"Get Wild with Wild Rice" Recipe Contest

Get Rewarded for Your Creative Recipes... The Minnesota Cultivated Wild Rice Council is looking for inspired cooks to compete in its 12th Annual Recipe Contest. Winning recipes will be featured in the 2021-2022 wild rice recipe brochure, receive “wild” prize packs, and be eligible for cash prizes and our Golden Ticket to the World Food Championships.

Recipes must be original creations of the submitter and include a minimum of:

  • 1/4 cup of cooked wild rice per serving
  • one of our sponsor products (see below)
You may enter one recipe per category – Allergen Free, 5 Ingredients or Less, Meals for Two, Healthy Eats, Other. Each recipe must be submitted separately. Recipes must be typed in the following order:

  1. Developer's name and contact information (address, phone, email).
  2. Recipe title.
  3. Recipe category (Allergen Free, 5 Ingredients or Less, Meals for Two, Healthy Eats, Other).
  4. Sponsor(s) included in the recipe.
  5. Amount of cooked wild rice used in the recipe (recipes calling for uncooked wild rice will be disqualified, even if they include cooking directions).
  6. Ingredient measure along with specific ingredient - to be listed in the order called for in the directions.
  7. Directions - provide complete preparation directions including cooking/baking time, temperature, and type/size of cookware/bakeware.
  8. Number of servings.
  9. Photo (nothing fancy, can be a photo from your phone).

We'll Be the Judge... Recipes will be judged on: taste, ease of preparation, use of wild rice/sponsor products, and creativity. Preference is given to recipes that are easy to demonstrate (recipes requiring stove top/microwave cooking preparation or no heating).

Recipes will be judged by category, selected by entrant:

  • Allergen Free
    • Recipe contains no milk, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, fish, shellfish, wheat, or soy
  • 5 Ingredients or Less
    • Recipe containing no more than five ingredients; water, salt, and pepper don't count towards your 5 ingredients
  • Meals for Two
    • Recipe with only two servings
  • Healthy Eats
    • Recipe must contain at least one vegetable/fruit and be 500 or fewer calories per serving
  • Other
    • While the above categories receive preference, recipes not fitting one of these categories may be submitted under the "Other" category
Up to 16 finalists will be selected.

Photo(s) of your recipe are required. Photos may appear on our social pages or website. After submitting your recipe, email wr@mnwildrice.org to share recipe photos.

2021 State Fair Sponsors...
Just Bare® (chicken)
Minnesota Beef Council (beef cuts)
Minnesota Pork Board (pork cuts, e.g., pork loin, shoulder, ground pork)
Northern Canola Growers Association (canola cooking oil/spreads)

What's In It For You...Finalists will be noted in our 2021-2022 brochure and will each receive 3 pounds of wild rice and a choice of two admission tickets to the Minnesota State Fair or one wild rice t-shirt/cap.

Finalists have two chances to win cash prizes. A taste test will be conducted in September and the $500 Grand Prize will be awarded by a panel of judges. Also in September, all finalists will be posted on our website for the People's Choice online contest to celebrate National Rice Month. America will vote for its favorite recipe and one lucky winner will receive the $250 People's Choice prize!

In addition, finalists have the chance to be nominated as an Automatic Qualifier in the 2021 World Food Championships and compete for a total purse of $300,000 in cash and prizes.

Start submitting your recipe creations online beginning May 28. Entries will be accepted from May 28 to July 5, 2021.

View 2020 winning recipes here.