Cranberry Wildrice Pilaf

Easy one pan Cranberry Wildrice Pilaf, a vegan dish for your Thanksgiving dinner. Love at first bite!!!

With Thanksgiving around the corner, we couldn’t help sharing one of our favorite holiday recipes, the Cranberry Wildrice Pilaf. Made with wild rice, flavored with herbs and simmered in apple juice, apple cider vinegar, and broth. As a vegetarian, this has always been our go-to recipe for Thanksgiving and we often take it for Potlucks. Always sure to wow a crowd and super easy to make, especially this recipe as this is our one pan recipe. Literally, dump and stir. Makes life so much easy especially when you are the one hosting.

As we were walking down the aisles of Target, we couldn’t help but notice all the ingredients catching my attention, as if they were waiting to be picked. Once we got the ingredients home, of course, we couldn’t resist making some Cranberry Wildrice Pilaf even before Thanksgiving, so we made a small batch. Just enough to satisfy our taste buds. If you have ever tried making Cranberry Wildrice Pilaf before, you will know that the aroma of herbs and condiments just completely take over. We love the aroma. We only started making it a few years ago. The first time we ever tasted Cranberry Wildrice Pilaf, was at an office potluck. Ever since it’s become our family tradition to make this Cranberry Wildrice Pilaf every Thanksgiving. Now that we make our own Pilaf, we somehow don’t really like anything that is premade.

There are so many variations of the Cranberry Wildrice Pilaf available online however, we like to keep it simple and easy. Let’s face it, although it’s a holiday, there is always a lot to do. So if you want to try our simple, easy, one pan recipe while still enjoying the flavors, here you go.


1 cup Wildrice

1 cup Vegetable Broth

3/4 cup Apple Juice

1/4 cup Apple Cider Vinegar

2 tbsp Olive Oil

1 Onion, diced

1/4 tsp fresh Thyme

1/2 cup Dried Cranberries

1/2 cup Pecans

3 Garlic cloves, minced

Salt to taste


In a pan, pot or wok, heat the oil.

Toss in the garlic and onions and saute until the onions become translucent

Now add in the rice, thyme, 1/2 of the cranberries and pecans each. Let it cook for a couple mins on slow heat.

Now add the liquid ingredients, vegetable broth, apple cider vinegar & apple juice.

Cover and cook on slow heat until rice is completely cooked. Depending on the cooktop, if you think rice needs more liquid to cook, add some water gradually or some broth.

Once the rice is completely cooked, garnish with rest of the cranberries and pecans, or even a strand of fresh thyme. Bon appetit!!!

Nadja | Nashi Food
This cranberry wildrice pilaf looks delicious. I love how simple it is to make, I bet it is just full of flavor. A great option for Holidays or special occasions.
prasanna hede
Looks to be a wonderful combo of interesting ingredients. I am yet to try wild rice.
This looks so delicious and inviting.. can't wait to try it!
Wow this looks delicious!! Such a great mix of flavors. I need to try this out!
This looks so festive and delicious, definitely trying this soon!
This is so pretty and festive! I'm obsessed with adding nuts like walnuts, pecans, and almonds to savory foods, too. So this is right up my alley.
Sophia | Veggies Don't Bite
This looks amazing! Love the mix of flavors!
Kate | The Organized Dream
I love wild rice. I will definitely have to give this a shot. I think it will be great with leftover turkey in a few days!
We don't celebrate Thanksgiving in Slovenia, but when I see these kinds of recipes, I kinda wish we did. It looks delicious! I'm definitelly saving the recipe.
Mama Writes Reviews
This looks so yummy! I'm going to have to try it!

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