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Old Fashioned Rice Pudding Recipe Instant Pot

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Old Fashioned Rice Pudding is ultra-creamy, decadent, and perfectly spiced dessert with warm cinnamon flavor in every bite. Whether you make this for breakfast or a mid-day treat, it is my favorite.

The Instant Pot is the perfect device to cook rice in. If you have not tried Instant Pot rice pudding you have to soon. One of my favorites.

white bowl of old fashioned rice pudding with cinnamon on top

Can You Make Rice Pudding with Leftover Cooked Rice?

Curious if you can use leftover rice pudding in the instant pot? While it works if you bake the rice pudding, I wouldn't recommend the Instant Pot.

You will find it can really sog up your rice quite a bit to re-cook in the pressure cooker. Also, Instant Rice doesn't work good in the pressure cooker as well. It breaks down too much and leaves a soggy mess.

Can You Freeze Rice Pudding?

Instant Pot rice pudding can be frozen. Once you have it cooled down, simply place it in a proper freezer container. Freeze the rice pudding for up to three months.

To thaw, you need to place in the refrigerator overnight. Don't thaw on the counter as the milk and other ingredients will spoil if left on the counter for an extended period of time.

How to Make Rice Pudding in an Instant Pot

Here is how you make this classic Rice pudding in the Instant Pot. All your favorite classic flavors but with a new device to speed up the cooking process a bit.

Start by adding all your ingredients into the pressure cooker. Make sure to stir the ingredients together to disperse ingredients.

Put the lid on your pot, and make sure the valve is set to sealing. Select the porridge setting and cook for 20 minutes followed by 15-minute natural release.

Manually push off any remaining pressure and open the pressure cooker.

Top with more cinnamon as an option. Serve and enjoy!

How to Thicken Pudding

If you find your rice pudding isn't as thick as you would like, simply turn on the sauté feature.

As the rice mixture cooks it will help to thicken the sauce. Make sure to stir often or it will burn. Once it reaches the desired thickness serve and enjoy.

Here are more delicious Instant Pot desserts

white bowl of old fashioned rice pudding with cinnamon on top

Supplies Used to Make Instant Pot Rice Pudding

  • Instant Pot Duo Nova (or other Instant Pot with porridge setting) |
    There are other Instant Pot models that have the porridge function as well, but every size of the Instant Pot Duo Nova has a porridge setting, so it's a great place to start.
  • Silicone tipped spatula | This set of silicone tips utensils has a handy spatula, and some other utensils that work great for use in the Instant Pot and especially well in a non-stick pan. You don't want to scrape the bottom of a pan with a metal utensil.
  • Instant Pot hot pads | These hot pads are perfect for lifting the inner pot in and out of the Instant Pot and also for lifting a trivet with handles out of the pot.

Rice Pudding Origin

Old fashioned rice pudding recipe can be found in China so long ago. There is an argument that rice pudding originated in India as well. It is hard to know where it truly came from. But either way, this Instant Pot rice pudding is one of our family favorites.

Try my rice pudding pot in pot method as well for a tasty pudding recipe.

spoonful of old fashioned rice pudding

Can I Make This an Almond Milk Rice Pudding ?

You can make rice pudding in an instant pot with almond milk. Just use the same measurements and it should work just the same as the classic dairy would.

You could also swap another dairy alternative if you needed. Also, try out my Instant Pot Almond Milk Yogurt as well.

Yield: 6 servings

Instant Pot Old Fashioned Rice Pudding

Instant Pot Old Fashioned Rice Pudding

This gluten-free old fashioned rice pudding is such a tasty and easy Instant Pot dessert recipe. It's sweet and flavored with cinnamon. So delicious. Top with cinnamon or a mixture of cinnamon and granulated sugar for an even sweeter dessert topping.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes


    1. Pour all the ingredients into the Instant Pot. Mix to combine all rice pudding ingredients.
    2. Close the lid and turn the pressure valve to sealing.
    3. Select the “Porridge” mode on your Instant Pot for 20 minutes. Once it finishes cooking, allow for a 15 minute natural pressure release, and then let out any remaining pressure by turning or pushing the valve.
    4. If the rice pudding is too thin for your taste, press cancel on the Instant Pot and then select sauté and cook for a short time to reduce, making sure to stir along the bottom every minute or so.
    5. Top the Instant Pot rice pudding with cinnamon if desired, or even a mix of cinnamon and sugar.


  • Want to save some old fashioned rice pudding for later? Save some in a storage container in the refrigerator. You can also save rice pudding in the freezer for up to three months.
  • Use a different type of milk (almond, oat or soy) to make this a dairy free rice pudding recipe.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 303Total Fat 18gSaturated Fat 11gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 6gCholesterol 57mgSodium 111mgCarbohydrates 30gFiber 0gSugar 24gProtein 6g

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