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Stovetop Rice Pudding

This is my mom’s recipe, which she called creamy steamed rice. Although many people would eat it for dessert, it was one of my favorite breakfasts when I was growing up. My family considers it a real treat.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 5 min. Cook: 45 min.
  • Makes
    6 servings


  • 1-1/2 cups water
  • 3/4 cup uncooked long grain rice
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 4 cups milk
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Cinnamon sticks and fresh fruit, optional


  • In a large heavy saucepan, bring water to a boil over medium-high heat; stir in rice and salt. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 15 minutes or until water is absorbed.
  • Stir in milk and sugar. Cook, uncovered, over medium heat for 30-40 minutes or until thickened, stirring frequently. Remove from the heat; stir in butter.
  • Serve warm or chilled. Sprinkle with cinnamon. Garnish with cinnamon sticks and fruit if desired.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 283 calories, 9g fat (6g saturated fat), 32mg cholesterol, 316mg sodium, 43g carbohydrate (24g sugars, 0 fiber), 7g protein.

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  • Carol
    Feb 2, 2021

    This is now my "go-to" recipe for rice pudding, after banging my head against the wall for about 2 years here in high-altitude Denver, Colorado, trying to make baked rice pudding custard. NO MORE. This recipe is delicious, but I have a suggestion for those at high altitude. Our boiling point is lower than lower altitudes, which means this pudding will boil much faster and stay boiling--which you don't want, because the thickness will go away. My suggestion is: Once it boils, turn it way down to simmer and cook it that way. It takes longer to cook than the recipe--mine took 1 hour+. Add a bit of cornstarch in cold water if it still doesn't get thick enough. But mine ended up wonderfully, so I am really grateful for this recipe. Oh--and I did add what others did--1 tsp vanilla and 1/2-3/4 cup raisins in the last few minutes of cooking. Hurray!!

  • Tara
    May 11, 2020

    I love this recipe but I’d like to make a larger batch. I’m having a hard time figuring out how much to increase the other ingredients though - when I do the math I end up with amounts that can’t possibly be correct. I also barely know how to cook so I’m not sure if I’m doing it correctly anyway. What would this recipe be if I wanted to make it with six cups (cooked) rice?

  • Linda
    Apr 15, 2020

    This is wonderful! It reminds me of my childhood. I was wondering if this could be doubled?

  • deb9
    Oct 17, 2018

    This recipe is easy to make and tastes very good. As others noted, I added 1 teaspoon of vanilla along with the butter and sprinkled some cinnamon over the top when served. Delicious and creamy.

  • Nancy
    Jan 5, 2018

    I have made this for years and love it every time. I have also tried a number of other recipes and nothing compares - this is by far the BEST!

  • Bodhi
    Feb 18, 2017

    This is a decent recipe that only uses the stove. Sugar is just about right. Mine got really thick, maybe because I added about 1/2 c rice flour... If you do add rice flour or another thickener, then make sure you mix up a little bit first into a paste that is not too far off from the liquid milk. After stirring constantly, it got really thick in 25 minutes. Added some vanilla.

  • piehlar
    Feb 15, 2016

    This recipe is great when you are craving the comfort of rice pudding - easy to make and turns out great! In the last 10 minutes of cooking, I add approximately 3/4 Cup of raisins which gives them time to plump up and provides a little added natural sweetness. A keeper recipe!

  • Terryterror
    Nov 3, 2013

    How the heck do I get this page to stop cycling? I am trying to get some information on how to improve my simlple baked-in-the-oven rice pudding? 1 *

  • wwv111354
    Mar 14, 2013

    This is like the rice pudding my mother made when I was growing up. I duplicated it the other night but used already cooked Chinese rice we don't normally eat. So thrilled to be able to have it again. Now I just need raisins!! Try it with Pumpkin Pie spice sprinkled on it. DELICIOUS!!

  • bothom
    Oct 15, 2012

    just made this and absolutely loved it ...have tried many other recipes, but this one is easy and the most creamy with just the right amount of sweetness. Did not alter recipe and will definitely make it again.