How to Cook Wild Rice in a Rice Cooker & Freeze It
Wild rice is gluten-free choice, wonderfully chewy, and adds a much desired nutty flavor to any dish (or by itself). It does take a while to cook, and having to wait for it can be a hassle if you’re in a hurry to go somewhere. I’ve got just the solution for that though. Let me show you how to cook wild rice in a rice cooker. No more waiting for it to finish cooking before going somewhere, yet you can still enjoy all the benefits and flavors it offers.
A Little More About Wild Rice
So why wild rice? Why not? Considering all of what it provides:
- It’s great for diabetics because it’s grass, not grain.
- Whole and all-natural. Not refined or polished.
- Has twice as much protein as brown rice.
- Lots of powerful antioxidants to help protect you from disease and aging.
- High in fiber to help lower cholesterol and promote a healthy digestive system.
- Rich in minerals and vitamins including vitamin A, C, and E.
- Lower in calories per servings compared to rice and other grains.
Cooking Wild Rice in a Rice Cooker
Instructions are always provided on the packaging when you buy wild rice, but those instructions are for a stove top. Nowhere does it tell you how to cook wild rice in a rice cooker, so it’s understandable that many people don’t know where to start. It’s fairly straightforward with the instructions here.
- 1 cup wild rice
- 2 cups water/broth
- A pinch of salt
- A tablespoon of butter (optional)
- Thoroughly rinse the wild rice under running cold water.
- Drain off any excess water.
- If you’ve chosen to use butter, lightly cover the inside of the rice cooker pan with melted butter.
- Mix the wild rice, salt and water/broth into the pan.
- Set your rice cooker to cook with the brown rice setting. If your rice cooker doesn’t have this option, cook it for about 40-45 minutes (this may require 2 cooking cycles).
- Fluff with a fork once it’s cooked.
How to Tell When it is Properly Cooked
How do you tell if your wild rice is cooked properly? A little visual cue and a quick taste test are all that’s needed. The seeds should have “burst open,” revealing the creamy inside. It’s overcooked if it has burst open and curled.
Carefully taste test a small spoonful of the wild rice. The texture is what you’re really looking for. It should be a little chewy, but not hard.
Don’t worry if it’s not perfect, or overcooked. You can still enjoy it, and it goes great in soups and other dishes.
Why Not Stovetop?
You might be wondering why not cook wild rice on the stove top. There’s actually no particular reason to not use the stove top. I just like the convenience of the rice cooker. Using the rice cooker also reduces the risk of burning it, and you can set it and still be able to step out of the house for a bit.
If you’d like to cook wild rice using on the stove top sometimes, just follow the instructions on the packaging. For most wild rice, just use 2 parts water to 1 part rice. Add salt to taste, bring to boil and then simmer for about 40 minutes (or whatever time is specified on the packaging).
Cooking wild rice in a rice cooker is super easy. Now that you know how to make it, give it a try, and you’ll soon come to agree with me that it’s incredibly convenient. Plus it’s also delicious, and very good for your health.