"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 15th Annual Recipe Contest. Winning recipes will be featured in the 2024-2025 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 (Appetizer, Soup, Salad, Entree, Side); however, 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 (Appetizer, Soup, Salad, Entree, Side).
  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 (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 will be given to recipes utilizing multiple sponsor products, gluten-free options, and those that are easily demonstrated (recipes requiring stove top/microwave cooking preparation or no heating). 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.

2024 State Fair Sponsors...
Just Bare® (chicken)
Minnesota Beef Council (beef cuts)
Minnesota Pork Board (pork cuts, e.g., pork loin, shoulder, ground pork)
Minnesota Turkey Research & Promotion Council (turkey)
Northern Canola Growers Association (canola cooking oil/spreads)

What's In It For You...Finalists will be included in our 2024-2025 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, one finalist will receive a Golden Ticket qualifying them for the 2024 World Food Championships, which has birthed more than 30 TV food stars and awarded over $3 million in prize money.

Start submitting your recipe creations online beginning May 10. Entries will be accepted from May 10 to June 10, 2024.

View 2023 winning recipes here.