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Easy Instant Pot Rice Pudding Recipe

This easy Instant Pot rice pudding recipe is quick, takes just 20 minutes, and is the best Ninja Foodi pressure cooker dessert we’ve made. Just a few ingredients, no condensed milk, it’s great served either warm or cold. There’s 3 versions including an Instant Pot coconut rice pudding and a dairy free rice pudding recipe too!

instant pot rice pudding recipe

I will say that this is the most amazing and the easiest Instant Pot rice pudding recipe ever! We have made it with milk and dairy free as well. Both are fabulous Here is how you make it, it’s now one of our favorite dessert Instant Pot recipes. (affiliate links present)

Ninja Foodi Rice Pudding

This is actually the first dessert I’ve made in my new 7 in 1 favorite appliance and it came out great on the first try (isn’t always the case when I am trying something new). Now that I have had it for years we make it on a weekly basis.

You don’t have to have an IP to make this either though. As long as you have an electric pot with the saute and high pressure function this can be made. And you’ll love them. We have made this in a Crockpot Express and as an easy Ninja Foodi recipe as well.

If you are new to pressure cooking we have a lot of easy one pot meal recipes for you here. To begin with let’s start with a few basic tips:

For reference, this is the pressure cooker I have (a 6 quart) and use for all recipe creations.

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Just enough of a treat for the 5 of us after dinner, and this instant rice pudding could easily be doubled for a larger crowd. With only a few ingredients it is an easy dessert you can throw together and eat either warm (oh so good) or cold

Instant Pot Rice Pudding

With a bit of added vanilla while you’re cooking, and almond extract is fabulous too you can personalize this Instant Pot dessert to your liking. We have even made Instant Pot coconut rice pudding if you love that flavor!! From start to finish it took about 17 minutes, perfect for making right after dinner is over to get it hot and fresh.

I immediately take it out of the pot when it’s done and serve it in small bowls and it is gone in just minutes.

  • It is barely enough for the 5 of us, but just enough or I’d just gorge myself because it is just so darn creamy and good.
  • If you prefer your rice pudding to be chilled then you can pour the contents into a larger bowl.
  • Then allow to cool a bit and then put it in the fridge. If you haven’t eaten it warm it is really amazing.

Here’s a quick step by step photo showing you how it’s done…..

instant pot rice pudding

Rice Pudding Instant Pot Recipe no Condensed Milk

Evaporated milk is used here. That is much thinner than condensed but just as sweet. You could add just a tad of extract if you wanted to alter the flavor just a bit. Coconut or vanilla are the most common ones for that but as is is sweet enough for sure and always a hit in our house.


  1. White long grain rice – uncooked (I like this jasmine rice)
    1. I have not made this with brown rice, timing would be different
    2. Rinsing the rice first is a good idea
      1. arborio rice works too
  2. Sugar
  3. Butter
  4. Milk
  5. Vanilla
  6. Egg
  7. Evaporated milk
  8. Spices like cinnamon and/or nutmeg work well too
  9. Whipped cream for the top if you want
  10. I’ve made it on my stovetop but using an Instant Pot  is SO much easier and quicker
    1. I HIGHLY suggest you get a non stick pot for this and to make cleanup easier with others

You’ll need an egg. It is best to temper it in with a bit of the hot contents first before stirring it in. If not it will likely get a bit stringy like scrambled eggs. Won’t hurt you but will have a different consistency. Just use a little bowl or ramekin to whisk with a fork.


Dairy Free Instant Pot Rice Pudding

You’ll need a can of Evaporated milk, NOT condensed milk, totally different things. What you use is the thinner of the two but quite sweet so if you wanted to cut down on the sugar after tasting your first batch that is an option too.

If you’re making dairy free Instant Pot rice pudding then make these substitutions. You can find a plant based vegan butter product at the store that tastes very similar to “regular” sticks. Almond milk or lactose free milk vs. milk or Coconut evaporated milk vs regular evaporated milk would work.

instant pot rice pudding

How to Make Creamy Rice Pudding in Instant Pot

When you take the lid off initially after it’s cooked for 14 minutes the rice will not seem quite cooked. But it will, don’t worry. Stir to separate rice and then follow directions adding some rice mixture to your egg mixture so it warms up before adding to your IP and simmering a bit longer to finish cooking the rice.

