Rice pudding

Rice pudding

45 min
Enjoy a delicious traditional rice pudding with cinnamon sugar and a dollop of butter. A true winter classic that can easily be enjoyed throughout the year. It is a very easy and effortless dish that requires almost no preparation, and you only need a few basic kitchen staples. Indulge in the delightful creamy texture and simple flavours, perfect for both dinner and dessert.


  • Bring water and pudding rice to a boil in a heavy-bottomed pot. Cook the rice at medium heat while stirring for approx. 2 minutes.
  • Add milk and bring the mixture to a boil. Cook the pudding at low heat while continuing to stir for approx. 10 minutes.
  • Put a lid on and cook for approx. 30 minutes – stir often. If the pudding seems thin, cook it for another 5-10 minutes.
  • Add salt and season to taste.
  • Mix sugar and cinnamon.
  • Put the rice pudding in a warm bowl. Serve with cinnamon sugar and butter on top.

Cook the rice in a heavy-bottomed pot and rinse it in cold water before use so the milk and rice will not burn as easily. Remember to stir the rice to make sure the bottom does not scorch. However, if it scorches, do not scrape the bottom, or it will ruin the taste of the porridge. Transfer the rice to a new pot instead to finish cooking the rice. If the porridge tastes burnt, throw it away and start over. Also, do not skip the salt. Adding just a small amount helps bring out all the flavours in the dish.

Questions about rice pudding

Make a classic dinner and dessert dish with our creamy rice pudding recipe. Read below and learn how to make the classic porridge with a dollop of butter and a sprinkling of sugar and cinnamon.

What is rice pudding?
Traditional rice pudding, as the name suggests, is a rice-based pudding that can be either sweet or savoury. The rice is cooked in milk and water until the rice has a soft, thick, and creamy texture. It is typically flavoured with cinnamon and sugar, which are sprinkled on top of the pudding with a bit of butter. Sometimes the rice is cooked with vanilla as well to enhance the flavours in the pudding.
How to make rice pudding?
Make an easy rice pudding by pouring water and pudding rice into a heavy-bottomed pot. Bring to a boil and cook the rice at medium heat while stirring for a couple of minutes. Add milk and bring the mixture to a boil. Cook the pudding while stirring for about 10 minutes. Put a lid on the pot and cook for a further 30 minutes until the mixture thickens. Season to taste and serve with butter and cinnamon sugar on top.
What is the best rice for rice pudding?
As this is a rice-based pudding, it is essential to choose the right type of rice. Traditional rice pudding is made with short-grain pudding rice, and we recommend not using long-grain rice if you want the best, creamiest result. You can also use risotto rice as these will also give a nice pudding-like consistency.
Can you freeze rice pudding?
You can freeze this delicious pudding for up to 3 months. Let it cool down and spoon it into containers or freezer bags in portion sizes without butter and cinnamon sugar on top. If you are using freezer bags, squeeze out as much air as possible before sealing the bag and placing it in the freezer. Thaw the pudding in the fridge in a bowl filled with water. You can also microwave rice pudding at low to medium heat. Alternatively, you can place the frozen pudding in a pan over low heat to defrost it.
How long does rice pudding last in the fridge?
Homemade rice pudding will last in the fridge for 3 to 5 days if stored properly. Allow the mixture to cool before pouring the pudding into an airtight container or a bowl covered with cling film. Do not leave it at room temperature for too long, or bacteria can form and will spoil the pudding.
What to do with leftover rice pudding?
Do not let your leftovers go to waste. Add flour, eggs, sugar, and vanilla sugar to the cooled rice pudding and make deliciously fluffy pancake-like rice cakes on a pan. If you fancy some soft buns instead, add the pudding to a regular yeast dough for buns along with cinnamon and cardamom for a warm aromatic taste. The porridge provides the buns with a nice spongy texture. Or you can make a classic Danish Christmas dessert. Simply whip up some heavy cream with a bit of vanilla sugar, mix this with the cold rice pudding, add roughly chopped blanched almonds, and then you have a classic ‘risalamande’.


300 ml
Pudding rice (approx. 2¼ dl)
180 g
Whole milk
1 litre
Coarse salt
¼ tsp
4 tbsp
Ground cinnamon
2 tsp
50 g

Rice pudding with cinnamon and butter

A bowl of warm sweet traditional rice pudding is the perfect comforting treat on a cold day. Made with very basic ingredients that you probably already have at home, this thick, creamy dish is utterly decadent and very easy to cook up. It is an old classic that is irresistible for kids and adults alike. We have the best rice pudding recipe to help you achieve a delicious creamy texture with a subtle sweet flavour. Enjoy it the traditional way with cinnamon sugar and a dollop of butter on top.

For more delicious porridge-like recipes, check out our overnight oats made with Skyr and fresh fruit and berries, scrumptious baked oats with blueberries, or a classic vanilla pudding served with a warm cherry sauce.

Enjoy for dinner or dessert

The classic dish can be enjoyed all year round for lunch, dinner, or dessert. Though it is sweet, its porridge texture and flavour make it perfect for various meals; a sweet and delicious dinner or a small portion for dessert, perfectly rounded off by the sweet cinnamon sugar on top.

If you are looking for an easy and straightforward recipe, this dish is a great choice. Indulge in the rich, creamy texture with a subtly sweet touch to it. It is the most delicious and quick rice pudding you can make. It may appear humble, but when done right, it is the most fabulous dish to share with your family and friends. Master the art of a simple classic with our easy recipe.

Choose the perfect rice for rice pudding

Choosing the right rice for this dish is key to ensuring a creamy consistency. The classic dish often uses polished white short-grain rice, but it is also possible to use, for example, risotto rice. Long-grain rice will not give a good result. We use short-grain pudding rice for our recipe, which contains starch that is released when heat and liquid are applied, giving the dish its signature creamy texture. The plump grains of the rice cook up perfectly in the milk and make for a lovely thick pudding.

Make rice cakes with the leftovers

Use your leftovers to make tasty rice cakes. We are not talking about white puffed rice cakes, but rather small fluffy flat cakes cooked in a pan. These pancake-like beauties are perfect for brunch or everyday dessert. Beat eggs and sugar with wheat flour and mix it with leftover rice pudding and a bit of vanilla sugar. Let the mixture rest in the fridge before cooking the cakes in a pan over medium heat until they are golden brown. Serve the rice cakes warm with a generous drizzle of maple syrup, sugar, or a sweet jam. They taste heavenly and are the perfect way to use leftover rice pudding!