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Creamy Rice Pudding Recipe

Creamy Rice Pudding – The easiest, creamiest, rice pudding recipe! Our rice pudding takes just under 30 minutes to make and is one of the best, most comforting desserts, ever!

Rice Pudding

This cinnamon-y, craisins packed Rice Pudding is very easy to make and turns out so rich and tasty! With just a few ingredients, this wonderful dessert is great served either warm or cold.

I, once again, woke up with a sweet tooth. Never ending story. BUT, I need to get back to good-eats because bits of the last month’s Christmas Feast can be found on my hips, cheeks, and flabs – ahem – abs. That food was so good, though – worth all those extra calories, carbs, fats…!

SIDENOTE: This post and recipe were originally posted on January 10, 2011 – updated with new pics on January 23rd, 2019! WOW! I can’t believe I’ve had Diethood for this long! WOOOOT! 

Okay, back to what I was saying back in 2011 👉 Have I told you that I love Rice Pudding? I DO! I grew up on this stuff, and we call it Sutlijach in Macedonian. That’s soot-lee-yatch.

It was a weekend treat and my mom would make tons of it because my sister hated milk, but she loved it in desserts because, creamy.

Creamy Rice Pudding in Bowls

There are many variations for this dessert, but mine – actually, my Mom’s – version is pretty straight forward and like, stupid easy.


  • To start, we only need rice, milk, and a bit of salt. Plus a saucepan or soup pot.

Cooking Rice Pudding

  • Combine all those 3 together in the pot and bring to a boil; reduce heat and continue to cook for 20 minutes.
  • In a small mixing bowl whisk together light brown sugar with an egg.
  • Scoop out 1/3 cup of the cooked rice pudding and whisk into the egg mixture, 1 tablespoon at a time. DO NOT stop whisking or you’ll end up with scrambled eggs.
  • Whisk the entire brown sugar mixture back into the pot and continue to cook over low heat for 5 more minutes, or until thickened.

How to Make Rice Pudding

  • Stir in some vanilla, cinnamon, a bit of nutmeg, and a nice dose of craisins. Or raisins. Or none of the above. But you SHOULD because that is what makes this rice pudding extra special.

Rice Pudding Dessert

Creamy Rice Pudding

Rich, creamy, and almost no work, this creamy rice pudding is wonderful and everyone that’s tried it, loved it.


Creamy Rice Pudding Dessert in a glass cup, garnished with two cinnamon sticks and dried cranberries.

Creamy Rice Pudding

Katerina | Diethood
Our rice pudding takes just under 30 minutes to make and is one of the best, most comforting desserts, ever!
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Servings : 6 servings
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Resting Time 5 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes


  • 3 1/2 cups milk (2% or whole)
  • 1/2 cup uncooked medium-grain or long-grain white rice
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon (you can use less or more) ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup craisins, (you can also use raisins)


  • Combine milk, rice, and salt in a large saucepan or a soup pot.
  • Bring mixture to a boil; reduce heat to LOW and simmer for 20 minutes, or until the rice is cooked and tender. Make sure to stir it every once in a while so to prevent the rice from sticking to the pan.
  • In a separate mixing bowl whisk together brown sugar and egg.
  • Scoop out 1/3 cup of the cooked rice pudding and whisk into the egg mixture, 1 tablespoon at a time. DO NOT stop whisking or you’ll end up with scrambled eggs.
  • Whisk the entire brown sugar mixture back into the pot; whisk in cinnamon, nutmeg, and vanilla, and continue to cook over low heat for 5 to 7 more minutes, or until thickened.
  • Remove from heat and stir in the craisins.
  • Let stand a few minutes before serving.
  • Serve warm or cold with a sprinkle of cinnamon on top.


Calories: 193 kcal | Carbohydrates: 33 g | Protein: 6 g | Fat: 3 g | Saturated Fat: 2 g | Cholesterol: 38 mg | Sodium: 127 mg | Potassium: 232 mg | Fiber: 0 g | Sugar: 20 g | Vitamin A: 180 IU | Vitamin C: 0.2 mg | Calcium: 181 mg | Iron: 0.4 mg | Net Carbs: 33 g

Nutritional info is an estimate and provided as courtesy. Values may vary according to the ingredients and tools used. Please use your preferred nutritional calculator for more detailed info.

