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Grandma's Rice Pudding Recipe

Grandma's Rice Pudding Recipe

My sisters and I always loved the rice pudding recipe our grandma made. After Grandma 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 it here. —Margaret DeChant, Newberry, Michigan
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Bake: 45 min. YIELD:4-6 servings


  • 1-1/2 cups cooked rice
  • 1/4 cup raisins
  • 2 eggs
  • 1-1/2 cups 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. Yield: 4-6 servings.

Nutritional Facts

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

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Randi User ID: 9210109 268804
Reviewed Jul. 1, 2017

"Thrilled to find this recipe! For my entire life I had a favorite rice pudding recipe but lost it in a move. This is about as close as I (think) I remember it EXCEPT for the fact that mine includes an entire tablespoon of lemon extract in it. M-m-m-m-m-m!"

Jean User ID: 353042 265160
Reviewed Apr. 25, 2017

"i haven't tried this yet. It sure sound like the rice pudding my Mother made. She would serve it with Hershey Choc Syrup, letting us drizzle a little on our individual serving. oh, was it good, especially while still warm. After reading through the reviews, it appears that all the low ratings were looking for the rice pudding that appears to be popular these days - creamy. most of the creamy pudding are prepared on the stove-top, not the oven."

Joanne User ID: 9145677 264793
Reviewed Apr. 17, 2017

"Just made it today, too much nutmeg for me and found the pudding on the dry side."

Karin User ID: 9133819 264452
Reviewed Apr. 8, 2017

"This was very, very good. My personal preference would be to have less sugar and a tad less nutmeg. This is a true custard-like rice pudding. If you're looking for a creamy style pudding like you buy from the supermarket ...this is not the recipe for you. I will make it again with a reduction in the ingredients mentioned and will update my review. Final word...good!"

Linda User ID: 9084105 261487
Reviewed Feb. 18, 2017

"So excited to have this recipe. I wanted a 'Grandma's recipe' and so glad for this one. My family is originally from Newberry so this is a for sure keeper. Thank you for sharing."

Msstrick40 User ID: 8901096 251866
Reviewed Jul. 26, 2016

"So happy I found this recipe. Just like my grandma use to make. I found a recipe some time ago but it turned out too runny--not the firm consistency hers use to be. Thx!!"

Zora2682 User ID: 8882865 249716
Reviewed Jun. 23, 2016

"Delicious and very easy, just what I was looking for!"

c00ked User ID: 8845262 247515
Reviewed Apr. 26, 2016

"Just like my Grandmas Old fashioned my family loves it. I have cooked it quite a few times my sister keeps asking for it. I'm baking it now, for those complaining its not creamy the name does not suggest its creamy rather then rank it low why not look for creamy rice pudding? if that's what you are looking for smh"

Naniof6 User ID: 8840864 247334
Reviewed Apr. 21, 2016

"IN the oven right now. Used two cups rice & two cups milk & 1/2 tsp cinnamon. Will let you know how it turns out. ??"

[email protected] User ID: 8803350 245362
Reviewed Mar. 13, 2016

"Not good. The consistency was terrible. If I try again, I would double the custard portion."

Gisele3032 User ID: 3160721 245151
Reviewed Mar. 9, 2016

"easy to make and very good"

Brucefan1 User ID: 8791795 244983
Reviewed Mar. 6, 2016

"Best rice pudding ever! easy to make!"

jmallory User ID: 8759270 243095
Reviewed Feb. 2, 2016

"This is the worst rice pudding I've ever tried. I followed the recipe exactly, and although the flavor is OK it wasn't creamy at all. It needs more milk or something. My husband took a bite and refused to eat any more. Not worth the loss of milk, eggs, or the time it took to make."

Dee1264 User ID: 7617060 241436
Reviewed Jan. 9, 2016

"I added a little cinnamon to it really good!"

kcddp User ID: 8681201 240703
Reviewed Dec. 31, 2015

"Love this recipe! I tried several before this but this is the best and easiest. I use rice milk or almond milk as I have a milk allergy. I also use Splenda to sweeten to keep the calories and carbs lower.

A little bit of cinnamon also.
I double or triple the recipe so that I can have it for a few days as this is one food that is allergy free for me.
In a larger recipe the baking time is longer, maybe 1 hr. 15 minutes.
Done as you described when a knife comes out clean.
Thanks for sharing this recipe."

tshirtdr1 User ID: 8641771 238369
Reviewed Nov. 29, 2015

"I have never really had rice pudding. I made this without the raisins for my daughter who has celiac. It is a nice, filling gluten free dish. I made double so she can have it for breakfast. I think it would be good without the sugar if you add some sausage and make a savory rice dish. Also, you could substitute coconut and pecans for the raisins. I will try those."

