Instant Pot Rice Pudding

rice pudding in glasses

The Instant Pot makes a supremely rich and creamy rice pudding with a practically hands off method. This is the easiest rice pudding I’ve ever made, and the result is sheer perfection.

Instant Pot rice pudding in glasses

Rice pudding in the Instant Pot!

I’ve been a rice pudding lover all my life, I come from a family of rice pudding lovers, so trust me when I tell you this recipe is a game changer, and it’s the only way I will make rice pudding from now on. Why would I do it any other way?

If you’ve been following me you might know that I have a ‘thing’ for Instant Pot risotto. It takes 6 minutes (hands off!) and is the best risotto ever. I make it all the time, in all kinds of variations and ‘flavors’. So when I wanted to share a rice pudding recipe with you guys, the first thing that popped into my head was ‘wonder if I could do it in the Instant Pot?’

Ladling Instant Pot Rice Pudding

what you’ll need to make rice pudding in your Instant Pot

  • Arborio rice ~ a starchy Italian short grain rice, used in risottos. For this recipe you will need this particular rice, and you will find it with the other rices in any grocery store.
  • milk
  • sugar
  • egg yolks
  • cream
  • cinnamon stick
  • vanilla bean or paste ~ vanilla beans are crazy expensive right now, so vanilla bean paste makes a lot of sense. You can find it here.
  • salt
a jar of arborio rice

method for making Instant Pot rice pudding

With Instant Pot recipes it’s important to follow instructions exactly for good results. The machine is powerful so even small variations will affect your outcome.

  1. Add rice, sugar, salt, milk, and cinnamon stick to the Instant Pot.
  2. Secure the lid, turn the pressure release valve to the SEALING position.
  3. Turn the machine on and press PRESSURE COOK (it will default to HIGH PRESSURE)
  4. Set time to 10 minutes with the + button.
  5. When the beeper goes off, do nothing for 10 minutes, then release the pressure by turning the pressure release valve to the VENTING position.
  6. After the pressure has released, open the pot and stir everything well. Remove the cinnamon stick and stir in the egg yolk, cream, and vanilla mixture.
  7. Stir for a couple of minutes so the egg yolks cook and the pudding thickens.
  8. Spoon into small serving cups or glasses.

Note: rice pudding solidifies as it cools, so if you want to serve it soft and warm, use the KEEP WARM function on the Instant Pot.

instant pot rice pudding in a cup with spoon and whipped cream

why make rice pudding in the Instant Pot?

There are a few great reasons to do it this way!

First, it’s a virtually hands off method, so no need to stand at the stove babysitting your pudding to make sure it doesn’t scorch or boil over.

In addition, the Instant Pot cooks the rice pudding perfectly evenly so the pudding is creamy and the rice still has a nice chewy bite to it, never mushy!

It does all this in a fraction of the time it takes to make stove top rice pudding. It makes this classic homey dessert doable for any day of the week.

Lastly, you can keep your pudding warm in the IP with the KEEP WARM feature, which is especially nice with rice pudding. I like to pop on my tempered glass lid while keeping warm.

taking a spoonful of Instant Pot Rice Pudding

FAQS

Can I use brown rice for this rice pudding?

No, brown rice won’t create a creamy pudding like Arborio rice does. I recommend Arborio because it is starchy, and cooks up into a beautifully creamy pudding while still retaining a nice chewiness. It’s just perfect.

Can I start with cooked rice?

No, you need to start with raw rice.

Can I do this on the stove top?

Yes, you’ll bring the ingredients in STEP 1 to a boil in a heavy bottomed saucepan, then turn down the heat and simmer slowly, stirring almost constantly, until the rice is tender and most of the milk has been absorbed. Then proceed with STEP 6.

What else can I add to this rice pudding?

You can add raisins or currants, or dried cranberries. Stir them in in STEP 6.

Can I reheat leftover rice pudding?

Yes, just pop it in the microwave for 30 seconds and stir. Microwave a little longer if it’s not warm enough. This will soften it, too. If needed you can stir in some extra milk or cream to loosen it further.

have you tried my Instant Pot risotto recipes?

The Instant Pot is the BEST way to make risotto, with the same quick and easy results. I would buy the IP again just for this feature!

Instant Pot rice pudding with cinnamon and whipped cream

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Instant Pot rice pudding with cinnamon and whipped cream
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5 from 12 votes

Instant Pot Rice Pudding

The Instant Pot makes a supremely rich and creamy rice pudding with a practically hands off method. This is the easiest rice pudding I've ever made, and the result is sheer perfection.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Total Time 30 minutes
Yield 6 servings
Calories 309kcal
Author Sue Moran

Equipment

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup Arborio rice, a starchy Italian short grain rice.
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 1/2 cups whole milk
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1 tsp vanilla bean paste Buy it here.

Instructions

  • Add rice, sugar, salt, milk, and cinnamon stick to the Instant Pot.
  • Secure the lid, turn the pressure release valve to the SEALING position.
  • Turn the machine on and press PRESSURE COOK (it will default to HIGH PRESSURE)
  • Set time to 10 minutes with the + BUTTON
  • When the beeper goes off, do nothing for 10 minutes, then release the pressure by setting the pressure release valve to the VENTING position.
  • After the pressure has released, open the pot and give everything a good stir. Remove the cinnamon stick. Note: it will look thin and lumpy at this point but don't panic!
  • Stir in the egg yolk, cream, and vanilla mixture. Stir for a couple of minutes so the egg yolks cook and the pudding thickens. Note: the pudding will still seem a little loose ~ this is good. It will continue to thicken as it cools.
  • Spoon into small serving cups or glasses.
  • Serve the pudding right away, or chill it (I like to enjoy it warm!) The pudding will thicken considerably as it chills. Top with whipped cream and a dash of cinnamon if you like.
  • If you would like to keep the pudding warm, press the KEEP WARM button and replace the cover. You can keep the pudding warm up to 2 hours. Be sure to give it a good stir before serving. Note: my machine's KEEP WARM setting has 3 levels, and I used the middle one, which reads NORMAL.

Cook’s notes

  • Be sure to use Arborio rice for this recipe. I have not tested it with other types of rice and you may not have the same results.
  • The cinnamon stick gives the pudding a very gentle hint of cinnamon. If you don’t have one, use 1/2 teaspoon of ground cinnamon, or more to taste.
  • If you don’t have vanilla bean paste, add 1 1/2 teaspoons of vanilla extract.
  • Recipe is lightly tweaked from The New York Times

Nutrition

Calories: 309kcal | Carbohydrates: 43g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 102mg | Sodium: 152mg | Potassium: 177mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 22g | Vitamin A: 544IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 142mg | Iron: 1mg
The nutritional information for recipes on this site is provided as a courtesy and although theviewfromgreatisland.com tries to provide accurate nutritional information, these figures are only estimates.

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  • Reply
    Lisa Nuttall
    June 20, 2022 at 8:18 pm

    5 stars
    I think it is a wonderful recipe! Easy. Can’t believe I made this!
    In my family making a rice pudding was a super competition that all the women engaged in. Arguments abounded!

    I did not have an instant pot so I was using the stovetop variation. The rice has a tiny hard core so I guess I didn’t stir it long enough over the moderate heat or boil it hard enough. I wish the recipe had a bit more direction for the stovetop method. I am tempted to buy an instant pot though.
    I also added a whole star anise to the recipe which I really recommend!
    Thank you.

  • Reply
    Suzanne
    June 4, 2022 at 12:12 pm

    5 stars
    This rice pudding is fantastic!!! I can not believe how easy and delicious it is. Thanks Sue!

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