Company Rice

Total Time

Prep: 10 min. Cook: 55 min.


10 servings

Updated: Jun. 17, 2023
This colorful side dish has proven itself the best rice recipe with family and friends. One of my late son’s friends always requested ‘that rice’ when he came over for dinner. It’s delicious served with grilled salmon, beef, turkey, lamb roast or ham. — Jayne Shiley, Campbellsport, Wisconsin
Company Rice Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 1 celery rib, thinly sliced
  • 1 large carrot, finely chopped
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 5 cups chicken broth
  • 1 cup uncooked wild rice
  • 1 cup uncooked long grain rice
  • 2/3 cup dried cherries or cranberries
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans, toasted


  1. In a large saucepan, saute the celery, carrot and onion in butter until tender. Stir in broth and wild rice. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 25 minutes.
  2. Add long grain rice; cover and simmer 20 minutes longer. Stir in cherries; cook until the liquid is absorbed, about 5 minutes longer. Just before serving, stir in pecans.
Almond Wild Rice: Omit the long grain rice, dried cherries and pecans. Add 1 cup uncooked brown rice with broth and wild rice. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 45-50 minutes or until rice is tender and liquid is absorbed. Remove from the heat; stir in 1 cup toasted slivered almonds, 1/2 cup minced fresh parsley and 1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper.

Test Kitchen Tips
  • Toasting the pecans can be tricky, be sure not to turn your back on them. They can turn from perfectly golden to smoky black in a matter of seconds.
  • Learn how to make perfect rice every time here.
  • Sugared Cranberries
    Heat 3 tablespoons light corn syrup in microwave until warm; gently toss with 1 cup fresh or frozen cranberries, allowing excess syrup to drip off. Toss in 1/3 cup sugar to coat. Place on waxed paper; let stand until set, about 1 hour. 

    Nutrition Facts

    2/3 cup: 238 calories, 7g fat (2g saturated fat), 9mg cholesterol, 516mg sodium, 38g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 2g fiber), 5g protein.

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