Wild Rice Pilaf Recipe


Embark on a culinary adventure with our Wild Rice Pilaf recipe—a celebration of nutty, chewy wild rice intertwined with a symphony of aromatic herbs and wholesome ingredients. This side dish is a testament to the bountiful flavors nature provides, delivering a wholesome and sophisticated addition to your table.

At the heart of this recipe lies the star ingredient—wild rice. Harvested from the pristine waters and fertile lands, wild rice brings a robust, nutty flavor and a delightful chewiness to this pilaf. Its earthy essence is complemented by a medley of ingredients, creating a dish that’s as visually appealing as it is flavorful.

Wild Rice Pilaf Recipe

Wild Rice Pilaf Recipe

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American, Indian, Italian
Servings 4
Calories 0.25 kcal


  • Medium saucepan with a lid
  • Wooden Spoon
  • Knife and cutting board
  • Skillet or pan for toasting almonds
  • Serving dish


  • 1 cup wild rice
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil or unsalted butter
  • 1 small onion finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 celery stalk finely chopped
  • 1 carrot finely chopped
  • 2 cups vegetable or chicken broth
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves
  • 1 teaspoon fresh rosemary chopped
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds toasted
  • 1/3 cup dried cranberries


  • Rinse Wild Rice:
    Rinse the wild rice under cold water in a fine-mesh sieve until the water runs clear. This helps remove excess starch.
  • Sauté Aromatics:
    In a medium saucepan, heat olive oil or butter over medium heat. Add chopped onion, garlic, celery, and carrot. Sauté until the vegetables are softened and aromatic.
  • Add Wild Rice:
    Stir in the rinsed wild rice and continue sautéing for 2-3 minutes to lightly toast the rice, enhancing its nutty flavor.
  • Infuse with Herbs:
    Pour in the vegetable or chicken broth. Add fresh thyme, chopped rosemary, salt, and black pepper. Stir well to combine.
  • Simmer and Cook:
    Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat to low, cover the saucepan with a lid, and let it simmer for 45-60 minutes. Wild rice takes longer to cook than regular rice, so be patient. It's done when the grains are tender, but still chewy
  • Toast Almonds:
    While the rice is cooking, toast the sliced almonds in a skillet over medium heat until golden brown. Stir frequently to prevent burning.
  • Fluff and Mix:
    Once the wild rice is cooked, fluff it with a fork to separate the grains. Add the toasted almonds and dried cranberries. Gently mix everything together.
  • Adjust Seasoning:
    Taste and adjust the seasoning if necessary. Add more salt and pepper according to your preference.
  • Serve:
    Transfer the Wild Rice Pilaf to a serving dish. Garnish with additional fresh herbs if desired.


Enjoy this wholesome and flavorful Wild Rice Pilaf as a delightful side dish for your meals. Its nutty texture, aromatic herbs, and the sweetness of cranberries make it a perfect addition to any table.
Keyword Quick & Easy, Quick Meal, Wild Rice Pilaf
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