Instant Pot Rice Pudding

A comforting bowl of sticky sweet rice pudding might be just what the doctor ordered on a dreary day. Put your Instant Pot to use and give this Pressure Cooker Rice Pudding a try!

Instant Pot with a wooden spoon full of thick and creamy rice pudding.

Why this Recipe Works

Ah, Instant Pot, how I love thee.

Pressure Cookers are such a godsend for those of us who never seem to be able to plan ahead.

While I love my slow cooker, too, sometimes I’m too scatterbrained to even plan for the next hour of my day, let alone prep a dish 8 hours in advance.

Instant Pot to the rescue! So many recipes come together in just minutes with the pressure cooker. I use it for everything from breakfast Egg Bites to Chicken Cordon Bleu.

Recently, I called on my Instant Pot to help me make rice pudding for dessert! Like always, it sure came through for me.

In under 10 minutes, we were sitting down to steaming hot bowls of sweet rice pudding. With fragrant vanilla and juicy raisins, this pressure cooker Rice Pudding gets two thumbs up from me!

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Rice Pudding

Rice pudding doesn’t get nearly the love it deserves, don’t you think? Sometimes you just need a bowl of simple, comforting sweetness without any frills or fuss.

That said, I’ve certainly had some rice puddings that I didn’t love. I like mine sweet but not syrupy and with just the right amount of dried fruit or raisins. A good rice pudding should be creamy and not a gluey mushy mess.

And many rice pudding recipes call for nearly an hour of standing over the stove stirring. Who has that kind of time? The Instant Pot makes rice pudding so quick and easy, you have no excuse not to give it a try!

Bowl of rice pudding topped with whipped cream and cinnamon.

Everyone who tasted this Rice Pudding made in the instant pot agrees that the texture and taste are perfect. There are just enough raisins to add a burst of flavor to the creamy vanilla pudding without being overpowering.

I remember visiting elderly relatives as a kid who used to serve rice puddings for dessert.

The sweet smell of rice simmering with milk and sugar still brings me so much joy and comfort. Reminds me of my dad’s bread pudding recipe!

As a kid, I always wanted cookies or cake (or, of course, Rice Krispie Treats) for dessert and didn’t fully understand the appeal of a raisin filled dessert (unless of course it was Oatmeal Raisin Cookies).

But it grew on me over the years this old fashioned rice pudding recipe certainly made me nostalgic!

Whether you’re new to rice pudding or a life long fan, I think you’re going to love this easy, tasty instant pot dessert recipe!

Pressure Cooker Rice Pudding with wooden spoon.

Pressure Cooker Rice Pudding

When you make rice pudding on the stove, you have to keep a close eye on the pot and stir almost constantly. The Instant Pot does most of this work for you here!

To make Instant Pot Rice Pudding you need:

{Ingredients at a glance; scroll down for full printable recipe with amounts}

  • Arborio rice
  • Sugar
  • Whole Milk
  • Salt
  • Raisins
  • Eggs
  • Vanilla
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How to Make Rice Pudding in the Instant Pot

STEP 1. Combine rice, water and salt in the pressure cooker and stir to combine.

STEP 2. Lock the lid in place and set the valve on top to “SEALING.”

STEP 3. Select “HIGH PRESSURE” and a cook time of 3 minutes. Allow to naturally release for ten minutes after the cook time ends, then do a quick release by moving the valve on top to “VENTING.”

STEP 4. Open the lid and add in 1 1/2 cups of the milk and the sugar. Stir until combined.

STEP 5. Select “SAUTE” and add in the eggs, remaining milk, and vanilla. Cook until the pudding begins to boil and thicken. Turn off and fold in raisins.

PRO TIP: Cooking the eggs during the saute function makes them safe to eat!

Serve hot, ladled into cups or bowls. Leftovers store well in the fridge for a couple of days. Reheat in the microwave or on the stove top before serving!

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This rice pudding tastes delicious all on its own. Try dusting a little ground nutmeg or cinnamon on top for even more flavor!

My kids and I also love topping our bowls of rice pudding with fresh whipped cream.

And another thing? Please use whole milk to make rice pudding!

There’s a time and a place for skim milk and this is not it. Whole milk is necessary for making the creamiest smoothest rice pudding!

Keep in mind, too, that the rice pudding will thicken as it cools. Don’t be alarmed if it looks thinner than you’d expect from a pudding when you first open the pot.