Feel free to use any pressure cooking pot you have like a Ninja Foodi or Crockpot Express. If at the end you want it creamier just add a bit more evaporated milk and stir until it is the perfect consistency and thickness for you! Directions and cooking time remains the same for any brand you use. Be sure to quick release steam when time is up, natural release will cause rice to become mushy fast.

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How to Make Pressure Cooker Rice Pudding

Do not double this recipe. It is better to cook on high pressure 2 separate batches rather than trying to double it, believe me

  • Use some of the hot liquid with your whisked milk and egg mixture as to temper the egg – or else it will look like strings of cooked egg inside, not good
  • Follow the directions below regarding the amount of evap. milk
    • Add more at the very end if you want your rice pudding to be creamier
  • Make sure you’re stirring constantly but gently.

As soon as it is done perfectly, dump the contents into a larger bowl. Or serve in smaller bowls and eat immediately.

  • Leaving it in the pot to sit will make it mushier by the minute as it is still continuing to cook a bit since the pot is still quite hot
  • Keep in mind pudding will thicken as it cools..;

Enjoy and share this recipe if you love it along with the other hundreds of thousands of other people have!! 😉

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Homemade Rice Pudding Recipe with Coconut

If you want to add a coconut twist the ingredients are:

  • 1 c. uncooked rice
  • 1/2 cups sugar
  • Water
  • 1.5 tbsp butter
  • Can of coconut milk (13.5 oz)
  • 1/4 cup of milk
  • Egg
  • 1/2 c. shredded sweetened coconut

Link for our pressure cooker coconut rice pudding is above or you can search for it on our site. Another option for this is to just follow directions below with 1/4 tsp coconut extract instead.

instant pot coconut rice pudding

What can I add to rice pudding?

Often times I like to add raisins or sweetened dried cranberries. They can cook right along with the rice pudding and even soften and plump a little in the process.

How do you thicken rice pudding?

  1. Let it cool completely first if you want to do this.
    1. Cooling firms the proteins in the milk and egg, so this will do a bit of what you want all by itself.
  2. One way is to warm the pudding in a pot over medium heat, then slowly whisk in a beaten egg.
  3. Another method is to fold in a bit of whipped cream after letting the rice pudding cool completely.

Looking for more Instant Pot dessert recipes we have a few great ones

If you want to make a batch of slow cooker rice pudding we have directions for that too!

slow cooker rice pudding

Hope this helps you understand; how do you make rice pudding from scratch easily! We no longer use the stovetop method anymore because this is so much faster and I don’t have to watch it every minute.

How long can you keep homemade rice pudding in the fridge?

I will start by saying we have NEVER had leftovers. BUT I did want to test this out one day so I could report back. My recommendation is that you enjoy it all the same day. It quickly hardens in the fridge.

How do you fix hard rice pudding?

Yes you can thin it out by rewarming it in the microwave and adding more milk but it’s not the same. The consistency changes a lot and the creaminess is quite different. I have a printable recipe card at the bottom to make this perfectly. This is a quick rundown first though;

instant rice pudding

One pot rice pudding directions

  1. Put Instant Pot on saute and add butter until melted.  Add uncooked rice and stir so rice is coated. 
  2. Pour in milk, water, vanilla, cinnamon, almond extract if desired and sugar. Stir until combined.  Put lid on IP and close steam valve. 
  3. Set to manual, pressure, high, for 14 minutes (if you like your rice a bit firmer set it for 12).  When done do a quick release. 
  4. In a small bowl whisk egg and 1/4 c evaporated milk together. Spoon a spoonful of hot rice pudding mixture into egg mixture to temper, stir. 

When it has reached the perfect consistency for you pour contents into a bowl or small serving bowls immediately so it doesn’t continue to cook and get a bit mushy. Serve warm or chilled, top with cinnamon or nutmeg.

