Today, we are cooking wild rice in the instant pot. For years, I cooked my wild rice on the stovetop, which started with soaking wild rice from the night before and then cooking it on the stovetop the next day. I even published a detailed blog post about how to cook wild rice.

However, nowadays, with pressure cooking being so convenient, I am also cooking wild rice in my Instant Pot (affiliate link.) In addition to being a timesaver, it allows me to skip the soaking part, which is great because I usually forget to do it from the night before.

A bowl of perfectly cooked Instant Pot Wild Rice is photographed with a bowl of wild rice blend in the background.

I have to admit it took me a minute to get into using my Instant Pot, but now I am hooked. Though I am still a student in learning, I love the ease and convenience of using my pressure cooker daily, especially when it comes to cooking the basics.

So today, I am here to tell you everything you need to know about cooking wild rice and my favorite wild rice blend in a pressure cooker. Before I continue, please know that it took me two weeks of testing and over ten times of cooking wild rice in my instant pot with different wild rice brands to write this post.

A bowl of Pressure Cooker Wild Rice is place in a bowl and photographed from the top view.

Wild Rice Brands:

Before I talk about how to cook wild rice in a pressure cooker, I want to caution you on something. During my recipe testing, I learned that the results you get from one wild rice brand to another vary. I found out about this the hard way when I kept getting different results when I switched from one brand to another.

They were minor but still slightly different. In the end, I found a ‘water to wild rice ratio” that works perfectly with three different brands (below links are affiliate links):

  • Reese Minnesota Wild Rice – Minnesotan hand-picked wild rice
  • Lundberg Organic Wild Rice – A national brand you can find in almost every store.
  • Organic Wild Rice that I purchased from the bulk section of our local grocery store here in Manchester, Vermont.

Now, this is not to say this instant pot wild rice recipe will not work with any other wild rice brand. My goal here is to let you know that there might be slight differences in results based on the wild rice you are using.

Wild Rice Water Ratio

The wild rice to water ratio for cooking wild rice in an instant pot is:

1 cup (6 ounces = 170 grams) of wild rice to 1 ⅓ cups (330 ml.) of water.

Ingredients (wild rice, water, and salt) are laid out for the perfect wild rice water ratio to cook wild rice in an instant pot

While it might sound like the amount of water is not enough, please keep in mind that when you cook food in a pressure cooker, the cooking liquid has nowhere to evaporate. As a result, the rice absorbs all the liquid leaving you with perfectly cooked and moist wild rice that is ready to serve.

The rice to liquid ratio of 1 to 1 ⅓ provides wild rice with some grain that is “fully burst” with some that are “just about to burst,” which I think is the best way to serve wild rice. Additionally, this ratio will give you wild rice with no excess liquid in the pot after it is cooked.

With that being said, I know that some people think that wild rice should be cooked in plenty of liquid and that the leftover juices should be used in cooking. If you feel that way, you can increase the amount of water to 1 ½ cups. Though be aware that even though your rice will be perfectly cooked, you will have to drain the excess liquid in the pan before serving.

How to cook wild rice in Instant Pot (In electric pressure cooker)

To cook wild rice in an instant pot:

  1. Rinse the rice: Place a cup of wild rice into a colander, rinse under cold water, and drain. You do not need to soak wild rice when cooking it in a pressure cooker.
  2. Place rice and water in the pressure cooker: Transfer the rinsed and drained wild rice into the instant pot and pour in 1 ⅓ cups of water. If preferred, you can add some salt as well.
  3. Set the instant pot: Secure the lid and make sure that the pressure regulator is set to sealing position. Select Manual and cook at high pressure for 20 minutes, followed by a 10-minute natural release. If there is any pressure left, release it by turning the pressure regulator knob onto the venting position. Carefully open the lid.
  4. Serve: Fluff the now-cooked wild rice with a fork or a wooden spoon and serve.
    Or add your cooked wild rice into soups, salads, casseroles, or serve it as a side dish.

How long does it take to cook wild rice in pressure cooker

From start to finish, it takes around 35 minutes to cook wild rice in a pressure cooker. Below is the breakdown:

  • ~5 minutes for the instant pot come to full pressure
  • 20 minutes to cook the wild rice
  • ~10 minutes for natural release. 

If you decide to double the recipe, meaning use 2 cups of wild rice and 2 ⅔ cups of water, the timing should still be the same. However, if you wish to cook more than that, you might have to add a couple of minutes (no more than 5 minutes) to the cooking time.

