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Best Instant Pot Rice Pudding (The Original)

Discover the luscious and delightful world of our Instant Pot Rice Pudding, where every spoonful takes you on a journey of velvety bliss. As you indulge in the perfectly cooked grains of rice, you’ll be met with an explosion of rich flavors and just the right touch of sweetness, promising pure comfort and satisfaction.

his is easiest Instant Pot rice pudding recipe. So easy! Plus you probably already have the ingredients for this pressure cooker rice pudding in your pantry.

When I lived in Miami decades ago, I came to love the food. One of my favorites is Arroz Con Leche (or Rice Pudding). It is creamy and delicious.

After realizing I was only getting to partake of this treat if Abuelita was making it, I took matters into my own hands and asked for the recipe.

I was young and had buckets full of rice after my first attempt and the hours it took standing in front of the hot stove had me rethinking my love affair with rice pudding.

Things have changed and now I make Arroz con Leche in the Instant Pot. It takes about 35 minutes from start to finish and is really easy yielding the delicious creamy texture I have come to love.

Some like theirs with butter, dates, jam, nuts, and maple syrup. The Spanish use raisins, cinnamon, coconut, and orange zest. Try pumpkin spice, and coconut.  We experiment with different flavors of condensed milk.

Add more sugar or less sugar. Experiment with different liquids…milk: coconut, almond, whole, skim, or try tea for a different taste. Don’t use heavy cream, it will curdle. Yuck! Check out this recipe using Earl Grey Tea: Earl Grey Amira Rice Pudding with Wine, Lemon and Vanilla Nectarines Recipe

You may also want to check out my Pinterest Instant Pot board for more great recipes like this pressure cooker rice pudding!

This is not only the BEST Instant Post Rice Pudding; it’s the ORIGINAL Instant Pot Rice Pudding Recipe.

rice pudding

Why make Rice Pudding in the Instant Pot?

Here are a few compelling reasons why making rice pudding in the Instant Pot has become my go-to choice:

  1. Time-saving convenience:

The Instant Pot’s time-saving convenience is second to none. Compared to the endless hours I spent standing in front of a hot stove in my earlier attempts, the Instant Pot pressure cooks the rice pudding to perfection in a fraction of the time. Gone are the long waits; now, I can indulge in this delightful dessert in a jiffy.

  1. Foolproof results:

With its precise temperature control and automated settings, the Instant Pot guarantees foolproof results. There’s no more guesswork involved, as it ensures consistent outcomes with every batch. The fear of overcooking or undercooking the rice is a thing of the past.

  1. Effortless hands-off cooking:

The Instant Pot’s effortless hands-off cooking is a game-changer. Once I set the cooking time, it takes charge, leaving me with the freedom to focus on other tasks. Gone are the days of constantly monitoring the heat or stirring the pudding – now, I can let the Instant Pot do all the work.

  1. Consistency and texture:

The consistency and texture achieved by the Instant Pot’s pressure cooking method are unparalleled. The rice absorbs the liquid evenly, resulting in a luxuriously creamy and velvety texture, with every grain cooked to perfection.

  1. Versatile flavor options:

Experimentation is part of the fun, and the Instant Pot encourages just that. With its versatility, I can play with various flavor combinations by adding spices, extracts, or even trying different types of milk. The possibilities are endless, and I can easily customize my rice pudding to suit my taste preferences, creating exciting new variations.

  1. Easy cleanup:

Aside from the delectable results, the Instant Pot also simplifies cleanup. With only one pot to wash, the kitchen remains relatively tidy, and I can enjoy my rice pudding without the added stress of a messy aftermath.

Experience the magic of making rice pudding in the Instant Pot – a delightful journey of convenience, reliability, and culinary satisfaction. Elevate your dessert game with minimal effort, and savor the comforting joy of this timeless classic, made effortlessly in the Instant Pot. Rediscover the delight of Arroz con Leche and immerse yourself in the luscious flavors and creamy textures that the Instant Pot delivers.

rice pudding with cinnamon

What I’ve Learned About the Ingredients:

  • Milk – it’s all good. Dairy, non-dairy like coconut milk, hemp milk, almond milk, and oat milk. They all work and are easy ways to change the flavor profile. 
  • Butter – I didn’t add this to the recipe, but try smearing your serving bowls with butter. It adds a nice flavor and ensures you get every grain!
  • Sugar – The sweetened condensed milk offers sweetness. Adding any extra is optional. My family likes it extra sweet, but it’s not for everyone. 
  • Raisins (Sultanas) – You don’t have to soak the raisins if you add them to the pressure cooker. Try 1/2 cup of your favorite raisin variety!

