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Wild rice recipe

Perfect Wild Rice (Easy Side Dish!)

  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 8 1x


Here’s exactly how to cook wild rice: it will become your go-to wild rice recipe! Add onion and celery to make it into an easy side dish.


  • 1 cup small diced yellow onion (1 small onion), optional
  • 1 cup small diced celery (about 3 celery ribs), optional
  • 2 cups wild rice (make sure it’s all wild rice, not a mix!)
  • 1 quart (4 cups) vegetable broth
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt, divided


  1. Prep the veggies (optional but recommended): Small dice the onion. Dice the celery.
  2. In a large saucepan, place the onion, celery, wild rice, vegetable broth, water, and 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt. Bring it to a boil, then cover and simmer 45 to 50 minutes, until the rice is split and tender. (Most of the grains will split, but not all: see the photo.)
  3. Drain excess liquid. Taste and add an additional 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt. If you’d like, add a drizzle of olive oil or a tablespoon or two of butter (but it tastes great on its own).
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: Wild Rice Recipe, How to cook wild rice