I promise that by the time you’re sitting down to dig into your bowl, you’ll be met with the thick, creamy, warming rice pudding of your dreams.

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Yield: 8 servings

Instant Pot Rice Pudding

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes

A comforting bowl of sticky sweet rice pudding might be just what the doctor ordered on a dreary day. Put your Instant Pot to use and give this Pressure Cooker Rice Pudding a try!


  • 1 cup Arborio rice
  • 1 ½ cups water
  • ¼ tsp kosher salt
  • 2 cups whole milk, divided
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup raisins


  1. In the Instant Pot, add rice, water, and salt. Stir to combine.
  2. Lock the lid in place, and make sure the valve on top is set to "SEALING."
  3. Select "HIGH PRESSURE" and a cook time of 3 minutes. Allow to naturally release for ten minutes after the cook time ends, then do a quick release by moving the valve on top to "VENTING."
  4. Open the lid and add in 1 ½ cups of the milk and the sugar. Stir until combined.
  5. Select "SAUTE" and add in the eggs, remaining milk, and vanilla. Cook until the pudding begins to boil and thicken. Turn off and fold in raisins.
  6. ENJOY!


  • Rice pudding will thicken as it cools
  • Serve with whipped cream and cinnamon or nutmeg, if desired

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Nutrition Information:



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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 217Total Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 53mgSodium: 121mgCarbohydrates: 44gFiber: 1gSugar: 33gProtein: 5g

*Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. Please see a registered dietitian for special diet advice.

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Posted on April 2, 2020

Comments & Reviews

  1. Please specify in the ingredients list whether the rice should be cooked or uncooked.
    I spent 20 minutes reading through the article & comments until I found the answer in the comments.

  2. I do not know if I have had rice pudding with eggs as an ingredient I always thought it was just rice, sugar and milk Lol my mom would make rice pudding it was sooooo good it would take hours for it to be ready it would be in the oven all day and she would keep adding milk to it we ate it hot with a blob of jam on top of that bowl of creamy goodness. I’m going to use your recipe here in a few from the reviews it sounds amazing I’m super excited.

      1. This happens if you don’t slowly, continually stir the egg while incorporating it in the mix. I stirred the entire time it was set to sauté. Otherwise it would have burned.

    1. I used 1/4 cup of sugar and one egg. I also added a teaspoon of rose water which enhances the sweetness. The rice is really creamy and delicious. It was sweet enough for me and my husband but might not be for everyone.

  3. Aimee,,hello. I’m working on getting an instant pot,,my husband loves rice pudding,,,where you have to put in eggs,,can you tell me are they whole or whipped up?? Please let me know!!

        1. Personally I plan to temper them before adding-beat in a small bowl with the milk, add 1/2 cup hot milk from the rice, mix in and then add all back to the IP. Keeps the eggs from cooking when you add them to the hot ingredients if you warm them gradually in liquid like this.

  4. This was delicious and tasted WONDERFUL! It was perfect after we let it cool a bit. My only issue was the next day, the rice had soaked up all the creaminess and was too solid. I’ve had my SIL’s pudding and others, where the next day and days to follow it stayed creamy. Suggestion how to avoid that? Did I do something wrong. This is my first time eating rice pudding from an IP, all others have been done on the stovetop. Cook too long on sauté, use only 1 egg, add more liquid? My husband wouldn’t even eat it the next day 😡 HELP 😁

    1. I have the same question at Kerri regarding the next day after making the rice pudding. Is there a way it can be creamy the next day? Fresh out of the IP this is delicious pudding!!! The store bought rice puddings are always creamy!

  5. Thank you Aimee! I loved rice pudding as a child and look forward to making it again with your recipe. I’m going to try baking it, because your recipe is so close to what I’ve done before and baked successfully. I hope you and your family stay well during the coronavirus pandemic. Keep cooking, we love your recipes and tips. Even an old Baker can learn new tricks. ❤

    1. Please-
      The Rice pudding recipe… it doesn’t state it it’s cooked rice or uncooked. Can you clarify for me?

      I’m looking forward to trying as soon as I’m sure!

      Thank you!

  6. I just finished making this and it is perfection. Thank you for the recipe and have a Blessed Day!!

  7. I don’t have a hot pot, can you use this recipe to bake in the oven or on the stove?

    1. I made this tonight and not only is it real quick & easy, it is delicious!! We love it and I will definitely make this again!😁

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