How To Cook Wild Rice In The Instant Pot
Here’s how to cook wild rice in the Instant Pot! Wild rice is high in protein, allergy-friendly, gluten-free, and has 30 times more antioxidants than white rice. Yet, it takes forever to cook! Cut down on the cooking time by learning how to make this nourishing ancient grass in your pressure cooker! Download your FREE 7-Day Instant Pot Real Food Meal Plan!
I love wild rice. It’s a local food for me because I live in its native region.
I love that it’s high in protein, allergy-friendly, gluten-free, has has 30 times more antioxidants than white rice.
Yet, it has one major downfall….
It takes for.e.ver to cook. 😉
The first time I cooked wild rice, it took over an hour.
Although I’m unfortunately part of the “Microwave Generation”, my family and I don’t even own a microwave, so I’m really not whining here.
That’s just a big jump from 20 minutes of cooking sprouted brown rice, which I also cook in the Instant Pot.
Types Of Wild Rice — It Matters!
Updated: 10/06/2017 — I received several comments from readers who tried this recipe and it didn’t work perfectly for them. Their rice ended up cooked, but they were also left with lots of liquid, which they had to strain/drain off.
So, here’s what I’ve figured out…
The type of wild rice you use REALLY matters. There are so many varieties, and I don’t use a variety that can be bought off the shelf at your local supermarket. I use hand-harvested, hand-parched wild rice. Our wild rice is not patty-grown. It is not dark black or brown; more of a grey-ish brown color.
I buy it from friends who go out in a canoe and harvest the rice by hand. I pay $11 per pound for this beautiful, local food. (If you don’t have a valuable resource like this, I recommend Wildly Organic’s hand-harvested, hand-parched wild rice.
If your wild rice is patty-grown, black in color, or machine-parched, your results may be different.
This is my best guess as to why others who have followed this recipe ended up with vastly different results. Just know that as long as the rice is cooked through — not too al dente and not mushy, but perfectly cooked — and you’re still left with water, simply drain the water and use the rice. It’s really ok!
It’s a thing. Unfortunately.
I am at a low altitude — less than 1,000 feet. Therefore, my cooking time will be less than someone who’s higher, say 3,500 or 6,000 feet.
Since I have not tested this recipe at various altitudes, I have included the liquid ratio and time that worked for ME. And I have tested and re-tested this recipe, and it DOES work for me every time.
So, if you’re at a higher altitude, experiment with a longer cooking time and/or less liquid.
I’ve cut my cooking time almost by half by switching to my Instant Pot! Here’s how to cook wild rice in the Instant Pot!
Instant Pot Wild Rice
Author Lindsey Dietz
Yield 8 servings
Here's how to cook wild rice in the Instant Pot! Wild rice is high in protein, allergy-friendly, gluten-free, and has 30 times more antioxidants than white rice. Yet, it takes forever to cook! Cut down on the cooking time by learning how to make this nourishing ancient grass in your pressure cooker!
Add the wild rice, water and/or broth, and salt to the Instant Pot.
Place the lid on the Instant Pot and turn until it locks into place. Make sure to seal the vent.
Press the Manual button and adjust the cooking time to 35 minutes and the pressure to high.
Manually release pressure.
Open the lid immediately and fluff with a fork.
Courses Side Dishes
Now it is ready to add straight to my nourishing creamy wild rice soup or to mix with veggies for a wild rice pilaf! Enjoy!
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