We’re always on the lookout for better rice; healthier rice; better methods and easiest ways to cook rice without compromising the taste, texture, and fragrance.
After experimenting with some of our favorite types of rice in our Instant Pot Pressure Cooker, it’s time for another Instant Pot Rice Experiment – Wild Rice! 🙂
Tender Chew . Roasted Nutty . Sweet Aroma
Protein-rich . Nutrient-dense . High Dietary Fiber
What is Wild Rice?
Despite the name might suggest, Wild Rice is actually different from the types of “Rice” we commonly consume (i.e. Brown Rice, White Rice).
This edible grain is harvested from a type of aquatic grass, native only to North America, India, and China.
Some nutritionists say it’s healthier than other types of rice we normally eat. This nutrient dense grain is high in protein, high dietary fiber, high anti-oxidants, low in fat, does not contain gluten, and a good source of certain minerals and B vitamins.
The downside is it’s generally more expensive than other types of rice, and it takes longer to cook. But, no worries! Instant Pot to the rescue!! 🙂
What to Make with Wild Rice?
Wild Rice has a stronger taste and aroma than the usual types of rice. You can use it for cooking yummy pilafs or grain salads, add them to soups, casseroles, or stuffings.
Instant Pot Wild Rice Experiment
We conducted multiple tests with Wild Rice using different amounts of liquid and cooking time in our Instant Pot Electric Pressure Cooker.
Here’s the Wild Rice Experiment Summary:
Conclusion: We like Test #2’s results as we enjoy rice with a slight chew, but not too chewy. Adjust the “Wild Rice:Water” Ratio accordingly to your personal preference. 🙂
How to Make Instant Pot Wild Rice Recipe
Rinse Wild Rice
1 cup (185g) wild rice
Gently rinse wild rice under cold water. Drain well.
Pressure Cook Wild Rice
Rinsed wild rice, from above
1.5 cup (375ml) cold water
A pinch of salt
1 teaspoon olive oil
Place 1 cup (185g) wild rice, 1.5 cup (375ml) cold water, a pinch of salt, and 1 teaspoon olive oil in Instant Pot Pressure Cooker.
Close lid and pressure cook:
- Pressure Cooking Method: High Pressure using Manual/Pressure Cook button for 15 minutes (Please see experiment chart for preferred texture), then Full Natural Release (~10 mins).
Turn off heat. Open the lid carefully.
Fluff & Serve Instant Pot Wild Rice
Fluff wild rice with rice spatula or fork, then serve with your main dish. Enjoy!~
Instant Pot Wild Rice
- 1 cup (185g) wild rice
- 1.5 cup (375ml) cold water
- A pinch of salt
- 1 teaspoon olive oil
Rinse Wild Rice: Gently rinse wild rice under cold water. Drain well.
Pressure Cook Wild Rice: Place 1 cup (185g) wild rice, 1.5 cup (375ml) cold water, a pinch of salt, and 1 tsp olive oil in Instant Pot Pressure Cooker. Close lid and pressure cook at High Pressure using Manual/Pressure Cook button for 15 minutes (Please see experiment chart for preferred texture). Turn off heat and Full Natural Release (~10 mins). Open the lid carefully.
Fluff & Serve: Fluff wild rice with rice spatula or fork, then serve with your main dish.