How Much Dry Wild Rice Makes How Many Cups Cooked?

Posted on 03 Mar 2015 22:31

Privacy | About | Contact

Wild rice yields when cooking are not the same as rice.

Also, although not many people know this, there are several types of wild rice you might find in a grocery store, and the cooking time will vary for each of these.

Below is the amount of water to use for specific amounts of wild rice, followed by the approximate cooking times for each type of wild rice: Black, brown, blond, quick (instant), or broken.

Although you are not likely to make most of the specific amounts including here, let alone the huge amounts included, which would be extremely expensive.

We include them for your convenience, just in case.

To cook wild rice, use three parts water to one part rice. You can also cook your wild rice in broth of your choosing.

Amount of Water to Use for Wild Rice

Wild Rice Amount (cups) Water Amount (cups)
1/4 cup 3/4 cups
1/3 cup 1 cup
1/2 cup 1 1/2 cups
2/3 cup 2 cups
3/4 cup 2 1/4 cups
1 cup 3 cups
1 1/4 cups 3 3/4 cups
1 1/3 cups 4 cups
1 1/2 cups 4 1/2 cups
1 2/3 cups 5 cups
1 3/4 cups 5 1.4 cups
2 cups 6 cups
2 1/2 cups 7 1/2 cups
3 cups 9 cups

Approximate Cooking Times for Different Wild Rice Types

Black Wild Rice 45 to 60 minutes
Brown Wild Rice 30 to 45 minutes
Blond Wild Rice 10 to 20 minutes
Quick or instant wild rice 3 to 10 minutes
Broken wild rice 15 to 25 minutes

Wild rice does not have to be cooked to a specific degree of doneness. Some people like it cooked to a softer consistency, and some people like it a bit more chewy. The best result, for most, is when some, but not all, of the kernels are split open so that you can see the ligther color inside them. This gives a wild rice that is tender, but still has the nice chew that most people like in their wild rice.

To cook, just combine the rice, water or broth, and salt in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Cover and reduce heat to simmer and cook until most all of the moisture has been absorbed and the rice has reach its desired consistency. Sometimes, more water than usual might be needed, but it is better to start with less and add more, than to start with too much. If you do end up with excess liquid even after the rice is the degree of doneness you want, you can strain it off, or take off the lid and allow the water to gently evaporate over low heat.

Should You Rinse Wild Rice?

Generally, yes, you should rinse wild rice before you cook it as it may be diry. It is not cleaned and milled like white rice. Just place the wild rice in a strainer and run cold water over it, while stirring it with your fingers to help get any dirt off.

© 2016 by Eric Troy and CulinaryLore. All Rights Reserved. Please contact for permissions.