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Instant Pot Wild Rice

Wild Rice is one of my favorite foods, but I don’t use it very often because it takes SO long to cook. Not anymore. Instant Pot Wild Rice cuts the cook time down AND produces the very best wild rice that I’ve ever had.

Instant Pot Wild Rice

Wild rice can either be really really amazing, or resemble something that on a good day looks (and tastes) like dog food. You know what I’m talking about if you’ve ever had a bad wild rice experience.

It is kind of hard to get it just right sometimes. Or maybe I’m just really particular about the texture of this awesome staple that can be found in any Minnesota kitchen worth its salt.

Either way, you never have to make it another way ever again because I’ve found the VERY best way that there ever was. (fight me in the comments, I’m here for it. :D)

Instant Pot Wild Rice

Different Cooking Methods for Wild Rice

There are a lot of different ways to cook wild rice, and I’m going to detail them here. 


Most people that I knew just boiled the rice until it broke open, and then used it as is. This is pretty easy to do, but it takes about 45 minutes to an hour, and you do have to keep an eye on it. It is also easy to overcook, and overcooked wild rice is not great. 


This is a method that’s super popular among the hot dish crew. You put 1 cup of wild rice and 2 cups of boiling water into an oven-safe dish, cover it tightly, and bake it at 350° for an hour. 


Steaming wild rice is basically just like boiling it, only with about half as much water. This is also essentially what we’re doing in the pressure cooker, but in an easier, hands-off way.

Pressure Cooked

This is my favorite way, and the best way to ensure you get no-fail wild rice every time. It uses broth, pressure, and a little big of magic to make sure the rice is cooked perfectly in less time than traditional methods take. Keep reading for my tips to ensure you have all the wild rice success!

More easy WILD RICE recipes here!

Homemade Minnesota Wild Rice Hotdish Soup

How to make Instant Pot Wild Rice

For this version, you’re going to put your chicken broth and rice into your Instant Pot, set it, and let it run.

You give it a 10 minute natural-pressure-release, vent the remaining pressure, drain the excess liquid (cause there will definitely be some), and use in anything that requires wild rice. 

More INSTANT POT recipes here!

Wild Rice Stuffed Zucchini Boats

What can you make with Pressure Cooker Wild Rice

I need this prepared wild rice on hand all the time, especially in the cooler months, because it makes such a great addition to soups, bread, stuffing, and salads.

Like my new favorite soup, Minnesota Wild Rice Hotdish Soup (pictured above). Creamy, dreamy, comfort food, in soup form, and any Minnesota grandma would love a big piping hot bowl of this.

I also use this rice in my Corn & Potato Chowder recipe, and it would be perfect in the Beef & Wild Rice Stuffed Zucchini too.

I even throw some in my Chicken Noodle Soup for a little something extra. 

Yield: 6 cups

Instant Pot Wild Rice

Instant Pot Wild Rice

Easy, delicious wild rice cooked in the Instant Pot! Set it and forget it for perfect rice, every time. 

Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 17 minutes


  • 1 cup wild rice, {fancy grade. NOT quick cooking, par cooked, or the cracked stuff.}
  • 4 cups chicken stock or broth


  1. Place wild rice and stock into the Instant Pot. Close the lid and set to Manual, high pressure, for 15 minutes. 
  2. NPR (natural pressure release) for 10 minutes, and then vent remaining steam. 
  3. Open and serve! If there is a bit of extra water, THIS IS NORMAL. Just drain it. Keep to add to soups, stews, breads, pancakes, or to make into a hotdish or casserole. 


Don't use "cracked" wild rice in this, or anything that is "quick cooked" or "par cooked". I haven't tested with those kinds of rice. 

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Nutrition Information:

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 103Sodium: 628mgCarbohydrates: 21gFiber: 1gSugar: 1gProtein: 3g

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Tuesday 16th of November 2021

I have the 3 quart. how much water and how much wild rice can I cook in it and how long do I cook it?

Nicole Johnson

Tuesday 16th of November 2021

I'm not sure! I don't cook with a 3 quart. You should be able to make the recipe as written, but I'm guessing and haven't tested it in that size pot. If you try it, let us know how it goes!


Monday 8th of November 2021

What if I soak the rice overnight before cooking it, would that change the time required?

Nicole Johnson

Monday 8th of November 2021

I'm not sure! I haven't done it that way before. Let us know how it goes if you do!


Friday 30th of July 2021

Just made this recipe and the wild rice came out perfect. Chewy, but thoroughly cooked. I used Lundberg's organic wild rice: 1 cup of rice with 3 1/2 cups water and no salt (only because I forgot the salt. On pressure cook for exactly 15 minutes and released the steam manually after waiting 13 minutes. Still had some water left over which is EXACTLY how you should cook a grain like wild rice or rye. Very excited to have this new method for wild rice ... thank you!


Thursday 23rd of September 2021

@Anne, Way too watery. I wasted beautiful expensive Lundberg wild rice in Instapot for 15 minutes then rest 10 minutes. It was drowning in water. I tried cooking it for another 15 minutes - still was too watery and mushy and tasteless. I had to throw it out. I am truly sorry. 1 cup rice to 4 cups stock does not work for me. Am I missing something?

Catherine Lee

Monday 17th of May 2021

I just used this recipe,very tasty! Yes, there is a lot of water left and I went with just 2 cups broth to one of rice. I don't have a strainer in my tiny RV so just used a slotted spoon. But the rice still came out perfect, full of flavor and really yummy in such a short time! Could not make it in here on the burner because of lack of fuel to run it. Thank you!


Monday 14th of December 2020

I grew up on wild rice - only thing my mother ever used to stuff a turkey. Your directions are confusing to me. At one point you say to NPR for 15 minutes - another place you say 10. The recipe says to cook for 15 minutes and some of the comments say 35

Nicole Johnson

Monday 14th of December 2020

Hi Susan! Thanks for your feedback. I've updated the post over the years, and I missed a spot, it looks like. The good news is that it'll still turn out whether you NPR for 10 minutes or 15 minutes. The 35 minute comment has been removed to prevent further confusion. Happy holidays!

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