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This classic dessert gets a modern upgrade. Make Salted Caramel Rice Pudding from scratch and enjoy a decadent twist on an old fashioned favorite.

a glass cup filled with salted caramel rice pudding.

You might be thinking that rice pudding is your grandma’s dessert, especially if you’re picturing raisins in a bland, gelatinous blob of rice. Not this rice pudding! This from-scratch recipe is both timeless and super simple to make. Also, it results in a decadent dessert you and your grandma will love. Delicious, creamy, salty, and sweet—this rice pudding has it all!

Rice pudding exists as a dessert in many different forms the world over. Rice is a staple in so many countries, and has that sweet, mild flavor that can be made into a savory side dish, a yummy Mexican drink, or a sweet dessert. This recipe uses Arborio rice, the same kind that is used to make risotto, as it is less starchy and keeps its form a little better than other rices. If you’ve never made rice pudding or caramel before, it could be especially helpful to watch the video and see how it’s done.
To make this yummy dessert, you will start by boiling Arborio rice in milk, egg and sugar and then setting that to simmer. Then you will make an easy from-scratch caramel sauce by melting sugar in a saucepan, adding butter, and then adding heavy cream and salt. This sumptuous sauce is what you will mix into and drizzle over the rice pudding for a seriously tasty treat.

  • Can this be made with regular rice?

    Yes. We prefer the creamier texture of Arborio rice, but regular white rice will also work just fine. Reduce the cooking time to about 20 minutes.

  • Can rice pudding be made in a rice cooker?

    No. This recipe requires a low simmer with stirring in order to reach the right consistency, as the rice is boiled in milk and sugar.

  • Do add-ins go well with rice pudding? What other items can I add besides salted caramel?

    Absolutely. Rice pudding is kind of like vanilla ice cream. It is creamy and sweet and can mix well with lots of different flavors. If you want a little more sumpin’ sumpin’ with your rice pudding, you can try sprinkling some toasted pecans on it, sliced bananas, cinnamon, chocolate chips, apple slices, or even the traditional raisins.

If you need a caramel fix, check out these other amazing recipes and caramel creations:

A spoon full of Salted Caramel Rice Pudding above a glass dish full of rice pudding.

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A spoon full of Salted Caramel Rice Pudding above a glass dish full of rice pudding.
This classic dessert gets a modern upgrade. Make Salted Caramel Rice Pudding from scratch and enjoy a decadent twist on an old fashioned favorite. 
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes

Rice Pudding

  • 3/4 cup arborio rice
  • 3 cups milk
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Salted Caramel Sauce

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 6 tablespoons butter diced
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • In a large saucepan make the rice pudding. First put the rice in the pan. Whisk together milk, sugar, egg, salt, and vanilla. Pour over rice.
  • Cover and bring to a boil over high heat. Once boiling, reduce heat to low and simmer 20 to 30 minutes until rice is cooked and absorbed most of the liquid, leaving a creamy sauce.
  • Meanwhile, make the salted caramel sauce. In a medium-size saucepan over medium heat, melt the sugar. Stir constantly with a rubber spatula, scrapping the sides as you go. Once the sugar melts and turns a golden brown, add in butter until melted. Pour in heavy cream and bring to a simmer, without increasing the heat. Simmer 90 seconds. Remove from heat and stir in salt.
  • Stir 2/3rd of the salted caramel mixture into the rice pudding, reserving the remaining 1/3rd for drizzling over the top.


Calories: 537kcal | Carbohydrates: 76g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Cholesterol: 96mg | Sodium: 655mg | Potassium: 205mg | Sugar: 56g | Vitamin A: 880IU | Calcium: 158mg | Iron: 1.2mg
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Caramel Rice Pudding
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Sally Pinnow
October 19, 2019 5:04 am

Sweet more recipes I can look up and save.. my grandkids will love this.. especially with the holidays coming up!!!

October 8, 2020 1:11 pm
Reply to  Sally Pinnow

Can you use a different kind of rice

December 18, 2013 4:36 pm

I made rice pudding about a year ago and thought, "Meh. Something only Mom likes." Guess I will have to give this recipe a try!

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