice. It should be chewy with most of the grains burst open. It may need an extra 10 to 15 minutes.  Keep checking the rice and only cook until the grains are tender.
  • Fluff the wild rice that you have cooked with a fork and serve, or add it to any number of dishes for a delicious, nutty taste and chewy texture.


Find out more about the Ingredients: wild rice, water, Himalayan salt