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Condensed Milk Rice Pudding {Without Eggs}

Rich, delicious, and made with only 5 simple ingredients, condensed milk rice pudding is the coziest and most comforting dessert! Lightly spiced with vanilla and a hint of cinnamon, it’s oh-so-creamy with the perfect texture and sweetness.

condensed milk rice pudding

Sweetened condensed milk rice pudding without eggs

Condensed milk rice pudding is the ultimate creamy comfort food in a bowl. This stovetop version is wonderfully thick and creamy with just the right amount of sweetness.

Rice pudding is one of those tummy-warming recipes that you want in your recipe collection. The creamy, sweet simplicity makes rice pudding so good and delightful.

It’s a warming dessert after any meal, and simple enough to be pulled together at a moment’s notice. And best of all, the recipe only calls for 5 ingredients that are all pantry staples.

If you love pudding-style desserts, check out our condensed milk bread pudding, banana pudding, and strawberry shortcake parfait next.

What is rice pudding?

Rice pudding is a rich, sweet, and custard-like dish made of rice, milk, and vanilla. Rice pudding can be found in countless cuisines around the world. Popular recipes come from the United States, Great Britain, Germany, India, and Taiwan.

Rice pudding is often enjoyed as dessert, but some like to serve it as a main dish. We like to eat it with plenty of fresh fruit as a cozy breakfast, similar to porridge or oatmeal.

Why make rice pudding with condensed milk?

Traditional rice pudding is usually cooked with milk and sugar, but my recipe uses sweetened condensed milk. Condensed milk makes the rice pudding extra thick + creamy, and truly irresistible.

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Ingredients

You’ll need only 5 easy ingredients to make this rice pudding with condensed milk! As always, scroll to the printable recipe card below for the complete measurements.

  • Rice: Medium-grain white rice is my favorite option for rice pudding. It makes the creamiest, best rice pudding. You can find more options and tips in the FAQ section at the end of the post.
  • Condensed milk provides sweetness and richness. It’s my favorite ingredient to make rice pudding extra creamy and lush. You need a whole can of full-fat sweetened condensed milk.
  • Milk: Besides condensed milk, we also need regular milk as a cooking liquid. I find that whole milk creates the best-tasting rice pudding, but feel free to use any type of milk your like. Even water will work.
  • Vanilla adds a lovely warm flavor to this rice pudding. You can use vanilla extract, vanilla bean paste, or the scraped seeds of a vanilla bean pod.
  • Salt: A pinch of salt helps to balance the sweetness.
how to make rice pudding with condensed milk

How to make condensed milk rice pudding

Get ready to see how easy this rice pudding recipe with condensed milk is to make. It’s absolutely delicious and tastes so much better than anything you could buy at a store. After all, homemade is best!

#1: Mix rice and salt

  • Mix the rice and salt in a large saucepan.

#2: Bring to a boil

  • Next, stir in the sweetened condensed milk, regular milk, and vanilla extract.
  • Set the stove to medium-high heat and bring the mixture to a boil. Stir continuously so the rice and milk don’t burn to the bottom of the pot.

#3: Cook rice pudding

  • Once boiling, reduce the heat to low and simmer the rice pudding for 25 to 30 minutes, until the rice is soft and the mixture becomes thick and creamy.
  • Keep stirring often to avoid burned rice pudding.
rice pudding recipe with condensed milk

Cooking tips

Condensed milk rice pudding is just fabulous! Here are a few tips you want to follow to make this recipe turn out perfectly for you.

  • Use a large pot: Hot milk can easily boil over and spill if you use a small pot. Instead, grab a large, deep saucepan or pot and watch closely as you bring the milk to a boil.
  • Keep stirring: When you cook rice pudding on the stovetop, there’s the risk of burning. Condensed milk and rice can burn quickly if you aren’t paying attention. To prevent this, stir the rice continuously as it cooks, and be sure to scrape the bottom of the saucepan.
  • Doneness: You’ll know your creamy rice pudding is ready when the rice is tender, and the texture is thick and creamy, similar to the consistency of yogurt.
  • Adjust the texture: Rice pudding thickens up more as it cools. Feel free to stir in a little milk to loosen it up a bit before serving.
  • Cook with a cinnamon stick: For maximum flavor, I like to add a cinnamon stick as the pudding cooks, so the rice absorbs that delicious, warm flavor. It’s so much better than just adding a sprinkle of cinnamon at the end.
old fashioned baked rice pudding with condensed milk

Variations & add-ins

Condensed milk rice pudding is a blank canvas for all kinds of customizations. Put your own spin on this recipe by trying the following mix-ins:

