To cook wild rice, boil it in salted water, simmer it for 45 minutes, and drain it. This slow method gives the cook great control over the texture of the rice. The required supplies include a pot, a stove, salt, a long spoon and a colander.
Fill a large pot with 6 cups of water and 1 teaspoon salt. Put the pot on the stove over high heat, stir the water until the salt dissolves, and add 1 cup wild rice. When the water boils, stop stirring the rice, and reduce the heat to medium. Simmer the rice for 45 minutes, then pour it into a colander to drain it.
There are several other ways to cook wild rice. One alternate method, baking, is recommended in many casserole recipes. To bake wild rice, preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Pour 2 cups boiling water into a lidded, oven-safe 2-quart casserole dish. Add a pinch of salt and 1 cup wild rice, stir the mixture, and fasten the lid. Bake the rice for one hour, then check its moisture level and stir it with a fork. Add more water if the rice feels dry, reattach the casserole lid, and bake the rice for 30 additional minutes.