With so many Fall flavors this Apple Pecan Cranberry Wild Rice Pilaf is a wonderful Rice Bowl with so many flavors and textures. It’s wonderful.
All the flavors of Fall in one dish. Apple Pecan Cranberry Wild Rice Pilaf can be eaten as a side dish or my favorite as a Lunch Rice Bowl.
With so many textures and flavors this Wild Rice Pilaf is amazing. We also love to serve this as a side dish with a Rotisserie Chicken as the flavors balance nicely.
Regardless of how you eat Wild Rice Pilaf, you will love all the flavors.
We make this recipe in both the Instant Pot and on the stove top. It will take a little more time on the stove top, but is just as easily made.
However, the Instant Pot steps are super simple and easy to throw together.
We first found this recipe when looking for an alternative to potatoes at Thanksgiving Dinner.
I know, shock right? Who doesn’t like potatoes for Thanksgiving? Well, we just needed an alternative for some guests.
This recipe fit nicely and complimented our table of beautiful food nicely.
I love the texture of the added diced apple pieces with the pecans and craisins, it just adds to the wild rice texture making this a perfect Wild Rice Pilaf Bowl for lunch or Dinner.
What do you serve Wild Rice Pilaf with?
Great question! We love to eat this recipe by it self as a Rice Bowl, but we also serve this with a Rotisserie Chicken and some fresh veggies.
How Long does it take to make Wild Rice Pilaf?
This recipe is quick made in the Instant Pot and can be made in under 30 minutes. The stove top recipe takes a little longer as it just takes time to cook Wild Rice.
Can I leave out ingredients?
You sure can! We love to adapt recipes to our tastes. You can adjust or remove all ingredients. However, the liquid amounts must stay the same. You can however use all water or broth or all apple juice.
How many servings will Wild Rice Pilaf make?
This recipe will make 4-6 servings as a side dish or 1-2 servings as a rice bowl.
Wild Rice needs to be rinsed and drained to remove the extra starch. Make sure to rinse with cool water and drain well before adding to recipe.
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Wild Rice Pilaf
- 1 cup Wild Rice Blend - Washed and Rinsed
- 1 cup Broth
- ¾ cup Apple Juice
- ½ cup Onion - Chopped and Diced
- 2 Garlic Cloves - Crushed
- 2 tablespoon Butter
- ½ teaspoon Salt
- ¼ teaspoon Pepper
- ½ teaspoon Oregano
- 1 tablespoon Dijon Mustard
- 1 Bay Leaf
- ⅓ cup Craisens - Chopped
- ⅓ cup Pecans - Chopped
- ½ Honey Crisp Apple
Instant Pot Directions
- Measure wild rice blend, wash and drain and set aside.
- Turn the Instant Pot to Sauté and wait until it reads "hot". Add Butter, Garlic and diced Onions. Stir and sauté for 2-3 minutes. Then turn the Instant Pot off.
- Add Broth, Apple Juice, Dijon Mustard, Salt, Pepper, and Oregano. Stir. Add the Rice. Stir again. Add the Bay Leaf on top. Close the lid and pressure valve.
- Set to Manual for 21 minutes. Then do a 5-minute Natural Release and a Quick Release for the remaining pressure. Open the Lid and remove the Bay Leaf.
- Add diced Apple, Craisins and chopped Pecans and stir them into the rice. Close the lid for 2-3 minutes. This will the apples, craisins and pecans to warm up and soften a bit.
- Serve as a side with a meal, or eat as a Rice Bowl for lunch. Enjoy!
Stove Top Directions
- NOTE: For this stovetop recipe you will need to increase your broth to 1 ½ cups and apple juice to 1 ½ cups.
- Wash and rinse rice and set aside.
- In a frying pan, melt the Butter and add the diced Onions and Garlic. Sauté for 2-3 minutes. You do not need to fully cook the onions as they will cook along with the rice.
- In a separate bowl mix Broth, Apple Juice, Mustard, Salt, Pepper, and Oregano and stir to combine.
- Add rice to frying pan, add liquids to frying pan and give a quick stir. Add the Bay Leaf, cover the pot with lid, and turn the heat down to Low (2-3 setting).
- Allow rice to cook on low for 45 minutes or until rice is done. Try not to remove lid as heat escapes and changes cooking time.
- When rice is done, Remove Bay Leaf. Then Add diced apples, craisins, and pecans. Give a quick stir to combine and cover with lid for 2-3 minutes to allow the apples, pecans and craisins to warm up.
- Store: Store wild rice in an airtight container or a Ziploc bag for up to 3 days in the fridge.
- Freezing: You can freeze this wild rice apple pecan dish for up to 6 months. Store it in freezer safe containers or in freezer bags. Defrost before reheating.
All nutrition values are approximate and calculated by a plugin and are provided as a courtesy. Adding or subtracting ingredients will change the nutritional value.