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Old-Fashioned Rice Pudding Recipe

Old-Fashioned Rice Pudding Recipe

This comforting dessert is a wonderful way to end any meal. As a girl, I always waited eagerly for the first heavenly bite. Today, my husband likes to top his with a scoop of ice cream. —Sandra Melnychenko, Grandview, Manitoba
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Bake: 1 hour YIELD:6 servings


  • 3-1/2 cups 2% milk
  • 1/2 cup uncooked long grain rice
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Ground cinnamon, optional


  • 1. Preheat oven to 325°. Place first four ingredients in a large saucepan; bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly. Transfer to a greased 1-1/2-qt. baking dish.
  • 2. Bake, covered, 45 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes. Stir in raisins and vanilla; bake, covered, until rice is tender, about 15 minutes. If desired, sprinkle with cinnamon. Serve warm or refrigerate and serve cold. Yield: 6 servings.

Recipe Note

Test Kitchen Tips

  • Want super creamy rice pudding? Add an egg yolk or two. To avoid scrambling your eggs, remove a small amount of the hot mixture and whisk it into the yolk, then add all of it back into the dish. Make sure a thermometer inserted in the pudding reads 160 degrees; that means the yolk has cooked long enough to be safely eaten.
  • For a decadent treat, substitute dried cherries for the raisins and add a swirl of chocolate syrup.
  • Nutritional Facts

    3/4 cup: 214 calories, 3g fat (2g saturated fat), 11mg cholesterol, 266mg sodium, 41g carbohydrate (25g sugars, 1g fiber), 6g protein.

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    slocook805 User ID: 7734059 263269
    Reviewed Mar. 9, 2017

    "I doubled this recipe for my husband and myself however I swapped out the white sugar for honey and did not double that ingredient and it was plenty sweet. I did use dried cranberries instead of raisins though. Since we don't use low or non fat any kind of dairy I followed my instincts and used half and half instead of the whole milk I would have normally used. It was perfect texture wise with a nice rich and satisfying creaminess."

    newgrandma User ID: 1077052 263200
    Reviewed Mar. 8, 2017 Edited Mar. 9, 2017

    "I thought this was very good Next time I will cut down the baking time, perhaps by 10 minutes. It got quite stiff in the frig."

    Kathy2838 User ID: 7675284 263186
    Reviewed Mar. 7, 2017

    "This is so so good! Been making it for yrs, cut back on the sugar & use golden raisins, top with Cool Whip or vanilla ice cream. Whole family just loves this rice pudding."

    25kevin User ID: 2113564 255612
    Reviewed Oct. 18, 2016

    "I have made a recipe like this many times - only using Arborio rice. It is a starchy short grain rice. Simmer low and slow and it thickens on the stovetop. No need for the oven or eggs. Full fat milk is required though."

    bschuck User ID: 3529989 245621
    Reviewed Mar. 18, 2016

    "Read some reviews and added a whisked egg. I think I may have overcooked it because it doesn't have a creamy consistency. Overall, a good recipe though!"

    113ginger User ID: 3207706 245266
    Reviewed Mar. 11, 2016

    "My husband loves rice pudding. I thought this recipe looked easy so I made it just the way it said. He loved it. It could have been creamier, so I will try adding the egg next time."

    cstraz User ID: 8515825 245261
    Reviewed Mar. 11, 2016

    "In our family , my brother in law makes the very best rice pudding so when I saw this recipe I decided to give his recipe a challenge. My husband said not to bother as I couldn't beat the family recipe. I made this last night- omitted the salt and raisins and added the beaten egg yolk with milk as others suggested- and the pudding came out great. Very easy! I did bake it for an additional 15 minutes as after an hour it seemed to need a bit more time in the oven. And while it wasn't as creamy as my brother in laws, it was a close second and my husband loved it! Will make it again for sure!"

    tweetykat1953 User ID: 2970847 245114
    Reviewed Mar. 8, 2016

    "If this is supposed too be a pudding it is missing the crucial ingredient of eggs. I followed the recipe then tasted hot & cold it was lacking the creamy of a good custard. I then checked some other recipes and discovered why the eggs. Also the entire can be done in the oven using the water bath method. Sorry."

