It is quick and easy to cook nutritious wild rice in the Instant pot. These Instant Pot Wild Rice have a sweet aroma with a nutty flavor and a chewy texture.

A bowl of cooked wild rice in front of the instant pot
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Being an Indian, I just love having rice as my staple food in our weekly meals. I am on the constant lookout for healthier versions of rice. That is when I came across this wild rice. It gives me the same satisfaction of having rice but in a nutritious way.

Wild rice is actually healthier than both white and brown rice. It is filled with protein and has high-dietary fiber as well. It is also gluten-free, making it a perfect choice for your gluten-free diet.

The only downside to this great ingredient is that it takes a long time to cook. Do not worry if you have the Instant Pot. As the instant pot cooks wild rice under high pressure, it cuts that cooking time by half.

If you like wild rice and mushrooms, you will love this Creamy Mushroom Wild Rice Soup.

Watch How to Make Instant Pot Wild Rice

What is Wild Rice?

The funny part is that wild rice is not actually rice. It is aquatic grass that looks and cooks like rice. It is an edible grain found mainly in North America, India, and China. It is usually harvested only in North America.

Most nutritionists say that it is healthier and has more dietary fiber than other kinds of rice. It is protein-rich, with vitamin B, minerals and is low in fat. Wild rice has 30 times more antioxidants than the normal rice variety and is gluten-free.

Apart from being very healthy, this Instant Pot wild rice has roasted nutty and earthy flavor that is hard to miss. It can be compared to quinoa, buckwheat, sorghum and amaranth, which are actually seeds, not grains.

Wild Rice grains in a bowl

How to use Wild Rice?

Wild rice has a distinctive taste that is quite hard to miss. It is a great choice for making pilafs, grain salads or you can add them in soups, stuffing or casseroles.

Here are some ways wild rice can be used:

  • Switch to wild rice when making a pilaf or stir fry.
  • Add wild rice to your soup for a wonderful chewy taste such as this mushroom wild rice soup.
  • Add it to vegan or meat burger patties
  • As it can be used just like rice, make salads, casseroles or stews.

Why use a Pressure Cooker to make Wild Rice?

While you can cook wild rice in an open pot, it requires quite a lot of effort and time. However, when cooked in the instant pot, you get no-fail wild rice every single time. It is because instant pot uses the magic of pressure to churn out perfect wild rice.

Wild rice cooked in instant pot

How to make wild rice in instant pot?

When you are cooking wild rice in the instant pot, there is no need for soaking. If you are cooking on the stovetop, you can soak to reduce the cooking time.

In case you are wondering where you can get wild rice, worry not. You can pick it up the rice section of any grocery store or you can get it on Amazon.

Also, there are different kinds of wild rice blends, however this recipe works well with long grain wild rice. It is not for quick-cook wild rice or a different wild rice blend. Here is the recipe for wild rice blend in the instant pot.

  • Take one cup of wild rice and rinse it well under water before adding it to the Instant Pot steel insert.
  • Add 2 cups of water or broth for cooking the rice.
  • Optionally, add a tablespoon of ghee or oil to the pot. You can also add some salt to it according to your taste
  • Set the Instant pot to manual or pressure cook mode. Secure the lid and set to cook in high pressure for 30 minutes
  • Let the pressure release naturally and then open the lid. Fluff the wild rice with a fork gently.
  • Your wild rice is ready to be enjoyed.
Wild rice in a ladle over the instant pot

How to store Wild Rice?

Instant pot wild rice can be stored in the refrigerator for 4-5 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 and use it in batches. Even for storing in the freezer, the rice has to be at room temperature. Store in separate containers if you are going to freeze the wild rice.

