Wild Rice with Pomegranate Seeds to Savor the Season

After indulging in a feast for Christmas, I’ve decided to keep it simple and health-conscious for New Year’s Eve. No more extravagant parties this time; instead, I decided to stay home, whipping up a simple and vibrant dish—Wild Rice with Pomegranate Seeds.

Pomegranates are said to symbolize abundance and fortune. Call me superstitious, but I could use a bit of luck for the upcoming year.

Wild rice with pomegranate seeds

The dish itself is a breeze to make, but it boasts layers of flavor that make it anything but ordinary. The wild rice brings earthy, slightly sweet notes to the table, creating a perfect harmony with the sweet-tart burst of pomegranate seeds. I you like the warm flavor, you can add some spices like cloves, cardamom, or cinnamon.

To complement this vibrant dish, I’ll enjoy the dish with Grilled Chicken Skewers in the Japanese style and roasted vegetables. Here’s to a simple, healthy, and flavorful Wild Rice with Pomegranate Seeds to start the New Year!

Wild Rice with Pomegranate Seeds

Simple, festive, and absolutely delicious!
Total Time 1 hour
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American, Mediterranean, Middle East
Servings 4
Calories 220 kcal


  • 1 cup wild rice
  • 2 cups vegetable or chicken broth
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 small onion finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/2 cup pomegranate seeds
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Fresh parsley for garnish optional


  • Rinse the wild rice under cold water to remove excess starch.
  • In a saucepan, bring 2 cups of vegetable or chicken broth to a boil. Add the rinsed wild rice, reduce the heat to low, cover, and simmer for about 40-45 minutes or until the rice is tender and has absorbed the liquid.
  • While the rice is cooking, heat olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add finely chopped onion and sauté until it becomes translucent. Add minced garlic and cook for an additional minute.
  • Once the wild rice is cooked, add it to the skillet with the sautéed onion and garlic. Mix well to combine and let it cook together for a few minutes to allow the flavors to meld.
  • Gently fold in the pomegranate seeds, providing a burst of freshness and a pop of color to your pilaf.
    Wild rice with pomegranate seeds
  • Season with salt and pepper to taste. If desired, garnish with fresh parsley for a touch of freshness.
  • Transfer the wild rice pilaf to a serving dish and serve it as a delightful side dish to complement your holiday feast.
Keyword healthy, homemade, rice, side dish
Johanna Cleveland
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Hi, I'm Kate, the creator of Happy Baking Days. I'm a food lover, recipe creator, and kitchen explorer. I have amateur baking knowledge gained from years spent in the kitchen with my grandma and mum, where I graduated slowly from dusting work surfaces with flour and licking the spatula to the finer arts of pastry and meringue. Now in my own kitchen, I put all those years of training into practice, experimenting with recipes and ingredients from around the world. Join me as I share my culinary journey and favorite recipes that make cooking a delightful experience.

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