Also, I recommend using water that is at room temperature to shorten the amount of time for the instant pot to come to full pressure.

How much cooked wild rice do you get from one cup of uncooked wild rice

1 cup (6 ounces = 170 grams ) uncooked wild rice will yield approximately 2 ⅓ cups (~11.66 ounces = 330 grams) of cooked wild rice.

1 cup of cooked rice weighs about 5 ounces (141 grams.)

The values you see above were measured in my kitchen using a kitchen scale and a cup measure using all three different brands that I mentioned earlier.

Can I use chicken or vegetable broth instead of water:

Yes, you can. Swap water with the same amount of chicken or vegetable stock.

Additionally, if you prefer, you can add in flavoring agents like a clove of minced garlic, a tablespoon of oil, or a bay leaf into the cooking liquid for even more flavor.

How to cook wild rice blend in Instant Pot:

While I am a lover of wild rice as a grain by itself, lately, we have been enjoying Lundberg’s Wild Rice Blend (affiliate link) quite a bit. This post is not sponsored by them, but I love their rice blend and serve it quite a bit. Therefore, I thought it would be helpful to share how I cook my favorite wild rice blend in a pressure cooker as well.

A bowl of my Instant Pot Wild Rice Blend recipe is photographed in front of a pressure cooker.

According to their website, Lundberg Wild Rice Blend consists of long-grain brown rice, sweet brown rice, wild rice, Wehani® red rice, and black rice. As you can imagine, with all different kinds of rice types, it is hard to figure out how much liquid to use and how long to cook. But no worries, I am here to help.

Wild Rice To Water Ratio To Cook Instant Pot Wild Rice Blend

The ingredients (wild rice blend, water, and salt) are laid out for the perfect ratio of water and wild rice blend to cook the best instant pot wild rice blend

The ratio of wild rice blend to water (or liquid) to cook in pressure cooker is 1 to 1 ½ cups. In other words, you should cook 1 cup (6.8 ounces = ~ 193 grams) of Lundberg Wild Rice Blend in 1 ½ cups (375 ml.) of water.

How To Cook Wild Rice Blend In A Pressure Cooker:

  1. Rinse the wild rice blend: Place a cup of the wild rice blend into a colander, rinse under cold water, and drain.
  2. Place wild rice blend and water in the pressure cooker: Transfer the rinsed and drained wild rice blend into the instant pot and pour in 1 ½ cups of water (or chicken or vegetable stock). If preferred, you can add some salt as well.
  3. Set the instant pot: Secure the lid; make sure that the pressure regulator is set to sealing position. Select Manual and cook at high pressure for 28 minutes. Let it naturally release for 10 minutes. If there is any pressure left, release it by turning the knob onto the venting position. Carefully open the lid.
  4. Serve: Serve your wild rice pilaf warm as a side dish with your favorite meat or veggie dishes.

From start to finish, it takes around 42 – 45 minutes for wild rice blend to cook in a pressure cooker. Below is the breakdown:

  • ~5 minutes for the instant pot come to full pressure
  • 28 minutes to cook the wild rice
  • ~10 minutes for natural release

How much cooked wild rice blend do you get from 1 cup uncooked wild rice blend:

1 cup of uncooked Wild Rice Blend yields 3 cups of cooked wild rice blend.

A big bowl of Instant Pot (Pressure Cooker) Wild Rice Blend is photographed from the top view.

As I mentioned earlier, I used Lundberg’s Wild Rice Blend, so the numbers you see below are based on that particular brand of wild rice blend:

1 cup uncooked wild rice blend = ~ 6.8 ounces (192 grams)
1 cup cooked wild rice blend: ~ 6 ounces (170 grams)

With many health benefits like being high in protein, fiber, magnesium, and antioxidants, I think we can all agree that this naturally gluten-free grain is a wholesome grain that we should include in our diet (*Source). So now, with the ease and convenience of the pressure cooker, we have no excuse not to.

Below is the recipe along with a quick how-to video to show you how I cook wild rice in my instant pot. Check it out and let me know if I can answer any questions.

A Few wild rice recipes you might like:

 

Instant Pot Wild Rice Recipe

4.86 from 27 votes
Yields4 Servings
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time20 minutes
Total Time35 minutes
Learn how to cook Instant Pot Wild Rice quicker with the perfect wild rice water ratio and cooking time to make a bowl of perfectly cooked, nutritious, and healthy wild rice to use in salads, soups, or just by itself as a side dish.

