Easy Homemade Rice Pudding

If you love Rice Pudding then you’ll love this easy stovetop rice pudding recipe – it’s a great way to use up leftover cooked rice!


Okay ladies (and gents, too) today I am sharing with you the most frugal dessert recipe you will ever find. This rice pudding is as easy as it is delicious. We do our budget monthly, and it seems like almost every month by the last week I am completely out of money and we are eating out of the pantry. When this happens, sometimes on the weekend or date night or whatever, I will try to make a treat to liven up the party!

I love this recipe because I can almost guarantee that I will always have everything I need on hand, and the whole family loves it – even our pickiest kids!

Can you make rice pudding with cooked rice?

I have been shocked how many people have asked me if you can make rice pudding with cooked rice, and the answer is an absolute YES! Using cooked rice eliminates waste by utilizing leftovers and eliminates valuable time you would spend slaving over a hot stove!

Not only that, but it tastes AMAZING. Honestly, I like the taste of using cooked rice better, if I notice a difference at all!

Which kind of rice is best for rice pudding?

Another frequently asked question I get is which kind of rice is the best to use to make this easy rice pudding! I typically use regular long grain white rice because that is what I usually have on hand. That being said I have also used basmati, jasmine, arborio, and sushi rice and they all work super well! The only kind I use that I don’t super prefer for this recipe is brown rice or wild rice.

How to make rice pudding!



4.5 from 24 votes
Easy and delicious rice pudding! The perfect use for leftover rice, and I guarantee you have everything you need to make it in your pantry!
Easy Rice Pudding
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
25 mins

Easy Rice Pudding is the perfect use for all your leftover rice! Plus I guarantee you have everything you need in the pantry right now! 

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Easy Rice Pudding, Homemade Rice Pudding, Pudding, Rice Pudding
Servings: 8
Calories: 147 kcal
  • 2 cups cooked white rice
  • 2 cups milk
  • 3 TBS butter
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  1. Dump all of your ingredients into a sauce pan and mix together over medium low heat. 

  2. Bring to a soft boil and stir constantly (to prevent burning). Cook for fifteen to twenty minutes, or until mixture is thickened. Let rice pudding cool a bit before serving.

Recipe Video


It is honestly delicious served warm or cold! Right after we make it, we eat some warm. Then, the next day, we eat the leftovers straight from the fridge!

Check out these other easy pudding recipes too:
Chocolate Rice Pudding
Easy Lemon Pudding Cheesecake
Creamsicle Fluff
Oreo Fluff
Pistachio Fluff Salad

You will love this easy rice pudding recipe. It's so delicious and you can use leftover rice to make it! 

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    Stacie Hamilton

    I love rice pudding and had no idea how easy it is to make. I will be making this soon. It’s one of my favorite childhood memories.


      Aw yay! I’m so glad! You’ll love it :)


    My mom is a big fan of rice pudding! I’ll have to make this treat for her soon! thanks for the recipe


      You are so welcome!


    This is a perfect rice pudding recipe when you need a recipe with no eggs. So creamy and delicious!


      So true! Thank you Kara!

    Emily Hill

    I’ve always wanted to make rice pudding. Totally pinning this!


      Yay! It is so easy and yummy, you’ll love it!

    Ann Byrne

    The directions are all over the page with different ads. They were easy to follow up until recently.

    Tara Huber

    I am goIn to tRy but i have one question is it really cReamy i dint want watery pudding


      Yes it’s definitely NOT watery!


    Made this tonight.
    Soooo good.


      Yay!! I’m so glad you love it!

    Kelly Gunsalus

    Fabulous! A pinch of nutmeg on top is perfection!

    Kelly Gunsalus

    It’s fabulous! Just like the recipe my mom taught me! We put a bit of nutmeg on top!!! Yummy…

    Kelly Gunsalus

    It’s nearly the same recipe my mom left me! It’s fabulous! Nutmeg on top!

    Kelly Gunsalus

    This is nearly the exact recipe my mother taught me how to make. It is fabulous Rice Pudding!!! Like you all, we had it hot right away then right from the fridge until it was, very soon, all gone!!! The only thing I do differently is adding some nutmeg on top to stir into the yumminess!!! It’s then outstanding!!!


    I probably sound really silly, but the ingredients say 2 cups cooked white rice, so I cook the rice first then add the other ingredients and follow the cooking instructions? lol That’s what it says so that’s probably exactly what you mean, just checking! (cooking newb lol)

      Jessica @ Pretty Providence

      Yes, you cook the rice first! We usually make this with leftover rice we have in the fridge from dinner the night before, but you can definitely just make rice and use it! No dumb questions!! Good luck 😊


      You doing it exact right.

    Nicole Dick

    this was sooooo yummy! I didn’t have vanilla so I substituted with a tsp of brown sugar. Came out amazing! Thanks so much.

    Stephanie Mitchell

    Made this for breakfast this morning, and it was fantastic! And I can attest to the “easy” part of the title–I made it with 1 hand while holding my sicky 2-year old :) Thanks!


    Dang that looks so yummy! I’m so going to make this :)


    Just finished making this. It’s still hot on the stove. :) I doubled the recipe and ended up cooking it for 45 mins. My wrist hurts from all that stirring, but it was worth it. Thanks!


    This recipe is delicious, and my 1 and 2 year old can help me make it which we all love!

    Sam D

    Hi Ive just made this and was wondering if it can be frozen after its made? i was thinking of putting it in baking cups to freeze for the kids for school….woops better go Master 2 is tugging at my leg for.. MORE MUMMY MORE!! LOL

      Jessica @ Pretty Providence

      Haha hooray!! I’m so glad they love it! I have never tried freezing before so I’m not sure, but it sounds like a great idea! Let us know if you try it!


    Just made this with my daughter – we had a blast and she got so excited! Thanks for helping us have a good time while being frugal and fun!


    I have to admit I was skeptical, but this is fantastic! I’ll definitely be making this quite often in the future! Thanks so much!

    Cathy Waldien Schmidt

    Opps you forgot the raisins!!! hhaha

    Cassie Prater

    This recipe sounds great. I’m wonering what the results would be if I sub milk for almond milk to add an extra flavor?

    Valerie Larsen

    So I just made it exactly as the recipe said to and the flavor came out perfectly but I feel like my rice isn’t tender enough, even after absorbing the milk and cooking for 20-ish minutes. What would you suggest?

      Jessica @ Pretty Providence

      Hmm that is strange. I would maybe try adding like 1/4 cup more milk next time. However, it does soften up as it sits so if you put it in the fridge for a few hours I bet it would be perfect!

        Valerie Larsen

        I just realized that I did put in a little more than 2 cups of rice but kept the amount of milk the same, so that might be it! Also, I was thinking I could adjust my water to rice ratio when I cook my rice to make it a bit softer in general?

        P.S. thanks for responding so quickly. Your guy’s blog is awesome!

          Jessica @ Pretty Providence

          Oh good idea on the water too, I’m sure that would help a lot! No problem at all, you are so sweet! I hope it works out better next time!


    Thank you for this recipe. It is just like my grandma used to make. Love it!!!

    Elizabeth @ BlueClearSky

    I just made some tonight and I’m eating it warm. I added raisins. Hard to believe that this 48 year old mom from a large family has made it for the first time ever. Thanks for sharing.


    Does it matter the type of rice you use? Long or short grain?