Cherry Wild Rice


A friend cooked this at our weekly poker game and it was wonderful! I made it for a few other friends and they said it was the best rice they've ever had!

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
1 hrs 1 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 11 mins
4 servings


  • 2 ½ cups water, divided

  • ½ cup wild rice

  • ¼ cup brown rice

  • 1 cup pitted and sliced cherries

  • ½ cup brown sugar

  • ¼ cup sliced almonds

  • ½ cup sliced celery

  • cup fresh orange juice

  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar

  • 1 teaspoon grated orange zest


  1. Bring 2 cups water and wild rice to a boil in a saucepan. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer until rice is tender, 30 to 45 minutes. Drain excess liquid, fluff rice with a fork, and cook uncovered, about 5 minutes more.

  2. Bring 1/2 water and brown rice to a boil in a saucepan. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer until rice is tender and liquid has been absorbed, about 45 minutes.

  3. Combine cherries, brown sugar, and almonds in a large nonstick skillet; cook and stir over medium heat until brown sugar melts and coats cherries and almonds, about 6 minutes. Stir in brown rice, wild rice, celery, orange juice, red wine vinegar, and orange zest. Cook, stirring frequently, until heated through, about 5 minutes.

Cook's Note:

Substitute frozen cherries for the fresh cherries if desired.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

295 Calories
4g Fat
61g Carbs
6g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 295
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 4g 5%
Saturated Fat 0g 2%
Sodium 26mg 1%
Total Carbohydrate 61g 22%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Total Sugars 35g
Protein 6g
Vitamin C 14mg 70%
Calcium 66mg 5%
Iron 1mg 6%
Potassium 362mg 8%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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