A modern and healthy stuffing recipe that’s bound for your Thanksgiving dinner! This wild rice side dish is packed with textures and flavors from hearty fresh herbs, dried cranberries, toasted pecans, and more!
The beautiful thing about this recipe—which is similar to a wild rice pilaf—is that everything’s done on the stove top. No oven space or baking dish required for this rice dish!
This wild rice stuffing is:
- Vegan-optional (with a few swaps, see recipe notes)
What you’ll need for this wild rice stuffing:
- wild rice
- broth of choice (or water)
- unsalted butter
- olive oil
- mixed mushrooms of choice (I like using a combination of cremini and shiitake, but any will work.) Looking for more mushroom options? Check out this article on 13 types of mushrooms and how to use them!
- fresh sage
- dried cranberries
- red wine vinegar
- fresh parsley
How to make wild rice stuffing
- First things first, you’ve got to get the wild rice cooking. This step takes the longest, so before you start prepping anything else, get the rice going. While the wild rice cooks you can prep the rest of the ingredients.
- Cook mushrooms in a large sauté pan until deep golden brown. Transfer cooked mushrooms to a bowl and set aside.
- Cook celery and shallot until starting to soften.
- Add pecans to pan with celery and shallot and cook until pecans are toasted, and vegetables are softened and lightly browned.
- Stir in sage and garlic and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute.
- Add cooked wild rice, cooked mushrooms, cranberries and vinegar and cook just until heated through.
- Remove pan from heat and stir in remaining butter and parsley.
- Don’t forget—give the dish a quick taste and season with salt, pepper, and additional vinegar to taste before serving!
Can this wild rice side dish be made ahead?
Sure! If you want to get a head start on this wild rice stuffing, aka wild rice dressing, you can do a few things.
Cooking the wild rice takes the most time, so if you want to cut down in cook time, cook the rice ahead of time and store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Wild rice can be cooked up to 3 days in advance.
You can go a step further and cook the mushrooms ahead of time since they take about 15 minutes to cook. Store cooked mushrooms in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
The rest of the ingredients can be prepped and stored in airtight containers in the refrigerator until ready to cook.
And finally, if you want to make the whole dish ahead of time and reheat right before serving you definitely can! If you choose this route, I recommend waiting to add the vinegar, last tablespoon of butter, and fresh parsley until the day of.
When ready to serve, reheat the stuffing in a large sauté pan over medium heat until completely warmed through. Off heat, add the vinegar, tablespoon of butter, and parsley.
What to serve with this wild rice stuffing
- Rosemary & Orange Glazed Roast Turkey
- Pan-Fried Lamb Chops
- Crispy Pan-Seared Salmon
- Instant Pot Lamb Shanks
- Crispy Oven-Fried Chicken
More wild rice recipes you may like…
- Healthy Slow-Cooker Turkey Wild Rice Soup
- Instant Pot Wild Rice Soup (from my friend Susie over at Mom’s Dinner!)
- Chicken and Wild Rice Casserole
- Wild Rice Salad with Beets, Grapes and Pecans
- Braised Chicken Thighs with Apples and Wild Rice
Variations on this wild rice stuffing:
- Add more variation in texture by using a combination of cooked wild rice and brown rice.
- Add more fall flavors with diced apple instead of, or in addition to, the dried cranberries.
- Make it vegan by using vegan butter (or olive oil) and vegetable broth instead of chicken broth.
- Herb it up by adding fresh thyme and rosemary.
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A modern and healthy stuffing recipe that’s bound for your Thanksgiving dinner! This wild rice side dish is packed with textures and flavors from hearty fresh herbs, dried cranberries, toasted pecans and more!
- 1 ½ cups dry wild rice
- 3 cups low-sodium chicken broth or vegetable broth (or water)
- 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 pound mixed mushrooms, such as cremini and shiitake, trimmed and sliced
- Kosher salt and cracked black pepper
- 1 ½ cups diced celery
- ¾ cup sliced shallots
- ¾ cup chopped pecans
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh sage
- 2 garlic cloves, chopped
- ½ cup dried cranberries (or 1 diced apple)
- 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
- ½ cup chopped parsley
Bring broth to a boil in a medium saucepan. Meanwhile, rinse and drain rice in a fine mesh sieve until water runs clear.
Add rice to saucepan with broth, bring to a boil, cover and reduce heat to a simmer. Cook until rice is tender and bloomed, 40–50 minutes. Remove lid, fluff with a fork and let any excess liquid evaporate out.
Meanwhile, melt 3 tablespoons butter in a large sauté pan over medium-high heat until foaming has subsided. Add mushrooms, toss with butter, and cook, without moving, until golden brown on the bottom, about 4 minutes.
Stir mushrooms, and continue to cook until golden brown on both sides, about 10 minutes more; stirring twice. Season with salt and pepper and cook 2 minutes more. Transfer mushrooms to a bowl and return pan to heat.
Add oil to pan and heat over medium just until shimmering. Add celery and shallot, season with salt and pepper, and cook until shallot is starting to brown, about 3 minutes. Stir in pecans and continue to cook until pecans begin to toast, 5 minutes. Stir in sage and garlic and cook 1 minute.
Add cooked wild rice, cooked mushrooms, cranberries, and vinegar; cook just to heat through.
Off heat stir in remaining tablespoon of butter and parsley; season with salt, pepper and additional vinegar to taste.
You’ll see that the prep time for this recipe is only 5 minutes. The reason for this is because you can use the time while the wild rice is cooking to prep the rest of the ingredients and cook the rest of the ingredients. The prep and cook time of the rest of the recipe can be done all within the cooking time of the wild rice.
MAKE THIS VEGAN: use vegetable broth (or water) instead of chicken broth, and use vegan butter or olive oil in place of the butter.
- Serving Size: about 3/4 cup
- Calories: 186
- Sugar: 2g
- Sodium: 214mg
- Fat: 8g
- Saturated Fat: 3.5g
- Carbohydrates: 23g
- Fiber: 2.5g
- Protein: 6g
- Cholesterol: 12mg
Keywords: Wild Rice Stuffing, Wild Rice Pilaf, Wild Rice Dressing, Wild Rice Side Dish