Thanks to the Instant Pot, this nutty and flavorful wild rice blend recipe is so simple and is ready in about 30 minutes.

You will love the texture, colors, and warm and inviting aroma, making it an excellent complement to any meal.

Perfectly cooked Wild rice blend in a bowl in front of the instant pot
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I shared my instant pot wild rice recipe some time back, and got many questions about how to cook wild rice blend in the instant pot. So here is my detailed method for wild rice blend.

The wild rice blend, unlike white rice, is made up of different rice varieties. As a result, it has more fiber and a higher protein, vitamin, and mineral content.

The antioxidant content of wild rice blend is also higher as compared to regular rice. Furthermore, this gluten-free grain is ideal for individuals who avoid wheat.

Serve this wild rice blend as a vegan and gluten-free side dish with your meal. I also like to substitute quinoa with wild rice in my sweet potato quinoa buddha bowl.

Watch How to Make Wild Rice Blend

What is Wild Rice Blend?

The wild rice blend normally includes a mix of wild rice, brown rice, and a few other grains for color and variety, such as red rice, black rice, and white rice.

The irony is that wild rice isn’t really rice at all. It’s a type of aquatic grass that looks like rice and cooks in the same way. It is mostly grown in North America, India, and China as a food grain. It is typically only harvested in North America.

This blend is aromatic, wholesome and has a satisfying feel with the delicious nutty texture.

Wild rice blend (Lundberg) in a bowl

What Is Wild Rice Blend Made Of?

The wild rice blend typically contains a mix of wild rice and other whole grain rice – brown, white, red, brown or black.

Different brands use different rice combinations and unique ratios in their wild rice blend. Wild rice blend is not the same as wild rice.

Two of the popular brands of wild rice blend are – Lundberg and Bob’s Red Mill. I am using the Lundberg Wild Rice blend for this recipe.

What does Wild Rice Blend Taste Like?

Since the wild rice blend contains different types of rice, it provides contrasting textures, flavors, colors, and nutrition.

The flavors are nutty, earthy, and are quite appealing. The textures can vary from chewy to firm, fluffy pillowy, plump etc. A wide variety of colors can be found in the blend – red, brown, black and tan.

Why use a Pressure Cooker to make Wild Rice Blend?

The pressure cooker reduces the cooking time significantly. The stovetop method usually takes about 60 minutes to cook the wild rice blend, but the instant pot version only takes approximately 30 minutes.

Also, the instant pot method is hands-free and you can continue doing other tasks while the rice is cooking. You can get a no-fail recipe every single time.

Ingredients

You just need 4 ingredients to whip this simple recipe.

  • Wild Rice Blend: You can buy the blend in the rice section at any grocery store or even buy it at Amazon.
  • Water/ Broth: If using chicken or vegetable broth, use an unsalted one.
  • Salt: You can skip it if you like.
  • Butter/olive oil (optional): Butter/ Ghee enhances the smoothness and gives a richer aroma. Use olive oil or any other vegetable oil of your choice if vegan.

How To Make Instant Pot Wild Rice Blend?

Follow this step-by-step guide to make the perfect wild rice blend!

  • Thoroughly rinse 1.5 cups of wild rice blend in water. I like to add the wild rice blend to a strainer and put it under tap water until the water runs clear.
  • Add the cleaned wild rice to the instant pot steel insert.
  • To cook the rice, add 2 cups of water or broth.
  • Add a tablespoon of butter or oil to the pot if desired. You can also season it to your liking with salt.
  • Set the pressure cooker to high pressure for 20 minutes.
  • Allow the pressure to naturally release for 10 minutes, then manually release any remaining pressure. Then open the lid.

Gently fluff the wild rice with a fork. Your wild rice is now ready to eat.

Cooked wild rice blend in a ladle on top of the instant pot

You can use the same method to make rice in Ninja Foodi pressure cooker.

Pot in Pot Method

This method is a time saver as you can cook your second dish along with the rice blend.

  • Clean and rinse the wild rice blend with water a few times to get rid of the dirt.
  • Transfer the clean wild rice blend to a steel bowl that will fit comfortably inside the insert of the instant pot. Add 2 cups of water to the bowl.
  • Fill the instant pot steel insert with 1 cup of water. Place a trivet, and the steel bowl containing the wild rice with water on top of the trivet.
  • Secure the lid, and set the instant pot to manual or pressure cook mode on high pressure for 25 minutes.
  • Allow the pressure to naturally release after the instant pot beeps. Then open the lid.
  • Use a fork to fluff the rice gently and serve warm with your favorite entree.
Perfectly Wild Rice blend (lundberg brand) in a white bowl

Tips and Tricks

  • Always buy fresh wild rice blend. It is prone to rancidity and has a shelf life of 6 months.
  • Do not switch on the ‘keep warm’ button. If you leave the rice to sit for a longer period of time, it will continue to cook on the warm setting. As a result, the rice will will dry out and stick to the bottom of the pot.
  • Also, I suggest to take the instant pot steel insert out so that the bottom layer of rice does not overcook and stick to the pot.
  • Do not over-season the wild rice as you’ll be serving it with other flavorful main dishes.