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 Wild Rice 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 other types of rice/grains in the instant pot, check out the recipes below:

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

4.84 from 125 votes

Instant Pot Wild rice

It is quick and easy to cook nutritious wild rice in the Instant pot. These Instant Pot Wild Rice have a sweet aroma with a nutty flavor and a chewy texture.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 4



  • Take one cup of wild rice and rinse it well with water. Then add it to the instant pot steel insert.
  • Add 2 cups of water or broth for cooking the rice.
  • Set the Instant pot to presure cook (manual) mode at high pressure for 30 minutes.
  • When the instant pot beeps, let the pressure release naturally and then open the lid.
  • Fluff the rice gently with a fork. Wild rice is ready to be enjoyed.



Type of wild rice: This recipe is not for wild rice blend or cracked wild rice or quick cook wild rice. 
Ghee & Salt: If you like, you can add 1 teaspoon of ghee and salt before cooking the rice. The ghee adds a wonderful aroma to the rice. 


Calories: 182kcalCarbohydrates: 31gProtein: 6gFat: 4gSaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 10mgSodium: 473mgPotassium: 171mgFiber: 2gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 250IUCalcium: 8mgIron: 1mg

Additional Info

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Diet: Gluten-free, Vegan
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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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  1. Thank you for your wild rice recipe – can’t wait to try it…I have tried both wild and wild blend in the Instant Pot – absolutely wonderful…of course, now what do I do with all the other kinds of rice I have collected!!!! I just wish there were local providers rather than having to order online…I’ll just keep my eyes open…thank you again…always love your web-site!

    1. Elaine, if you live in the United States, you can purchase pure wild rice at Trader Joe’s (packaged – non organic) or at Whole Foods in the “bin” section where you get your rice, beans, nuts and seeds by weight.

  2. Another Minnesotan checking in. I have it for breakfast because I have a sensitivity to oats so my porridge is wild rice, a little cream, fresh or dried fruit and hazelnuts. A spoonful of maple syrup to sweeten. Recipe stolen from the restaurant Hells Kitchen via Sen. Al Franken’s website a few years ago.

  3. Yes, indeedy! REAL northern wild rice, the hand-harvested and hand parched variety, is as good as it gets! I almost always use real chicken broth, some butter rather than ghee, and maybe 3/4 cup or so of diced onions for a batch this size. I make it in larger batches, though, because it keeps long enough in the fridge to be all gobbled up in a few days. This is a FIRST-RATE, NO-FAIL method for making real wild rice. It goes with anything, from eggs in the morning to a tasty midnight snack. EXCELLENT with meat, fish, or fowl. It’s really, REALLY good with, say, roast duck or goose. And it takes very well to gravy. Where;s the down side? Just don’t buy el-cheapo mixed wild and white rice and think it’s wild rice. That’s NOT real wild rice, any more than canned chicken noodle soup is the same as home-made.

    1. Hi John – Glad to hear the wild rice cooked well. Thanks for sharing all the wonderful ideas for using the wild rice!

  4. You have the best wild rice Instant Pot recipe online! All the others do not have enough water nor have long enough cook times. When I followed other recipes, the grains were not all split like in yours and just not as good. And the tip to add ghee is great. Thanks!

    1. This came out quite mushy following this recipe. It was still edible and tasty but I think 30 minutes might be too long, unless that was the intent.

      1. Hi John – I wonder if you used wild rice blend? That does cook in lesser time, about 20 minutes on high pressure.

  5. I’ve been eating real Minnesota wild rice all my life and I know how it’s supposed to be once cooked, and this method rendered absolutely perfect rice — slightly blossomed, slightly chewy, but not undercooked. The only slight change I made is to add about a cup more water to mimic the stove top method my great grandma, grandma, and mom have been using all their lives; you always have to drain wild rice when it’s cooked, in my experience. Just made my wild rice casserole (celery, onion, and mushrooms sautéed in a good amount of butter, add cooked wild rice and slivered almonds and whole sweetened cranberries if you like and pop in the oven at 350 for half an hour, covered) and it is delicious. Thank you!

      1. I needed to cook 1.5 cups of raw rice and I used the 3.5 cup amount of liquid and it came out perfect!!

    1. Hi Deanna – So good to hear that. Thank you for sharing your experience. The casserole sounds absolutely delicious. 🙂