Left Over Rice Dessert Recipe


Have a lot of leftover cooked white rice and you don’t know what to do with it? Here’s a sweet and yummy dessert for you! Rice pudding is a classic dessert that you either love or hate, there is no in-between. Here’s how to make an easy rice pudding with leftover rice!

Leftover Rice Pudding Ingredients

You’ll only need a few ingredients to cook leftover rice pudding! The star ingredient in this recipe is, of course, leftover cooked rice. 

To give leftover rice pudding its signature sweet taste, brown sugar is used as it adds a depth of sweetness that white sugar can’t replicate. Add in some vanilla extract and cinnamon and you’ve got yourself delicious leftover rice pudding!

  • 2 cups leftover cooked long-grain white rice
  • 2 cups coconut milk (or whole milk)
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • Your preferred add-ings and toppings such as fresh berries, chocolate chips, pumpkin pie spice, jam, nuts, raisins, etc.

How to Make Leftover Rice Pudding

  1. Place the cooked rice, coconut milk, brown sugar, and salt, in a small saucepan over medium-low heat. 
  2. Cook and stir often for about 20 minutes or until thickened.
  3. Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla extract.
  4. Spoon into serving dishes and top with cinnamon.
  5. If desired, sprinkle your preferred toppings over the cooked rice mixture.
  6. Serve warm.

How Do You Thicken Rice Pudding?

Leftover rice pudding will thicken as it cools down but if you want the already creamy texture to be thicker, here’s something that you can do. Whisk in a beaten egg in the rice pudding and continue cooking over medium heat until it’s thickened. If it has already cooled down and you want to make it more thick, fold in some whipped cream.

Leftover Rice Pudding Recipe Tips

  • This pudding recipe uses cooked white rice but you can also use brown rice for a more nutritious bowl of rice pudding.
  • This easy rice pudding recipe can be also used as a base for other rice desserts.
  • If coconut milk is not to your liking, you can use whole milk as well. You may even use other non-dairy milk alternatives such as soy milk or almond milk. Others even use rice milk for their rice pudding!
  • If you are making a big batch of rice pudding with leftover rice, be sure to use a bigger saucepan than the one indicated in this recipe.
  • Use medium heat or medium-low heat to ensure that it cooks thick and creamy.
  • Aside from adding a beaten egg to the leftover rice pudding, you may also stir in mascarpone cheese to the mix to make it thick and creamy.
  • Maple syrup or honey also works well in this pudding recipe as a substitute for brown sugar.
  • If you want your rice pudding to be thinner, simply mix in more coconut milk or any milk of your choice.
  • You can skip the cinnamon at the end of the rice pudding if it is not to your liking.
  • You may use any toppings that you wish for leftover rice pudding. Chocolate chips, berries, fresh fruits, almonds, whipped cream, jam, and shredded coconut are some of the most popular rice pudding toppings.
  • If you have leftovers of your cooked leftover rice pudding, be sure to store it in an airtight container and keep it for 3 to 5 days.
  • For serving dishes to spoon your leftover rice pudding into, use some cute ceramic bowls.
  • You can also cook rice pudding with leftover rice using an Instant Pot or a rice cooker.

What Are Other Recipes That Use Leftover Cooked Rice?

Aside from rice pudding, there are many recipes that you can make with leftover cooked rice! Some favorites to cook include delicious fried rice, rice cakes, rice bowls, and so much more.

So, if you find yourself with some extra rice, store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator for four to six days. You can then use that cooked rice to make a spread of dishes for the whole family.

Final Note

Have a ton of leftover cooked rice? Make rice pudding with it! Delicious rice pudding doesn’t need numerous ingredients. All you need is some leftover white or brown rice, milk, sugar, vanilla, and your toppings of choice and you’ll have an extremely comforting dessert in no time. Go ahead and make this scrumptious leftover rice pudding recipe!

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