How to Season Wild Rice

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Add basic seasonings to wild rice while it simmers.
Add basic seasonings to wild rice while it simmers. (Image: Hemera Technologies/AbleStock.com/Getty Images)

Consider replacing standard rice with wild rice to complement a meal. Wild rice, with its nutty flavor and fluffy texture, makes a delightful side dish for a variety of entrees. As you prepare wild rice, add different herbs and spices to make it delicious. Season wild rice as it cooks so the ingredients will infuse into the cooking rice kernels, making a tasty dish.

Things You'll Need

  • Colander
  • 1-quart saucepan
  • Vegetable, chicken or beef broth
  • Salt and pepper (to taste)
  • 1 tbsp. slivered almonds per cup of wild rice
  • 1 tsp. dried parsley per cup of wild rice

Place 1 cup wild rice into the colander and rinse it under cool water for about one minute.

Boil 3 cups of broth in the saucepan.

Add the washed wild rice to the boiling broth and stir to combine the rice with the broth.

Add as much salt and pepper to the rice and broth as you desire.

Boil the ingredients in the saucepan again and then reduce the heat to medium-low.

Cover the saucepan and simmer the rice for about 45 minutes.

Uncover the rice, add the slivered almonds and the dried parsley and cover the saucepan again.

Cook the wild rice for an additional 15 minutes and then check it. Uncover the wild rice after the kernels pop open and the rice becomes fluffy and cook it for another five minutes.

Pour off any remaining liquid and remove the rice from the heat.

Allow the wild rice to stand, covered, for about 10 minutes.

Uncover the rice and fluff it with a fork.

Tips & Warnings

  • The ratio of wild rice to liquid is 1 cup wild rice to 3 cups liquid. After cooking, 1 cup of raw wild rice will become about 4 cups of cooked wild rice.

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