Homemade Rice Pudding For One

This wonderful homemade rice pudding is so easy to make! Combine cooked rice with a few pantry staples to make this delightful pudding. It’s a wonderful, rich and creamy, single serving dessert.

Baked rice pudding topped with whipped cream and ground cinnamon in a small baking dish on a tray

There’s something purely comforting about rice pudding. My mother made it often when I was a kid. She used to tell me that it was a wonderful way to use up leftover rice.

One of the things I love about this rice pudding recipe is that you can use just about any kind of cooked rice; white, brown, long-grain or short-grain. The same is true for the milk you use. Using whole milk will give you a richer rice pudding but you can also use lower fat milks such as 2%, skim, coconut milk or almond milk.

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Baked rice pudding in a small baking dish on a tray

Ingredients In Rice Pudding

See recipe box below for ingredient amounts and full recipe instructions.

  • egg
  • milk
  • salt
  • ground cinnamon
  • ground nutmeg
  • sugar
  • vanilla extract
  • cooked rice
  • whipped cream (optional)
  • butter or oil spray, for greasing baking dish

How To Make Rice Pudding

  1. In a medium sized bowl, whisk together the egg, milk, salt, spices, sugar, and vanilla. Stir in the cooked rice and pour into a lightly buttered 5-inch baking dish.
  2. Boil a kettle of water to make a water bath. Place baking dish with rice pudding into a larger 8 x 8-inch baking pan. Pour boiling water into the larger pan until it reaches halfway up the sides of the rice pudding dish. Place in a 325 degree F (165 degree C) preheated oven and bake for 55 minutes or until lightly browned and set.
  3. Serve with whipped cream, if desired.

Pro Tip: I use a 5-inch baking dish which holds 1.5 cups of liquid (approx. 350 ml). For best results, use a dish of similar size. See our FAQ page for more information on the baking dishes we recommend.

What Is A Water Bath?

A water bath, or a bain-marie, is a dish of water used to bake recipes requiring gentle, even heat. It insulates the dish so that it doesn’t overcook. All you need is a roasting pan large enough to accommodate the custard dish. The walls of the pan should not touch.

Baked rice pudding topped with whipped cream and ground cinnamon  in small baking dish

Rice Pudding Variations

Rice pudding is pure comfort food. It’s sweet and creamy and absolutely delicious. You might like to consider any of these rice pudding add-ins:

  • Add raisins to your rice pudding. I’d recommend using about 1/4 cup or less since this is a single serving rice pudding recipe. I don’t soak the raisins ahead of time to soften them because there’s plenty of liquid in the rice pudding already and it takes almost an hour to bake. The raisins soften perfectly this way.
  • Use half and half instead of milk for a creamier rice pudding.
  • Sprinkle the top of the rice pudding with a teaspoon of brown sugar as soon as you take it out of the oven.
  • Top with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
  • Try a chocolate rice pudding recipe – it’s heavenly!

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A spoonful missing from the homemade rice pudding topped with whipped cream and ground cinnamon in a small baking dish

Other Single Serving Rice Recipes

Rice Pilaf

Baked Brown Rice

Fried Rice

Risotto

For this single serving rice pudding recipe, I use a 5-inch Le Creuset Baking Dish. For best results use a dish of similar size.

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Enjoy!

Rice Pudding Recipe

Rice Pudding For One | One Dish Kitchen

Rice Pudding For One

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 55 minutes
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Total Time: 1 hour
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Dessert
Keyword: rice
Servings: 1 person
Calories: 513kcal
Author: Joanie Zisk

Ingredients

  • 1/4 tablespoon butter , for greasing baking dish
  • 1 large egg
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup cooked rice
  • whipped cream (optional)

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees F ( 165 degrees C). Lightly butter a 5-inch baking dish.
  • In a medium sized bowl, whisk together the egg, milk, salt, spices, sugar, and vanilla. Stir in the rice and pour into baking dish.
  • Boil a kettle of water to make a water bath. Place baking dish with rice pudding into a larger 8 x 8-inch baking pan. Pour boiling water into the larger pan until it reaches halfway up the sides of the rice pudding dish.
  • Place in the oven and bake for 55 minutes or until lightly browned and set.
  • Serve warm with whipped cream, if desired.

Notes

What Is A Water Bath?

A water bath, or a bain-marie, is a dish of water used to bake recipes requiring gentle, even heat. It insulates the dish so that it doesn’t overcook. All you need is a roasting pan large enough to accommodate the custard dish. The walls of the pan should not touch.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 513kcal | Carbohydrates: 90g | Protein: 18g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 222mg | Sodium: 766mg | Potassium: 420mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 46g | Vitamin A: 769IU | Calcium: 272mg | Iron: 1mg
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25 thoughts on “Homemade Rice Pudding For One”

  1. 5 stars
    I’ve made this about 3 times now – works perfectly….I use full fat coconut milk and add raisins as well….very very tasty!!

    1. Nancy,

      I’m so happy you enjoy the recipe and it’s great to know that full fat coconut milk works well too. Thank you for letting me know! Have a wonderful weekend.

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