Wild Rice Recipes
Wild Rice, Minnesota's State Grain, is almost as old as history itself. This highly nutritious grain is not actually rice, but an annual water-grass seed, "zizania aquatica". Naturally abundant in the cold rivers and lakes of Minnesota and Canada, wild rice was the staple in the diet of the Chippewa and Sioux Indians, native to this region. Read More...
Cooked Wild Rice
Rinse one cup of Wild Rice thoroughly,about four times until the water runs clear. Add water two inches above the rice and let sit overnight. Rinse again in morning. Place the Wild Rice in a heavy saucepan with 3 cups of water. Bring to boil. Simmer covered for about 20-45 minutes or until tender but not mushy. Uncover. Fluff with a table fork.Serve.
Video - Popped Rice the Muskrat Way
Another Way: Place about 1 inch of vegetable oil in a small, thick bottomed shallow pan. Using a fryer thermometer heat oil at high temperature until oil is at 450 F. place 2 tablespoons of wild rice in a wire strainer and place in hot oil. When rice cracks open and expands to about double it's size, empty the strainer out onto paper toweling. Repeat adding oil and adjusting heat as necessary. Season to taste with salt and pepper.