Gluten-Free Wild Rice Side Dish Recipe

Pork and wild rice
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  • Total: 75 mins
  • Prep: 15 mins
  • Cook: 60 mins
  • Yield: 4 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
641 Calories
43g Fat
46g Carbs
23g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4 servings
Amount per serving
Calories 641
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 43g 55%
Saturated Fat 15g 73%
Cholesterol 60mg 20%
Sodium 815mg 35%
Total Carbohydrate 46g 17%
Dietary Fiber 6g 20%
Protein 23g
Calcium 542mg 42%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

I'll never understand why wild rice isn't a more popular staple. It's sky high in fiber, has more protein than white rice, and the chewy, nutty texture is absolutely to die for. But you might be surprised to learn that it isn't truly a member of the rice family - it's a marsh grass! But that's perhaps not the most appetizing description, so I'll forgive you for omitting that factoid from your dinner party.

Wild rice is like rice in that it's naturally free of gluten, so it's a great option for livening up gluten-free meals. This hearty, satisfying recipe is loaded with flavor and is a true crowd pleaser (and thankfully so, as it's quite easy to make in bulk for special occasions).

Before you get started, check out these tips for cooking wild rice from our Guide to Local Foods. I like to bake wild rice rather than cook it on the stovetop, but that's just me. For convenience, you can cook the wild rice up to 2 days before assembling and baking. Cook, cool, place in an airtight container and refrigerate!


  • 3 cups cooked wild rice (See tips- How to Cook Wild Rice)
  • 1 cup sliced fresh mushrooms
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh, chopped tomatoes or equivalent amount of canned diced tomatoes, drained
  • 1 cup sliced black olives
  • 1/2 cup chopped green onions
  • 2 minced cloves garlic or garlic powder to taste
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1 cup grated Cheddar cheese
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Preheat oven to 350 F.

  3. Combine cooked wild rice with remaining ingredients in a large bowl. Stir to thoroughly combine.

  4. Pour the mixture into a 13x9-inch baking dish. Cover with a lid or foil. Bake for 30 to 45 minutes or until the mixture is heated through and the cheese has melted. Alternatively, this dish can be prepared in a crock pot. Just place the mixture in a large crockpot and heat on high until it's hot and the cheese has melted.
    How to Cook Wild Rice - Preparation Tips
    Reminder: Always make sure your work surfaces, utensils, pans, and tools are free of gluten. Always read product labels. Manufacturers can change product formulations without notice. When in doubt, do not buy or use a product before contacting the manufacturer for verification that the product is free of gluten.