In this Mushroom Wild Rice recipe, hearty portobello mushrooms, sauteed with garlic and onions, come together with earthy wild rice for an easy and hearty side dish loaded with flavor.

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White ceramic pot with wild rice, portobello mushrooms and fresh thyme.

Hearty, savory and with loads of umami flavor, this mushroom rice is the perfect side dish. Thick and chewy portobellos sauteed in garlic and onions and then cooked in broth are the ultimate flavor enhancer in this wild rice dish. You’ll be amazed with the flavor simple portobellos can contribute. It doesn’t get much tastier than this!

Serve this mushroom wild rice recipe alongside your favorite lunch or dinner. It’s a one pot side dish you can enjoy all year round.

What is wild rice?

Even though we call it wild rice, wild rice is actually a combination of grasses that grow in shallow water. Chewier and more flavorful than brown or white rice, in most cases wild rice can be substituted for white or brown in your favorite recipes.

From a nutritional standpoint, wild rice contains more protein than brown rice but contains about the same amount of fiber. Wild rice has an earthy and slightly nutty flavor and can be eaten as a side dish or main meal.

Wild rice, white container with salt, grey container with black peppercorns and a wooden spoon on a wooden tray, chopped portobello mushrooms, fresh thyme, butter, raisins, chopped garlic, chopped onions.

Why You’ll Love This Wild Rice and Mushroom Recipe

Hearty: Wild rice and mushrooms make for a filling and satisfying side dish.

Flavorful: Portobello mushrooms are loaded with umami flavor.

Adaptable: You can easily add different mushrooms, throw in some chives, or add canned beans and make it a meal.

Make ahead: Wild rice keeps very well so if you need to get this off you to-do list you can easily make it a few days ahead of time.

Pairs well: Wild rice and mushrooms will go well with loads of dishes.

Serve warm or cold: This tasty side dish can be eaten warm, cold or at even at room temperature.

Wild rice, onion, garlic, fresh thyme, salt, pepper, butter, garlic, mushrooms, raisins, and a blue and white dish towel.

Ingredients and Notes For Wild Rice Pilaf With Mushrooms

  • Wild rice – Wild rice gives this dish an earthy flavor. This is the wild rice I use.
  • Vegetable broth – Cooking the rice in broth adds more flavor. Choose a low sodium option so you can adjust the amount of salt. If you are all out of broth, water is fine too.
  • Portobello mushrooms – Meaty and full of flavor, portobello mushrooms are ideal for this wild rice and mushroom recipe.
  • Onions – Sliced white onions add more flavor, though any kind will work.
  • Raisins – Raisins add a touch of sweetness to the rice.
  • Butter – Butter, unsalted or salted,adds a rich buttery flavor.
  • Garlic – Fresh minced garlic is best but jarred will also work.
  • Thyme – Freshly chopped thyme adds the finishing touch.
Pot with chopped onions, garlic mushrooms, fresh thyme, and a white and blue dish towel.

How To Make Wild Rice And Mushrooms

Step 1: Cook the onion in a pot with the melted butter. Once softened, add the mushrooms and garlic and saute.

Step 2: Mix in the rice and stir to coat it with the butter, onion and garlic mixture.

Step 3: Stir in the fresh thyme and broth and cook on medium low for 25-30 minutes or until all the liquid has been absorbed and the rice is soft and slightly chewy.

Step 4: Add the raisins and cover the pot for a few minutes until they soften and serve.

White pot with wild rice, chopped mushrooms, onions, broth, garlic, fresh thyme, and a blue and white dish towel.

Tips and Variations

  • Instead of onions, use leeks. Just wash well and trim off the dark green parts.
  • Change up the herbs and use oregano or basil instead of thyme. Or in addition to the thyme.
  • Use a combination of mushrooms instead of just portobello.
  • Try currants or cranberries in place of the raisins.
  • Top with toasted almonds for a touch of crunch.
  • Stir in a splash of cooking sherry or white wine for a fruity flavor.
  • If you don’t have any wild rice on hand you can use brown or even white rice or a combination of both.
White pot with broth, chopped mushrooms, onions, freshy thyme and a white and blue dish towel.


Is it good to soak wild rice before cooking?

It is not necessary to soak wild rice before you cook it.

what goes well with wild rice?

Wild rice is fairly versatile and pairs well with meat, chicken, fish or any vegetarian dish.

is wild rice healthier than brown rice?

Wild rice has fewer calories than brown rice and has more protein.

White pot with cooked wild rice, raisins, sliced portobello mushrooms fresh thyme, and a white and blue dish towel.

Make Ahead and Storage

This mushroom wild rice can easily be made ahead of time and stored in the fridge. In an airtight container, this side dish will keep for up to 4 days. You can also freeze leftovers for up to 3 months.

White pot with cooked wild rice, raisins, sliced portobello mushrooms fresh thyme and a white and blue dish towel.


If possible, cook your rice in broth to add more flavor. Any kind of broth will work whether it be chicken, beef, vegetable or this homemade bone broth. If you don’t have any liquid broth you can add a broth cube or broth powder to water.

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mushroom wild rice

Mushroom Wild Rice

by Silvia Dunnirvine
In this Mushroom Wild Rice recipe, hearty portobello mushrooms, sauteed with garlic and onions, come together with earthy wild rice for an easy and hearty side dish loaded with flavor.
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 35 minutes
Total: 40 minutes
Servings: 8 people


  • 2 cups wild rice
  • 4 cups water or vegetable broth
  • 2 cups portobello mushrooms
  • 1 cup onion chopped
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 4 tbsp butter
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • fresh thyme


  • Melt butter in heavy pot and add in the onion. Let it cook down for a couple minutes then add the mushroom and garlic. Sauté for 3-4 minutes.
    Mushroom Wild Rice
  • Toss in the rice, stir to combine.
  • Add fresh thyme and broth. Stir well and cook on medium-low heat for 25-30 minutes or until all the liquid has been absorbed.
    Mushroom Wild Rice
  • Stir in raisins and cover to soften for about 5 minutes before serving.


Calories: 221kcal | Carbohydrates: 49g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 0.3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Trans Fat: 0.001g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 489mg | Potassium: 442mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 271IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 29mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Keyword: Mushroom Wild Rice, Portobello Mushroom Wild Rice, Wild Rice Mushroom Recipe
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
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Wild rice with portobello mushrooms in a heavy pot, topped with fresh thyme.

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