Recipe Tips:

  • I use white, long-grain rice in this recipe. Basmati or sushi rice is also a good choice. Jasmine rice and Basmati rice are less chewy than Arborio Rice.
  • You may want to wait to add the sugar; condensed milk may add enough sweetness.
  • Splurge on the nutmeg and cinnamon, even if it is just a dusting. It elevates the flavor incredibly.
  • Add raisins to the pot if you want a more complex flavor, or you can add them at the end if you prefer a more chewy texture.
  • Canned coconut milk is a delicious substitute if you prefer a more low-fat version.

Is rice pudding served warm or cold?

Rice pudding can be served both warm and cold, depending on personal preference. Some enjoy it warm, freshly cooked and fragrant, while others prefer it chilled, allowing the flavors to meld together for a refreshing dessert.

It is really up to you how you enjoy your rice pudding. Latin American countries prefer it warm–we do too…it’s creamy and delicious. We also like it the next day, cold–we just add milk to bring it back to the creamy texture. 

This Instant Pot Arroz con Pollo (Chicken with Rice) Recipe ventures away from the traditional saffron rice and mingles chicken with a flavorful, and colorful Spanish-style rice

Make a complete Spanish Meal that includes Abuela Approved Black Beans and Arroz con Pollo for a complete meal!

The Original, Easy Instant Post Pudding Recipe

Instant Pot Rice Pudding (Arroz con Leche) Ingredients:

  • 2 cups milk (I use whole, but it’s up to you)
  • 1¼ cups water
  • 1 cup long-grained rice (you can use short-grain if you like)
  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk
  • ⅛ cup sugar (I use Vanilla sugar)
  • ⅛ teaspoon sea salt (table salt works too)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract (I like Nielsen-Massey Vanillas)

Instant Pot Rice Pudding (Arroz con Leche) Directions:

How to Make Rice Pudding in the Instant Pot:

Rinse rice well using a fine mesh colander (You don’t have to, sometimes I’m wild and throw it in without rinsing)

Add milk to the  Instant Pot

instant pot rice pudding milk in pressure cooker


Now add sugar to the electric pressure cooker (this is optional).

instant pot rice pudding (arroz con leche) add sugar


Next, add a pinch of salt to Instant Pot.

instant pot rice pudding (arroz con leche) add salt


Pour the water into the Instant Pot.

instant pot rice pudding (arroz con leche) add water

Now mix the rice with the milk mixture.

This is where you would add a cinnamon stick, lemon zest, fresh fruits (like raisins), or dried fruit if you wanted.


instant pot rice pudding (arroz con leche) add rice


Place lid on Instant Pot, seal lid, and close vent.

Press the Porridge button.

If you don’t have a Porridge button, Manual high-pressure works.

The rice will take 20 minutes to cook time to cook in this setting.

instant pot rice pudding (arroz con leche) press the porridge button

When the timer beeps, allow Natural Pressure Release (Natural Release-NR) for 10 minutes.

After 10 minutes, press the Cancel button and Quick Release (open the vent to release pressure).

When depressurized, open the lid.

Add the sweetened Condensed milk and vanilla.

instant pot rice pudding (arroz con leche) add the condensed milk

Stir until well mixed.


instant pot rice pudding (arroz con leche) finished


Serve in small bowls with optional toppings and additional milk if you like.


Delicious homemade Instant Pot rice pudding with raisins; with raisins, cinnamon sticks and raw rice on wooden spoon in the back (Selective Focus, Focus on the two raisins in the middle of the bowl)


Enjoy this Easy Instant Pot Rice Pudding Recipe!

This sweet rice, an easy dessert, is the sweet stuff dreams are made from!

Why not give your Instant Pot a deep clean when you’re finished? 


You can serve your rice pudding immediately or let it cool to room temperature and store it in the fridge in an airtight container for a cold, breakfast (top it with fruit and add extra milk) or snack.

The pudding will keep in your fridge for about four days.

Unlike that other plain-cooked rice bowl, it probably won’t last that long.

Can I freeze Rice Pudding:

This fuss-free dessert can also last for up to three months frozen. Thawing in the refrigerator overnight or in the microwave on defrost is usually the easiest way to thaw rice pudding that has been frozen. I find it best to portion the rice pudding so I can defrost one serving at a time.  You can place them in airtight containers or thick freezer bags (the latter allows better placement in the freezer). Just remove any excess air from the freezer bags, seal, and store.

Yes, you can freeze Instant Pot rice pudding.

Here’s how:

  1. Allow the rice pudding to cool completely. It’s important to freeze it when it’s at room temperature or chilled.
  2. Transfer the rice pudding to an airtight container or freezer-safe bag. Leave some space at the top of the container to allow for expansion during freezing.
  3. Seal the container tightly to prevent freezer burn and place it in the freezer.
  4. When you’re ready to enjoy the rice pudding, thaw it in the refrigerator overnight.
  5. To serve, you can enjoy it cold or reheat it gently in the microwave or on the stovetop, adding a splash of milk or water to restore the creamy consistency if needed.

