Garlic Apricot Wild Rice – you heard me right. Sounds crazy? Well it was crazy delicious and incredibly easy.

The changing weather brings with it one of my favorite seasons of the year – running season! With running season comes a great excuse to start eating delicious wholesome grains. The rice I used for this dish is a gluten free blend of wild and whole grain brown rice. Apricots are in season (and on sale) so I couldn’t pass them up and decided they would be a nice sweet flavor addition to the grains. Sweet and savory are a classic paring, so I added copious amounts of garlic. I used dried garlic for ease but yes, fresh would be much better.

To finish the dish off, I added a solid handful of chopped flat leaf parsley. The parsley added some great color helped breakup the flavors.

This side dish is the first of 3 recipes I will post that composed a meal I made earlier this week. I will reveal the theme of the meal in my next posting but wanted to share this incredible rice dish as soon as possible.


ingredients for garlic apricot wild rice

diced apricots

ingredients for garlic apricot wild rice

ingredients for garlic apricot wild rice

garlic apricot wild rice

Garlic Apricot Wild Rice

5 from 1 vote
By Cassy
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 50 minutes
Total: 1 hour
Servings: 4 servings
Garlic Apricot Wild Rice – you heard me right. Sounds crazy? Well it was crazy delicious and incredibly easy.


  • 1 cup dried wild and whole grain brown rice
  • 4 apricots
  • 1 tablespoon dried or minced garlic
  • 1/2 cup chopped flat leaf parsley
  • sea salt and cracked pepper to taste


  • Bring 2 cups of water, 1 cup of rice, and a pinch of salt to a boil on the stove in a medium sized saucepan.
  • When it comes to a boil, stir the mixture once and turn the heat to low.
  • Let simmer for approximately 50 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, chop the apricots (skin included) into about ¼ inch cubes.
  • When the rice is finished cooking, add the apricots, garlic, and parsley.
  • Stir, serve, and enjoy.


Calories: 169kcal | Carbohydrates: 36g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 0.1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Sodium: 9mg | Potassium: 327mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 1314IU | Vitamin C: 14mg | Calcium: 25mg | Iron: 2mg

Additional Info

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 169
Keyword: apricot wild rice, how to cook wild rice

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Cassy Joy Garcia, a New York Times best-selling author, of Cook Once Dinner Fix, Cook Once Eat All Week, and Fed and Fit as well as the creative force behind the popular food blog Fed & Fit.

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