Wild Rice with Pine Nuts

This image courtesy of Joseph DeLeo

Wild rice has a nut-like flavor; the sautéed pine nuts emphasize this and add a bit more crunch. The combination is delicious with any chicken or duck dish. Wild rice is not really rice, but is a member of the grass family. It takes a little longer to cook than regular rice, but be careful not to overcook, or you will have a mushy dish.

NotesOrder of preparation

• Cook the wild rice.

• While the rice is cooking, sauté the pine nuts and the leeks and scallions.

Makes4 servings

Cooking Methodsauteeing



Total Timeunder 1 hour

Kid FriendlyYes

OccasionCasual Dinner Party, Family Get-together

Recipe Courseside dish

Dietary Considerationegg-free, gluten-free, peanut free, soy free, vegetarian


Taste and Texturechewy, crunchy, nutty



  1. Place the rice, water, and salt in a large saucepan and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer until the rice is tender, 45 to 55 minutes. Drain.

  2. In a medium sauté pan over medium heat, melt the butter (or heat the oil until shimmering) and sauté the pine nuts 1 minute. Add the leeks and scallions and sauté 1 minute, until softened slightly. Add the rice and heat through. Add stock, if needed, to moisten. Season to taste with salt and pepper.


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This was delicious! My husband, who had never eaten wild rice before also really liked it.


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