Classic Wild Rice Soup in the Instant Pot

Classic Wild Rice Soup in the Instant Pot

So hey, here I am a Minnesota blogger and I have no Wild Rice Soup on my blog. Uff da. Well, I do have a Wild Rice and Smoked Turkey Chowder (amazingly good and healthy!) but it’s just not the same as a Classic Wild Rice Soup in the Instant Pot, now is it? (As a quick aside, I will be posting recipes that aren’t Instant Pot and aren’t soup, it’s just been a crazy Holiday week, so if you don’t have an “IP” please bear with me!)

Classic Wild Rice Soup in the Instant Pot

Classic Wild Rice Soup in the Instant Pot

So here it is, a creamy Classic Wild Rice Soup in the Instant Pot with Wild Rice, ham (some people use chicken or turkey, so feel free to sub – and this recipe is ideal for any leftover Holiday turkey or ham), mushrooms for deep umami flavor & classic veggies as a supporting cast: onions, carrots & celery. Oh, and a touch of Sherry if you’re so inclined.

But we can forget about any “Cream of” Soups. Nope, there’s not a can in sight for this soup – unless it’s canned or boxed broth. 🙂 Instead, a roux (butter & flour cooked together) brings a gorgeous texture and silkiness to the soup.

I had a dilemma about that roux in Classic Wild Rice Soup in the Instant Pot: generally, you don’t want to cook roux based items in any pressure cooker; thickening agents go in at the end. So I opted to make the roux in the pan & whisk it into the soup at the end, even if it means dirtying another pan.

Classic Wild Rice Soup in the Instant Pot

Classic Wild Rice Soup in the Instant Pot

I like to use my own crazy special blend of Rotisserie Chicken Spice Rub in my soup; I love the flavor in there. Seriously. It’s like an amped up seasoning salt. There’s a version made by McCormick if you don’t want to mix up your own. Or you could riff and add a little seasoning salt or anything else you want. Hey, it’s your soup!

There’s only one rule for Classic Wild Rice Soup in the Instant Pot: you gotta use real wild rice, not a blend. While wild rice can be pricey, it’s a healthy grain, and swells to about 3 1/2 times the original volume. I know, right! It’s like me after too many carbs! Take a peek around the bags & boxes at the store. There may be packages of less than perfect rice at a lower price. Like wild rice “seconds.” It won’t matter in a soup.

So here it is, the real deal Classic Wild Rice Soup in the Instant Pot, with all the flavor and comfort you can imagine, from up “Nord” to your home, where ever you are. And done in the fraction of the time of a stove-top or slow cooker version. Hope you love it as much as we do!

Classic Wild Rice Soup in the Instant Pot

Classic Wild Rice Soup in the Instant Pot


Classic Wild Rice Soup in the Instant Pot

An absolute classic Wild Rice Soup from up “Nord” to your home.

  • Author: mollie kirby
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x



For the soup:

  • 8 ounces mushrooms, large ones dices & kept separate from smaller ones, sliced.
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 4 cups chicken (or any) broth (maybe a bit more in case soup needs to be thinned)
  • 2 to 3 stalks celery, small dice, about a cup
  • 1 large onion, small dice, about a cup
  • 2 to 3 carrots, small dice, about a cup
  • 3 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
  • 1 cup raw wild rice, rinsed
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoons poultry seasoning (store-bought or home-made)
  • 1 teaspoon of Rotisserie chicken seasoning (store-bought or home-made)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons Sherry
  • 1 to 1 1/2 cups ham, diced about 1/2″ (you can sub in cooked turkey or chicken instead)

For the Roux:

  • 4 1/2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups milk (for a richer soup, use all or part 1/2 & 1/2)


For the Soup:

Turn on instant pot to Saute, high heat. While it preheats, toss in butter and diced mushrooms & cook until starting to brown. Add the rest of the ingredients, except ham, and stir. Sprinkle ham on top, close and seal instant pot and set to High Pressure for 30 minutes. Use the Quick Release Method.

In the meantime, in the last 10 minutes or so of the cooking time, make the roux.

For the Roux:

In a medium-sized, preferably heavy saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat and whisk in the flour. Cook, whisking often for two to three minutes until the mixture begins to look slightly drier.

Turn down the heat slightly and add the milk in several additions, whisking constantly until all is incorporated and smoothed out. Turn up the heat and bring to a simmer, two to three minutes, until thickened.

Note: this is a heavy, thick roux, almost the texture of a wallpaper paste. Work carefully in adding the milk so lumps don’t form.

For the Finish:

When steam has released from the Instant Pot and lid is opened, hit cancel, then Saute, high heat. As soon as the soup begins to boil, whisk the roux in a little at a time. This is best done by picking up a portion of the roux in the whisk and whisking vigorously until the whisk has no more roux on it, then repeating.

When finished, turn off Instant Pot and remove the soup in the liner so it doesn’t continue to cook. As the soup cools slightly, it will thicken a bit more. Taste and adjust seasonings.


  • This soup is made in 3 parts; the soup itself in the Instant Pot, the Roux to thicken, in a saucepan. The Roux is then whisked into the soup.
  • Roux based soups like this will thicken significantly if refrigerated and will need to be thinned with broth, milk or water.

