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Deliciously Creamy Rice Pudding (Easy Recipe)

This creamy rice pudding will knock your socks off! It’s a rich and indulgent treat that’ll warm up you from the inside out.

Rice pudding is a comforting dessert, perfect for any occasion. It’s ideal for cozying up on a chilly evening or hosting a dinner party

Or eating for breakfast over the next week… #guilty

Deliciously Creamy Rice Pudding featuring Bowl of Creamy Rice Pudding with Cinnamon Sprinkles and Two Spoons
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Plump golden raisins add sweetness to every bite. And the thick, creamy texture is simply irresistible.

Thickened with egg and flavored with vanilla extract, this dessert is downright decadent.

Once you’ve tried this rice pudding, you’ll return for seconds (and thirds)!

Creamy Rice Pudding

Rice pudding is a classic comfort food. And luckily, it’s made from simple ingredients like rice, milk, sugar, and eggs. 

Every bite is a smooth, warming, and satisfying treat. Rice pudding is meant to be enjoyed with loved ones, snuggled in a blanket.

Think of it as a delicious, soothing hug in a bowl!

This dessert just makes you feel good. It’s the ultimate comfort food that warms you from the inside out.

There’s something about the velvety texture of rice pudding that is unbeatable. It’s thick, rich, and indulgent… the perfect way to cap off a meal.

The best thing about this creamy rice pudding recipe?

You don’t need to run to the store for fancy ingredients! Everything you need is likely already sitting in your pantry.

So, what do you need to create this sweet and decadent dessert? Just a few simple ingredients: rice, milk, sugar, and eggs. Easy peasy!

Elevate it by adding plump golden raisins and a touch of vanilla extract. Don’t forget them! Each spoonful will take you on a journey of the senses.

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The thing I love most about this rice pudding recipe is its versatility. You can enjoy it warm or cold, with toppings or without. Eat it for dessert or breakfast. 

And no matter how you enjoy it, it’s a seriously satisfying treat. Try it! You’ll wonder why you haven’t been making it all along.

Creamy Rice Pudding Ingredients - Water, Rice, Milk, Sugar, Salt, Egg, Raisins, Butter and Vanilla Extract


Here’s what you need to make rice pudding:

  • Water– This is what you’ll use to cook the rice.
  • Rice– The star of the show! You can use any rice you like, but short-grain white rice works best. This creates a glorious texture. 
  • Milk– Milk is what makes the pudding so creamy. Whole milk is ideal, but you can use low-fat milk if you prefer.
  • Sugar– What’s dessert without some sweetness? You need sugar to sweeten the pudding to taste. White sugar is best. 
  • Salt– Just a pinch is all you need! Salt brings out the flavor of the rice and helps balance the overall sweetness.
  • Egg– Eggs thicken the pudding and give it that silky texture. Without eggs, the pudding would not be nearly as rich and decadent.
  • Golden Raisins– These little nuggets of sweetness are a delicious addition to the pudding. They add a pop of flavor and texture to every bite.
  • Butter– Butter makes the pudding extra indulgent. It also adds a rich flavor to the mix. A little goes a long way. 
  • Vanilla Extract–  A splash of this delicious flavoring is all you need. Your pudding will be next-level! 
Bowl of Creamy Rice Pudding Sprinkled with Cinnamon With Two Spoons

How to Make Creamy Rice Pudding

Follow these five simple steps to make the best rice pudding you’ve ever tasted:

1. Cook the rice to perfection. 

  • Using a saucepan, boil 1 1/2 cups of water over medium heat. Stir in the uncooked rice. 
  • Reduce the heat to low and cover the saucepan. Let the rice simmer until tender and it has absorbed all the liquid. It should take about 20 minutes.

2. Combine. 

  • In a different pot, mix the prepared rice, 1 1/2 cups of milk, sugar, and salt. Cook over medium heat, stirring frequently, until the mixture becomes thick and creamy. 
  • It will take around 15 minutes. Stir continuously to avoid any lumps and to ensure that everything is evenly mixed.

