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Slow Cooker Rice Pudding

How can something that is so simple to make taste so indulgent and delicious?! This recipe for slow cooker rice pudding makes a rich and creamy dessert which is perfect for serving hot or cold.

Overhead view of slow cooker rice pudding with berries and spices.

Rice pudding is one of those desserts that many people have their ‘own’ recipe and ways of cooking. Traditionally in Britain it is made in the oven (which is the way I remember from when I was younger!) or on the stove. However, it can also be made very easily in the slow cooker.

Why use a slow cooker for rice pudding?

Baking in the oven produces a pudding that has a denser texture, and the top tends to brown and create that infamous cooked milk skin!

When you slow cook rice pudding you end up with a very different result, the texture is much creamier and smoother throughout. The rice really fluffs up and you get a pudding which you can stir through perfectly.

Close up picture of a spoon full of Slow Cooker rice pudding.

The beauty of cooking it this way (aside from being very simple and tasting fantastic!) is that it makes it so easy to serve a number of different ways. Enjoy it hot with spices, or cold with some fresh red berries on top.

What ingredients are in Slow Cooker Rice Pudding?

Overhead photo of slow cooker rice pudding ingredients - rice, butter, milk, cream, sugar, vanilla essence

Although the general recipe for rice pudding is very simple, the ingredients can vary a little depending on how rich you want to make it. Personally, I like the richer end of the scale and when I make it I add in cream, butter and a dash of vanilla.

This creates a pudding which is very silky and creamy in looks and taste. It really feels like a treat to eat whilst still being very cost effective!

The ingredients for this crock pot rice pudding recipe are:

  • Milk
  • Cream
  • Pudding rice
  • Butter
  • Sugar
  • Vanilla essence

And that’s it!

Crockpot rice pudding, mint and strawberries

Do I have to use pudding rice?

Pudding rice is a broad, short grain rice and holds up to the slow cooking required to make rice pudding. This is definitely the the best choice.

Arborio (risotto) rice is a similar shape to pudding rice and can be used as a substitute. The grain is a little firmer and will still produce a nice pudding, although it will take a little longer to cook.

Long grain rice varieties are much more delicate and will break down in the milk. You’ll lose the definition of the rice and end up with a more ‘stodgy’ texture in the pudding.

Slow Cooker rice pudding with nutmeg and strawberries.

How to make Slow Cooker Rice Pudding?

There really isn’t much of a method to follow! It’s literally a case of putting everything in the pot, stirring through, then cooking. If you want a real no-fuss pudding then this is the one to make!

What can I serve with it?

As rice pudding is sweet and creamy, the accompaniments that work well and compliment the richness tend to have quite distinct flavours.

Some suggestions are:

  • Spices. Ground Nutmeg or cinnamon lightly sprinkled on top taste wonderful, especially if you are serving the pudding hot. The flavour and aroma are amazing!
  • Berry fruits. Fresh strawberries, raspberries, or blueberries all work beautifully and have a real zing against the creamy pudding. These are a good choice if you are serving it cold.
  • Sweetness. A little maple syrup, honey or even jam are a simple choice, but really compliment the flavour of the pudding.

More Hearty Slow Cooker Recipes

If you like the look of this meatloaf recipe, try these other hearty and delicious recipes:

Close up of a bowl of Crock Pot rice pudding with berries and spices.

How long will rice pudding keep for?

Slow cooker rice pudding will keep well in an air-tight container in the fridge for up to three days.

When the pudding cools it will thicken and set. The pudding can be loosened when heated through by adding a little milk and stirring gently. Ensure the pudding is piping hot all the way through before serving.

Two bowls of slow cooker rice pudding with mint garnish and strawberries

Slow Cooker Rice Pudding

Slow Cooker Rice Pudding is a creamy and indulgent classic British pudding. A simple recipe that tastes delicious!
4.67 from 6 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 3 hrs
Total Time 3 hrs 10 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine British
Servings 6
Calories 334 kcal


  • 150 g pudding rice
  • 750 ml milk
  • 300 ml double cream heavy cream
  • 35 g butter melted
  • 65 g sugar white or golden
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence


  • Grease the inside of the pot half way up, with a little softened butter.
  • Add all of the ingredients into the pot and stir well.
  • Turn on the slow cooker and cook for 3 hours on low.
  • The pudding will be cooked when the rice is soft and fluffy, but retaining its shape without becoming mushy. You should still be able to stir through the pudding. Once cooked serve immediately.


How can I tell when it’s cooked?

Similarly to dinner rice, taste the rice intermittently. If it still has too much bite or is crunchy, it’ll need to be cooked for longer.

Slow cooker differences

Due to the variance in heat produced by different types of slow cookers, there may be some adjustments required to the stated cooking times. The slow cooker used in this recipe has a metal pot and cooks very quickly; more time will be required for slow cookers with ceramic pots.


Calories: 334kcalCarbohydrates: 18gProtein: 5gFat: 27gSaturated Fat: 17gCholesterol: 94mgSodium: 115mgPotassium: 203mgSugar: 17gVitamin A: 1083IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 174mgIron: 1mg
Tried this recipe?Let us know how it was!

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Slow Cooker Whole Chicken
a jug of slow cooker chicken stock
Slow Cooker Chicken Stock
Recipe Rating

Chris Ramage

Friday 16th of April 2021

First time I’ve made it in slow cooker, superb! Only thing is it really does set when cold. Should I rinse the rice prior to cooking?


Sunday 28th of March 2021

I've made this twice now. First as per your recipe which was absolutely great. The next time I made it I used Clotted Cream made up to 300ml with Double Cream and it was amazingly creamy and delicious. Definitely a recipe to keep. Thanks for sharing


Wednesday 7th of April 2021

Great to hear you enjoyed this and using clotted cream in the recipe must have been absolutely delicious! Thanks so much for the review.

Jude Devey

Friday 5th of March 2021

I would love to make this so it's a question before I do, could I use soya milk instead? 🤞


Sunday 7th of March 2021

Hi, yes you can use soya instead of the dairy liquids. You might want to adjust the amount of sugar you use if the soya milk you have is sweetened- but personal preference!🙂 Hope you enjoy.


Thursday 4th of March 2021

Great recipe, easy to make and absolutely delicious


Friday 5th of March 2021

Good to hear you enjoyed it. Thanks for the review.


Sunday 22nd of November 2020

This is the second time I’ve making this 1st time in a basic slow cooker didn’t cook on low I had to turn up high ended tasting really nice ! This time doing it in a ninja on low don’t seem to be cooking again so I don’t not what I’m doing wrong. But dose tast really nice once actually cooks