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American/Southern, Macedonian, Mediterranean
Keyword: dessert recipes, rice pudding, rice recipes
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63 comments on “Creamy Rice Pudding Recipe”

  1. My husband and I both love rice pudding.
    As type II diabetics we use regular Splenda and Splenda brown sugar (in case anyone is interested in it’s existence).
    Question, can Minute Rice be used?
    Recipe sounds awesome, thanks.

  2. Looks great will definitely try it. Question: I find it unusual to use long grain rice rather than short/medium. Do we have to use long? We usually have basmati in the pantry not regular long grain. I would guess that would alter the flavour?

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      Katerina Petrovska

      Oh yeah, you can definitely use shorter grain rice. If you want to use Basmati, that’s up to you – it will alter the flavor somewhat, but if you like it, I don’t think it should be a big deal.

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    Jennifer Akridge

    Could you sub 1 can full fat coconut milk for part of the almond milk. We generally don’t eat white rice so I wonder if you could sub brown rice or sprouted brown rice and maple sugar granules for the br. sugar.

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      Katerina Petrovska

      So, I would definitely go ahead and give it a try with your ideas. The coconut milk – I can’t say 100% that it will work because I’ve never tried it, but I don’t see why it wouldn’t work… and it sounds like it would be so delicious! Also, yeah, use brown rice, but you may or may not need to cook it a bit longer. I would just try a grain after 20 minutes of cooking to make sure it’s tender. Also, about the maple sugar granules – you’ll want to make sure that it’s all completely dissolved before removing the rice pudding from the heat.

    1. Katerina - Diethood
      Katerina Petrovska

      Hi Katie! I’ve never tried that, but I don’t see why not… just watch it closely in case it may need more or less milk. Let me know how it goes!

  4. You have so many comments, jealous sigh 🙂 My gma makes rice pudding EVERY year for Christmas and I absolutely love it. Except hers is made with full fat cream, so not quite diet friendly!

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    Oh my mom used to make us rice pudding when we were little–what memories it brings back!

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    Kristi Rimkus

    I’m making this for my daughter! She’ll love it! It brings back happy memories for me. My mom used to make this dessert for us too.


  7. My mom makes something similar but it has so much sugar that i can’t eat it so So, thank you for this healthy version 🙂

  8. Rice pudding is one of my favorite breakfasts. Who cares if it’s a pudding…it has grain and raisins, eggs and milk. It is perfect breakfast food. Yours look beautiful in those sundae glasses.

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    Yum! I love rice pudding and I love that this recipe is so healthy too. Thanks for sharing!

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    Lisa @ Tarte du Jour

    This truly looks delicious! Could one possibly use Agave nectar in this instead of Splenda? I just bought some and am experimenting with it. Lovely photographs!

  11. Like many others, it has been forever since I have had rice pudding. I wish I had some now. I am totally craving a dessert and I didn’t bake anything sweet these past few days! 🙁 Hang in there… hopefully this stuff will melt soon. We have high hopes of leaving the house very soon!

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      Kate @

      Yeah, I can’t wait to get out there and see the world … but I just saw the forecast and they said that it would snow through the night and all day tomorrow! I need to leave the midwest! 🙂

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    A little bit of everything

    my all time favorite dessert : rice pudding. love the idea of using splenda instead of sugar and the addition of raisins
    your photos are wonderful as usual.
    thanks for sharing this delicious recipe
    best wishes,

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    Priscilla - She's Cookin'

    This time of year definitely calls for a healthy dessert! Your rice pudding looks delicious and guilt-free 🙂 I’m imagining the flavors of the rum and golden raisins, mmm.

  14. I love that you posted a rice pudding recipe too! The crock pot batch I whipped up is gone, and I am ready for more LOL. I like the addition of golden raisens and liquor. I can’t do artificial sweetners or soy b/c of the autoimmune disease, but I like the idea of skim milk. Looks so full of flavor, can’t wait to try it. Thanks for sharing!