Ingredients 

  • 1 cup 6 oz. Wild Rice
  • 1 1/3 cups 330 ml. water
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, optional

Instructions 

  • Place wild rice into a colander, rinse under cold water, and drain.
  • Transfer the rinsed and drained wild rice into the instant pot and pour in the water. If preferred, you can add some salt as well. 
  • Secure the lid and make sure that the pressure regulator is set to sealing position. Select Manual and cook at high pressure for 20 minutes, followed by a 10-minute natural release. If there is any pressure left, release it by turning the pressure regulator knob onto the venting position. Carefully open the lid.
  • Fluff the now-cooked wild rice with a fork or a wooden spoon and serve.

Video

Notes

You can find more information about cooking Wild Rice Blend in a pressure cooker in the blog post.
This Instant Pot recipe yields 2 1/3 cups of cooked wild rice.

Nutrition

Calories: 286kcal | Carbohydrates: 60g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 595mg | Potassium: 342mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 2g | Calcium: 17mg | Iron: 2mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
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52 Comments

  1. I actually have a question, why is 1 cup listed as 6 oz? Reece Wild Rice comes in 4 oz boxes, so to me two boxes would be a cup, I’m confused, would love to hear from you! Thank you!

    1. Hi Joanne,

      This is a really good question. I totally understand where you are coming from.

      You are right, the Reece Wild Rice comes in 4 oz. boxes. However, I wanted to make sure that the recipe I am sharing is helping people who are using other brands as well. The cup measure is a universal one so I thought it would be easier to make the recipe if I provided them with a cup of wild rice then a box of Reese Wild Rice brand only.

      You are also right in that a cup is considered 8 oz. but when you measure a cup of wild rice (by putting it in a cup measure and weighing it) it comes up to 6 oz. I understand that calling it a cup is probably not the best thing. However, if I listed as 6 oz only, then it would be hard to measure it if you don’t have a kitchen scale. To me, the likelihood that someone would have one of those cheap cup measures is higher than having a kitchen scale.

      I hope this answers your question. I am here if I can help with any other questions.

      Cheers!

  2. I’m confused. So, your recipe calls for 6 oz of uncooked rice instead of the standard 8 oz cup, correct? So, is the water measured as 6 oz equalling a cup as well?
    I was taught measuring a cup as 8 oz. Thanks.

    1. The amounts are correct. 1 cup uncooked wild rice equals 6 oz. The weight of a cup changes from one grain to another.
      Think of it this way. Fill a cup with cotton and weigh it. It will surely be much less than 8 oz. Does this make sense? I am here if you have any other questions while you are making the recipe.

  3. 5 stars
    Just made this for dinner tonight and I’m pleased with the results!
    I followed the directions to a T for just plain wild rice and, though it came out with pretty much all split grains, I’m happy with the consistency and flavour (I used vegetable broth).

    1. I love the idea of cooking it in a vegetable broth. Thanks for coming by and taking the time to leave a review.

  4. 5 stars
    I have tried every recipe out there and none of them delivered consistent results until I found your recipe. I love that you also shared the recipe for the wild rice blend. So informative and helpful.
    I signed up for your updates as well. I will be sure to try more of your recipes.
    Thank you.

    1. Thank you Renata. I am thrilled to hear that this recipe worked for you.
      I like to switch it up and try it the blend every once in a while so I thought it would be great to share.
      Thanks for coming by and taking the time to leave feedback.
      Cheers!

  5. 5 stars
    Thank you for this very informative blog. I grew up in Milwaukee and a staple of my mothers & grandmothers cooking was wild rice. I moved to the south many years ago now and recently a friend brought me some Gibbs Wild Rice back from MN. The same brand my mother always used! I am so happy to find your blog and can’t wait to make this wild rice which will take me back to my childhood I’m sure. 🙂

    1. Hi Katie,
      I am thrilled to hear that you found my blog. I am a huge fan of wild rice and wild rice recipes and cook it often. I need to check out the brand you mentioned. Thanks for sharing it with me.
      Cheers!

  6. 5 stars
    I have tried many other recipes on the internet claiming to be the best wild rice recipe to cook in a pressure cooker, but this one was the only one that delivered the perfect results. Thanks for such a through blog. I love that you also shared how to cook wild rice blend as well. I will be sure to try that next time.
    I signed up for your book. I cannot wait to make your salads.
    your new fan – Nicole

    1. Thanks Nicole. I am thrilled to hear that you liked it. Yes, that wild rice blend is such a nice alternative.
      Thanks for coming by and your sweet words. I hope you like the salads ebook as much as we do.
      Cheers!