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Rice Pudding: the creamy, flavorful recipe to make in no time

Total time: 25 Min
Difficulty: Low
Serves: 4 people
By Cookist
uncooked white rice
1 cup
Whole Milk
2 cups
Granulated sugar
1/2 cup
1/4 tsp
Unsalted butter
1 tbsp
Vanilla Extract
1 tsp
Ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp

Rice pudding is a flavorful dessert recipe you can enjoy to cheer you up during cold seasons. It is very creamy, fragrant and subtly sweet, yet not too rich. This traditional rice pudding is basically white rice cooked in milk on the stovetop, in fact it mostly takes the sweetness from the dairies.

Hearty and cozy, it is flavored with cinnamon, but you can customize rice pudding as you want by adding other delicious ingredients to make it irresistible. Super quick and easy, you will whip up this delicious dessert recipe in less than 30 minutes.

Rice Pudding Ingredients

You need a few pantry staples to make a traditional rice pudding. White rice and milk are the main ingredients.

Vanilla extract, butter and cinnamon are perfect to enhance the flavor of the rice pudding.

Sugar adds more sweetness, while the salt brings out all the flavors.

How to make Rice Pudding

Making rice pudding is easier than you may think. Simply place all the ingredients into a saucepan and simmer, stirring time to time. Add the butter before turning off the heat. Your rice pudding will be ready when the rice is tender and the mixture is thick enough. Top with ground cinnamon and serve.

Tips for making Traditional Rice Pudding

Short-grain or long-grain white rice are the best for this recipe. Brown rice can work well too.

Rice pudding has a tendency to thicken up while cooling, so add a couple more tablespoons of milk to make it creamier.

If you have cooked rice, you can use them up to make leftover rice pudding.

If you don't like cinnamon, you can top rice pudding with nutmeg, cardamom or dried fruit.

For a dairy-free or vegan rice pudding, be sure to use plant-based milk and butter.

If you follow a gluten free diet, this is the perfect dessert for you! Just make sure the rice you purchase is labeled as gluten free.

How to store Rice Pudding

You can store rice pudding in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. Before serving, reheat in on the stovetop.

You can also freeze rice pudding for about 3 months. Thaw it in the fridge overnight.

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Wash the rice to remove some of the starch and make the rice pudding creamier.


In a large saucepan, add washed white rice, milk, sugar, and salt.


Simmer for about 20 minutes or until the mixture thickens up and the rice is tender, stirring occasionally with a rubber spatula. Turn the heat off, stir in the butter and vanilla extract.


Top with ground cinnamon. Serve warm and enjoy!

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