For a delicious side that never fails to delight, give this Instant Pot Wild Rice a try. By using your pressure cooker, you can achieve perfectly cooked wild rice in less than 45 minutes. I’ll guide you through the process, ensuring your wild rice comes out fluffy and flavorful every time.
I remember the first time I cooked wild rice—it was a bit of a disaster. Burnt pot, undercooked grains, and a rather unappetizing dinner.
That's why I was over the moon when I discovered the magic of cooking wild rice in an Instant Pot. It's foolproof and quick, and the results are consistently perfect.
In just 45 minutes, your Instant Pot will transform these humble grains into a flavorful and nutritious dish that your entire family will love.
Trust me, once you've tried Instant Pot wild rice blend, you'll want to make it a regular at your family meals. It's that good!
Ingredients and Substitutions
- Wild Rice: Wild rice is the star of this dish. It has a wonderfully robust, nutty flavor and chewy texture that truly sets it apart from other types of rice.
- Broth: You can use either chicken or vegetable broth for your cooking liquid, depending on your preference. If you're in a pinch, you can also substitute the broth with water, though keep in mind this will affect the flavor.
- Butter: Just a couple of tablespoons of butter adds a rich, creamy element to the dish. If you're vegan or dairy-free, you can substitute the butter with olive oil or a vegan butter substitute.
- Sea Salt: You can use kosher salt or table salt if you prefer. Adjust the salt to taste.
Step by Step
For the full Instant Pot wild rice recipe with measurements, see the recipe card at the end of the post.
First, start by placing the wild rice, broth, butter, and sea salt in your pressure cooker.
Secure the lid on your Instant Pot. Make sure your pot is in the sealing position and set to Manual High Pressure. Then, set the cooking time to 30 minutes.
The timer is up! Do an instant release. Remember, always be careful when releasing pressure!
Give your wild rice a stir, and then serve.
Tips and Tricks for Perfect Instant Pot Wild Rice
- Always Rinse Your Rice: Before you start, give your wild rice a good rinse under cold water. This helps to remove any dust or debris and ensures your rice is nice and clean. Plus, it can also help to reduce the natural bitterness.
- Don't Skimp on the Broth: Whether you're using chicken broth or vegetable broth, make sure it's of good quality. I always say, "The better the broth, the better the rice!" It's what gives your rice that deep, rich flavor.
- The Right Amount of Salt: Don't forget the sea salt! It might seem like a small thing, but it really does make a big difference in bringing out the flavors of the other ingredients. Remember, you can always add more later, so start with less if you're unsure.
- Fluff with a Fork: Use a fork to fluff it up once your rice is cooked. This helps to separate the grains and gives your rice that lovely, light, fluffy texture.
- Leftovers are Delicious: If you have any leftovers, don't fret! Instant Pot Wild Rice reheats beautifully and can be a great addition to salads, wild rice soup, or as a side for your next lunch or dinner. Just store it in an airtight container in the fridge, and it'll keep for up to a week.
How much rice does 1 cup of dry wild rice make?
Typically, 1 cup (180g) of dry wild rice will yield approximately 3 ½ to 4 cups of cooked rice.
Can I substitute the broth for water?
Yes, you can substitute the broth with water but keep in mind that this may affect the flavor of the dish. If using water, consider adding some herbs or spices to give it more flavor.
What happens if you don't rinse wild rice before cooking?
If you don't rinse wild rice before cooking, it can lead to a bitter flavor and uneven texture. Rinsing helps to remove any dust or debris and ensures your rice is clean and fluffy when cooked.
Leftover wild rice can be stored in a sealed container in the fridge for up to a week.
When reheating, make sure the rice is piping hot all the way through before serving. Wild rice can also be frozen in an airtight container for up to 3 months. Defrost in the fridge overnight before reheating.
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Fluffy Instant Pot Wild Rice
- Instant Pot
- 2 cups wild rice rinsed
- 3 ½ cups chicken or vegetable broth
- 2 tablespoons butter
- ½ teaspoon sea salt
- Place the wild rice, broth, butter and sea slat in the inner pot of your instant pot.
- Close the lid, and make sure your pot is in the sealing position.
- Set to Manual High Presser, and set the timer to 30 minutes.
- When the timer is up, do an instant release.
- Fluff and serve.