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How to Cook Wild Rice

Cooked Wild Rice

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Wild rice is easy to cook (although it does take a bit more time than white rice). Always rinse wild rice thoroughly in cold water before cooking it and know that 1 cup uncooked wild rice yields 3 to 4 cups cooked wild rice. Then steam, boil, bake, or microwave it to perfection with these easy steps:

How to Steam Wild Rice

In a medium sauce pan, bring 1 cup wild rice, 3 cups water, and 1/2 tsp. salt to a boil. Cover, reduce the heat to maintain a steady simmer, and cook until the rice is tender and the kernels pop open, 45 to 60 minutes. Uncover the rice and fluff it with a fork. Simmer 5 additional minutes, stirring occasionally. Drain off any excess liquid, if necessary. Steamed wild rice has many popped kernels and a very tender texture.

How to Boil Wild Rice

Bring 6 cups water to a boil. Add 1 tsp. salt and 1 cup wild rice. Bring everything back to a boil before reducing the heat to maintain a low boil. Cook until the rice is tender, about 45 minutes. Drain the rice in a sieve or fine-mesh colander. Boiled wild rice tends to have tender, but intact kernels.

How to Bake Wild Rice

Combine 1 cup wild rice with 2 cups boiling water or broth and salt to taste in a 2-quart casserole with a tight fitting lid. Cover and bake at 350°F for 1 hour. Check the wild rice. Add more water or broth, if needed, and fluff the rice with a fork. Continue baking until the rice is tender and still moist, about 30 minutes.

How to Microwave Wild Rice

Combine 1 cup wild rice and 3 cups water or broth and 1/2 tsp. salt in a covered 2-quart glass or other microwaveable container. Microwave on full power for 5 minutes. Microwave on 50 percent power for 30 minutes. Let stand 15 minutes and taste - the wild rice should be tender. If it's not, microwave in 2 minute increments until it is. Drain, if necessary.
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