Popped Wild Rice

by Hoohla
Popped Wild Rice

Popped Wild Rice becomes a crunchy and delicious snack. Wild rice can be popped like popcorn, and even if it doesn’t get as big and fluffy or puffy as popcorn.

Preparing wild rice in this traditional manner highlights the rich nutty flavor usually associated with the grain. Ojibwe people often mix the popped rice with pure maple sugar and enjoy the blend of two natural foods.


Popped Wild Rice

Popped Wild Rice

Popped Wild Rice with salt or maple sugar is an excellent healthy snack.

  • Cook Time: 1 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 minutes
  • Category: Snack
  • Cuisine: American


  • 3 cups oil
  • 1/2 cup wild rice (hand-parched uncooked)
  • salt to taste


  1. Sort rice, picking out any pieces of hull.
  2. Heat oil to 375 degrees in a 1-quart saucepan, using a thermometer on the side of the pan.
  3. Place rice in a sieve, 1 tablespoon if using a sieve 3 inches in diameter, or 2 tablespoons in a 5-inch sieve.
  4. Lower sieve into the hot oil. Rice will pop rapidly for about 30 seconds.
  5. As soon as popping stops, lift sieve from oil. Drain for a minute or so over oil, and then turn out on paper towels to drain further. Repeat for the remainder of the rice.
  6. Salt as desired or mix popped rice with maple sugar.

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