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Glass bowl of rice pudding topped with cinnamon
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Easy Rice Pudding Recipe

A go-to comfort dessert is rice pudding. Adored by millions of people worldwide, if there is rice to be had, you can probably find someone eating rice pudding. This recipe for rice pudding is super easy to make and very delicious. Use the one-pot method or cook the rice in a rice cooker and use another pot to finish it off.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine: American, Mexican, Worldwide
Keyword: cinnamon, easy, simple
Servings: 2 servings
Calories: 364kcal
Author: In the Kitchen with Matt


  • Medium to Large stove pot
  • Stirring spoon or wooden spoon
  • Plastic wrap
  • Bowls
  • stovetop or hot plate
  • rice cooker (optional)


  • 1/4 cup plus 2 Tbsp. of rice long-grain, medium, or short (65g)
  • 3/4 cup of water 177ml
  • 1/8 tsp or a pinch of salt less than 1 g
  • 2 cups of milk whole, 2%, or 1% (480ml)
  • 1/4 cup of white granulated sugar 50g
  • 1/4 tsp. of vanilla extract 1.25 ml
  • pinch of cinnamon if desired
  • raisins if desired


  • Clean and cook the rice. Rinse and drain the rice a few times until the water is clean. Place the rice in a medium pot on the stovetop or hot plate. Add the water and salt and bring to a boil then turn down the heat to medium-low and let simmer until the water is absorbed. Or you may use a rice cooker.
  • Now add in the milk and sugar. Turn the heat up to medium and allow it to cook for 15 to 20 minutes, stirring occasionally so the rice doesn't stick or burn on the bottom. Allow it to cook until it thickens up to your desired consistency. If you want to add raisins, add them about 5 minutes after adding the milk.
  • Once it gets pretty thick, like porridge or oatmeal, stir in the vanilla extract. And remove from the heat. The rice pudding will thicken up even more as it cools down. You can cook it less time and have it be runnier too if you like. It is up to you.
  • The rice pudding is done. Add more raisins if you like, top with ground cinnamon and serve it warm. Or cover and let it cool in the fridge and serve it chilled. Enjoy!



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