  • Spices: To change up the flavoring, try adding different spices like nutmeg, cardamom, anise, allspice, or pumpkin pie spice to the rice.
  • Dried fruit: Add 2/3 cup gold raisins, sultanas, dried cranberries (craisins), chopped dried apple, or any dried fruit you like for extra sweetness and flavor.
  • Nuts: Chop walnuts, pecans, hazelnuts, or almonds make a crunchy addition to rice pudding with sweetened condensed milk.
  • Lemon: To infuse the pudding with a delicious citrus note, add 2 strips of lemon zest when cooking the pudding. Remove the lemon strips before serving.
  • Granola: Alternately, granola has both nuts and dried fruit and is a great way to spruce up this recipe for sweet rice pudding.
  • Chocolate chips: For a more decadent version, stir in ½ semisweet chocolate chips or 4 tablespoons chocolate spread.
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Serving suggestions

You can enjoy rice pudding hot, at room temperature, or cold. Serve it warm, and it’s the perfect cozy treat for cold fall and winter nights.

Or chill it in the fridge for a delicious warm-weather treat. When we eat it cold, I like to fold in 1 cup whipped cream to make the texture a little lighter.

Rice pudding can be eaten for dessert, breakfast, and even as a main dish. My husband loves rice pudding with hamburger patties or crispy bacon on the side. He says it’s the perfect combo of sweet and savory.

Rice pudding topping ideas

Condensed milk rice pudding is an excellent canvas for all kinds of delicious toppings and garnishes. I have collected a few of my favorite ideas to inspire you!

  • Spices: A sprinkle of cinnamon adds so much warmth and flavor. A dash of nutmeg or cloves is delish too. I like to go light-handed with the spices since I don’t want to overpower the classic flavors of this dish.
  • Compote: Creamy rice pudding and fruit compote, applesauce, or pie filling are the perfect pairing. Try cherry, apple, plum, or peach compote. If you like something a little tart, opt for rhubarb compote.
  • Poached fruit is another delicious accompaniment for homemade rice pudding. Spiced pears, peaches, and nectarines are among my favorites.
  • Fresh fruit: You can never go wrong with fresh fruits and berries. Sprinkle on some blueberries and raspberries, or garnish your no-egg rice pudding with a sliced strawberry.
  • Chocolate sauce: Chocolate lovers will adore a drizzle of chocolate sauce on their rice pudding.
rice pudding with cooked rice and condensed milk

Storage instructions

How to store condensed milk rice pudding

Rice pudding tastes best fresh, but you can store leftovers in the fridge for up to 4 days. Just let your rice pudding cool to room temperature, then place it in an airtight container and refrigerate.

How to reheat rice pudding with condensed milk

To reheat, place the rice pudding in a microwave-safe bowl and stir in 1 to 2 tablespoons milk per 1/2 cup of rice pudding. Microwave in 30-second increments, stirring in between each burst, until the rice pudding is warmed through and creamy. Serve with cinnamon and a sprinkle of sugar on top.

Can I make rice pudding in advance?

Rice pudding with sweetened condensed milk tastes best on the day it’s made, but you can prepare it up to 1 day ahead of time. Let the rice pudding cool, package airtight, and refrigerate until ready to serve. You may add some milk to loosen it up as the rice will absorb most of the liquid.

Can you freeze condensed milk rice pudding?

Yes, you can freeze rice pudding, but the texture will change a bit. In my experience, rice pudding tends to separate and will not be as creamy after it thaws.

To freeze, transfer the rice pudding into a freezer-friendly food container and freeze for up to 3 months. Defrost in the fridge overnight and reheat as directed.

If you like it cold, add a little extra condensed milk or whipped cream to improve the texture of frozen, thawed rice pudding. Or reheat the rice pudding as instructed above to help it come back together again.

recipe for rice pudding with condensed milk

Condensed Milk Rice Pudding Recipe

Yield: 6 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Rich, delicious, and made with only 5 simple ingredients, condensed milk rice pudding is the coziest and most comforting dessert! Lightly spiced with vanilla and a hint of cinnamon, it’s oh-so-creamy with the perfect texture and sweetness.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup / 200 g / 7 oz white, medium-grain rice (see FAQ section below for other options)
  • 1 can (14 oz / 400 g) full-fat sweetened condensed milk
  • 3 1/2 cups / 800 ml / 28 fl oz milk (I recommend whole milk, but any type is fine)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/8 tsp salt

For serving (optional)

