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Old-Fashioned Rice Pudding

Old-Fashioned Rice Pudding is so creamy with the perfect texture and sweetness. Only a handful of ingredients and a little patience are needed to make this old time favorite dessert.

Old-Fashioned Rice Pudding


This Old-Fashioned Rice Pudding tastes just like the KozyShack Rice Pudding I like to buy at the grocery store, only better since it is made from all natural ingredients. This is a stove-top version with just the right amount of sweetness. Only 1/2 cup of sugar is added and most of the sweetness comes from the milk cooking down.

Old-Fashioned Rice Pudding is perfectly creamy.


It takes a minimum of 50 minutes to get the thickness and texture right. You’ll know it’s done when it’s about the consistency of yogurt. It will thicken up more as it cools, but you stir in a little more milk just before serving to loosen it up some.

No need to go out and buy a bag of short grain or medium grain rice. This Old-Fashioned Rice Pudding cooks prefectly with long grain rice.

Only 5 ingredients needed to make this amazing dessert: milk, sugar, salt, long grain rice, and vanilla extract.

Old-Fashioned Rice Pudding- only 5 ingredients!


The key to this rice pudding is a very high ratio of milk (a full 6 cups) to rice (just 1/2 cup). You may think when you start that there’s no way it will thicken up enough but it magically does.

This Old-Fashioned Rice Pudding has just the right amount of vanilla fllavor and you can sprinkle some cinnamon on top for extra flavor if you wish or add raisins if that’s your jam.

Old-Fashioned Rice Pudding

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Old-Fashioned Rice Pudding

Old-Fashioned Rice Pudding

Old-Fashioned Rice Pudding is so creamy with the perfect texture and sweetness. Only a handful of ingredients and a little patience are needed to make this old time favorite dessert.
PREP: 5 mins
COOK: 50 mins
TOTAL: 55 mins
SERVINGS: 4 servings


  • 6 cups whole milk, divided
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup long grain white rice, I use a heaping half cup
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • ground cinnamon, optional


  • In a large saucepan, combine 5 1/2 cups milk, sugar, and salt. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat.
  • Stir in rice and reduce heat to low. Be sure to adjust the heat so that it is at a gentle simmer.
  • Stirring occasionally, cook for 50 to 60 minutes. Mixture should thicken up to consistency of yogurt.
  • Once thickened, remove from heat and stir in vanilla.
  • Let cool and then refrigerate. The last 1/2 cup milk is stirred in just before serving. Sprinkle with cinnamon if desired.
Course: Dessert

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  3. This rice pudding is delicious, and ultra creamy. I made it almost exactly as posted using whole milk, and Jasmine rice since it was all I had on hand. Added a dash of ground ginger and ground nutmeg to the cinnamon prior to mixing in. Though we didn’t add the milk at the end, I will likely add 2-3 tsp of milk to each cup of leftovers tomorrow, just prior to serving . Thank you for a scrumptious alternative to creamy rice pudding made routinely with raisins and eggs.

  4. It’s the easiest and best recipe for rice pudding ever!!! It’s not my favorite dish so I have never made it. He really enjoys it. This was something that he pleaded with me to do. As a result, I thought I would write a post about it. I appreciate you sharing this information.

    1. I just made this tonight. It took a while but it sure is worth the wait. Easy recipe and excellent taste

  5. Mine came out excellent. Must cook on low heat and it takes a while . For people bashing this recipe you guys need to learn more patience because it is super easy and super delicious sorry yours didn’t come out right. FYI I added an egg to mine towards the end as it is still cooking right now but it’s getting there I stirred every 10 to 15 minutes and I have cooking on super low.

  6. Another 💩 recipe in another 💩 blog! I’m glad I read through your stupid story and accidentally clicked on all the click bait and wasted 6.5 cups of milk in the process of making this complete garbage recipe!

  7. This did not work for me. I found that it was overly sweet and also not enough milk, it dried out and rice stuck to the bottom.

    1. Chester Porter Sr

      Mu mom would make rice pudding from leftover rice,nost folks had little money to waste,so if you some leftover you make rice pudding.

  8. So, this didn’t work for me. The recipes says stir occasionally and I guess I did it too occasionally because I ended up with blackened flakes throughout the whole thing, and it didn’t thicken.

