Preparing Wild Rice

Wild Rice is easy to prepare and can be a versatile addition to every chef’s repertoire. Wild rice preparation is as simple as combining one part Wild Rice with three parts water! Average cooking times range from 30 to 50 minutes.

Wild rice should always be cooked covered. However, you may open the lid to stir it from time to time. Wild rice is properly cooked when kernels are tender and many have burst open to reveal a cream-colored interior. Overcooking will cause split kernels to curl. For optimum taste, its chewy texture should remain true after cooking.

Flavorful, nutritious and natural, California Wild Rice satisfies the most demanding palate. It offers a unique taste and texture compliment to meals throughout the year. An indispensable part of every modern, light, sophisticated cuisine, Wild Rice is so easy to prepare and bursting with nutrition.

Always follow package direction or use one of these easy methods:

Stovetop Method:

Bring 3 cups water or stock to a boil, stir in 1 cup uncooked California Wild Rice reduce heat and simmer, covered 40-45 minutes or just until kernels puff open.  Uncover and fluff with a fork and simmer an additional five minutes.  Drain off any excess liquid.

Oven Method:

In a 2-quart casserole, pour 3 cups water or stock over 1 cup wild rice. Cover and bake at 350º F for 1 hour. Fluff with a fork and continue baking for 1/2 hour. Drain any excess liquid. Fluff with fork and season to taste. Drain off any excess liquid.

Microwave Method:

In a 2-quart microwave-safe bowl, add 1 cup wild rice to 3 cups water or stock. Cover and microwave on HIGH for 5 minutes, then microwave on MEDIUM for 30 minutes more. Let stand for 10 minutes; drain any excess liquid. Fluff with a fork and season to taste.

Rice Cooker Method:

Rub with butter or spray rice cooker pan with nonstick cooking spray.  Add 2 cups of water or chicken broth and 1 cup of California Wild Rice.  Cook 50 minutes or until rice is fluffy, let stand for 10 minutes.

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Let Executive Chef Wendy Brodie guide you through this information streaming video about California Wild Rice including: Step-by-step cooking instructions, cooking tips, nutritional information and a simple California Wild Rice Salad.

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