It’s worth noting that freezing may slightly change the texture of the rice pudding, but it should still be delicious and enjoyable after thawing.

Pressure Cooker Rice Pudding Tips Tricks and FAQs

Here are some instant pot tips and FAQs for making rice pudding:

  1. Use the right rice: Opt for medium grain rice, Arborio rice, or short-grain rice for the best results in achieving a creamy texture.
  2. Adjust liquid ratios: For a thicker pudding, use less liquid. If you prefer a more liquid consistency, add a bit more liquid to the recipe.
  3. Avoid overfilling: Rice and liquid expand during cooking, so avoid filling the Instant Pot beyond the recommended capacity to prevent spills and ensure even cooking.
  4. Natural release vs. quick release: Letting the pressure release naturally for a few minutes before doing a quick release can help prevent rice from splattering out through the valve.
  5. Stir after cooking: Once the rice pudding is done, stir it well to distribute any excess liquid and ensure a creamy consistency.


Q: Can I use different types of milk?

A: Yes, you can use various types of milk like whole milk, almond milk, coconut milk, or even a combination for a unique flavor profile.

Q: Can I add spices and flavorings?

A: Absolutely! Enhance your rice pudding with spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom, or flavorings like vanilla extract or almond extract for a delightful twist.

Q: How long does rice pudding last?

A: Stored in a sealed container in the refrigerator, rice pudding can last for 3-5 days.

Q: Can I freeze rice pudding?

A: Yes, rice pudding can be frozen. Ensure it is stored in an airtight container, leaving some space for expansion. Thaw and reheat gently when ready to enjoy.

Q: Can I double the recipe?

A: You can double the ingredients for rice pudding, but avoid exceeding the maximum fill line of your Instant Pot. Adjust cooking time accordingly.

Q: How can I make vegan rice pudding?

A: Substitute dairy milk with plant-based alternatives like almond milk, coconut milk, or oat milk, and use a vegan-friendly sweetener.

Remember to always follow the manufacturer’s instructions for your specific Instant Pot model and refer to the recipe you’re using for precise measurements and cooking times.

What Rice Is Best for Rice Pudding?

While taste preferences may vary, here are some observations on the best rice options for Instant Pot rice pudding:

  1. Medium grain rice: Creates a creamy pudding with soft but not mushy rice grains, blending well with creamy sweetness.
  2. Arborio rice: A go-to choice that may require slightly more liquid, resulting in a rich and creamy pudding.
  3. Jasmine rice & short-grain rice: Ideal for achieving softer rice grains and a smoother texture in the pudding.
  4. Long-grain rice: Provides a firmer texture and more textural contrast in the pudding.
  5. Brown rice: While it works, it tends to be too firm and may not achieve the desired creamy texture.
  6. Basmati rice: Similar to long-grain rice, it offers a texture similar to that of long-grain rice.

Remember, using uncooked rice is essential as it allows the starch to thicken the milk mixture and coat the grains, resulting in the creamy texture rice pudding deserves. Avoid using cooked rice, as it will yield a mushy consistency instead.


Instant Pot Rice pudding with cinnamon.

Helpful Instant Pot Rice Pudding Tips:

Creating the perfect rice pudding requires a delicate balance of flavors and textures.

Here are some helpful tips to ensure your rice pudding turns out creamy, delicious, and absolutely delightful:

  1. Choose the right rice: Use short-grain rice, such as Arborio or sushi rice, for the best results. These rice varieties are high in starch content, which helps create a creamy texture.
  2. Rinse the rice: Before cooking, rinse the rice thoroughly in cold water to remove excess starch. This will prevent the rice pudding from becoming overly sticky.
  3. Don’t skimp on liquid: Ensure you have enough liquid in the Instant Pot to cook the rice properly and create the desired creamy consistency. A good rule of thumb is to use about 2 cups of liquid for every 1 cup of rice.
  4. Add sweetness gradually: If you’re using sugar or another sweetener, add it gradually to avoid oversweetening the pudding. Taste as you go and adjust according to your preference.
  5. Use the sauté function wisely: When cooking the rice initially, use the sauté function to bring the liquid to a gentle simmer before sealing the Instant Pot. This will help prevent the rice from sticking to the bottom.
  6. Flavor creatively: Experiment with different flavorings like vanilla, spices, extracts, or citrus zest to add depth and complexity to your rice pudding. However, avoid using heavy cream, as it may curdle during cooking.
  7. Cool and thicken: After cooking, allow the rice pudding to cool slightly. It will continue to thicken as it cools, so don’t worry if it seems a bit liquidy right after cooking.
  8. Serve warm or chilled: Rice pudding can be enjoyed warm or chilled, depending on your preference. Some people prefer it warm and comforting, while others savor it cold on a hot day.
  9. Garnish with style: Sprinkle a generous amount of cinnamon, nutmeg, or any other favorite topping on top of the rice pudding just before serving. The garnish adds both visual appeal and extra flavor.