PatLagace User ID: 1307810 235859
Reviewed Oct. 29, 2015

"Just didn't like. Too thick - maybe I overcooked it but it seemed to take forever to set. The top browned but did not get a skin over it, like the one my mother used to make."

Schnitzelsmom User ID: 8580224 235337
Reviewed Oct. 21, 2015

"I doubled the recipe. and soaked the raisins in spiced rum before adding them. I also switched the milk for canned coconut milk & added a bit of grated coconut. Hubby loved it!"

phyllisjeane User ID: 8431350 228731
Reviewed Jun. 29, 2015

"Many thanks for this recipe. i love the simplicity of it - no standing the casserole in a pan of water, and using leftover rice - both right down my alley. Also, it is just exactly like my grandma used to make. She raised me - I am 79 years old - and she taught me many simple, quick, and cheap things she learned from her mom and grandma long before the depression! Thanks again."

BookLover2 User ID: 8387557 226809
Reviewed May. 23, 2015

"This took me back to the rice pudding my mom made - not dry at all unless you don't follow the instructions. I used less sugar though - still a bit too sweet for me. Pure comfort food and memories of mom."

nanacooks4all User ID: 8070005 219348
Reviewed Jan. 31, 2015

"I doubled this recipe as I am often cooking for a crowd especially desserts. I have made rice pudding in the past that is delicious and custardy but also takes a long time of stirring over the stove! This shortens and simplifies the process and is very yummy!! It is creamy and sweet and just like puddings that take much longer to prepare! The raisins stayed in the mix and the pudding was just the right texture. I sprinkled cinnamon-sugar mix on the top for the last 5 minutes and did not use nutmeg. Just a personal choice. With whipped cream on top.....fabulous!! Try it!!"

aleutfarmer User ID: 8232988 219033
Reviewed Jan. 28, 2015

"Dryness: my Grandma put the casserole dish in a baking pan of water. She also added some cinnamon. Fabulous. Oh, if you want more puddinglike, creamy add some more eggs and some milk, little extra vanilla. Little more cooking time, but it is custardly."

kmp_cooks User ID: 8232732 219011
Reviewed Jan. 27, 2015

"Disappointed. It was too dry, not creamy at all. It was like eating a bowl of rice."

davidbush195660 User ID: 8232232 218970
Reviewed Jan. 27, 2015

"I love this recipe easy to follow and make.."

euge1 User ID: 3773156 218955
Reviewed Jan. 27, 2015

"6 ww points going to try"

moonfull00 User ID: 8194676 218951
Reviewed Jan. 27, 2015

"Im going to try this."

junemaynard User ID: 4415186 218938
Reviewed Jan. 27, 2015

"Simple and the BEST !!!!"

jmkasprak User ID: 2880256 218325
Reviewed Jan. 19, 2015

"I was looking for a way to use up some extra rice, and I enjoyed this pudding. The raisins fell to the bottom of the pan, so even the raisin haters could easily pick them out."

Bblueeyes User ID: 8101793 13129
Reviewed Nov. 16, 2014

"I want to thank you for this recipe. My mother used to make me a rice pudding like this every time I came home - it was a special ritual between us and now she no longer can. I read thru hundreds of Pinterest rice pudding recipes until I found this one. I was looking for a dry - custard base pudding and this is it!! Instead of leaving bad reviews know what you are looking for - if you want soupy rice pudding this ain't it - so keep going and take your snarky remarks with you :-). Like my mother I added a little vanilla and a little more sugar to this - and I was home. Thanks for making that possible. Many Blessings"

wwediva365 User ID: 8062417 14484
Reviewed Oct. 29, 2014

"I modified the recipe while the rice was warm with the raisins I took a half stick of butter and mixed it together then added vanilla extract to the rice, raisins and butter mixture. I added 3 eggs instead of 2 and added 1 cup white sugar and 1 cup brown sugar. Kept the rest of the recipe the same. It turned out great! Oh I used 18 oz of milk."

linnylou306 User ID: 7206202 45268
Reviewed Oct. 15, 2014

"very disappointed with the recipe; not creamy at all; I have a custard rice pudding that is awesome and another one from a special care home that is far superior. Guess I will stick with those"

Wanda0913 User ID: 8034814 42608
Reviewed Oct. 13, 2014

"Nothing like I thought it would be.. It lacked in taste.. Not impressed."

nique566 User ID: 8023912 43127
Reviewed Oct. 6, 2014

"Thank u for ur delicious rice pudding recipe."

kerryb649 User ID: 8023280 37255
Reviewed Oct. 5, 2014

"Sorry folks....I have to agree with the other person who low rated this recipe. I was brought up with rice pudding as a dessert......this recipe did not measure up AT ALL. I found it dry texture, way too sweet. The rice pudding I used to eat was far far far creamier and not anywhere as sweet as this recipe. I will keep searching for something better. Just my 2 cents."

