Wild or brown rice

A bowl of mixed wild and brown rice
Recipe credit

University of Minnesota Extension Department of Family, Health and Wellbeing

About this recipe

Serving size
1/2 cup
Time to make
3 minutes preparation; 30-50 minutes cook time
Special criteria


Wild rice

  • 1 cup wild rice
  • 3 cups water

Brown rice

  • 1 cup brown rice
  • 2 1/2 cups water


Wild rice

  1. Bring water to a rapid boil in a large saucepan. Add rice to the boiling water.
  2. Return water to a boil. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer 30-45 minutes until the rice kernels puff open.
  3. Uncover, fluff with a fork and simmer 5 more minutes.
  4. Drain off any remaining liquid.

Brown rice

  1. Put rice and water into a large saucepan. Heat to boiling.
  2. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer without stirring for 45-50 minutes until the rice is tender and all the water is absorbed.

Tips and variations

  • Use brown rice in place of white rice in most recipes for added nutrition.
  • Mix brown and white rice by cooking the brown rice for 20 minutes, then adding white rice and more water for another 20 minutes.
  • Cook extra wild rice to add to soups and casseroles. Cooked wild rice freezes well.
  • Hand-parched wild rice cooks in less time – about 15-20 minutes
  • A rice cooker is inexpensive and gives good results for all types of rice.

Nutritional info

Total fat
0.3 g
Saturated fat
0 g
0 mg
1.9/0.3 mg
Total carbohydrates
19.9/7.6 g
Dietary fiber
1.7/0.6 g
3.9/0.8 g
Total sugar
0.7/0.1 g