  15. i love rice pudding but my kids and husband don’t.. I think they just haven’t tried the right recipe yet! maybe this on will convert them! ceecee

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      Kate @

      I converted my husband when I started adding dried fruits to the pudding … try it…it might work for you, too. 🙂

  16. This does look like such a delicious AND healthy dessert. We all need more of those, right? I imagine that the rum and the raisins impart so much flavor! Thank you for you for sharing this yumminess, and thank you for your kind words on my blog. They mean so much!

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    Mina @ Angellove's Cooking

    My son loves your Rice Pudding!!! I do not make any, as I really haven’t liked that at the kids garden 🙂 when I’ve been three… But he adores rice pudding and says yours is the best ever!! I should give it a try 🙂

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    Amy Bakes Everything

    OMG love this! I seriously love rice pudding, but I’m the only one in the house who will eat it! This one I feel okay about making, not so fatty – sugary! Thanks for sharing!

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    lil @ sweetsbysillianah

    ooh this looks so good, and simple – i love rice pudding but have never made my own – but i may just have to try this….and share some with my mom since she is diabetic.

    btw, in response to the comments above about the rice pudding shop, rice to riches in NYC – my friend introduced it to me a couple years ago and i was mesmerized at how many different flavors of rice pudding they had… i forgot which one i tried but it was so yummy!

  20. I’m joining you in the ‘hood!! I actually went back to the gym today after a 2 month sabbatical and it felt pretty darn good. Vacation in the bikini is planned and I have 8 months… not that I’m counting down! I only need to lose 3 or 4 lbs, but I want everything tight again and still wanting a treat will make this dish a good one. Nicely done! Thankyou!

  21. This is a wonderful dessert – I have diabetic friends and I am always sratching my head as to what to serve and you come along with something delicious, pleasing to the eye and satisfying. Thank-you!

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    Lisa {AuthenticSuburbanGourmet}

    I have never made rice pudding. I adore tapiocca and I am sure they are somewhat similiar. You have inspired me. Happy New Year!!

  23. Great sweet tooth satisfyer! Looks and sounds divine. This will definitely be made. A great way to ease the ‘pain’ of new year’s resolutions! (And it has rum!)

  24. Whoa! Rice Pudding…one of my favs…….all about comfy cuisine I am! Your presentation is beautiful and the recipe sounds delicious!

  25. Yum! I wonder if this would be good with coconut milk? It would have a strong coconut flavour… but I think it’d be good!

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    claudia lamascolo

    I have never been a fan but boy after looking at your rice pudding I am sold on trying it again! looks fantastic!

  27. Ooh rice with rum and raisins?! I’m generally not a rice pudding person, but count me in for this one! 🙂

  28. I too love rice pudding! One of my Dad’s favorites…I think I’ll make him some of your healthy version the next time I’m headed home to see him!

  29. I love rice pudding and can’t remember the last time I had it. My mom used to make it whenever she had rice left over from dinner. Such nice comfort food and a bonus that yours is a healthier version. Great recipe!

  30. Looks fantastic. Great photos as well. You’re making rice pudding, I am making bread pudding, it’s a pudding-type week, I guess!

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    Funny you just posted this. Last night I was watching the movie Hitch, and they go to Rice to Riches ( not sure if its still open) but its a of course a store devoted to rice pudding. I’ve never been a fan of rice pudding but you made it worth trying again 🙂

  32. I love that you made rice pudding healthier! When I crave sweets its usually something thick rich and custard like. Ice cream is a big one but I can destroy some pudding too. I and my waistline thank you!

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      Kate @

      Oh I reach for the ice cream, too! I buy the Skinny Cow brand so I don’t feel that bad. 🙂

  33. I love rice pudding! There is a place in Hoboken (where my best friend lives) that is a rice pudding shop – just like an ice cream shop. It is SO good and I try to go there everytime I visit!

  34. I love rice pudding and it’s been a really long time since I had some. And with raisins, it’s even yummier :).

  35. I love rice pudding and you never really see it anymore unless your at a diner! How sad, yours sounds delicious with those plump golden raisins, and using splenda is a wonderful idea!

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