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Instant Pot Wild Rice

Cooking Instant Pot wild rice is incredibly easy. Just add the rice and water to the pot, set the program, and away you go! A healthy and nutritious side dish, cooked without you in the kitchen!

The Instant Pot can be a true time saver in the kitchen. While I have personally found the Instant Pot to deliver similar cooking times to conventional methods once you factor in the heat-up and pressure release times, what it does do is allow an easy ‘set it and forget it’ style of cooking, where there is no need to hover over the stove or pots.

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Why Not Just Cook Wild Rice The Old Fashioned Way?

A true set it and forget it recipe, Instant Pot Wild rice let’s you walk away to focus on cooking the main start of the meal, while your side dish happily cooks away. You could easily cook wild rice on the stove top, the old fashioned way just as you would cook basmati rice. The main difference between these two methods is the following:

  • Wild rice results cooked on the stove will vary, depending on how tight fitting a lid you use, the temperature you cook it at, etc.
  • Wild rice cooked in the Instant Pot on the other hand, offers consistent results every time.

The reason the Instant Pot delivers such consistent results is due to a few factors. There is no water loss through evaporation, and all the moisture you initially add to the pot along with the rice is actually used up. There is also a consistent heat source used each time, as the IP cooking program uses the same heat setting each and every time.

If you cook wild rice on the stove, it can be hard to have the exact same temperature setting each and every time. This means you have to check the rice periodically to make sure there is still enough moisture in the pot.

Related:  How To Cook Basmati Rice

Instant Pot Wild Rice Settings

Due to the large amount of Instant Pot models available, all with different settings, you may need to refer to your user manual if the following setting doesn’t work out for you. I use the Instant Pot Lux-80.

raw canadian wild rice in a white bowl

I have found the best results with cooking any type of rice in the Instant pot to be 1:1. That means if you use one cup of rice, you’ll need one cup of water. Stove top recipes will call for more water as much of it evaporates over the long cooking time wild rice needs.

The IP Lux-80 which I use comes with a handy ‘Multigrain’ program which is ideal for cooking wild rice. The ‘Rice’ program cooking time is too short, and you’ll end up with hard, un-cooked grains. If your Instant Pot doesn’t have a ‘Multigrain’ program, you can also use the ‘ Manual’ or ‘Pressure Cook’, and then manually set the cooking time.

Multigrain Program Settings

The Lux series of Instant Pots all come with the ‘Multigrain’ program with the exception of the Lux Mini. The ‘Multigrain’ program has three settings. Less, Normal, and More.

  • Less: Has a cooking time of 20 minutes and is ideal for wild rice, if you like the rice to have a bit of a bite and only be partially burst open.
  • Normal: Has a cooking time of 40 minutes and can also be used for wild rice. This setting results in a softer cooked end product where all the grains are fully burst open.
  • More: This setting includes a 45 minute warm water soaking period before cooking for 60 minutes under high pressure. This setting is less then ideal for wild rice and the end product is total mush.

Note: If your Instant Pot does not have a ‘Multigrain’ function you can use the ‘Manual’ or ‘Pressure Cooking’ setting to manually select 28, 30, or 32 minutes of cooking on ‘normal’ pressure, depending on how ‘done’ you like your wild rice.

top down view of cooked wild rice inside an Instant Pot

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a bowl of wild rice cooked in an instant pot

Instant Pot Wild Rice

Chef Markus Mueller
Instant Pot wild rice is so easy to cook! Set it and forget it, for an easy and healthy side dish with no work involved!
5 from 6 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Natural Pressure Release 10 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Canadian
Servings 6
Calories 496.9 kcal


  • 1 cup Unbroken Whole Wild Rice
  • 1 cup Water

Special Equipment

  • 1 Instant Pot


  • Combine the 1 cup of wild rice and 1 cup of water in the Instant Pot.
  • Select the Multigrain program, and adjust the program to “less” or “normal”. See above blog post for the difference in cooking times.
  • Place the lid on the Instant Pot ensuring it is properly latched and the vent set to ‘sealing’. Allow the Instant Pot to heat, and cook.
  • Once the Instant pot beeps indicating the cooking program is over, allow the pressure to release with the ‘natural release method’ Do not release the steam manually by turning the valve to ‘venting’.
  • Serve the Instant Pot wild rice while hot, or cool it down and use in other recipes.

If Your Instant Pot Doesn’t Have A Multigrain Setting

  • If your Instant Pot lacks the ‘Multigrain’ program, you can manually set the cooking time and pressure by using the ‘Manual’ or ‘Pressure Cooking’ setting. Select ‘normal’ and then adjust the time to 28, 30, or 32 minutes depending on how well done you like your rice.


Calories: 496.9kcal
Keyword how long does it take to cook wild rice in the Instant Pot?, Wild Rice Instant Pot Setting
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  1. As a newbie to the instant pot I’m a little confused on the total time. You have 25 minutes but if you add in the 18 minutes natural release wouldn’t the total time be 33 minutes?

    • Hi Cheryl, Sorry for the confusion. There was just an error on the back end of the website that didn’t add the natural pressure release time to the total time it takes to make the recipe. Do keep in mind that the total time calculation also takes the prep time into account. As for the natural pressure release time, I have reduced the time to 10 minutes(from 18) because I have found the pressure to be releasing faster for me lately. If after ten minutes there is still some pressure left, simply manually vent the small amount of remaining pressure. Hope that helps!

  2. Randall Pierson-Weyers

    I used Chicken broth and a bit of butter and got a rich flavorful wild rice.

  3. Since when have you ever added rice and water at a 1:1 ratio? I’ve been searching for a good wild rice recipe for the Instant Pot and can’t find any that use any common water / rice ratio. I’ve seen it up to 4 cups of water for one cup wild rice. I’ll keep searching or try my luck with trial and error.

    • Hi Steve. You are correct that in conventional cooking the water: rice ratio is usually not 1:1 But as I explained in the post above, ” I have found the best results with cooking any type of rice in the Instant pot to be 1:1. That means if you use one cup of rice, you’ll need one cup of water. Stovetop recipes will call for more water as much of it evaporates over the long cooking time wild rice needs.”

      The reason the IP uses a 1:1 ratio is that there is no water loss due to evaporation. All the water stays contained in the IP with the lid closed. I have no idea why a recipe would call for 4 cups water for 1 cup rice as in my experience this would result in soup, but I do know that my 1:1 ratio for the IP has worked pretty well for me.

      You can read more about why this works here directly from the Instant Pot website. : Water To Rice Ratio In The Instant Pot

  4. Can the recipe be doubled or tripled?

  5. Thank you so much! Wild rice is a favorite of mine; it is so satisfying. I always soak in water with vinegar for at least 8 hours to a day. So, the rice should come out perfectly good when using the Less option.

  6. 5 stars
    Your info is valuable as I followed a different recipe which the rice wasn’t cooked! I had to finish it up on the stove!

  7. 5 stars
    Wild rice is one of my favorite things to eat. Love this recipe!!!

  8. 5 stars
    Now I know everything about cooking wild rice in instant pot! Thanks for sharing. Definitely need to include more healthy side dishes like this in my every day meal plan.

  9. Andrea Metlika

    5 stars
    This is a great side and using the instant pot really speeds up the process. Thank you for the instructions.

  10. 5 stars
    This looks like such an easy and quick dish Markus! Yum, I love simple dishes that take hardly any time at all to prepare, cheers for sharing!

  11. 5 stars
    Thank you very much for all the information related to cooking of this Instant Pot Wild Rice. I am sure a lot of people must have benefited with yr explanation…

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