Wild Rice Pilaf with Cranberries and Apple

Easy, flavorful wild rice pilaf! With shallots, apple, dried cranberries and pistachios! Perfect for everyday or the holidays!

There is something about rice pilaf that is so comforting to me.

I don’t know why, or where that feeling comes from, but it always makes me happy each and every time I make it.

A white bowl filled with Wild Rice Pilaf with a spoon to the side.

I’ve been in one of those seasons in life over the last few months where it just feels like everything is moving a million miles a minute and I can barely keep my head above water.

And yet, it’s fall … i.e. my absolute favorite season … and all I want to do is stop, ignore all my responsibilities and just appreciate the gorgeousness that is this time of the year.

So, I’m compromising by at least taking breathers to enjoy dishes like this wild rice pilaf. Total comfort in times of complete madness!

I’ve actually been making this dish since last fall. And only now am getting around to sharing it with you. For shame!

But at the very least, it’s here in plenty of time for Thanksgiving. Because, friends, you are most definitely going to want to add this to your menus.

A measuring cup filled with dry wild rice.

Let me start off by saying that this is hands-down my favorite version of rice pilaf. Boldness right there!

But oh so deserved.

We’re talking an easy side dish that is fantastic for the holidays or for a regular weeknight dinner.

Full of flavor from the shallots, the wild rice and the little pops of apple, dried cranberries and pistachios, this pilaf is hard not to fall head over heels in love with.

Savory, yet slightly sweet … that’s pure happiness in that bowl right there!

A white bowl filled with Cranberry Wild Rice Pilaf with a napkin to the side.

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Wild Rice Pilaf with Cranberries and Apple

Wild Rice Pilaf with Cranberries and Apple

Yield: about 4 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes

Easy, flavorful wild rice pilaf! With shallots, apple, dried cranberries and pistachios! Perfect for everyday or the holidays!


  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 medium shallots, diced
  • 1 medium apple, peeled, cored and chopped
  • 1 cup uncooked wild rice blend
  • 3 cups low sodium vegetable broth
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • pinch of pepper
  • pinch of nutmeg
  • ⅓ to ½ cup dried cranberries
  • ¼ cup shelled pistachios, roughly chopped
  • minced fresh chives, for garnish


  1. Set a large saucepan over medium heat. Add in the butter. When melted, add in the shallots and apple. Cook for about 5 minutes, until tender. Add in the wild rice. Cook for about 2 minutes, stirring frequently, until toasted and fragrant.
  2. Add in the broth, salt, pepper and nutmeg. Bring the mixture to a boil, then cover, turn down the heat and let simmer gently for about 30 to 45 minutes, until tender. Start checking the rice around the 30 minute mark to see if it’s done - it should be tender but have a bit of chew. If any liquid remains when the rice is finished cooking, drain.
  3. Fluff the rice with a fork, then stir in the cranberries and pistachios. Garnish with the fresh chives.


Feel free to use olive oil in place of the butter. However, I will say that this is one of those recipes where I feel like the butter really adds something!

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 223 Total Fat: 9g Saturated Fat: 5g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 3g Cholesterol: 23mg Sodium: 383mg Carbohydrates: 35g Fiber: 3g Sugar: 17g Protein: 2g
Nutrition data shown is an estimate provided by an online calculator and is for informational purposes only. It should not be considered a substitute for a medical professional’s advice.