Instant Pot Rice Pudding w/cinnamon and raisins is so smooth and creamy to make in the pressure cooker. A perfect dessert in about 15 minutes.
One of my husband’s favorite desserts is rice pudding. He loves it with cinnamon and raisins, so, that is how I make it for him.
It is so easy to make in the Instant Pot and Pressure Cooker, you won’t believe it. As it is one of Ed’s favorite desserts, we’vve gotten a bit carried away with making rice pudding in various flavors. It’s just kind of fun to make, really.
There are not many ingredients and can have this ready in under 30 minutes.
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Ingredients for Instant Pot Rice Pudding
- Arborio rice
- Florida Crystals Demerara Sugar -it’s especially good in Instant Pot Pressure Cooker Rice Pudding as it helps to give the rice pudding a more intense flavor, rather than a cloyingly sweet flavor.
- Eggs andMilk
- Sugar and Salt
- Fresh Cinnamon Sticks or ground cinnamon can be used, although it can be left out or the rice pudding.
- Raisins, if you like.
Best Rice for Rice Pudding?
- Arborio rice has a high starch content and makes a very creamy rice pudding.
- If you do not have Arborio rice, just use short grain or in a pinch, long grain.
- If using a rice other than Arborio, you may need to add a bit extra milk an extra minute of cooking to make it as creamy as arborio.
The Demerara Sugar will give the rice pudding a bit of a creamy color, rather than stark white.
How to Make Instant Pot Rice Pudding.
- Rice, sugar and water are first cooked in the Instant Pot.
- Fresh eggs and milk are whisked together and slowly combined with the cooked rice.
Don’t dirty another cup. Since most of the milk was used in the last step, just crack the eggs right into the measuring cup with the milk. Add the vanilla and whisk together well. You won’t believe how easy this is to make.
Best Milk for Instant Pot Rice Pudding
- Whole milk or heavy cream will make a very rich rice pudding.
- Low fat milk and skin milk can be used.
Can I Make Instant Pot Rice Pudding Dairy Free?
- Yes, no problem. Soy milk is nice to use.
- Full fat canned coconut milk makes a very creamy Instant Pot Rice Pudding.
Do I Eat Rice Pudding Hot or Cold?
- Either way is fine. Hot or chilled, it is all up to you!
Experiment with other flavors and try my Pressure Cooker Creamy Coconut Rice Pudding. It is loaded with several coconut flavors. My Piña Colada Rice Pudding is a bit naughty, as the pineapple is soaked in rum. You will feel like you are on vacation in the tropics.
Will Rice Pudding Thicken?
Yes. As the rice pudding cools, the rice will swell as it continues to absorb the liquid and will become quite thick. The pudding will thicken as it cools, so don’t be alarmed at the consistency.
If you prefer a thinner rice pudding, just mix in a little milk to get it to the consistency you prefer.
Can Other Fruit Be Added?
Raisins are the most common fruit to add to rice pudding.
Any kind of dried fruit would be fabulous in rice pudding too!
Garnish with Perfect Homemade Whipped Cream and sprinkle of cinnamon powder, if desired.
Don’t forget to check out my Pressure Cooker Creamy Coconut Rice Pudding and my Piña Colada Rice Pudding.
Kitchen Equipment and Essentials
- Instant Pot, Ninja Foodi or Pressure Cooker
- Rösle Stainless Steel Flat Whisk – a MUST have, probably my most used utensil
- Perfect Homemade Whipped Cream
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Here is the handy printable recipe:
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- 1 cup Arborio Rice
- 1 1/2 cups Fresh Water
- 1/4 teaspoon Sea Salt
- 2 1/2 cups Whole Milk
- 1/2 cup Demerara Sugar
- 1-2 Cinnamon Sticks
- 2 large Eggs
- 1/2 teaspoon Pure Vanilla Extract
- 1/2 cup Raisins
- Ground Cinnamon for garnish
- In your Pressure Cooker cooking pot, combine water, rice, cinnamon stick and salt.
- Lock the lid and close Pressure Valve. Cook on High Pressure for 4 minutes. When Beep sounds, allow a 10 minute Natural Pressure Release and then do a Quick Release to remove any remaining pressure.
- Open lid and add 2 cups of the milk and the sugar to pressure cooking pot and stir to combine.
- Add the eggs and vanilla into the measuring cup with the remaining milk and whisk well to combine.
