Wild rice not only tastes great but is a nutrient dense grain. That means you get more bang for your buck, so to speak. With that being said, I often find that people draw a blank when thinking about how to utilize it. While there are many great options, I’ve pulled together a list of 11 recipes, from various categories, to help you make a great meal! Want to keep it simple? You can just cook your wild rice as a simple side dish for salmon or roasted chicken.
Fun fact: Wild rice isn’t actually rice at all! While the two are relatively closely related, they are actually from two different genera ( Zizania and Oryza, respectively).
Mostly likely, the first thing that comes to mind when most people hear wild rice is a classic creamy chicken soup. I had to include that Minnesota recipe of course. However, that’s not the only kind of soup that can benefit from a hearty grain.
Minnesota creamy chicken and wild rice soup
Warm, comforting, and full of whole grains and protein. This soup is a midwestern hug in a bowl.
If you want to shuffle wild rice off center stage, don’t worry, it won’t be offended. In fact, it’ll show you its versatility and wiggle its way into your heart.
Cranberry Wild Rice Pilaf with Sweet Potatoes
Simmered in savory herb broth and sweet apple juice, this delicious Wild Rice Pilaf is light, fluffy, and extra delicious when mixed and mingled with sweet potatoes, dried cranberries, tart apples, and crunchy pecans.
I’m not saying you have to go out and get some wild rice but I am saying you absolutely should. While it is a pricier grain, it will make it easier for you to make a balanced meal. Besides, don’t you need more variety in your life? No? Well, that’s ok too. You can always make some fried rice or risotto.