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Easy Rice Pudding

rice pudding recipe

You know what I am very lousy at?

Figuring out how much rice to make for a meal.

Either we’re scraping the pan for the last bits or I’m packing up a huge container with no sauce to go with it after dinner.

Of course, it makes me feel better that take-out places seem to be equally bad. Sometimes we have twice as much rice as we need and other times we get half a cup to go with our two entrees.

Over the summer, I started making rice pudding with my leftover rice. The girls (and, let’s be fair, me) love it for an afternoon snack, it’s super easy, and it keeps my rice overages from going bad in the back of the fridge.

Also, that one time when I had some cream to use up in a hurry and used that instead of some of the milk? That was a good time.

rice pudding recipe

easy rice pudding recipe

5 from 6 votes

Easy Rice Pudding

This is a perfect use for leftover rice! It's sweet, delicious and a total crowd pleaser!

Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American
Cook Time 15 minutes
Resting Time 10 minutes
Author Janssen Bradshaw


  • 1 1/2 cups cooked rice
  • 2 cups milk divided
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup white sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon butter
  • 1 Tablespoon vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon


  1. In a saucepan, combine the rice and 1 1/2 cups milk together and cook over medium heat, stirring frequently, until the milk is mostly absorbed, about 10 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, whisk together the remaining 1/2 cup milk, the egg, and the white sugar.
  3. Pour the mixture into the rice on the stove and stir, letting it cook, for a few minutes, until it has thickened. Add the brown sugar and cook another minute or two, stirring to keep from burning on the bottom.
  4. Remove from heat and stir in butter, vanilla, and cinnamon. Let sit for about 10 minutes to thicken up and serve warm, or let cool completely in the fridge.

Recipe Notes

(Adapted from All Recipes)

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  1. 5 stars
    We're big fans of rice pudding over here. Seth likes the cinnamon route but my favorite is to mix a sprinkle of hershey's dark chocolate cocoa powder in mine. Oh my.

  2. 5 stars
    I've never made rice pudding (and didn't even start eating it until pregnancy #1) but seeing this post makes me want to run right into the kitchen and cook up some rice! Question for you – have you ever made it with brown rice?

    1. 5 stars
      I've made it with brown rice. We only buy brown rice and my husband loves his rice pudding. It works fine, it sometimes just has slightly more texture because brown rice doesn't get as soft.

  3. 5 stars
    loooooooooooove rice pudding. This looks like an easier recipe than the ones I usually use, so thanks!

    Also, I always, always make too much rice … and not on purpose.

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