Amethyst_Chick User ID: 1461222 14483
Reviewed Aug. 18, 2014

"I have been looking for a baked rice pudding like what I used to eat - and this would be it! Yummy and absolutely hit the spot. I only had leftover long grain rice and it worked perfectly. I added a splash of vanilla before baking, and sprinkled cinnamon on after it came out of the oven. I am definitely keeping this recipe - thanks for sharing!"

rogerreichel User ID: 1757741 37253
Reviewed Apr. 9, 2014 Edited Apr. 14, 2014

"I love this recipe as it is very close to how my mother made it when I was a kid growing up. And for those that don't like the's not rice pudding unless it has nutmeg in it!! I also add a little cinnamon too as that is how my mom made it many decades ago. I'm not a big fan of raisins so I use cranraisins, which I love. I also use fat free half & half instead of milk and the custard is much richer tasting."

samelvin User ID: 4963368 45266
Reviewed Jan. 11, 2014


SentimentalGent User ID: 6659551 17465
Reviewed Jan. 29, 2013

"I make a similar baked rice pudding that my mother made. When I cook the rice, instead of two cups of water per cup of rice, I use three cups of water and cook it until the water is absorbed. Make the rice moister. I never used nutmeg, but instead added some cinnamon to taste (not a lot) into the mixture. Then when the rice mixture is poured into the baking dish, cover the top with the ground cinnamon and bake it. You get sort of a cinnamon crust on the top, and when you take it out of the oven, spread a light coating of butter to the top to give it a sheen and a rich taste. Normally don't add raisins, but when I'm in the mood I will."

Margo44 User ID: 4687994 17463
Reviewed Aug. 10, 2012

"Made this yesterday and worried about it, due to the 1 bad review BUT it came out GREAT ! The only thing I can think of for it not turning out, would be that the rice wasn't cooked right."

YooperMom3Boys User ID: 6567505 18149
Reviewed Mar. 8, 2012

"My kids and I loved this rice pudding, with its custard-like layer on the top. We added a 1/2 tsp vanilla and 1/2 tsp cinnamon, just our taste. We enjoyed warm or cold, with milk. So easy and a great way to use up leftover rice."

Ava Gardner User ID: 5876361 17432
Reviewed Dec. 10, 2011

"This is now my favorite rice pudding recipe. It is so easy and tastes like my grandma made it. Love, Love, Love it!"

cwhite1211 User ID: 5320713 42546
Reviewed Dec. 3, 2011

"Definitely the best rice pudding recipe around!!"

EAStovall User ID: 6130308 42545
Reviewed Oct. 11, 2011

"My boyfriend said that it was better than grandmas!"

mother of 3 User ID: 1726536 17630
Reviewed Mar. 28, 2011

"It was tasty. It was my first try at rice pudding. It seemed solid when I put it in the fridge, but when checking it the next day, it was quite soupy. I don't know if it was supposed to turn out like that? I sprinkled it with more nutmeg and hoped for the best. My husband enjoyed it, nonetheless."

[email protected] User ID: 2061061 17629
Reviewed Feb. 20, 2011

"Talk about comfort food! This is it!"

LauraManning User ID: 968398 17423
Reviewed Nov. 12, 2010

"I used cinnamon instead of nutmeg. Good recipe."

lisarichelegray User ID: 4908755 43125
Reviewed Feb. 22, 2010

"I added cinnamon and vanilla for a richer flavor. Next time I make it, I am going to add more milk and sugar, for a creamier, sweeter pudding."

limur User ID: 4058265 42538
Reviewed Dec. 22, 2009

"this is how my Grandma use to make her rice pudding too, except... she never cooked it at a temp any higher than about 300F. (You have less risk that your custard will curdle )Her recipe came from her mom... who would have cooked this on a wood stove ;)"

michigan_soo User ID: 602947 40873
Reviewed Nov. 10, 2009

"I love this recipe! It's quick, easy, and doesn't require a lot of time. Great way to use up leftover rice"

kinnikaAB__CAN User ID: 710608 18148
Reviewed Nov. 8, 2009

"Just like mom use to make. Great!!!"

5littlebirdsKY User ID: 2711162 18145
Reviewed May. 6, 2009

"I am making this recipe for the 2nd time. We really enjoyed it. This time I will try it with vanilla instead of the nutmeg, because that's how my grandmother made it. But it was really good with the nutmeg. I left out the raisins."

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