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Our Favorite Wild Rice Recipes

Enjoy the nutty flavor of wild rice in side dishes, soups, stew, casseroles and more.
  • Chicken and Wild Rice Soup

    Canned soup and chicken broth speed prep time for this main-dish soup. The recipe comes from a Minnesota cafe.

    Chicken and Wild Rice Soup

  • Lemon-Tarragon Wild Rice

    Try this light, herby dish with chicken or seafood. The recipe comes from the White Earth Nation reservation in northern Minnesota.

    Lemon-Tarragon Wild Rice

  • Butternut Squash, Lentil and Wild Rice Stew

    Butternut Squash, Lentil and Wild Rice Stew

    Here's a main-dish soup loaded with veggies. Need to reduce the sodium? Use only one can of French onion soup and replace the other with 1-1/2 cups water.

    Butternut Squash, Lentil and Wild Rice Stew

  • Chicken and Wild Rice Casserole

    Chicken and Wild Rice Casserole

    This hotdish combines a handful of pantry ingredients. It’s a great way to use up leftover chicken or turkey. Or, if you prefer, just shred a supermarket-deli rotisserie chicken.

    Chicken and Wild Rice Casserole

  • Cranberry-Orange Wild Rice Muffins

    Cranberry-Orange Wild Rice Muffins

    This North Woods-inspired recipe from Cheryl Francke of Arden Hills, Minnesota, was a finalist in our Best of the Midwest® recipe contest. 

    Cranberry-Orange Wild Rice Muffins

  • Wild Rice with Hazelnuts and Blueberries

    This pilaf-like side dish is inspired by the cuisine of the Ojibwe Native Americans who harvest naturally growing wild rice on the White Earth reservation in Minnesota. You can substitute other dried fruits and nuts if you like.

    Wild Rice with Hazelnuts and Blueberries 

  • Herbed Chicken with Wild Rice

    This herbed chicken and vegetable main dish was inspired by an entree at Spa Shiki at Lodge of Four Seasons in Lake Ozark, Missouri.

    Herbed Chicken with Wild Rice

  • New Ham and Rice Salad

    Update traditional ham and peas with wild rice and a dried tomato vinaigrette.

    New Ham and Rice Salad

  • Grammy's Wild Rice Porridge

    For easy morning prep, cook the wild rice the day before and store it in the refrigerator. The next step, start at Step 3.

    Grammy's Wild Rice Porridge recipe

  • Wild Rice and Fish Chowder

    Wild rice and lake whitefish add a North Woods taste to this creamy soup. Serve with crusty bread.

    Wild Rice and Fish Chowder

  • Wild Rice Stuffing

    Not a bread cube in sight! Instead, our recipe uses a mixture of rich, nutty wild rice and hearty brown rice, along with mushrooms, celery and green onions.

    Wild Rice Stuffing

  • Wild Rice and Chicken Soup

    Mix a can of cream of chicken soup, mushrooms, veggies and rice mix for the soup base. Any boneless cooked chicken works in this recipe, but chicken thighs, with more moisture from fat, slow-cook the best.

    Wild Rice and Chicken Soup

  • Fresh Corn Risotto with Wild Rice and Pancetta

    This dish is perfect for entertaining. Get guests involved: One can stir the risotto while another tosses a salad. Don't rush risotto; it takes time and stirring.

    Fresh Corn Risotto with Wild Rice and Pancetta

  • Touch of the Wild Rice

    Dried cranberries, peas and hazelnuts speckle this side dish, created to feature naturally grown wild rice from northern Minnesota lakes.

    Touch of the Wild Rice

  • Wild Rice and Turkey Soup

    Our quick and easy soup was inspired by the flavors of Minnesota, which leads the nation in turkey production. Smoked turkey mixes with the state grain, wild rice. Meaty shiitake mushrooms add more substance to the bowl.

    Wild Rice and Turkey Soup

  • Roast Pork Loin with Dried Cherry and Wild Rice Stuffing

    Roast Pork Loin with Dried Cherry and Wild Rice Stuffing

    This stuffing, which includes sausage, dried Michigan fruit and wild rice, forms a spiral when rolled up into a top loin roast. The recipe comes from New York Restaurant in Harbor Springs, Michigan.

    Roast Pork Loin with Dried Cherry and Wild Rice Stuffing

  • Antlers Wild Rice Soup

    We like the creamy richness of this chunky main-dish soup from Antlers Restaurant at Breezy Point Resort in Breezy Point, Minnesota.

    Antlers Wild Rice Soup

  • Sausage-Wild Rice Casserole

    Pork sausage and wild rice blend with onion, mushrooms and water chestnuts in an easy-to-make casserole. Add 2 cups cubed, cooked chicken or turkey to make it a main dish.

    Sausage-Wild Rice Casserole

  • Wild Rice and Turkey Loaf Sandwich

    We put a hearty twist on an old standby, the meatloaf sandwich. This Minnesota-inspired sandwich blends two delights from the North Star State: turkey and wild rice. The wild rice adds a surprising crunch. Top it with roasted red pepper strips or some bold cranberry relish. 

    Wild Rice and Turkey Loaf Sandwich

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