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Grandma’s Rice Pudding

Total Time

Prep: 10 min. Bake: 45 min.


6 servings

My sisters and I always loved the recipe for rice pudding our grandma made. After she passed away, I took it upon myself to try and find the secret to her rice pudding. It took quite a bit of experimentation, but I finally got it right! And I'm glad to share this easy recipe here. —Margaret DeChant, Newberry, Michigan

About This Grandma's Rice Pudding Recipe

Old-fashioned dessert recipes like this rice pudding are becoming popular again. And it's no wonder since they are so comforting and remind us of happy days with the people we love.

To make this treat, bake leftover rice with raisins, eggs, milk, sugar and a little nutmeg. You'll know it's done when a knife inserted near the center comes out clean. (The fact that your kitchen smells amazing is a good hint, too.) If you don't have leftover rice, cook some up using a top-rated rice cooker—you won't be disappointed!


  • 1-1/2 cups cooked rice
  • 1/4 cup raisins
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1-1/2 cups whole milk
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • Additional milk, optional


  1. Place rice and raisins in a greased 1-qt. casserole. In a small bowl, whisk the eggs, milk, sugar and nutmeg; pour over rice.
  2. Bake, uncovered, at 375° for 45-50 minutes or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool. Pour milk over each serving if desired. Refrigerate leftovers.

Rice Pudding Tips

How can I enhance the flavor of rice pudding?

To enhance the flavor of rice pudding, experiment with a variety of stir-ins. Cinnamon, cardamom and vanilla extract (if you've run out, try making a homemade vanilla extract!) would complement the nutmeg. For a little extra sweetness, sprinkle with brown sugar or drizzle a sugar alternative like honey or maple syrup on top. Not fond of raisins? Leave them out or replace them with dried cranberries.

How can I thin rice pudding?

Rice puddings tend to thicken as they cool. To thin when reheating, stir in a tablespoon or two of milk.

Can I keep cooked rice in the freezer?

Yes, you can keep cooked rice in the freezer! Packed in an airtight freezer container, cooked rice will keep in the freezer for 6 months. Thaw in the fridge overnight when ready to use. Be sure to follow these tips on how to reheat rice for your pudding!

Nutrition Facts

1 cup: 197 calories, 4g fat (2g saturated fat), 79mg cholesterol, 52mg sodium, 36g carbohydrate (23g sugars, 0 fiber), 5g protein.