Creamy Instant Pot Rice Pudding is an easy breakfast or dessert. It’s slightly sweet, flavored with vanilla and cinnamon and has plump and juicy raisins.
Making a recipe for Instant Pot Rice pudding was on my list for a long time. My mom made lots of breakfast porridges when we were kids and my boys have loved them since they were babies too. I have made this recipe on the stove many times, so if you don’t have an Instant Pot, check out my stovetop version of Vanilla and Raisin Rice Pudding.
It’s a simple and appreciated blessing in the mornings when you can just mix up the ingredients and that’s all the hands-on work involved. The rice is really silky and creamy and it does have a pleasant pudding texture. There’s lots of delicious flavor options – I made it with raisins, vanilla and cinnamon, but there are so many other wonderful options that I’ll be sure to share below.
Video of How To Make Instant Pot Rice Pudding
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- medium grain rice (see below for more information about the different types of rice options for this recipe)
- I use whole milk but any milk can be used, including dairy free options. Almond milk, oat milk, coconut milk – no matter what your preference, you can use it in this recipe.
- You can use anything you want to sweeten the rice pudding: granulated or brown sugar, sucanat, agave syrup, monk fruit sweetener, honey, maple syrup, etc.
- ground cinnamon and vanilla extract for flavor
- There are so many other delicious ingredient add in options. Try dry cranberries or blueberries, golden raisins, dry cherries, chopped dry apricots or mangos, freeze dried strawberries, etc.
What is the best rice to use?
The best rice for rice pudding is a medium grain white rice. It has more starch than long grain white rice and cooks up really creamy and has that silky pudding-like consistency.
Medium Grain Rice
In most grocery stores, you should be able to find medium grain white rice. The rice I like the most for this recipe is the one that is simply labeled Medium Grain Rice.
Another medium grain rice is Arborio. It is harder to find in regular grocery stores. This is the rice that is used in risottos, where you want to have a thick and creamy consistency too. Either of these medium grain rices will work in this recipe, they will have slightly different texture differences.
Long Grain White Rice
Long grain white rice has the least amount of starch and the grains are long and thin. This is the most common type of rice and most recipes use this rice. It’s great for rice pilaf, where the rice cooks up tender, fluffy and the grains don’t stick together. (Here’s my favorite way to cook long grain white rice.)
I don’t recommend using long grain white rice for Rice Pudding, because it will have a more soupy consistency, since it doesn’t have as much starch, but it will work in a pinch.
Short Grain Rice
This rice has the smallest grains, there is a lot of starch in this one as well and it clumps together when cooked. It is perfect for sushi. I don’t recommend using this for rice pudding either, because it is really gummy and too thick when cooked.
I haven’t tried making rice pudding with any type of brown rice. If that is something you want to do, you’ll have to experiment with the recipe yourself. Keep in mind that brown rice cooks longer and white rice, so you’ll need to adjust the time.
How To Make Instant Pot Rice Pudding
- Add the rice, water, milk, butter, sugar, salt, cinnamon and raisins to the Instant Pot.
- Close the lid (make sure the sealing ring is inside the lid).
- Set the Instant Pot to the default setting, Pressure Cook on the newer models and Manual on the older models, High Pressure, for 6 minutes. Turn the valve to “Sealing”
- Let stand for 5 minutes, then release the pressure manually, turning the valve to “Venting”.
- Add the vanilla to the rice pudding, mix to combine. Add more milk or water before serving, if you want to loosen it up.
Right after the rice pudding cooks, I add more milk to cool it off faster AND to make it creamier.
You can also add more butter. Serve as is, or try these other fun options:
– chopped nuts, bananas, fresh fruit or berries, coconut shavings, cocoa powder, chopped up dry fruit.
We always serve rice pudding warm, but you can also serve it cold. In that case, use more milk or water before chilling it, or it will be too thick.
Everyone has a different preference of what they like for something like this. The proportions I specify are very adjustable. Start with the amount of rice and liquid that I have in the recipe and don’t add any less liquid, otherwise you may get the “Burn” notice on your Instant Pot.
The rice pudding WILL get thicker quite soon after you mix it up and even more so the longer it stands. I always add more milk before serving it.
Store in the refrigerator, in an airtight container, for up to 5 days.
Yes. Freeze in an airtight container for up to 3 months. Add more milk or water when reheating because it will thicken up more when frozen. Rice absorbs a lot of moisture when it is chilled or frozen.
Instant Pot Rice Pudding
Creamy Instant Pot Rice Pudding is an easy breakfast or dessert. It’s slightly sweet, flavored with vanilla, cinnamon and juicy raisins.
- 1 cup medium grain rice
- 2 cups water
- 1 1/4 cups milk (I use whole milk, but any milk can be used, including non-dairy options), plus more milk or water for serving, optional
- 1 Tablespoon butter
- 1 Tablespoon sugar (honey, maple syrup or other sweetener options can be used as well)
- pinch of salt
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/4 cup raisins (other options: dry cranberries or blueberries, golden raisins, dry cherries, chopped dry apricots or mangos, freeze dried strawberries, etc.)
- 1/2 – 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Place the rice, water, milk, butter, sugar, salt, cinnamon and raisins into the Instant Pot.
- Make sure the sealing ring is inside the lid. Close the lid of the Instant Pot, turn the valve to “Sealing” and turn it on High Pressure, using the Pressure Cook button (the default setting).
- Cook for 6 minutes, then let it stand for an additional 5 minutes, then carefully release the pressure manually.
- Add the vanilla extract, mix up the rice pudding. The rice pudding will get thicker the longer it stands. Add more milk or water before serving.
- Store leftovers in the refrigerator, covered, for up to 5 days. Reheat in the microwave or on the stovetop, adding a bit more liquid to loosen it up.
- If you want to serve it cold, use more milk or water when cooking it in the first place, because rice absorbs a lot of liquid and will be too stiff and hard when it is chilled.