    tsuop User ID: 6274346 245067
    Reviewed Mar. 7, 2016

    "Very similar to the recipe I use, except I butter the casserole, use 1 cup of minute rice & do it completely in the oven. OH!! No raisins : (("

    fireside335 User ID: 1179431 245032
    Reviewed Mar. 6, 2016

    "This is similar to my grandmother s recipe. It was cooked stovetop for about 20 mins, but it was finished by stirring in an egg yolk beaten in 2 tlbs milk after it was taken off the heat. That's what made it so creamy and delicious! I love it with raisins! This recipe is in every one of my church cookbooks!"

    patsyfox User ID: 6244728 244997
    Reviewed Mar. 6, 2016

    "Same recipe that I have used for many,many years BUT, I cooked it on top of the stove until rice is done stirring occasionally ! I am going to bake it next time I make it. It taste much better with cinnamon on it!!!!"

    delowenstein User ID: 3766053 241752
    Reviewed Jan. 14, 2016

    "I followed the recipe as it was presented! I used cinnamon-sugar (2 Tbsp.) to sprinkle on the top of the pudding after it was finished baking! I HAD baked pudding 1-1/4 hours! When I sampled the pudding, I thought it was very tasty!

    Thank you for sharing this delicious pudding recipe with Taste of Home!

    ranchmom1 User ID: 939847 241489
    Reviewed Jan. 10, 2016

    "I really like this recipe. I use Golden Dragon Jasmine rice, and it works really well. Yum!"

    cmilot User ID: 3721198 241329
    Reviewed Jan. 8, 2016

    "Delicious! Only change was I did not have 2% milk, so used combination of skim milk plus a little heavy creme. Came out heavenly!!"

    angela32 User ID: 3084463 241039
    Reviewed Jan. 4, 2016

    "Love it, but I leave out the raisins :)"

    janrose User ID: 5082520 238618
    Reviewed Dec. 2, 2015

    "How would you adjust cooking time to cook in crockpot?"

    jmkasprak User ID: 2880256 237415
    Reviewed Nov. 15, 2015

    "Yum! My only complaint is that there wasn't enough!"

    Brittney71 User ID: 8588854 235697
    Reviewed Oct. 26, 2015

    "I made this recipe just as it was described and the salt should be omitted! You could taste the salt in every bite. Yuck!"

    Abby_21 User ID: 1024283 235323
    Reviewed Oct. 20, 2015

    "All I had on hand was jasmine rice. Used it and increased milk to 4 cups. I have finally found a delicious and easy rice pudding recipe. Yummy!"

    Fatboy2004 User ID: 8348684 225319
    Reviewed Apr. 23, 2015

    "Best rice pudding recipe I have tried yet, I followed the recipe totally and was not disappointed. Thank You"

    eversbeaver User ID: 2223765 222881
    Reviewed Mar. 15, 2015

    "Very easy to make. I double recipe and the last time I made it used brown sugar instead. A bag of rice goes a long way!"

    rumpleskiltson User ID: 8190689 222558
    Reviewed Mar. 11, 2015

    "absolutely amazing - so creamy - skipped the raisins"

    lljbc1 User ID: 5823441 219448
    Reviewed Feb. 1, 2015

    "this was great, i used a can of carnation for part of the milk, added the raisins after bringing to a boil,was cooked in 30 min so be sure and check for doneness after second stirring, i forgot to add the vanilla and it was still delicious"

    ETP999 User ID: 8153695 214670
    Reviewed Dec. 12, 2014

    "I omitted the raisins and substituted Truvia/sugar blend (4 Tablespoons) and knocked the carbs down to 26g. This is great for my husband who is prediabetic. He can have a GENEROUS 3/4 cup serving for desert and not go over his carbs for the day. And he says it beats any rice pudding he ever ate!"

    way2go36 User ID: 8062803 42013
    Reviewed Nov. 25, 2014

    "Im making it now. My first time, but was JUST in the mood. :) I will rate once I try it. Cant wait! It's going to be my dinner, just because. Lo

    I rated "1" star because I cant comment without a rating. :(
    K, so this was yummy!!!! Will make again."

    Annraya User ID: 6237490 16711
    Reviewed Dec. 31, 2013

    "This is an excellent recipe without using a pudding mix. Sometimes I use almond flavoring and I have to 4X the recipe...there's NEVER any leftovers (usually theres 10-15+ people eating). If you like it thinner, just use more milk. My son likes to add heavy whipping cream to his bowl, makes it thinner and creamy(er). : )"

    VIOLETS826 User ID: 7239289 42012
    Reviewed Apr. 23, 2013 Edited Mar. 7, 2016

    "This was wonderful....I loved it so yummy!"

