One Pot Wild Rice Pilaf

Wild rice pilaf is a delicious and flavorful rice dish with fresh veggies. The perfect side dish for chicken, salmon, or even Thanksgiving!

a bowl of wild rice pilaf with large carrots onion and celery leaves in back
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Why I love rice pilaf with wild rice

I’ll be honest here. This is another one of those recipes I grew up eating. My dad always makes wild rice pilaf recipes when he’s cooking salmon for dinner and it wasn’t until I decided to share this recipe with you all that I even found a name for it! We just called it wild rice and veggies.

Sometimes we add in mushrooms and have a wild rice mushroom pilaf, but my kids are picky and I can’t hide those in this dish as easily as I can others. Either way, this recipe is easy to make and packed full of flavor.

a container of rice select royal blend wild rice an onion 3 large carrots and a piece of celery

Wild rice pilaf ingredients

  • Wild rice
  • Onion
  • Carrots
  • Celery
  • Broth (vegetable or chicken)
  • Olive oil
  • Fresh thyme
  • Fresh sage
  • Salt and pepper to taste

What you’ll need to make this recipe

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a bowl of wild rice pilaf wth 3 large carrots an onion and some celery

Tips for making easy wild rice pilaf

If you want a little more flavor you can choose to use salted butter instead of olive oil for sauteeing the veggies in. Margarine and plant based butter also work (I’ve tried).

Chicken broth is my go-to for making this instead of water, but vegetable broth also works great and helps to add in more flavor. You can also use bullion and water to DIY a broth.

a bowl of wild rice pilafwith some falling out to the left
Is wild rice pilaf vegan?

This recipe can easily be vegan by choosing vegetable broth instead of chicken and sticking with the olive oil or plant based butter for the veggies.

What is wild rice pilaf?

It’s a side dish made from sauteed veggies and a rice cooked in broth or stock. With some seasonings mixed in, this dish is delightful and aromatic.

a bowl of wild rice pilaf with large carrots celery top and onion in the picture

How to cook wild rice pilaf

In a large saucepot, add your olive oil and fresh herbs over medium high heat until it begins to sizzle.

Toss in your onions, carrots, and celery, stirring until the onions are translucent and the carrots and celery are softer (not too soft).

Add your rice and mix until the white grains are brighter in color.

Pour in your broth, salt and pepper and bring to a boil.

Place the lid on top and reduce the heat to low. Let simmer for about 15-20 minutes until the water looks absorbed.

Turn off the heat, remove the lid and fluff with a fork.

Serve and enjoy.

side angle view of a bowl of wild rice pilaf with 2 large carrots celery leaves and an onion in back

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Wild Rice Pilaf

Wild rice pilaf is a delicious and flavorful rice dish with fresh veggies. The perfect side dish for chicken, salmon, or even Thanksgiving!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: fresh vegetables recipe, one pot recipe, rice recipe
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 268kcal
Author: Beeyond Cereal

Ingredients

  • 2 cups wild rice
  • 2 stalks celery, chopped
  • 2 large carrots, peeled and sliced
  • 1/2 onion, diced
  • 3 cups broth or stock chicken or vegetable
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 2 leaves fresh sage
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  • In a large saucepot, add your olive oil, thyme, and sage over medium high heat until the oil sizzles.
  • Toss in the chopped celery, carrots, and onion. Stir until the onions are translucent and the vegetables are softer. They'll continue to cook in the broth so you don't want them too soft or they'll be mushy!
  • Add in your rice and stir until the white grains are vibrant in color.
  • Pour in the broth and add salt and pepper to taste. Bring to a boil.
  • Place the lid on the pot and reduce the heat to low. Let simmer for about 15-20 minutes until the liquid has been absorbed.
  • Remove from heat. Remove the lid. Fluff with a fork and serve.
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Nutrition

Serving: 6g | Calories: 268kcal | Carbohydrates: 44.6g | Protein: 10.8g | Fat: 6.1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1.1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3.8g | Sodium: 467.3mg | Potassium: 484.3mg | Fiber: 4.6g | Sugar: 3.5g | Vitamin A: 206.3IU | Vitamin C: 3.5mg | Calcium: 36.6mg | Iron: 1.5mg

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