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Stovetop Rice Pudding Recipe

Stovetop Rice Pudding Recipe

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. YIELD:4-6 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


  • 1. 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.
  • 2. 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.
  • 3. Serve warm or chilled. Sprinkle with cinnamon. Garnish with cinnamon sticks and fruit if desired. Yield: 4-6 servings.

Nutritional 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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Bodhi User ID: 9083638 261473
Reviewed 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 User ID: 4350572 243868
Reviewed 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 User ID: 7470474 162221
Reviewed 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 User ID: 724296 116689
Reviewed 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 User ID: 4593118 147552
Reviewed 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."

BlackDuck531 User ID: 5636150 167752
Reviewed Mar. 23, 2012

"This was easy to make and the taste is great. I added a bit more sugar than the recipe called for but I wish I had made it as per the recipe because I think it would have been plenty sweet with just 1/2 c. sugar. I added a little vanilla after it thickened and sprinkled a little bit of cinnamon on top. I will definitely make this again."

adammayer User ID: 4574067 162082
Reviewed Mar. 8, 2011

"Best rice pudding recipe I've found so far. A recommendation, let the rice cook a bit longer than the 15 minutes in the recipe, it was a little bit chewy. Otherwise a simple and tasty recipe."

stephief4 User ID: 5517458 147121
Reviewed Oct. 14, 2010

"I also added vanilla........the rice pudding was great!"

rdkpcomeaux User ID: 350176 161993
Reviewed Feb. 28, 2010


timeforachange User ID: 4663363 116684
Reviewed Feb. 3, 2010

"this is so simple to make and tasted great served either hot or cold. A REAL comfort food!"

KellyAnn88 User ID: 4648072 94232
Reviewed Dec. 6, 2009

"This is my new rice pudding recipe that I will always use. I too added 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract. I also added 1 cup of sugar rather than just a 1/2 cup. I like my rice pudding really sweet!!"

tamellaf User ID: 1509537 94263
Reviewed Mar. 26, 2009

"I also added 1 tsp of vanilla, 3/4 tsp of cinnamon and 1/2 cup of raisins. Very good!"

chipchip70 User ID: 1493676 147527
Reviewed Sep. 26, 2008

"just what i was looking for!! I added 1 tsp vanilla when done."

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