3. Add the rest. 

  • Combine the rest of the milk, beaten egg, and raisins into the mixture. 
  • Stir constantly, while you do this, as you don’t want any lumps to form. Cook for another 2 minutes, which will help everything thicken up even more.

4. Finishing touches. 

  • Once everything is combined, it’s time to add the final touches to your rice pudding. 
  • Remove the saucepan from the heat. Add the butter and vanilla extract, and stir until combined. 

5. Serve and enjoy! 

  • The only thing left to do is to serve your delicious rice pudding. Enjoy! 
Bowl of Creamy Rice Pudding

Tips for the Best Rice Pudding

Use these tips, tricks, and additions to make your rice pudding utterly fabulous: 

  • Choose the best rice. Use short-grain white rice for the creamiest texture. Arborio rice or sushi rice are great options.
  • Rinse the rice. Rinse your rice before cooking to remove excess starch. Doing this prevents it from becoming too sticky.
  • Try a mixture of milk and cream. Combining milk and heavy cream will make your pudding extra rich and indulgent.
  • Use real vanilla extract instead of imitation vanilla. Using real vanilla extract will give your pudding a richer, more complex flavor.
  • Add a touch of cinnamon. A sprinkle of cinnamon on top of your pudding will add a warm, comforting flavor.
  • Add other dried fruit. Try dried cranberries, apricots, or cherries for a fruity twist.
  • Try different sweeteners. Experiment with honey, maple syrup, or brown sugar instead of white sugar. You can discover which one you like best.
  • Cook low and slow. Cook your rice pudding over low heat, stirring frequently, to prevent it from scorching. This will also enhance its creamy texture.
  • Don’t skimp on the butter. Adding butter at the end will give your pudding a luscious, velvety texture.
  • Don’t let it boil. Be careful not to boil the pudding as it can curdle. Keep it over low heat until it thickens.
    • But keep in mind that the pudding thickens further as it cools.

How to Store

If you want to store your creamy rice pudding, here are some tips:

  • Refrigerator: Cool your rice pudding, cover it, and store it in the fridge. It should stay fresh for up to 3 days.
  • Freezer: Divide your rice pudding into individual portions. Store them in airtight containers in the freezer. It should last for up to 3 months. 
  • When you want to enjoy it, defrost it overnight in the fridge.

When you’re ready to tuck in, you have a few options:

  • Enjoy cold. You can simply eat your rice pudding cold, straight out of the fridge.
  • Reheat. Alternatively, you can reheat your pudding by covering it and microwaving it with a splash of milk.
    • Make sure you stir it well before serving so that it’s evenly heated and creamy.

Deliciously Creamy Rice Pudding (+ Easy Recipe)



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This creamy rice pudding is so indulgent, you’ll be dreaming of it for days. And the best part? It’s made with simple ingredients you already have at home.


  • 1 1/2 cups cold water

  • 3/4 cup uncooked white rice

  • 2 cups milk (divided)

  • 1/3 cup white sugar

  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

  • 1 egg (beaten)

  • 2/3 cup golden raisins

  • 1 tablespoon butter

  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract


  • In a saucepan, bring 1 1/2 cups of water to a boil over medium heat, then stir in the uncooked rice. Reduce the heat to low, cover the saucepan, and let the rice simmer until it’s tender and has absorbed all the liquid, which should take about 20 minutes.
  • In a separate saucepan, combine the cooked rice, 1 1/2 cups of milk, sugar, and salt. Cook over medium heat, stirring continuously until the mixture becomes thick. This should take about 15 minutes.
  • Add the remaining 1/2 cup of milk, beaten egg, and raisins to the rice mixture. Stir while cooking for another 2 minutes.
  • Remove the saucepan from heat and stir in the butter and vanilla extract until combined.
  • Serve the creamy rice pudding warm, and enjoy!
Creamy Rice Pudding

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Kim - InsanelyGood
Hey there! I'm Kim. I love running, cooking, and curling up with a good book! I share recipes for people who LOVE good food, but want to keep things simple :)

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