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Rice Pudding – Easy Instant Pot Dessert

Rice Pudding was one of my favorite treats growing up. My Grandma would make it all the time. It brings back so many memories. This is a shortcut method using an Instant Pot to cut down on the cooking time.

rice pudding in a cup on a wood board

Rice Pudding – Instant Pot Recipe

Sweet and creamy rice pudding topped with a pinch of cinnamon is the perfect after dinner treat! This is a great make ahead dessert that you can prep and chill.

If you have only ever had rice pudding chilled you have to try it warm right out of the pot. That is my favorite way to eat it. I find the flavour is richer and creamier while warm.

I prefer my rice pudding plain but you can mix in raisin, chopped nuts, or any dried fruit of choice.

What is in Rice Pudding?

ingredients to make instant pot rice pudding

Star Ingredients

  • Short Grain Rice (Arborio Rice) is used in this rice pudding recipe. I love the texture of short grain rice and it holds up really well. The rice will not break apart or crumble when cooking. Vanilla is the main flavor component in my rice pudding. You can add in lemon, raisin, or any other mix-ins you like but this is my classic plain rice pudding recipe.

How to Make Rice Pudding in an Instant Pot

steps to make instant pot rice pudding

Full Printable Recipe Below

Check out my short video tutorial here

1 Combine the rice and water in an Instant Pot or electric pressure cooker. Stir to evenly coat the rice. Ensure all grains of rice are submerged in water.

2 Put the lid on the pot and close the pressure valve to the sealing position.

3 Using the Manual or Rice button on High Pressure set the pressure cooker for 3 minutes. Depending on the size of your pot it will take 5-10 minutes to come to pressure.

4 When the pressure cooker cooking time is completed let the pot naturally release for 10 minutes (leave the pot as is for 10 minutes and do not move the pressure sealing valve or try to remove the lid).

5 After 10 minutes, turn the sealing valve to the release position and release any remaining pressure. When all pressure has been released carefully remove the lid.

6 Stir in 1 1/2 cups milk and sugar. Be sure to scrape to bottom of the pot to ensure no rice sticks.

7 In a small bowl, whisk the eggs with 1/2 cup milk and vanilla. Pour through a fine mesh strainer into the pot (if you do not have a fine mesh strainer simply add the mixture to the pot but be sure to whisk the eggs thoroughly so it does not create lumps when added to the rice).

8 Turn on sauté mode on the pressure cooker and stir continuously until the rice pudding starts to boil and thicken.

9 Once the pudding has thickened to your desired consistency turn the pressure cooker off and remove the pot from the cooker. Note: the pudding will continue to thicken as it cools.

10 Serve warm or pour into a large serving dish or individual ramekins and chill and serve.

Optional: Serve topped with cinnamon.

cups of rice pudding on a wood board

Varitaions

I love plain rice pudding with just a pinch of cinnamon on top, however, while thickening the rice pudding in the pressure cooker you can stir in 1/4 – 1/2 cup or any of your faouvirte mix-ins:

  • Raisins
  • Chopped nuts
  • Chopped dried fruit of choice
  • Lemon Peel – while thickening add a slice of lemon peel to infuse the pudding with a hint of lemon. This is how my Grandma always made her rice pudding
cups with rice pudding on a wood board

Looking for More Simple Dessert Recipes

Try some of my favorites:

  • 8 Layer Magic Bars – the perfect make-ahead dessert for your next party
  • Chocolate Salami – trick your friends with this delicious deceiving dessert… is it salami or is it a chocolatey treat loaded with cookies?
  • 3 Ingredient Oreo Fudge – tastes just like a cookies and cream chocolate bar… but better!

Enjoy!

– Sab

Disclosure: I only recommend products I would use myself and all opinions expressed here are my own. This post may contain affiliate links that at no additional cost to you, may earn me a small commission.

rice pudding in a cup on a wood board

Rice Pudding – Instant Pot

One of my favorite treats growing up was Rice Pudding. My Grandma would make it all the time. It brings back so many memories. This is a shortcut method using an Instant Pot to cut down on the cooking time.
4.78 from 9 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine Portuguese
Servings 8
Calories 192 kcal

Equipment

  • Pressure Cooker (Instant Pot)

Ingredients
 
 

  • 1 cup Arborio rice (short grain rice)
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Garnish

Instructions
 

  • Combine the rice and water in an Instant Pot or electric pressure cooker. Stir to evenly coat the rice. Ensure all grains of rice are submerged in water.
  • Put the lid on the pot and close the pressure valve to the sealing position.
  • Using the Manual or Rice button on High Pressure set the pressure cooker for 3 minutes. Depending on the size of your pot it will take 5-10 minutes to come to pressure.
  • When the pressure cooker cooking time is completed let the pot naturally release for 10 minutes (leave the pot as is for 10 minute and do not move the pressure sealing valve or try to remove the lid).
  • After 10 minutes, turn the sealing valve to the release position and release any remaining pressure. When all pressure has been released carefully remove the lid.
  • Stir in 1 1/2 cups milk and sugar. Be sure to scrape to bottom of the pot to ensure no rice sticks.
  • In a small bowl, whisk the eggs with 1/2 cup milk and vanilla. Pour through a fine mesh strainer into the pot (if you do not have a fine mesh strainer simply add the mixture to the pot but be sure to whisk the eggs thoroughly so it does not create lumps when added to the rice).
  • Turn on sauté mode on the pressure cooker and stir continuously until the rice pudding starts to boil and thicken.
  • Once the pudding has thickened to your desired consistency turn the pressure cooker off and remove the pot from the cooker. Note: the pudding will continue to thicken as it cools.
  • Serve warm or pour into a large serving dish or individual ramekins and chill and serve.
  • Optional: Serve topped with cinnamon.

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NUTRITION

Calories: 192kcalCarbohydrates: 35gProtein: 5gFat: 3gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 47mgSodium: 44mgPotassium: 115mgFiber: 1gSugar: 16gVitamin A: 158IUCalcium: 77mgIron: 1mg
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Susan Cardelli

Saturday 29th of January 2022

Can you use River Rice it is a medium grain rice for this recipe.

fedbysab

Monday 31st of January 2022

I would recommend using a short grain rice such as Arborio rice for the best texture, but a medium grain rice would work great as well :)