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Popped Wild Rice

How to Make Popped Wild Rice

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Popped Wild Rice

Popped Wild Rice

Photo © Molly Watson
It's true, you can "pop" wild rice much like popcorn. As you can see in the picture, it doesn't get as big and fluffy as popcorn, but it does pop and turn dried and cured grains of wild rice into a crunchy, delicious snack. Popped wild rice also works beautifully s croutons sprinkled in salads or soups for crunch and flavor.

Note that different wild rice will pop differently and more or less successfully. Wild rice that has been stored for a very long time will pop less than more recently harvested wild rice, since more of its moisture will already have evaporated (just like popcorn, the moisture inside turns to steam and makes the seed "pop" when it gets hot enough).

To "pop" wild rice:

  1. Heat a heavy-bottomed saucepan over high heat. When the pot is hot, add 1/2 to 1 tsp. vegetable oil.
  2. Add 1/2 cup wild rice, shake the pan vigorously to coat the wild rice thoroughly. Cover the pot, reduce the heat to medium high, and shake the pan until you can hear the rice popping.
  3. Reduce the heat to medium low and keep shaking the pan until the popping slows. Note that wild rice will not make as much noise as popcorn does, so you will need to listen closely.
  4. Sprinkle the popped wild rice with salt to taste and serve while it's still hot.

Makes about 1 cup of Popped Wild Rice.

Find more Ways to Cook Wild Rice here.

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