    I compensated by pouring it out of the pan into a large frying pan, stirring constantly over medium heat (like a béchamel basically), adding maybe a 1/8th cup of a water/flour/powdered sugar paste to thicken, and then adding sugar, vanilla, etc. as it thickened. I thought cinnamon and nutmeg would go nicely. Once I figured out it still tasted kinda burned I added a lot to counteract the flavor as I wasn’t going to waste it: a lot more cinnamon, sugar, vanilla, and a little bit of pumpkin pie spice, and even some brown sugar. I tried to pretend the burnt flavor was kind of a toasted flavor.

    Learn from my mistakes – keep a closer eye on it so the milk doesn’t scald!! I will probably be trying this recipe again. I still recommend cinnamon and nutmeg.

  9. came out great!!! i used jasmine rice, almond milk and i halved the recipe. tastes very sweet so next time i will maybe put a little less sugar but it’s really good.😄

  10. Good recipe. I took the advice of someone in the comments and added the sugar at the very end (to avoid hard rice), a teaspoon of butter, and I reduced the sugar to 1/3 cup, plus three tablespoons. It was perfect, as I didn’t want it to be candy sweet. I also reduced the salt to 1/4 tsp. I found that I didn’t have to add the 1/2 c of milk before serving, as the instructions stated. I cooled it off, stuck it in the fridge, and it was perfect the next day. A couple dashes of cinnamon took it to the next level!

      1. DeLynn Johnston

        Bantana, you are correct. 1/2 C = 8Tablespoons. 1/3 C = 5 Tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon. By using 1/3 cup + 3 Tablespoons, she actually had the equivalent of 1/2 C plus an extra teaspoon of sugar. Good substitution to reduce the sweetness.

  11. Loralee Prodanovich

    I want to know if I can use milkadamia instead of regular milk in your recipe? I went ahead and made the recipe with the milkadmia milk 100% and Jasmine rice. I used 1/2 the salt. At the end of the cooking process I added the exact equivalent of Monk Fruit for sugar, and vanilla bean paste in a greater portion because our family loves vanilla and Ghee, to bring up the fat content.

  12. My boyfriend is from Honduras he lived there for most of his life, we made it tonight and he says it’s PERFECT!

  13. Can I use almond milk instead of cows milk? I had gastric bypass surgery about 6 years ago and now I have 2 get a different type of milk. Every so often I crave rice pudding, but I have to buy it from the store. Even the ones from the store makes me feel sick and my stomach hurts a lot. They said that since having the surgery, I could possibly develop being lactose intolerant.

    1. Discernment is a part of all of us. If your tastes are more sensitive to salt, go ahead and reduce it. Same goes for sugar. Except for certain things that must happen for a recipe to work, like yeast needs sugar to work, always consider recipes as just ideas, adjust them to your likes and enjoy every bite.

  14. Super easy, would definitely make again and add it to my “favorite recipes” list. HOWEVER, I would reduce the sugar to 1/3 cup and reduce the vanilla extract to 1tsp instead of 2.

  15. Michael Fagan

    Hi I live alone so most recipies I make I keep some in the fridge and eat over 3 or 4 days, how long will this keep in the fridge in an airtight container

    1. Christin Mahrlig

      It should keep for 4 days. You will probably need to add some milk to it when you eat it.

    2. Hi Michael

      I live alone as well and fine this recipe makes way more than I can eat in 4 days. Happily rice pudding or any kind of pudding can be frozen in individual servings without deviation in consistency. Take the portion out of the freezer the day before or several hours before you want to eat it.
      It’s really a great recipe. Good luck and enjoy!

    3. Susan Raudenbush

      Cut the recipe in half. If that is too much for you to enjoy, cut the recipe in quarters. Otherwise, make the rice, remove half of it, then add the ingredients but cut those in half. Then you will have 1/2 rice pudding and 1/2 the extra rice you can make pepper steak with.

  16. I have bursitis in my shoulders …. So I had to devise a new method for making rice pudding not having the ability to standithere and sconstantly stir it… I parboil the rice and water in a little salt. And I improvise my own double boiler…. I placed the pot with the rice inside a much larger pot with crumpled tinfoil on the bottom to keep the pot from touching the bottom of the larger pot it takes a little bit longer but it works very well for me as it doesn’t require constant stirring
    I also use half-and-half instead of milk
    T your recipe is a great classic and delicious!!!!

    1. My mom never had time to constantly stir. She just put hers in the oven and let it bake I believe it was 325 for 60 minutes

    1. Marvellous, cheap dessert to make mid week or anytime. I just cook it in microwave on low for about 40 mins and intermittent stir. I agree that you can halve the amount of sugar and use cinnamon or nutmeg or any spices.

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