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Wild Rice Pilaf

Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Course: Main Course
Keyword: pilaf rice, wild rice, wild rice pilaf


  • 2 cups wild rice blend
  • vegetable or chicken broth cube
  • 1 onion
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • pinch ground pepper
  • 1/4 cip sliced, salted butter
  • 3/4 cup sliced, carrots
  • 2 cups brussel sprouts
  • 1/2 tsp dried basil
  • 1/2 tsp dried thyme
  • 1/4 tsp dried oregano
  • salt to taste


Cook the wild rice

  • Before you start, make sure that you get a wild rice blend instead of regular wild rice. wild rice mix is more recommended because it balances nutrition, taste, and chewiness better than the regular one.
    For this recipe, you should cook the rice in a broth instead of water. You can also use plain water to cook the pilaf, but I highly recommended that you cook it in a broth for a richer flavour.
    Check your wild rice blend instructions for the ideal cooking time in the water. Most brands will give you instructions for the cooking durations of both water and broth.
    However, if the package doesn’t mention a specific time for cooking using the broth, it’s usually the same time as water, so no worries!
    Once the recommended cooking time is up, turn off the heat but keep the lid tightly closed for an extra 10 minutes.
    Wild rice usually takes a bit longer than expected and you don’t want it to be firm for this recipe. If the rice is still too firm, add in extra broth and simmer it for an additional 10 minutes.

Cook the vegetables

  • During the rice cooking time, you’ll have enough time to cook the vegetables. Bring a deep skillet to medium heat while adding the butter.
    Once the butter melts and starts bubbling, add the carrots and onions. Stir and cover occasionally for about 5 minutes to cook.
    When time is up, uncover the lid and add the rest of the veggies and black pepper, then stir for a couple of minutes until they all soften.

Add the rice to the skillet

  • Add the Rice to the Skillet
    When the rice is all done, add it to the veggies mix and stir them so that they become evenly distributed.
    How Long Does It Take to Cook Wild Rice?
    As you can see, the duration of cooking wild rice depends mainly on the method used for cooking.
    Ideally, an instant pot is the fastest way to cook wild rice, which is usually about 35 to 40 minutes followed by microwaves (about an hour).
    Cooking on the stove or in the oven might take anywhere from 1 to 1.5 hours depending on many factors, such as the quantity and variety of rice used.