Baked Rice Pudding Recipes to Use Leftover Rice

Last Updated on August 19, 2023 by Ellen Christian

Baked rice pudding is a delicious variation on your favorite rice dessert that’s baked in the oven. Try a dessert like the rice pudding Jamie Oliver makes.

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Baked Rice Pudding Recipes to Use Up Leftover Rice

Baked Rice Pudding

I have a few comfort food dessert recipes and old fashioned rice pudding is definitely one of them. For my husband, it’s chocolate cake.

But, honestly, I would rather have a big dish of creamy rice pudding any day.  Of course, it’s also a delicious gluten-free dessert which means it’s something that my daughter can enjoy as well.

Rice pudding has a history that dates all the way back to the royalty of England. Back then, rice was an expensive import from the Orient.

So, rice pudding was something it took money to enjoy. One of the earliest rice pudding recipes to date is one referred to as rice pottage found in the 1300s.

This Ambrosia Rice Pudding is absolutely amazing. I hope you’ll give it a try.

creamy rice pudding in a green dish topped with berries

How do you make old-fashioned rice pudding?

Old-fashioned rice pudding is not baked. It is a creamy pudding made on the stovetop that has eggs, raisins, milk, rice, and white sugar.

After cooking it, you typically put it in the refrigerator until it sets. Amusing Foodie shares a rice pudding recipe using brown rice that sounds amazing.

Feel free to top with your favorite fresh fruit like the baked rice pudding  Jamie Oliver makes.

Can you make rice pudding with cooked rice?

Yes, you certainly can. When I make my baked rice pudding, I use cooked rice. It’s a wonderfully frugal way to use up leftover rice.

Of course, you can also cook rice to use in this recipe rather than using leftovers. Just scroll down for my favorite recipe.

a bowl of white rice

Southern baked rice pudding

I was surprised the first time I heard baked rice pudding referred to as Southern baked rice pudding. Evidently, the stovetop version is more common in the north and the baked version is more common in the south.

My mother has always made the baked version and we are about as northern as you get.

Baked rice custard pudding

Custard is formed when you make a baked rice pudding with eggs and milk and then bake it in the oven.  The top of the pudding will be a golden brown custard. 

The pudding recipe that I’ve shared below is a baked rice custard pudding. We often serve it topped with jam but you can use whipped cream if you prefer.

a glass of soy milk

Baked rice pudding with almond milk

The recipe I use calls for whole milk, but if you are lactose intolerant, you can still enjoy rice pudding by making yours with almond milk or even soy milk.

This recipe by Vegan in the Freezer would be perfect for those that prefer not to use dairy milk.

Baked rice pudding with uncooked rice

If you have no cooked rice on hand and don’t want to cook it first, you can make baked rice pudding with uncooked rice. The key is to cook it at a low temperature.

This recipe by Mark Bittman will tell you everything you need to know to make this style of dessert.

eggs on a white cloth near a carton

Baked rice pudding (no eggs)

It happens. You are craving rice pudding and open the refrigerator to find you have no eggs. Thankfully, She Loves Biscotti has a recipe for rice pudding that doesn’t require any eggs at all.

Make sure you use a greased casserole dish for oven baked rice pudding.

Jasmine rice pudding on glasses with fruit

Best rice for rice pudding

What type of rice you use in your pudding recipe is entirely up to you. I’ve used everything from instant rice to jasmine rice with delicious results.

Check out my recipe to learn how to make rice pudding with jasmine rice. Cristina’s Cucina uses arborio rice in her recipe.

Flavored rice pudding recipes

If you want to try a rice pudding recipe that’s a little bit different, check out the Lilac Rice Pudding recipe from Homespun Seasonal Living or the banana rice pudding from Cooking with Carlee.

Baked rice pudding is a delicious variation on your favorite rice dessert that's baked in the oven. Try a dessert like the rice pudding Jamie Oliver makes.

More pudding recipes

If you enjoyed this baked rice pudding Jamie Oliver makes, you might want to try these:

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Baked Rice Pudding

Baked rice pudding is a delicious variation on your favorite rice dessert that's baked in the oven. Try a dessert like the rice pudding Jamie Oliver makes.

Baked rice pudding is a delicious variation on your favorite rice dessert that's baked in the oven. Try this baked rice pudding like Jamie Oliver's.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 40 minutes


  • 1 cup cooked rice
  • 2 1/2 cups milk
  • 3 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup raisins
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg


  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Lightly grease a 9-inch glass baking dish.
  2. In a large bowl, stir together first 7 ingredients.
  3. Spoon into a prepared baking dish.
  4. Place baking dish in a large pan; pour water into the pan to a depth of 1-inch.
  5. Bake for 1 1/2 hours, or until lightly browned and set.
  6. Combine cinnamon and nutmeg; sift over top of pudding.
  7. Cool slightly and cut into squares to serve.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 cup

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 280Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 101mgSodium: 179mgCarbohydrates: 53gFiber: 1gSugar: 37gProtein: 8g

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12 thoughts on “Baked Rice Pudding Recipes to Use Leftover Rice”

  1. Overall this was a good start. I reduced the sugar to 1/4 cup and it was still sweet for me. I think my leftover Chinese food rice was very dry, so I should have added a bit more milk.
  2. This has my name all over it, I LOVE rice pudding, bread pudding, pretty much all the classic pudding recipes grandma use to make. Thank your for linking up with us this week and making. Pinned to make this week with my youngest daughter as she just got braces and is eating soft foods for a week.
  3. My husband loves rice pudding! I will be treating him to this one day soon. Thanks for linking up today for meatless Monday
  4. Wow! Sweetie just mentioned that it's been years since he had rice REAL HOMEMADE rice pudding!

    And I open up your blog and find this recipe! Thanks so much. Treesong

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