Instant Pot Wild Rice Blend

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Step-by-Step Guide on how to make Instant Pot Wild Rice Blend! Easy to make nutritious, wholesome, and flavorful wild rice blend in Instant Pot. Fluffy, nutty, and aromatic side dish with a satisfying chew.

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Wild Rice Blend

Wild Rice Blend is a blend of different types of rice mixed together with wild rice. It’s not a specific type of rice or grain. It’s also not a particular combination of rice. 

Keep in mind that wild rice blend is not the same as wild rice. So, if you’re looking for how to cook wild rice, check out our Instant Pot Wild Rice.

What is Wild Rice Blend Made of

Some popular brands that offer wild rice blend are Lundberg Wild Blend, Floating Leaf Wild Rice Blend, and RiceSelect Royal Blend Rice.

Even though different brands incorporate different combinations and ratios of rice in their wild rice blend, it often consists of a mixture of wild rice, white rice, brown rice, and red rice.

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What does Wild Rice Blend Taste Like

Since there are different kinds of rice in the blend, it offers contrasting rice textures, colors, flavors, aromas, and nutrition.

  • Flavors & Aroma: nutty, earthy, wholesome, aromatic
  • Textures: firm, chewy, fluffy, pillowy-soft, tender, plump
  • Colors: red, brown, tan, black
You can use wild rice blend to make our tasty Chicken and Wild Rice Soup!

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Wild Rice Blend Experiment

Wild Rice and wild rice blend need different cooking times. So, we did three tests with wild rice blend in Instant Pot to find the perfect balance for you. 

Experiment Tool: Instant Pot Pressure Cooker 6qt (10.15~11.6 psi)

Experiment Ingredients

We developed the recipe with two of the most popular wild rice blends in Canada (Floating Leaf Prairie Gourmet) and the United States (Lundberg). This wild rice blend recipe works with these two brands.

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Lundberg Wild Rice Blend: Long Grain Brown Rice, Sweet Brown Rice, Wild Rice, Whole Grain Wehani Rice, Whole Grain Black Japonica Rice

Floating Leaf Wild Rice Blend: Riceberry Rice, Chusei Calrose Rice, Kow Mun Red Rice, Long Grain Brown Rice, and Wild Rice. 

Wild Rice Blend and Consistency

Since the blend of rice affects the final dish’s texture & consistency, some blends need more liquid while others need less. 

Amy + Jacky’s Tips! If you’re using other brands, you may have to adjust the amount of liquid according to your rice blends, and personal preferences.

What we look for in Wild Rice Blend

  • Textures: cooked through, plump, separated individual grain, contrasting textures among different types of rice in the blend – fluffy, tender yet firm, with a nice satisfying chew; not mushy or hard
  • Flavors: very nutty, aromatic, flavorful, earthy

Wild Rice Blend Test #1

  • Wild Rice Blend: 1 cup (210g) of wild rice blend
  • Liquid: 4 cups (1L) of cold water
  • Cooking Method & Time: Pressure Cook at High Pressure for 15 minutes, then Natural Release for 15 minutes
  • Get Up to Pressure Time: 12:29 minutes
  • Results: 380g of water left; rice texture is soft, fluffy, tender, moist, aromatic, nutty

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Wild Rice Blend Test #2

  • Wild Rice Blend: 1 cup (210g) of wild rice blend
  • Liquid: 2 cups (500ml) of cold water + ¼ tsp (1.5g) fine sea salt
  • Cooking Method & Time: Pressure Cook at High Pressure for 15 minutes, then Natural Release for 15 minutes
  • Get up to Pressure Time: 8:45 minutes
  • Results: Plump, cooked through, separated, nutty, aromatic, fluffy tender with some chew, flavorful, tasty, moist (not soggy or mushy)

Experiment 2

Wild Rice Blend Test #3

  • Wild Rice Blend: 1 cup (210g) of wild rice blend
  • Liquid: 1½ cup (375ml) of cold water + ¼ tsp (1.5g) fine sea salt
  • Cooking Method & Time: Pressure Cook at High Pressure for 18 minutes, then Natural Release for 15 minutes
  • Results: Plump, cooked through, separated, individual grain, nutty, flavorful, aromatic, tender, fluffy but less tender and less moist compared to Test #2, has a bit more satisfying chew & mouthfeel, but not hard

Experiment Conclusion

We both prefer Test #3‘s rice texture because we like our wild rice blend tender yet have a more satisfying chew. If you like a softer rice texture, you may enjoy Test #2 more because it’s more tender and moist, thus easier to eat and digest. 

Step-by-Step Guide: Instant Pot Wild Rice Blend

Here are the simple ingredients for making Wild Rice Blend in Instant Pot:

ingredients

Unsalted Chicken Stock & Unsalted Butter

We prefer to develop recipes with unsalted ingredients because we can better control the flavors of the dish.

The unsalted butter in this recipe is optional. You can substitute the unsalted chicken stock with water or other available stock.

