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This Vanilla Rice Pudding is a silky, creamy, slightly sweetened rice custard full of aromatic vanilla bean and slightly spiced with cinnamon.

Vanilla Bean Rice Pudding

This is the BEST Rice Pudding that I have ever had. I refused to try rice pudding for years. Years! Because I was convinced that rice was completely unacceptable and unwanted in a dessert. I was beyond wrong. It is creamy, cool and just a little sweet. Not to give anything away, but it would be an incredible finale to a Shrimp Curry dinner!

The vanilla bean flavor will blow you away. It is a silky, creamy, slightly sweetened custard full of aromatic vanilla bean and slightly spiced with cinnamon. It takes its place amongst the best custard desserts like this butterscotch pudding recipe and amazing lemon bars.

Vanilla Bean Rice Pudding
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Vanilla Bean Rice Pudding

We are all about the cinnamon. Yum.
The rice is more a vehicle for the sweet, creamy vanilla bean pudding. A sprinkle of cinnamon and a little crunch from the pistachios just set it over the top, but it was arguably there already.

This is one of those desserts that will forever ruin eating dessert at a restaurant. With each bite you will certainly be thinking that you could have made it better yourself at home! Hate that.

Love that.

And this rice pudding!

Vanilla Bean Rice Pudding

The only thing saving our waistlines is the fact that you have to babysit this pudding. It is not a pop in the oven and forget about it kind of dessert; this is a stand over the stove stirring constantly because you are paranoid the milk is going to burn (because it probably will burn) if you walk away.

Vanilla Bean Rice Pudding

Do not pass on this humble dessert because it is cold and “out of season”. You might find that this creamy, cool, light dessert is perfect after a heavy holiday meal! And the flavors of warm vanilla and cinnamon will bring on that holiday cheer just as well as a pumpkin pie.

Vanilla Bean Rice Pudding
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Vanilla Bean Rice Pudding

This Vanilla Bean Rice Pudding is a silky, creamy, slightly sweetened rice custard full of aromatic vanilla bean and slightly spiced with cinnamon. It is easy, but does require fairly constant attention.
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 20 minutes
Total: 30 minutes
Servings: 4 people



  • In a large, heavy bottomed saucepan add the milk, rice, salt and split vanilla bean, stir to combine. (If you are using the extract instead of the bean, don’t add it yet.) Bring to a boil over high heat, stirring constantly.
  • Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer gently, stirring occasionally for 15 minutes.
  • While the pudding is simmering, combine the egg yolks, sugar and extract (if you are using it) in a medium bowl. Whisk together until the egg yolks are integrated. Set aside.
  • Uncover and simmer, stirring frequently until the rice is tender and the pudding has thickened. Do not boil the rice. Stir constantly towards the end to keep the milk from burning. Remove the vanilla bean and scrape out all the seeds into the pudding.
  • Slowly add the cooked rice mixture to the egg mixture, whisking constantly to keep the eggs from scrambling. Return the entire mixture to the saucepan and continue cooking over low heat until the mixture is thick and coats the back of a spoon, about 5 minutes.
  • Remove the pan from the heat and transfer the rice pudding into a serving dish or storage container. Cut a piece of parchment paper to fit over the top of the pudding. You can also use a piece of plastic wrap. Make sure it covers the entire surface so that a skin doesn’t form. Cover and refrigerate until cold.
  • Serve cold with a sprinkle of pistachios and cinnamon.


You can also serve the pudding warm or at room temperature, but I prefer it cold.
Recipe modified from Fine Cooking. 


Calories: 330kcal | Carbohydrates: 48g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 126mg | Sodium: 97mg | Potassium: 396mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 28g | Vitamin A: 525IU | Calcium: 313mg | Iron: 1mg
Course: Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine: American, Worldwide
Calories: 330
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  1. Wow, this is one decadent dish. Looks very similar to Indian rice kheer minus the eggs. Lovely photographs 🙂

  2. This recipe reminds me of my Dad, who would only eat rice with milk and sugar – he never liked it savory. Can’t wait to try this for my husband and me.

    So nice to see that you celebrate American classics. You have a lovely blog with breath-taking photos. And I love your little green dishes – they remind me of milk glass.

    1. If I could get away with only eating rice with milk and sugar for the rest of my life, I would! Thank you so much for all your kind words about my site! I really appreciate it. I love those little dishes too 🙂