Trader Joe’s Wild Rice is the perfect side dish to poultry, pork, or beef.
Fun fact! Did you know that wild rice is actually an aquatic grass?
I don’t actually know how that differs from other kinds of rice, but it is still a fun fact to know. 😉
If you don’t make wild rice regularly, I hope to encourage you to pick up a bag the next time you are at Trader Joe’s (or wherever you shop!).
Wild rice is known for having a nutty flavor that can be paired with all kinds of roasted or sauteed vegetables, toasted nuts, and dried fruit.
How to Cook Trader Joe’s Wild Rice
If you are new to cooking wild rice, please note that you need to plan ahead. It takes about 60 minutes of cook time.
It’s very simple to cook wild rice. All you need to remember is the wild rice to liquid ratio is 1:4.
So one cup wild rice to four cups liquid.
You could cook your 1 cup wild rice in 4 cups of water.
However, for the best flavor, I’d suggest you either cook it in 2 cups water plus 2 cups orange juice, or 2 cups water plus 2 cups chicken stock.
Personally, I like the flavor of the orange juice with the wild rice. Especially if you will be adding in any dried fruits.
To make the wild rice:
- Bring 2 cups water and 2 cups orange juice (or chicken stock) to a boil.
- Add 1 cup of wild rice.
- Bring rice back up to a boil before covering and reducing the heat to just above a simmer.
- Allow rice to simmer for 60 minutes or until all liquid is gone.
What to Add to Trader Joe’s Wild Rice
Wild rice is a great side dish on its own, but it can be made better with any of these additions:
- Walnuts, pecans, or almonds
- Sauteed onions
- Sauteed mushrooms
- Dried fruit such as cranberries, cherries, apricots, or figs
- Parmesan, Gruyere, or blue cheese
My favorite additions:
- Wild rice with toasted walnuts, dried cranberries, and roast (or air fried) butternut squash
- Wild rice with toasted pecans and diced apple
- Wild rice with sauteed onions and mushrooms
- Wild rice with toasted pecans, dried figs, and blue cheese
Nutrition Information for Trader Joe’s Wild Rice
As you can see from the back of the package, one-third cup of wild rice has 160 calories.
If you track macros, you’ll want to know the 1/3 cup serving has 34 carbs, 7 proteins, and no fat.
By the way, did you know I have a whole Fun With Trader Joe’s Instagram account? If you shop Trader Joe’s come join me over there for all my recipes!
Helpful Hint: while you are in Trader Joe’s grabbing a bag of wild rice, I’d also highly recommend you grab the Harvest Grains Blend.