Old Fashioned Baked Irish Rice Pudding Recipe


Irish Rice Pudding

Making this Irish rice pudding recipe is such an easy recipe that you can enjoy as a tasty comfort food any time of the year. Plus, this Irish rice pudding recipe is super easy to make and requires very little hands-on attention.

baked rice pudding in a pie plate

The Delicious Rice Pudding

This pudding rice is one of the creamiest rice pudding recipes out there. Of course, it will depend on what kind of milk or cream you choose to use, it can turn into a creamy delight. Not only is this Irish rice pudding recipe an easy dessert to make, but the best part is that this creamy pudding does not require much hands-on attention. 

Unlike traditional rice pudding, which is cooked on the stovetop, and requires constant supervision, this Irish rice pudding is a classic dessert that is actually baked in the oven to perfection. Your family members will enjoy this special treat, and it is a perfect pudding dish to curl up with on a cold winter night.

Let’s look at some of the basic ingredients that you need in order to make this Irish rice pudding recipe.

Easy Rice Pudding Recipe

Rice. The most common type of rice to use for this recipe is short-grain rice white rice, although this works well, my preference is to use long-grain rice or jasmine rice, but it is entirely up to your preferences.

Although each one of these rice options will work out well. Please note that you do not want to use minute rice for this recipe.

Sugar. It is sweetened this pudding; I would recommend using granulated sugar. Some other sweetener options include agave nectar, maple syrup, or honey. 

Butter. You will also want to use a little bit of butter in this recipe. I recommend using salted butter, although you can use unsalted butter and add a little bit of salt if needed. 

Milk. The type of milk that you use in this Irish rice pudding recipe will determine how creamy the finished dish is. In order to get the creamiest outcome for this pudding you will want to use heavy cream or whole milk, for a nice creamy texture.

However, as an alternative to traditional milk, I also like to use almond milk, or you may use soy milk or oat milk if desired. 

Vanilla Extract. A little bit of vanilla extract will help to flavor the Irish rice pudding so that it has a hint of vanilla flavor to it.

Raisins. Adding raisins or even golden raisins into the rice pudding while it is baking is entirely optional. You can feel free to add some into the mixture if desired, or you can add them on top after it is done baking if you wish.

Baked Irish Rice Pudding

How to Make Irish Rice Pudding

In order to make Irish rice pudding, you will first want to prepare a baking dish or pie plate. Spray the pie dish or baking dish with cooking spray before you begin. Make sure that you’re selecting an oven-proof dish for this recipe. 

Into the prepared dish add rice, granulated sugar, cubed butter, and vanilla extract. Also, add raisins if desired. Set the pie plate aside.

Preheat the oven to 350°F.

Next, take a medium sauce pan and place it over medium-low heat. Into the saucepan add your desired type of milk. Give it a good stir and continue stirring while the milk heats on the stovetop.

When the milk just comes to a boil, remove it from the heat and combine milk with the rice mixture by pouring it over the top of the rice.

Give the milk and rice mixture one more good stir, then place the baking dish into the preheated oven. 

Allow the hot rice mixture to bake for approximately 1 to 1 ½ hours, or until the rice is tender. 

If this is your first time working with rice, you want the cooked rice to be soft and tender before removing it from the oven. 

To tell when your Irish rice pudding is done, the top of the milk should be a golden brown color, forming a skin-like texture over the top of the mixture. Underneath the golden brown layer, is your rice and milk pudding mixture. The rice should be tender and should have mostly soaked up the milk, making it a pudding-like consistency.

When your rice pudding is done baking in the oven, remove it from the oven and allow it to cool for a few minutes before serving. If desired you can serve the Irish rice pudding with fresh fruit, or fresh berries. You may also enjoy topping the rice pudding with a dash of ground cinnamon, serve it with a cinnamon stick, sprinkle brown sugar on top, or sprinkle chocolate chips across the top of the pudding. 

Feel free to mix it up and serve it as desired. Irish rice pudding can be served warm or cold, whatever your taste preference.

After your Irish rice pudding has been prepared, let it cool a few minutes and then store it or serve it right away. Then enjoy your delicious rice pudding!

baked rice pudding in a pan

Storing Leftover Rice Pudding

At Room Temperature. If there happens to be any leftover Irish rice pudding, it can be left at room temperature so that it cools slightly.

It should not be left at room temperature any longer than two hours before it goes bad, or one hour if your room temperature is 90°F or above. After that, it must be stored in the fridge to be sure that it stays safe to eat.

In the Fridge. The best way to store your Irish rice pudding is to allow it to cool to room temperature, then transfer it to an airtight container in store it in the fridge.

Your leftover Irish rice pudding can be kept in the fridge for up to 3 to 4 days before it goes bad. 


Can you use brown rice, to make Irish Rice Pudding? 

The short answer is yes, you can use brown rice to make Irish rice pudding. However, it will change the overall taste in consistency of the dish. It is not my personal preference to use brown rice for this dessert recipe, but you can if you are in a pinch.

Can you make Irish rice pudding in a slow cooker? 

Yes, you can make Irish rice by cooking it in a slow cooker or crockpot if desired. To do this you want to combine the sugar, rice, and butter together in the slow cooker. Then, heat up the milk on the stovetop as instructed above.

Add the warm milk to the slow cooker Insta to combine. Also, add in raisins at this point if desired. Stir the mixture together cover with a lid and cook on high for approximately two hours. At this point, the rice pudding should be thick in the rice tender. Add in the vanilla extract and stir together before serving.

baked Irish rice pudding recipe

Good Rice Pudding

Making good rice pudding doesn’t have to be difficult. In fact, Irish rice pudding is a great dessert you can make very easily, with little hands-on effort. It’s also the ultimate comfort food, because it is so tasty and warm, especially during cold winter months. 

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Faith is the resident baking expert of this sister duo, and first started baking at age ten when she learned to make chocolate chip cookies on her own. From there she went on to have her own night of the week to make dinner for the whole family. She is excited to share amazing recipes and a love of food, and help you become kitchen smart!

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