Note: If you’re substituting with salted chicken stock or salted butter, omit the salt, then taste and season at the end.

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Step 1

Add Wild Rice Blend in Instant Pot

First, add 1 cup (210g) Wild Rice Blend and ¼ tsp (1.5g) fine sea salt or table salt to your Instant Pot.

Pour 1½ cup (375ml) of unsalted chicken stock in Instant Pot. Give it a few swirls and make sure all the wild rice blend is fully submerged in the cooking liquid. 

Amy + Jacky’s Tips! With the rice and liquid ratio above, the rice will come out a bit chewy. If you prefer softer fluffier rice, add in an extra ¼ cup (63ml) to ½ cup (125ml) of unsalted chicken stock. The rule is the more liquid you use, the softer the rice.

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Optional Step: Add in 1 tbsp (14g) unsalted butter or olive oil for extra flavor and smoothness.

Step 2

Pressure Cook Wild Rice Blend

With Venting Knob in Venting Position. Close the lid. Then, turn Venting Knob to Sealing Position.

Pressure Cooking Method: Pressure Cook at High Pressure for 18 minutes, then Natural Release for 15 minutes.

pressure cook at high pressure for 18 minutes

After 15 minutes, release the remaining pressure by turning Venting Knob to Venting Position.

When the Floating Valve drops, open the lid carefully.

Step 3

Fluff and Serve

Fluff wild rice blend in Instant Pot with a fork or spoon.

Give it a taste to make sure it’s seasoned properly. For reference, we didn’t need to add more salt for our taste.

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Amy + Jacky’s Tips! The wild rice blend shouldn’t be overly seasoned because you’ll be serving it with flavorful main dishes.

Finally, serve and enjoy the wild rice blend with your favorite main dish and side dishes.

What to Serve with Wild Rice Blend

This flavorful wild rice blend instant pot recipe is a very versatile side dish. You can serve it with a variety of main dishes and vegetables.

Or you can add these delicious savory wild rice blend to your salads and soups.

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Enjoy the Instant Pot Wild Rice Blend~

Instant Pot Wild Rice Blend

Author: Amy + Jacky
Step-by-Step Guide on how to make Instant Pot Wild Rice Blend! Easy to make nutritious, wholesome, and flavorful wild rice blend in Instant Pot. Fluffy, nutty, and aromatic side dish with a satisfying chew.
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Servings 4
Total Time 42 mins
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Ingredients

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Instructions 

  • Add Wild Rice Blend in Instant Pot: Add 1 cup (210g) Wild Rice Blend and ¼ tsp (1.5g) fine sea salt to your Instant Pot.
    Pour in 1½ cup (375ml) unsalted chicken stock. Give it a few swirls and make sure all the wild rice blend is fully submerged in the cooking liquid.
    Optional Step: Add in 1 tbsp (14g) unsalted butter or olive oil for extra flavor and smoothness.
  • Pressure Cook Wild Rice Blend: Close the lid. Turn Venting Knob to Sealing Position. Pressure Cook at High Pressure for 18 minutes, then Natural Release for 15 minutes. When the Floating Valve drops, carefully open the lid.
  • Fluff and Serve: Fluff wild rice blend with a fork or spoon. Give it a taste to make sure it's seasoned properly. Serve and enjoy~
    Amy + Jacky's Tips: For reference, we didn't need to add additional salt for our taste. Keep in mind it shouldn't be overly seasoned because it'll be served with flavorful main dishes or vegetables.

Notes

1. Wild Rice Blend: Different brands have different types of rice and ratios in their blend. So, some brands need more liquid while others need less. Adjust according to your rice blend and preferences.
  • Lundberg Wild Rice Blend: Long Grain Brown Rice, Sweet Brown Rice, Wild Rice, Whole Grain Wehani Rice, Whole Grain Black Japonica Rice
  • Floating Leaf Wild Rice Blend: Riceberry Rice, Chusei Calrose Rice, Kow Mun Red Rice, Long Grain Brown Rice, and Wild Rice. 
2. Wild Rice Blend Texture: With the rice and liquid ratio above, the rice will come out a bit chewy.
  • If you prefer softer fluffier rice, add in an extra ¼ cup (63ml) to ½ cup (125ml) of unsalted chicken stock.
  • Texture Rule: the more liquid you use, the softer the rice
3. Substituting with Salted Ingredients: If you’re substituting with salted chicken stock or salted butter, skip the salt initially, then taste and season at the end.
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Calories: 202kcal
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American, Canadian
Keyword: floating leaf wild rice blend instant pot, instant pot wild rice blend, instant pot wild rice blend cook time, lundberg wild rice instant pot, pressure cooker wild rice blend, wild blend rice instant pot, wild rice blend instant pot

Nutrition

Calories: 202kcal | Carbohydrates: 40g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 88mg | Potassium: 300mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 10IU | Calcium: 15mg | Iron: 1mg
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