4.17 from 6 votes
The Very Best Rice Pudding Recipe
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
25 mins

Simple and classic, the very BEST Rice Pudding recipe is sweet, creamy and satisfying.

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: rice pudding
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 292 kcal
Author: Kellie
  • 8 cups whole milk
  • 1 cup raw medium-grain white rice
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 vanilla bean split, or 1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  1. In a large saucepan, add the milk, rice, salt, vanilla bean (if using, extract...don't add it yet.) and sugar over medium heat.
  2. Bring the mixture to a boil, stirring frequently.
  3. Reduce the heat to low and simmer, covered for 15 minutes stirring occasionally.
  4. Uncover and continue to simmer until the rice is tender and the pudding has reduced to about 3 1/2 cups. Continue to stir constantly to prevent scorching.
  5. Fish out the vanilla bean and scrape out the seeds.
  6. Turn off the heat and stir in the butter, vanilla bean seeds or vanilla extract.
  7. Transfer the pudding to a bowl and cover the surface with plastic wrap to prevent a skin from forming.
  8. Chill for 1 hour or overnight.
  9. Serve warm or chilled.
Nutrition Facts
The Very Best Rice Pudding Recipe
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 292 Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Fat 11g17%
Saturated Fat 6g38%
Cholesterol 31mg10%
Sodium 251mg11%
Potassium 348mg10%
Carbohydrates 38g13%
Fiber 0g0%
Sugar 20g22%
Protein 9g18%
Vitamin A 485IU10%
Calcium 282mg28%
Iron 0.3mg2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.