How To Use Wild Rice Blend?

This tasty wild rice blend pressure cooker recipe can be used in a variety of ways.

How to store

My advise is to cook and eat fresh rice. You can store cooked wild rice blend in the refrigerator for up to 3 days after cooking. Before storing, get the rice to room temperature and store in an air-tight container.

Also, you can freeze this cooked wild rice blend and use it in batches. Even for storing in the freezer, the rice has to be at room temperature. I recommend to freeze in small containers so you can defrost as needed. They can be stored up to 6 months. For thawing, place the required amount in the refrigerator overnight to thaw and then use it.

Perfectly cooked instant pot wild rice blend in a bowl

Make this delicious and nutritious wild rice in half the cooking time in your instant pot, and enjoy it in soups, stews, casseroles or salads in place of other grains.

If you are looking to cook others types of rice/grains in the instant pot, check out the recipes below:

Check out this collection of 23+ instant pot rice recipes.

4.92 from 25 votes

Instant Pot Wild Rice Blend

Thanks to the Instant Pot, this nutty and flavorful wild rice blend recipe is so simple and is ready in about 30 minutes. You will love the texture, colors, the warm and inviting aroma, making it an excellent complement to any meal.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4

Ingredients 

  • 1 1/2 cups Wild rice blend
  • 2 cups Water or broth
  • 1/4 teaspoon Salt, optional, adjust to taste
  • 1 tablespoon Butter or Olive Oil, optional

Instructions 

  • Add the wild rice blend to a strainer, and rinse it under water till the water runs clear.
  • Transfer the rinsed wild rice blend to the steel insert of your Instant Pot.
  • Add the water or broth for cooking the rice.
  • Optionally, add a tablespoon of butter or olive oil to the pot. You can also add some salt to it according to your taste.
  • Pressure cook for 20 minutes on High Pressure. Let the pressure naturally release for 10 minutes. Then manually release any remaining pressure, and open the lid.
  • Fluff the wild rice blend with fork and enjoy!

Video

Notes

Pro-tip: Take the instant pot steel insert out so that the bottom layer of rice does not overcook and stick to the pot.
Seasoning: Do not over-season the wild rice as you’ll be serving it with other flavorful main dishes.

Nutrition

Calories: 220kcalCarbohydrates: 46gProtein: 9gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0.1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.4gMonounsaturated Fat: 0.1gSodium: 620mgPotassium: 256mgFiber: 4gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 262IUCalcium: 13mgIron: 1mg

Additional Info

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Diet: Vegan, Vegetarian
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About Meeta

I strongly believe that each one of us has a chef inside us, we just need to explore the ingredients and create great food. My passion is to share easy, healthy, and wholesome recipes made using Instant Pot & Air Fryer, that are well tested, so you can cook with confidence.

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15 Comments

  1. I made this recipe last night, and it was delicious! I used chicken stock, and the optional 1 tablespoon of butter. I ended up with a 15 minute NPR, just because I got distracted, but the rice was absolutely perfect! I used the rice for chicken & wild rice soup – so yummy! Thanks for the recipe.

  2. I have been loving my Instant Pot for 3 years. Santa brought it at just the right moment. My go-to proportions are 1.5 cups wild/multi-brown rice blend and 2 cups plus 2 T water; a little olive oil in the bottom of the ramiken, and about 1 t of Penzey’s fairly concentrated bouillon. I love the pot-in-pot method, and I use a ramiken, not a steel insert. I started with this recipe and have since adjusted it to 48 (yes, that’s 48 minutes – Warm OFF). Then I do a NR of 10-15 minutes. Or, I let it sit at NR until I’m ready to serve. Just sayin. Mine is not mushy, perfect fluffy rice. Every other setting gave me a crunch that I do not care for.

    1. Oops, remembered to add – it’s definitely full HIGH pressure, and I have an Instant Pot 6 quart. I wondered if the size of the Pot might have a bearing on the results, since the previous comments echo my experience.

  3. I followed this recipe exactly with lundburg wild rice and it was too crunchy and watery, wasn’t even half way done after the 30 mins. Cooked it another 20 minutes and still crunchy. Definitely was on high pressure I triple checked because of the previous review. It actually ended up being faster to cook it in a pot regularly.

    1. Hi CT – Sorry to hear that the wild rice did not cook well. It feels like something was not right, as pressure cooking makes cooking faster by at least 2x for most cases. Eg. Chickpeas cook in much lesser time compared to cooking them in a pot on stovetop. So the same applies to cooking wild rice. It is possible that for some reason the pressure did not build correctly. I would love to hear if you try again.

  4. I followed this recipe exactly, even using the same brand of rice, and it was not finished cooking after 20 minutes + 10 of natural release. It was still watery and the rice was crunchy.

    1. Hi Anne – Typically wild rice blend cooks perfectly in 20 minutes on high pressure. Can you check if the instant pot was not set on low pressure just in case?