Super Easy Wild Rice Mushroom Pilaf is a simple and delicious side dish that you can prepare in less than 30 minutes.
Super Easy Wild Rice Mushroom Pilaf is perfect for potlucks and holiday gatherings.
Until I made this wild rice pilaf a few weeks back, I had no idea how well wild rice and mushrooms go together. No wonder why recipes like wild rice mushroom soups are so popular. I feel wild rice itself is so delicious and flavorful that it makes this pilaf even tastier.
If you have never tried wild rice before you should definitely try this pilaf recipe. I am sure you will fall in love with it too.
Another (personal) reason I am loving this pilaf is that it has mushrooms in it. For me, mushroom is a must in recipes like Homemade Pizza, Asian soups, Sandwiches etc. I am a huge fan of mushrooms and I look out for ways to add them in whatever I cook!
Super Easy Wild Rice Mushroom Pilaf
Making this wild rice pilaf doesn’t take much time. The best part is that you need very few ingredients for this recipe. This recipe calls for a wild rice blend that you can easily find in your local grocery stores. Other ingredients you’d need are green peas, onions, vegetable broth, some garlic and of course fresh sliced mushrooms. And also, I used fresh thyme leaves to give this pilaf a nice aromatic flavor.
Once you gather all the ingredients, cook wild rice in vegetable broth until they are nice, tender and fluffy. Meanwhile saute onions, mushrooms and green peas with garlic and thyme until all the water disappears from the mushroom. Then add cooked rice and gently mix together. Serve as a side or have it for light lunch or dinner.
- Add cooked or grilled chicken pieces in this pilaf to make it a meat version.
- Add some additional vegetables like fresh spinach, diced carrot, green beans etc to boost its nutritional value.
- Top this pilaf with some dried cranberries, diced green apple to make it a perfect dish that you can add to a Thanksgiving menu.
- If you want to make a healthy and low-carb version then you can try this cauliflower rice pilaf.
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Super Easy Wild Rice Mushroom Pilaf
- 1 cup wild rice blend
- 1 3/4 cup vegetable broth
- 1 tbsp butter
- 2-3 garlic cloves minced
- 1 medium onion, diced
- 1/2 cup green peas, frozen or fresh
- 1 1/2 cup sliced mushrooms
- 1 tbsp fresh thyme leaves, or 1 tsp dried thyme
- salt and pepper
- Add rice and veggie broth in a saucepan. Bring the mixture to a boil. Then add salt to taste and simmer for 15-18 min with lid on or until the rice is tender and fluffy.
- Meanwhile, heat butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add minced garlic and saute until fragrant for 30-40 sec.
- Add onions and cook until translucent.
- Then add mushrooms, green peas, and thyme. Saute the mixture for 5-7 min. Make sure almost all the water from the mushrooms evaporates.
- Add cooked rice and gently mix with mushroom and peas. Adjust seasonings, if necessary. Serve warm as a side or for light lunch or dinner.
This was easy to make and very nice. We had no wild rice; we actually made it with plain brown rice. It was still delicious and even my teenage daughter liked it 🙂 Also no butter; we fried in oil.
Perhaps we are missing out; maybe someday I’ll manage to try it with the wild rice. Though….if my daughter liked it, I don’t know whether I want to change anything!
I’m so glad you enjoyed the rice! Thank you for your comment!
What about a “long grain & wild rice” blend? Will that change or ruin the flavor or texture?
How much onions
You’ll want to use 1 medium onion, diced. Sorry about that!
Joe B. Miller
You were right SUPER EASY WILD RICE MUSHROOM PILAF is easy!
Great with almost any main course!!! Thanks so much!
You’re welcome Joe! Enjoy!