Keywords: Alcohol, Bargain Meal of the Week, Carrots, Chicken, Chicken Stock, Frugal Hausfrau, Ham, Instant Pot, leftover ham, leftover turkey, mushrooms, sherry, Soup, Turkey, Wild Rice

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Put your own Spin on It:

Over the years, I’ve come up with my favorite ways to flavor this soup, but feel free to alter in any way. If you don’t care for mushrooms, leave them out. If roux isn’t your favorite way to thicken this soup, try peeling two large potatoes, but leaving them whole (use large so they don’t cook so much they disintegrate) on the top. Remove and mash with the 1/2 & 1/2 (you may need less) then return to the soup.

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If you came to this recipe looking for a way to use leftover ham, be sure to check out the link below for 12 Days of Ham. You might want to see the sister post for 12 Days of Turkey, too.

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38 thoughts on “Classic Wild Rice Soup in the Instant Pot

  1. Pamela Grove

    So if a person doesn’t have an instant pot, and not planning to get one, what are the main steps to prepare this soup? My biggest concern is the wild rice, not something I’m used to using. I’m going to assume the soup goes basically like others posted, similar to a bean soup. I would begin preparing the veggies which are sauteed in the beginning and I personally would saute the ham a bit in the beginning, do some of that millard effect for browning before removing it to add to the flavor. I’m not sure how to handle the wild rice. I have as much experience with it as I’m assuming most people in Minnesota do with steamed crabs or oyster stew. (I’m a Marylander). I used to be in Minneapolis every so often for my job and I made the mistake one time of ordering a fish dish in the hotel restaurant. I mistakenly assumed if it were on the menu the chef was familiar with fish and how to properly prepare it. After all, chefs tend to move about quite a bit. Well I’ll never make that mistake again. I think I can truthfully say it was THE worst dish I have ever been served my entire life and ive been given some bad ones, especially in college. Not only was the fish so overcooked and rubbery I could have made bicycle tires from it, it was then served with something called “cranberry salsa”. Revolting doesn’t begin to cover how awful it was. I think it actually traumatized me. Well I’m not going to pretend I know how to cook wild rice properly. Perhaps you can let me know what should be changed in what I’m assuming is the basic prep for this soup and what to do with the rice.

    • Hi Pamela! You must have been traumatized if you remember it! Most Chefs here at least deal with fresh fish like Walleye, wow.

      Ok, here’s what I do, and I always do it this way. It’s weird, I know. I get the wild rice, rinse it and cook it in a big pot according to the directions but with a cup or two more of water (the directions usually cook the rice until dry and it’s easy to have the water boil away. I’d rather add the extra water and be safe.) It’s done when a few of the grains have burst, but it is tender and has just a bit of a bite. I drain it and set it aside. It takes about 45 minutes or so.

      While that’s cooking, I start with ALL the butter in the pan and saute the mushrooms, set them aside and then toss in the onion, carrot, celery and saute until the onion is transclucent, and vegetables are soft, about 10 – 15 min? Add the garlic, then cook for a minute. Then I add the flour, just a quarter cup, not a third of a cup, stirring it around until the mixture looks a bit dry, then the stock, stirring. You might need a bit more stock. Add the mushrooms back in, the herbs & seasonings, simmer about five minutes, stirring now and then. Add in the ham & the wild rice to heat through and then the milk or half and half. Taste and adjust seasonings.

      The biggest thing is that the soup, after adding the flour and stock, has to be thin enough to cook the veggies in and it will thicken up a bit as it cooks. I don’t have my actual recipe, I’m in Georgia visiting my daughter and grandkids, but I think this is pretty spot on.

  2. Looks great Mollie– so warming and creamy!! And I have some leftover Christmas ham in the freezer! Your recipes are always so practical and delicious all at once! hugs hugs!

    • Thanks, Rhonda, and hugs right back!! By the way after seeing your outing the other day, we had a brief moment where we thought we might go to the Botanical Gardens in Atlanta. Then we looked at all the crazy and seemed to just collectively blow it off, lol!! Maybe when the twins aren’t four, lol!

  3. Sandhya

    Your soup looks amazing and so perfect for this brrrr cold!
    Thanks for sharing it with us at Fiesta Friday! Happy 2018!

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  5. Kimberl

    So exciting to see a wild rice soup recipe for the IP! Our family loves turkey wild rice soup best of all the soups I make. (Last week I tried split pea with ham in the IP and it was amazing!) I am looking forward to trying your seasoning suggestions, as I usually only use salt and pepper, as well as combination of butter and olive oil for seasonings. Thanks for all the great recipes!

    • Thanks Kimber! I hope you guys like it as much as we do. I used to make mine just like you, but the last few times I made it I thought it just wasn’t keeping up flavor-wise. Maybe because we’ve gotten used to eating food from all over the globe? Anyway, I experimented a little and we love it! 🙂

      I need to make my split pea in the IP, too! I just love my Instant Pot! 🙂

    • Now I don’t have to live in fear of losing my Minnesota citizenship, lol!! I think Wild Rice might be harder to find and more expensive the further south you go? I didn’t test it with a blend but I wonder if the regular rice might get mushy with the longer cook time in the IP.

      I’ll have to check your soup out, too. 🙂

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