Instant Pot Rice Pudding

Two glasses filled with rice pudding with white spoons inside on cutter board

Looking for an easy dessert that you can make quickly? You can make this crowd-pleaser Instant Pot Rice Pudding recipe in no time!

Two glasses filled with rice pudding with white spoons inside on cutter board

You probably made many pressure cooker recipes before, but have you ever tried pudding?

And the best part is that rice pudding isn’t just for dessert! Just like the tapioca pudding, this Instant Pot rice pudding is an amazing option to diversify your breakfast too 🙂

Why This Recipe Works

Rice pudding is an excellent option for a make-ahead dessert. You can make this Instant Pot Rice Pudding recipe in advance and have it chilling it the fridge ready to go when company arrives, which leaves you more time to socialize and enjoy your company!

Rice pudding can be difficult to get just right, but thanks to your Instant Pot, it just became a little bit easier. With the moderate heat of the Instant Pot, you don’t have to worry as much about the eggs curdling. Just follow the recipe and you’re sure to get that creamy, luxurious texture that you’re striving for.


Milk – I tend to use whole milk for the creamiest texture. But you can use any type of milk, even coconut milk works! Again, I’d go with full-fat coconut milk for the creamiest result.

You can also use Half and Half or any Half and Half substitute.

Arborio rice – the type of rice you use is really important to get the texture right. Arborio rice is the type of rice that’s traditionally used in risotto. if you can’t find it, carnaroli rice or sushi rice will also work well. They are similar because they are also short grain and have a high starch content which contributes to the texture.

Sugar – you can try substituting brown sugar for a more pronounced caramel flavor.

Vanilla – if you want, you can scrape the inside of a vanilla bean and use that instead! Then you’ll get those beautiful black flecks throughout.

How to serve

Eat it as is or add some fresh fruits, ice cream, chocolate or whatever you like.

How to Make

Gather your ingredients:

Combine Rice and Water in the Instant Pot. Cook on High Pressure for 3 minutes. Once done, wait for a natural release for 10 minutes then perform a quick pressure release.

Once the rice is done, pour in half the milk and add sugar. Whisk the rest of the milk with the egg separately.

Strain the beaten egg into the rice.

Add vanilla extract. Cook on Saute until you have creamy rice pudding.

Serve the rice pudding at room temperature.

Recipe Notes

  • It’s really important to measure everything accurately in this recipe to get the perfect texture. If you add too much water, it will be too soupy, and if you don’t add enough, you’re in danger of seeing the dreaded burn notice. Measure accurately and it will come out just right 🙂
  • This recipe is great to make in advance. Once it’s fully cooled, store it in the fridge until it’s time to serve. If it becomes too thick, just add a splash of milk before serving. It can be served chilled or at room temp.

How to Serve

Just like ice cream or frozen yogurt, Instant Pot Rice Pudding is the perfect vessel for endless toppings. My personal favorites are fresh fruit such as strawberries and kiwi, or a light drizzle of caramel!

Or, if you’re more of a purist, simply garnish with a touch or cinnamon or nutmeg.

More Instant Pot Dessert Recipes

Dessert may not be the first thing that comes to mind when cooking with an Instant Pot, but there are actually so many possibilities! Try some of these popular dessert recipes:

Instant Pot Japanese Cheesecake

Instant Pot Brownies

Instant Pot Flan

Instant Pot Chocolate Lava Cake

Instant Pot Egg Custard


How do you make chocolate rice pudding?

On step 6, whisk eggs and milk with 1 tablespoon cocoa powder.

How do you make lemon rice pudding?

To add a subtle lemony flavor and aroma, add 1 tsp. of lemon zest into the rice while it’s cooking.

Can I make it vegan?

Yes! To make this a vegan-friendly dessert, simply leave out the egg and use a full-fat coconut milk instead of plain milk.

Instant Pot Rice Pudding

Have a lovely dessert using this Instant Pot Rice Pudding recipe. Feel free to upgrade with chocolate or lemon zest for extra taste.
4.63 from 43 votes
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: milk, rice, Rice Pudding, sugar
Prep Time: 4 minutes
Cook Time: 6 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 4
Author: Corrie


  • 1 cup milk
  • ½ cup Arborio rice
  • ¾ cup water
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 pinch salt


  • Pour water, rice and a pinch of salt into your Instant Pot.
  • Cook at high pressure for 3 minutes.
  • When cooking time ends, wait for a natural steam release for 10 minutes.
  • Once done, do a quick pressure release and open the lid.
  • Add ½ cup of milk and sugar into the pot, and stir well.
  • In a small bowl, mix another ½ cup of milk with whisked egg and vanilla extract to obtain a creamy texture.
  • Pour the mixture into your Instant Pot and stir well to let it combine with the rice.
  • Press “Saute” and cook for 3 minutes, until it starts to boil.
  • Take it out and let it cool at least for 20 minutes before serving.


Calories: 244kcal Carbohydrates: 48g Protein: 5g Fat: 3g Saturated Fat: 2g Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g Monounsaturated Fat: 1g Trans Fat: 1g Cholesterol: 53mg Sodium: 56mg Potassium: 119mg Fiber: 1g Sugar: 28g Vitamin A: 166IU Calcium: 78mg Iron: 1mg
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26 thoughts on “Instant Pot Rice Pudding

  1. My mum used to make a massive size rice pudding in the oven (7people) I am a pressure cooker person, she did same start as you, but used evaporated milk instead and put nutmeg in with it , which would still work with your recipe, but it didn't need eggs. And I can tell yours with my mum's little tweaks( from the 50s) would be magic in pressure cooker

  2. Hi Corrie, thanks for sharing the recipe! Have you ever tried Maple Syrup for the sweetener... maybe substituting 1/4 cup for same volume of water?

    1. Brown rice will still work but it will change the texture, it won't be as creamy. If you do use brown rice, I would use a short-grain brown rice, which will have a bit more starch.

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