  • ground cinnamon, to taste
  • fruit compote or fresh fruit

Instructions

  1. Mix rice and salt. Mix the rice and salt in a large saucepan.
    Add liquids. Next, stir in the sweetened condensed milk, regular milk, and vanilla extract.
  2. Bring to a boil. Set the stove to medium-high heat and bring the mixture to a boil. Stir continuously so the rice and milk don’t burn to the bottom of the pot.
  3. Cook rice pudding. Once boiling, reduce the heat to low and simmer the rice pudding for 25 to 30 minutes, until the rice is soft and the mixture becomes thick and creamy. Keep stirring often to avoid burned rice pudding.
  4. Serve. Serve your condensed milk rice pudding warm and top with a sprinkle of ground cinnamon and sugar if desired. You can also garnish it with a dollop of fruit compote, poached fruit, or fresh fruit to make a really special treat. Enjoy!

Notes

Cooking Tips

  • Use a large pot: Hot milk can easily boil over and spill if you use a small pot. Instead, grab a large, deep saucepan or pot and watch closely as you bring the milk to a boil.
  • Keep stirring: When you cook rice pudding on the stovetop, there’s the risk of burning. Condensed milk and rice can burn quickly if you aren’t paying attention. To prevent this, stir the rice continuously as it cooks, and be sure to scrape the bottom of the saucepan.
  • Doneness: You’ll know your creamy rice pudding is ready when the rice is tender, and the texture is thick and creamy, similar to the consistency of yogurt.
  • Adjust the texture: Rice pudding thickens up more as it cools. Feel free to stir in a little milk to loosen it up a bit before serving.
  • Cook with a cinnamon stick: For maximum flavor, I like to adda cinnamon stick as the pudding cooks, so the rice absorbs that delicious, warm flavor. It’s so much better than just adding a sprinkle of cinnamon at the end.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 170Total Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 14mgSodium: 123mgCarbohydrates: 28gFiber: 1gSugar: 16gProtein: 7g

FAQ

What’s the best rice for rice pudding?

Rice is obviously the key player in rice pudding. But what type of rice is best for rice pudding? Here is everything you need to know:

  • Medium-grain white rice is ideal for rice pudding. The starches in medium-grain rice help thicken the texture, making it delectably soft and creamy without becoming mushy.
  • Arborio rice (risotto rice) and Boomba rice (paella rice) are also good options. Just note that they need more liquid and tend to cook longer.
  • Jasmine rice is a beautifully fragrant rice that gives rice pudding a wonderfully light and fluffy consistency.
  • Long-grain rice is a good option if you enjoy a bit more texture in your rice pudding. The firm grains will contrast with the creamy sauce, which some actually prefer.
  • Brown rice is a healthier option and lends the pudding an aromatic, nutty flavor and chewy texture.

Take note that the cooking time will vary depending on the type of rice you use. Some cook quicker than others.

rice pudding with condensed milk

Can I make condensed milk rice pudding with leftover rice?

Yes, homemade rice pudding is a fantastic way of using leftover rice and avoiding food waste. You need 2 1/2 to 3 cups of cooked rice, then follow these instructions:

  1. Combine the cooked rice with 1 can condensed milk, 2 cups milk, and 2 teaspoons vanilla extract in a large saucepan over medium heat.
  2. Cook and stir for 15 to 18 minutes, until the mixture becomes thick and creamy.

Does the recipe work with evaporated milk?

No, substituting condensed milk with evaporated milk will not work because evaporated milk is unsweetened and has a slightly different consistency. Instead, try our evaporated milk rice pudding recipe.

How do I make vegan rice pudding?

To turn this dish into vegan rice pudding, replace the condensed milk with sweetened coconut condensed milk or oat condensed milk. You also want to substitute the milk with dairy-free milk, such as almond milk or oat milk.

recipe for rice pudding with condensed milk

Reasons to love sweetened condensed milk rice pudding

  • Delicious taste + texture: If you love gooey, sweet desserts, then this sweet, creamy rice is hands down for you. It’s so comforting and good!
  • 5 Ingredients: A major drawcard of this easy rice pudding is that the recipe requires only 5 basic ingredients you probably already have in your kitchen.
  • No eggs: This recipe doesn’t require eggs, meaning you won’t have to deal with tempering. My condensed milk rice pudding gets a nice, creamy texture from condensed milk and the natural starches in the rice.

Easy condensed milk desserts

We love condensed milk desserts like this easy rice pudding recipe. Condensed milk adds such a delicious flavor and creaminess to every dish. Here are some of our other favorites that you should try if you enjoy condensed milk:

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