Perfect Wild Rice

Sara Matthews

Why is some wild rice beautiful and firm when cooked, while some turns into a mushy mess? The secret is to buy the highest grade of genuine (and genuinely wild) long-grain wild rice, and to cook it gently.

Perfect Wild Rice
For the most flavorful rice, purchase the best quality—rice harvested by hand and parched over wood fires.
Yield: serves 6


  • 1 12 cups long-grain wild rice
  • 4 cups <a href="">chicken stock</a>


  1. Rinse rice, soak in a medium bowl (about 3 cups) of cold water for 1 hour, then drain.
  2. Bring stock to a boil in a medium saucepan. Add rice, cover, and allow to return to a boil. Lower heat and simmer until tender but firm, about 45 minutes or longer.
  3. Drain off any excess stock, then fluff with a fork, and serve immediately—or keep warm in a double boiler with a towel under the lid to absorb excess moisture.