By following these tips, you’ll master the art of making rice pudding and treat yourself to a dessert that’s truly worth savoring.

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Instant Pot Rice Pudding Recipe

Yield: 4-6 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

This is the most amazing Instant Pot rice pudding recipe ever. It takes just 20 minutes in the pressure cooker. Plus you probably already have the ingredients for this pressure cooker rice pudding in your pantry.


  • 2 cups milk (I use whole, but it's up to you)
  • 1¼ cups water
  • 1 cup long-grained rice (you can use short-grain if you like)
  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk
  • ⅛ cup sugar (I use Vanilla sugar)
  • ⅛ teaspoon sea salt (table salt works too)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Rinse rice well using a fine mesh colander
  2. Add milk, sugar, water, and sea salt to Instant Pot
  3. Add rice to the milk mixture.
  4. Stir
  5. Place lid on Instant Pot, seal lid, and close vent.
  6. Press the Porridge button. The rice will take 20 minutes to cook in this setting.
  7. When the timer beeps, allow Natural Pressure
  8. Release for 10 minutes.
  9. After 10 minutes, press the Cancel button and open vent to release pressure.
  10. When depressurized, open lid.
  11. Add Sweetened Condensed milk and vanilla.
  12. Stir until well mixed.
  13. Serve with an optional choice of toppings.


When you take the lid off, it will look “mushy”. Don’t panic. Just start adding the condensed milk and stirring. It is going to get thicker the longer it sits.

When you store it in the refrigerator it will come back out “dry”…just add milk (or other liquid) and stir back to your desired consistency.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 171Total Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 13mgSodium: 143mgCarbohydrates: 29gFiber: 0gSugar: 11gProtein: 6g

Nutritional information may not be accurate

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What Goes Good with Rice Pudding?

Enhancing the Bliss: Personalizing Your Instant Pot Rice Pudding

When it comes to rice pudding, we can’t resist generously sprinkling it with cinnamon – a classic combination that always warms our hearts. But let’s not stop there; let’s dive into the world of customization and make this dessert truly our own.

Personalizing your Instant Pot rice pudding opens up a realm of possibilities, allowing you to experiment with flavors that excite your taste buds.

Here are some creative ideas to spark your culinary imagination:

  1. Add your favorite spices: Elevate the flavor profile by incorporating spices like aromatic cinnamon, earthy nutmeg, exotic cardamom, or a hint of warming cloves. These spices infuse the rice pudding with depth and warmth, making each spoonful a delightful experience.
  2. Experiment with extracts: Unleash a burst of tantalizing aroma and flavor by adding a splash of vanilla, almond, or coconut extract. Each extract imparts a unique personality to the rice pudding, making it a truly distinctive treat.
  3. Use alternative milks: Embrace variety by substituting traditional cow’s milk with almond milk, coconut milk, oat milk, or any other plant-based milk for a dairy-free version. Each milk brings its own distinct taste, allowing you to explore and find your preferred match.
  4. Sweeten to taste: Tailor the sweetness level to suit your cravings. Whether it’s sugar, honey, maple syrup, or alternative sweeteners like agave or stevia, add them gradually and taste as you go to achieve your perfect level of sweetness.
  5. Incorporate fruits and nuts: Introduce a burst of freshness by folding in your favorite fruits such as plump raisins, succulent chopped apples, sweet sliced bananas, or vibrant berries. For added crunch and texture, sprinkle toasted nuts like almonds, walnuts, or pistachios on top – a delightful symphony of flavors and textures in every bite.
  6. Drizzle with sauces: Elevate the indulgence by drizzling your rice pudding with velvety caramel sauce, rich chocolate sauce, or tangy fruit coulis. These sauces add a touch of decadence and elevate the dessert to new heights.
  7. Infuse with citrus zest: Give your rice pudding a zing of brightness by grating some lemon, lime, or orange zest into the mix. This refreshing twist pairs beautifully with the creamy base, creating a symphony of flavors on your palate.

Remember, as you embrace the world of customization, one word of caution: avoid using heavy cream, as it may curdle and lead to an unpleasant texture – yuck! Instead, rely on the myriad of other options available to create a sumptuous and uniquely yours Instant Pot rice pudding.

So, let your creativity soar and embark on a journey of taste exploration. Your Instant Pot rice pudding will become a canvas for your culinary artistry, delivering a dessert experience that satisfies not only your sweet tooth but also your heart’s desire for personalized delight. Happy experimenting!


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