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Cranberry Leek Wild Rice

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Cranberry Leek Wild Rice
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories: 313.37 kcal
Author: Michelle De La Cerda

Hearty wild rice sautéed with herbs, seasonings, mushrooms, leeks, and cranberries. A tasty side dish all year long or for the holidays.



  • 2 cups wild rice
  • cups chicken broth water or other broths work too
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 tbsp butter divided
  • 3 cups leeks diced
  • 8 oz mushrooms finely diced
  • tsp rubbed sage dried
  • tsp thyme dried
  • ½ tsp salt to taste
  • ¼ tsp black pepper to taste
  • cups dried cranberries sweetened or not


  1. Cook the rice according to package directions via desired method and liquid.

  2. While rice cooks, dice the leeks and clean them. (see notes)

  3. Once the rice is done, or nearly done, heat a large skillet over medium high heat.

  4. Once hot, add the olive oil and 1 tbsp of butter.

  5. Sauté the leeks and mushrooms for 3-5 minutes.

  6. Add the herbs and seasonings, mix well.

  7. Add the cranberries, stir until combined and continue to cook for another 3-5 minutes, or until the vegetables have reached their desired softness.

  8. Stir in the cooked rice and the remainging butter.

  9. Reduce heat to medium and cook until the ingredients have combined and melded together.

  10. Serve and enjoy.

Recipe Notes

Leeks LOVE to hide dirt between their fine layers, so I dice them up first then soak them. After a quick soaking, I rinse and drain and leave them in the strainer to get as much water off them before sautéing. 

Nutrition Facts
Cranberry Leek Wild Rice
Amount Per Serving
Calories 313.37 Calories from Fat 80
% Daily Value*
Fat 8.92g14%
Saturated Fat 3.33g21%
Cholesterol 11.29mg4%
Sodium 570.79mg25%
Potassium 412.37mg12%
Carbohydrates 54.83g18%
Fiber 4.66g19%
Sugar 17.64g20%
Protein 7.78g16%
Vitamin A 695.16IU14%
Vitamin C 11.93mg14%
Calcium 37.79mg4%
Iron 1.95mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.