Brown and Wild Rice Pilaf

4 | September 21, 2013

Brown and Wild Rice Pilaf

I loved rice pilaf as a kid probably more than macaroni and cheese. I was just that weird. The funny thing is, my daughter is becoming the same way and at almost 5 years old will scarf down two helpings — something she never does with mac and cheese.

One of our favorites is this enticing and healthy brown and wild rice pilaf. A pilaf is basically rice cooked in a flavored broth and there are so many variations and techniques it’s mind boggling. This recipe here is a simple savory pilaf made with chicken broth, garlic, leeks, and herbs that creates a delicious blend of flavors. It’s pretty simple to make and pairs great with roasted chicken, steak, and wild game. Give it a try!

Brown and Wild Rice Pilaf serves 4

  • 1 leek
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 1/4 cups chicken broth, homemade preferred
  • 1/2 cup brown rice
  • 1/2 cup wild rice
  • 2 garlic cloves, peeled and crushed
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 3 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black ground pepper


With a knife, remove the dark green leafy stalk of the leek and the root end. Slice the remaining white and light green stalk in half exposing the interior. Wash the two leek halves to remove any sand or grit. Lay the leek flat side down on a cutting board and slice into thin crescent shapes. Heat oil in a saucepan over medium heat and add the leek. Saute until soft, about 3 minutes.

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Add the chicken broth and bring to a boil. To the broth, add both brown and wild rice, garlic, bay leaf, thyme, salt, and pepper. Stir, cover, and reduce the heat to medium-low. Simmer for 50 to 60 minutes until all of the broth is absorbed. Serve.

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  • Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar

    Such a fabulous meal! Yum!

  • lindsey

    Have you had an issue with your wild rice still being crunchy? In my experience, wild rice takes longer to cook than brown rice.

    • In Sock Monkey Slippers

      I’ve been cooking brown rice/wild rice combo for years and have never had a problem. Brown rice is a great pairing with wild because it can withstand a longer cooking time. Brown rice usually takes 45 minutes to cook while wild rice takes in between 45 and 50 minutes.A good point to note is that you want to make sure that both types of rice are quality and that wild rice isn’t split and is a deep black. I’ve bought brown rice and wild in the past that seemed to be extra milled and became a soggy mess when cooked. Hope that helps!

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