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Instant Pot Rice Pudding Recipe

The most amazing Instant Pot rice pudding recipe that we make often! Total comfort food dessert that is just sweet enough and easy to make in this pressure cooker.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword creamy, dairy free, easy, homemade, instant pot, pressure cooker, quick, rice pudding
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 14 minutes
Total Time 19 minutes
Servings 5
Calories 198kcal
Author The Typical Mom




  • Put Instant Pot on saute and add butter until melted. 
  • Add rice and stir so rice is coated. 
  • Add milk, water, vanilla, cinnamon, almond extract if desired and sugar. Stir until combined. 
  • Put lid on IP and close steam valve. 
  • Set to manual, pressure, high, for 14 minutes (if you like your rice firmer set it for 12). 
  • When done do a quick release and lift lid
  •  In a small bowl whisk egg and 1/4 c evaporated milk together. 
  • Spoon a spoonful of rice pudding mixture into egg mixture and stir, add another warm spoonful of rice mixture and stir. 
  • Then add bowl full of egg mixture into your IP or pressure cooker and set to saute. 
  • Allow to get hot enough where it bubbles for about 30-60 seconds, stir slowly when it starts to bubble so it doesn’t stick to bottom. Add more evaporated milk if desired.
  • It will begin to thicken. 
  • When it has reached the perfect consistency for you pour contents into a bowl or small serving bowls immediately so it doesn’t continue to cook and get a bit mushy.
  • Serve warm or chilled, top with cinnamon or nutmeg.


Nutrition Facts
Instant Pot Rice Pudding Recipe
Amount Per Serving (3 oz)
Calories 198 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Fat 8g12%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Cholesterol 55mg18%
Sodium 101mg4%
Potassium 179mg5%
Carbohydrates 26g9%
Sugar 26g29%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin A 345IU7%
Vitamin C 0.2mg0%
Calcium 149mg15%
Iron 0.2mg1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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4.71 from 58 votes (4 ratings without comment)
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Sunday 17th of March 2024

I’ve made this before, and it was delicious! I want to make it again for a potluck. And am I able to double the recipe to make more?

The Typical Mom

Sunday 17th of March 2024

I wouldn't, it is better 1 batch at a time in my opinion


Saturday 13th of January 2024

Thank you for posting this recipe! Was so good and creamy...tastes like the rice pudding I use to make that made enough for an army. So happy to be able to make it in the IP and just the right amount.

The Typical Mom

Saturday 13th of January 2024



Saturday 26th of August 2023

Hi, old man cook here. Just finished making this for the first time. Very tasty. I normally rise my rice very well, as I am Diabetic and want to cut down on the starch and carbs as much as I can. However, after considerable study of your instructions, I saw no mention rinsing the rice, and since you mentioned try to coat the rice with the melted butter, I refrained from rinsing as I thought the wet rice would not coat. Do you think rinsing the rice would OK in future tries?

Mine came out rather thick once cooked, so I did used 1/2 cup of evaporated milk and feel I could have used a whole cup as I like my Rice pudding a bit more custardly. Also, since I mentioned my Diabetes, I used granulated Monk fruit instead of sugar, as my sweetener.

Thank you for this recipe and any response.

The Typical Mom

Saturday 26th of August 2023

Yay I am glad you liked it!! Okay so I do not rinse because I like the sticky texture in this dish. Yes the amount of evaporated milk is subjective depending on how thick you like it so use what you wish. Great idea with the monk fruit!


Monday 28th of February 2022

If I could rate this 100 stars I would! O.M.G. this is incredible! I grew up making Rice Pudding for my dad. He liked it cold vs warm. I have a friend staying with me at the moment b/c he can't travel back home (overseas) due to pandemic. Made this today and he raved and raved. We argued over the "correct" way to eat this - cold vs warm. I say warm and of course, he said cold. LOL....the only change I made was I didn't have evaporated milk so substituted half and half. I also added raisins as that's how I made for my dad. Added the raisins at the same time I tempered egg mixture to saute for final 60 secs. If my dad were alive today to taste this, he would be asking me to make for him weekly. Thank you for posting -- it is beyond delish!!!!! Brought back oh so fond memories of my dad whom I dearly miss!


Tuesday 7th of February 2023

@Di, my mom used to make creamy rice pudding. I’m going to try this and thanks do you I’m going to do the same exactly how you made it die @Di I don’t have evaporated milk in the house I only have almond milk and I do have half and half coming this afternoon so I’m going to try it I can’t wait. To the typical mom I can’t remember your name I get your emails and love them all the time but right now I can’t remember it. Thank you for this recipe. It brings back such great war memories of my mom to as Di above my husband loved my mom’s rice pudding. Sincerely, Gerry

The Typical Mom

Tuesday 1st of March 2022

So glad it was made with great memories!


Saturday 22nd of January 2022

I love rice pudding but cold not hot. Every time I make it when the pudding cools it gets hard. How do I avoid this?

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