Family Favorite Rice Pudding Recipes

Fırın Sütlaç (Turkish Baked Rice Pudding)

The Spruce / Julia Hartbeck

If you looked up comfort food dessert in the dictionary, rice pudding would surely be pictured. This collection of rice pudding recipes includes rice pudding that is baked, made on the stovetop, made in the slow cooker and flavored with everything from chocolate to raspberry sauce.

  • 01 of 08

    Creamy Slow Cooker Rice Pudding

    Creamy Slow Cooker Rice Pudding

    The Spruce

    This creamy slow cooker rice pudding recipe is simplicity defined. Just the basic ingredients—rice, milk, sugar, and butter, plus a few flavorings. Feel free to add raisins or sweetened dried cranberries to this rice pudding if you like, they can cook right along with the rice pudding (they'll soften and plump a little).

  • 02 of 08

    Stovetop Rice Pudding

    Stovetop Rice Pudding

    The Spruce / Julia Hartbeck

    Could there be a better way to use leftover cooked rice than in this easy stovetop rice pudding recipe? It's quick, comforting and oh so tasty. For a change of pace, try using sweetened dried cranberries or cherries instead of raisins in this recipe. If you're looking for a quick fix, check out this recipe for Instant Pot rice pudding.

  • 03 of 08

    Baked Rice Pudding

    Rice Pudding With Leftover Rice

    The Spruce / Ahlam Raffii

    The secret that makes this baked rice pudding recipe so silky smooth is using the right kind of rice—arborio rice, the same type of rice used in risotto—and stirring frequently. Otherwise, the pudding might develop a skin. Top this rice pudding with Demerara sugar, a larger crystal sugar that is less refined and gives a real punch of sweet flavor to every bite.

  • 04 of 08

    Instant Pot Rice Pudding

    Instant Pot rice pudding desserts.
    Diana Rattray

    Rice pudding is quick and easy when made in a pressure cooker like the Instant Pot. The creamy cinnamon and raisin dessert is ready in no time with almost no effort required. Add a splash of rum or bourbon after cooking for a boozy treat, or toss in some mini chocolate chips. It tastes great served warm or chilled.

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  • 05 of 08

    Quick Vanilla Rice Pudding Recipe

    Vanilla rice pudding recipe

    The Spruce / Cara Cormack

    Creamy vanilla rice pudding is a favorite comfort food that spans across cultures. While rice pudding ingredients vary depending on the recipe, what seems to remain constant is the use of rice, some type of sweetener, and milk or water, as well as the fact that it can be served hot or cold. What often changes is how the pudding is cooked: Some are baked and others are cooked on the stove-top (as this one is). Another variant takes place in the add-ins, like raisins and other dried fruits.

  • 06 of 08

    Milchreis: German Rice Pudding

    rice pudding with garnishes overhead shot

    The Spruce / Ana Zelic

    In Germany, rice pudding is often found premade in grocery stores, but making it at home is very easy, too. Long- and medium-grain white rice are the best choices, but Arborio or short-grain white rice is also good. Arborio will make a thicker, stickier rice pudding. Brown rice is an alternative, though it will need to be cooked longer and won't be as creamy as the white rice version.

  • 07 of 08

    Fırın Sütlaç (Turkish Baked Rice Pudding)

    Fırın Sütlaç (Turkish Baked Rice Pudding)

    The Spruce / Julia Hartbeck

    If you enjoyed custard and rice pudding as a child, you'll love this recipe for baked rice pudding, known in Turkey as fırın sütlaç (fur-UHN' soot-LAHCH'). Turkey is famous for its wide selection of milk-based desserts and puddings, and baked rice pudding is the cream of the crop. It holds a very special place in this country's cuisine—you'll find that it's made in every home and served in every Turkish restaurant.

  • 08 of 08

    Arroz Con Dulce: Puerto Rican Rice Pudding

    Arroz Con Dulce: Puerto Rican Rice Pudding

    The Spruce / Kristina Vanni

    Translated, arroz con dulce means "sweet rice" in Spanish. The dessert is a sweet rice pudding with coconut and raisins that is normally associated with the holidays, thanks to spices like cinnamon, ginger, and cloves. Arroz con dulce is a traditional Christmas dessert in Puerto Rico and several other islands, but it's delicious any time of year.