    ArianeDawn User ID: 4428953 38247
    Reviewed Apr. 7, 2013

    "This was to die for!! Made it for my family and we all licked our bowls clean! Thanks so much for sharing this wonderful recipe!!"

    wldride2001 User ID: 2388619 40236
    Reviewed Mar. 14, 2013

    "Yummy...Yummy...Did I say Yummy!!"

    Sue Zappa User ID: 1094741 16179
    Reviewed Feb. 8, 2013

    "My oldest son, who's staying with us while recovering from back surgery, requested this recipe! I've been making it since it was published in TOH in 1996. We have 6 kids & this was frequently a Friday meatless meal for us. Never had leftovers! The fact that my kids still ask for it when they're home says how much they love it still! I don't add the raisins because my family doesn't like them. But, we sprinkle it with cinnamon & sugar. Wonderful!"

    joann_wilson User ID: 7096240 12557
    Reviewed Jan. 21, 2013

    "When doubling this recipe l found adding 1/2 c. more milk than recipe calls for makes it just right! mmmm"

    joann_wilson User ID: 7096240 15705
    Reviewed Jan. 20, 2013

    "Awesome barely describes this recipe! I love it I will keep this recipe."

    Heather Day User ID: 4353548 14614
    Reviewed Oct. 25, 2012

    "I love this recipe. It is one of my favorite comfort foods."

    mattal User ID: 6741999 38245
    Reviewed Jun. 17, 2012

    "Although the flavor was good, the recipe was VERY Thick. It was not creamy at all and I followed the recipe exacly! I am an expert baker and was very disappointed that this came out as thick as it did and not creamy. Any suggestions? Has this happened to anyone else? Thank you."

    zucchinilady User ID: 3149814 40821
    Reviewed Feb. 18, 2012

    "was looking for a replacement for cereal for breakfast, this sure is a winner!! lots of raisins also with cinnamon/ very filling!"

    nanna52 User ID: 5312526 14613
    Reviewed Feb. 2, 2012

    "my grandmother was swedish we ate this cold and served it canned purple plums bring back memories"

    snaffles User ID: 4045447 16709
    Reviewed Jan. 9, 2012

    "My go to recipe! I add just a touch of fresh grated nutmeg and use Splenda and Splenda Brown Sugar blend instead of sugar. I also cook it on the stove instead of the oven. It's great for snacks, dessert or my favorite - warmed for breakfast on those cold mornings!"

    patde User ID: 6166067 38244
    Reviewed Nov. 14, 2011

    "this was very good soooo glad i tried it just as the recipes stated old fashioned rice pudding excellent!!!"

    pamelag21 User ID: 1233367 39852
    Reviewed Apr. 11, 2011

    "Wonderful! I had this recipe from the magazine but noticed the milk/rice ratio seemed a bit off. I went on-line and realized that the recipe in the magazine was wrong. I made the recipe according to the one online and it was great. Will definitely make again."

    Me79 User ID: 4919521 12541
    Reviewed Feb. 20, 2011

    "Yummy!! Very easy to make!"

    NJ_mommy_1 User ID: 3034114 201659
    Reviewed Aug. 11, 2010

    "This rice pudding was delicious! I did not add the salt and it was still very good! I will never buy store made again. Thanks Sandra for the Great recipe!"

    bluebowtye User ID: 119707 12540
    Reviewed Feb. 9, 2010

    "I meant to give this 5 stars."

    bluebowtye User ID: 119707 36452
    Reviewed Feb. 9, 2010

    "I made this on Christmas morning a few years ago and it was a hit. It was so creamy and comforting. I did sprinkle cinnamon on top and it was delicious."

    Cookin4MyFam User ID: 4515320 12539
    Reviewed Nov. 3, 2009

    "Opps! Mine boiled over and i had a huge mess in my oven. Other then that I will definetly make it again"

    Flenner User ID: 2160342 15440
    Reviewed Feb. 21, 2009 Edited Mar. 9, 2017

    "This is the best rice pudding I have ever had and I'm very particular about my favorite dessert. I sprinkle with nutmeg and omit the raisins. Now I won't have to buy ready made from the store. This is so simple to make too!"

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