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Instant Pot wild rice is a perfect side dish to serve at dinner. Perfectly cooked wild rice with a sweet and nutty flavor, chewy texture, and almost no work.

Instant Pot wild rice is a perfect side dish to serve at dinner. Perfectly cooked wild rice with a sweet and nutty flavor, chewy texture, and almost no work.
cooked wild rice in white bowl with serving spoon
cooked wild rice in white bowl with serving spoon

I love serving rice with meals. Its such an easy side dish that compliments so many meals. And there are so many different kinds of rice, that it can never be boring! 

Wild rice is a favorite side dish because of its slightly sweet nutty/earthy flavor. 

It is also gluten free, and has more protein and fiber than either white or brown rice. The only downside to cooking wild rice is that it takes a lot longer to cook. But when you use a pressure cooker, it makes it quicker and easier than on the stovetop.

Did you know that wild rice isn’t actually rice at all? Surprise! 

Its actually a kind of aquatic grass that is native to North America, India and China.

cooked wild rice in bowl with spoon

How to make this rice recipe

This recipe is very simple to make! Here is a brief overview of the recipe to give you an idea of how it works. For the full set of directions and measurements, please make sure you scroll down to the recipe card below!

  1. Quickly rinse off the rice with cold water in a colander.
  2. Add rice and broth to the insert pan, making sure that the outside of the pan has no water on it.
  3. Add the insert to the pressure cooker and lock the lid in place.
  4. Make sure the pressure valve is sealed.
  5. Pressure cook on high for 28 minutes. It will take about 8 minutes for the pot to come to full pressure.
  6. Allow to naturally release pressure for 10 minutes after it is done cooking.
  7. Carefully quick release the remaining pressure. Note that there will be some liquid in the bottom of the pan, and this part of cooking wild rice. Use a slotted spoon to scoop out and serve the wild rice from the pan. 

Need to adjust how much you make? Use the ratio of 1 cup of wild rice to 1 ¼  cup of chicken broth or water. This ratio gives just enough water for the rice to be fluffy and chewy without it being over cooked, and without leaving a ton of cooking liquid in the bottom of the bowl.

Recipe Note: I like to use chicken broth as my liquid because I think it adds to the flavor of the overall dish. You can also substitute vegetable broth or water.

cooking wild rice in instant pot

How long does this recipe take?

This recipe takes about 50-60 minutes to make, but the majority of that time is hands off.

  • You need 5 minutes to prep ingredients.
  • You need about 8-10 minutes for the pressure cooker to come to full pressure.
  • You need 28 minutes for the rice to cook.
  • You need 10 minutes for pressure to naturally release before using the Quick Release to remove any remaining pressure.

Do you need to wash wild rice?

Unlike white rice and brown rice, you do not need to wash or soak your wild rice at all because we are cooking it in the instant pot. A quick rinse under cold water is all you need.

How to serve this to your family

I love the earthy flavor of wild rice! This rice is a great side dish to so many meals. Try serving it beside a dish like walnut and rosemary crusted chicken, southern fried catfish, or ham and cheese frittata.

Storage Information

Leftover wild rice can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days. Make sure the rice is cooled before storing. Reheat in the microwave until warmed through.

wild rice in bowl on pink counter

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cooked wild rice in white bowl with serving spoon

Instant Pot Wild Rice

Instant Pot wild rice is a perfect side dish to serve at dinner. Perfectly cooked wild rice with a sweet and nutty flavor, chewy texture, and almost no work.
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Course: Kid Friendly Side Dishes
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 36 minutes
Additional Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 51 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 46kcal
Author: Jenni – The Gingered Whisk

Ingredients

  • 1 cup wild rice
  • 1 ¼ cup chicken broth or water
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 bay leaf

Instructions

  • Quickly rinse off the rice with cold water in a colander.
  • Add rice and broth to the insert pan, making sure that the outside of the pan has no water on it. Add in the salt and bay leaf.
  • Add the insert to the pressure cooker and lock the lid in place.
  • Make sure the pressure valve is sealed.
  • Pressure cook on high for 28 minutes. It will take about 8 minutes for the pot to come to full pressure.
  • Allow to naturally release pressure for 10 minutes after it is done cooking.
  • Carefully quick release the remaining pressure. Note that there will be some liquid in the bottom of the pan, and this part of cooking wild rice. Use a slotted spoon to scoop out and serve the wild rice from the pan.

Notes

Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days.

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 46kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 2g | Cholesterol: 2mg | Sodium: 557mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g

One Comment

  1. Shadi Hasanzadenemati says:

    I was looking for a recipe like this, thank you for sharing! I can’t wait to try it soon!

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