Wild Rice Pilaf

We love rice as a side dish. Whether it be Spanish rice or cilantro-lime rice with our Mexican dishes, or plain white or brown rice with our Chinese dishes and stir-fries, it’s always been a favorite around here. I’d picked up a few bags of wild rice the last time I was at Trader Joe’s a few months ago. I use it all the time in soups, but wanted to try my hand at a homemade wild rice pilaf. For too long I’ve relied on old Uncle Ben when I wanted that as a side dish, and it was high time we remedied that situation.

So, I took the recipe for Garlic Rice Pilaf that we’ve loved so long in our kitchen and modified it a bit. A quick saute of a bit of garlic, onions, carrots, and celery – then the rice is added for a quick toasting before adding chicken stock. Then it’s all poured into a baking dish to finish cooking in the oven. A quick fluffing with fork when it comes out of the oven, and you have a great side dish that goes with just about anything.

On a side note, we’ve pretty much completed the move. We weren’t even without internet for a whole day! I’ve just been lazy about posting. It was Pony Penning, and a bunch of family and old friends were in town – so we’ve just been having fun with them and adjusting to being back on the island. I really love the new house, and had an easier time than I thought I would leaving the old one. Now just to get it on the market and sold! Going to get Andrew registered for 1st grade this week, the excitement just never ends around here. Where is this summer running off to, guys?

Source: adapted from Annie’s Eats


  1. Kim in MD
    Posted August 5, 2014 at 1:06 PM | Permalink

    Congrats again on your move! Moving is not fun…I’m so glad it was somewhat easy for you. This rice pilaf looks amazing!

  2. Cathi Aden
    Posted February 4, 2017 at 6:43 PM | Permalink

    I made this to go with filet mignon and sauteed cauliflower broccoli. It was awesome!!!

  3. Diane
    Posted December 13, 2017 at 6:27 PM | Permalink

    How many servings does this recipe make?

  4. Yancy
    Posted December 30, 2017 at 6:25 PM | Permalink

    Want to make this for 15-20 ppl. X2 or X3?

  5. Beverly
    Posted February 15, 2018 at 10:16 AM | Permalink

    Have you ever tried making in a crock pot?

  6. mindy
    Posted November 26, 2018 at 2:52 PM | Permalink

    Hello I’m about to make your rice recipe…to stay ahead of our dinner party can I make this the day before?
    Thank you

    • Posted November 29, 2018 at 5:30 PM | Permalink

      Absolutely – just reheat in the microwave or at 250 degrees for about 20 minutes.

  7. Tanya
    Posted May 26, 2019 at 9:51 PM | Permalink

    I made this for my family tonight and they all LOVED it! For those of you with rice cookers, I just chopped up everything and threw it in with a full 4 cups of broth. It turned out perfectly!

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