Wild Rice with Craisins and Almonds

It was roughly twelve years ago or so, when I first came across this recipe. I remember it clearly. I was in town, visiting my parents, as well as when I first really began dating my wife. She was living in downtown Milwaukee at the time, and I wanted to make dinner for her, and her roommate. I wanted it to be special, and something that she would remember. As my parents sat around their small kitchen table, along with my aunt and uncle who were visiting out of town, I asked them for some ideas. My uncle was quick to respond (as he is a foodie) with ‘why not do a grilled pork tenderloin with some wild rice and craisins and almonds’. Wow, just like that! I knew my uncle was smooth, but not that smooth. Then he responded, ‘and why not do some crepes with some conintreau’. My menu was planned, and it is one that I will never forget either.

Wild Rice with Craisins and Almonds Recipe

This wild rice is so easy to make, and I say it is one where we both remember because its flavor was earthy, and its texture was just spot on. Not only that, but it is healthy for you as well.


  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 cup of onion, chopped
  • 1 cup of wild rice
  • 2 cups of chicken stock, or water
  • 1/2 tsp cracked black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp salt, to taste
  • 1/2 cup craisins
  • 1/4 cup of sliced almonds

Begin by bringing a large saucepan to a medium heat. Add in the olive oil, then add in the chopped onion and cook for a few minutes, or until the onion is nice and tender. Add in your rice, and mix well to coat the rice. Cook for about two minutes, then add in your stock. Bring this to a boil, then cover, reduce the heat and cook for approximately 50 minutes, stirring once in between.

After 50 minutes, remove the pan from the heat and let it cook for another 10 minutes or so with the lid on.

Remove the lid, toss in the craisins and almond, season with the salt and pepper, and serve.

The pairing of this wild rice with the pork tenderloin is just a marriage on the plate, and probably one that allowed me to keep a good hold on my wife! It is a that we continue to make throughout the year. Enjoy.

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Dax Phillips

Thank you for visiting my website. Truly, I do appreciate it. My free time and stress reliever is cooking for my family, friends, and everyone in between. The recipes you find on this site are those that I have either created, been part of, or those that I simply enjoy and have made my own in some shape, form, or other. My focus has always been on comfort food, because at the end of a long work day, you want something comforting. I currently am the father of three children, and married to a wonderful wife of thirteen years. There is nothing fancy with these recipes, just simple, and I will admit, not so simple ingredients, and a simple kitchen corner I can call my own. I learned early on that cooking and bringing family together was very important. After all, this notion of being together at dinner time was instilled early on by my parents. There are many memories of being in the kitchen with my parents, watching them cook, or preparing meals, or those home cooked smells while waiting for dinner. My parents who worked full-time, always had home cooked meals during the week, with the exception of Friday nights where we would enjoy a Wisconsin fish fry, and often on late afternoons on Sunday, where we would order Ann's pizza. I tend to cook by making things up. As a home cook, I think you have to take chances, and add or subtract ingredients that make up a dish, and make them your own. Remember to taste, and taste often. If a dish has potential, try it again, and make it your own. You should also note that I do not count calories, or break down recipes into grams of anything. To me, that's a bit boring. My philosophy is that if the food is good, eat it, and eat it in moderation. Life is just too short not to enjoy good food. Commonly Asked Questions: Can I use your photography/content on my website/blog? Please do not redistribute my photography or recipes without my permission. All of the recipes and photography on this website are my own unless noted, and is subjected to copyright  If you’d like to use a photograph or a recipe, please contact me for permission. Will you review my product/book/site? I am available for recipe development, food photography and/or styling, travel/press events, product reviews, brand promotion/ambassador, and sponsored posts. If you are interested in working with me, or if you have a question/comment regarding a recipe or about my blog, please send me an email.

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