- Slowly pour into Pressure Cooker cooking pot, stirring as you go.
- Select the Sauté or Browning function and allow pudding to come to a slow boil, stirring constantly. Continue to whisk for one minute only.
- Remove cooking pot from Pressure Cooker, add raisins and mix together.
- Serve with a dollop of whipped cream, sprinkled with cinnamon and nutmeg, if desired.
If you prefer a firmer texture, cook for just 3 minutes. Arborio rice is higher in starch than other rice varieties. You can use another short grain rice if you like, but you get the creamiest consistency with Arborio. If using Basmati or jasmine rice, reduce water to one cup. Heavy cream, half & half and skin milk will work. The higher the fat, the creamier and richer the pudding.
Erika S. says
Hi! Does the rice have to be rinsed prior to using?
First time makig rice pudding, thanks gor such a great and easy recipe! Yummy!
Thank you, Julie. Jill
Pat Gilbert says
I am really particular about rice pudding and this is, hands down, the best I’ve ever had
Thank you, Pat. Jill
This was one of my first instant pot meals. My husband said it was one of the best rice puddings he has ever had! It was fantastic. The only change I would make would be to add half a tablespoon or so of ground cinnamon when you mix in the eggs and vanilla. We didn’t top it with whipped cream, it didn’t need it! We just added a little cinnamon on top and it was perfect. Consistency was perfection, I used whole milk. Thanks for a great recipe!
Jess, thanks. So glad you enjoy the rice pudding. Jill
Hey, Old Girl is it 2 1/2 cups of milk as listed on the ingredients or 2 cups of milk as listed in the instructions?
She says clearly in step 4: Add the eggs and vanilla into the measuring cup with the remaining milk and whisk well to combine.
Crystal U says
Is there a way to make this with coconut milk? My husband is lactose intolerant. Thank you!
Crystal, there is a coconut version on the blog. Jill
I can not find Arborio rice in our small town but I do have Basmati and Jasmine rice. Could I substitute either of these. If I can substitute, would I need to change anything else with the recipe?
Hi Charlie. You can always order on line. I know some people use other types of rice and the result is not as creamy. I imagine the cook time would be different. Jill
This is fantastic! Served it warm and it is really tasty. I did just use regular white rice and worked fine. Thanks!
Shari Silk says
If I double or triple your “easy Cinnamon Raisin Rice pudding do I have to cook the rice longer? I have Jasmine rice, I couldn’t find the Arborio. Also will be using white sugar. Trying to use what I have in the house. Will be substituting coconut milk for some of the milk. I am quite a novice cook and just got the instant pot, so any tweaks or these substitutions are much appreciated. THANKS
Hi Shari, your subs sound interesting. Let me know how it works for you. Jill
Hello. Can you tell,e how many teaspoons of ground cinnamon I should use? I don’t have cinnamon sticks. Thanks
I love making this when I have a sweet craving! It’s delicious
Is there something that I can subsistute the eggs for?
I love coconut but didn’t have all the ingredients for your coconut version so just subbed coconut milk for the milk here (the kind from the dairy section not the canned kind) and it turned out great!
Hi Allison. That sounds great. Yum. Jill
When does the rest of the milk (1/2C) go in? I just decided to dump it in with the 2 C as I was in the midst when I discovered this.
Love your site. Great help to me.
So you change the cool time if you double the recipe?
Another score Jill, I don’t think I will buy the gross stuff from the store again. Thank you.
Hehehehe, gross stuff! Right? Homemade is so much better and so easy. Thanks for the note and I am so glad you enjoy this recipe too. Jill
Which of these cups are 6 oz rice cups and which are regular 8 oz cups? I just started making this and realized I didn’t know!
Wonder if I can substitute a different sugar? I am trying to stay away from sugar and use some sugar substitutes like xylitol, Erythritol, coconut sugar, coconut palm sugar
Shelly, I used Truvia and it turned out great. My husband is diabetic. I wondered if it’d turn out okay & it did! 🙂 I used 12 small packages which is 2 Tsp. in each package. 24 Tsp. = 1/2 C. The recipe was a hit with my husband and 3 of my friends. YUM!!!
Is demerara sugar similar to sucanot?
More similar to light brown sugar.
I just got an instant pot for Christmas and have been looking for recipes. On a whim, I made this for dinner guests we had tonight. Everyone (except my ridiculously picky kids) loved it. Thanks for the great recipe! Looking forward to trying your coconut variation.