Milchreis (German Rice Pudding) - Recipes From Europe (2024)

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Our Milchreis Recipe Will Make You Rethink When To Eat Rice Pudding!

There are lots of rice and milk recipes out there – but there’s something about Milchreis that makes you come back for more.

Milchreis – or German rice pudding – can be eaten as a sweet dinner dish but can also be enjoyed as a German dessert!

Literally meaning “milk rice”, our Milchreis recipe makes a creamy German sweet rice that goes well with a little cinnamon and sugar or with fruit on top!

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Milchreis vs. North American Rice Pudding

Even though Milchreis is called “German rice pudding”, there are a few differences when comparing it to rice pudding typically enjoyed in North America.

For starters, in Germany, Milchreis can be eaten as a main meal whereas in North America it is almost always a dessert.

Lisa ate it as a sweet main course occasionally when growing up. She would have a sweet dinner with her family a couple of times a month.

An example of a “sweet German dinner” would be Milchreis with sugar and cinnamon (or fruit) or potato pancakes with apple sauce.

In Germany, you can buy rice that is labeled as “Milchreis” and is used to make rice pudding.

In North America – or at least in Canada – you can’t usually find rice specifically for rice pudding in supermarkets. However, short-grain rice like Arborio will work really well.

Another difference is that German rice pudding almost never contains raisins and is not made in the oven.

Eric’s mom makes a classic North American rice pudding baked in the oven with raisins so we definitely understand the differences!

How to Make Milchreis – Step by Step Instructions

If you want to make Milchreis at home, you can check out our German rice pudding recipe card at the bottom of this post.

For those interested in seeing what the recipe process photos look like, you can follow along with them as you cook. This way, you can see if you Milchreis looks like ours!

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Melt a little bit of butter in a medium-sized pot on the stove.

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Once melted, add the rice and sauté it for a couple of minutes until it becomes just slightly translucent.

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Now add the milk, sugar, vanilla extract, and pinch of salt.

Give everything a stir and place the lid on the pot. Bring the milk to a boil and turn down the heat to low once it is boiling.

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Let the rice simmer for around 20 minutes until it is tender and the liquid is absorbed.

Depending on the exact type of rice you are using, your cooking time may vary slightly.

If you want your German rice pudding to have a creamier consistency, you can add a little bit more milk.

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Serve the milk rice with cinnamon and sugar sprinkled on top and/or with fresh fruit such as berries. Alternatively, you can also serve it with fruit salad or other fruit out of a can.

Storage Tips

In our opinion, Milchreis tastes best fresh but you can store any leftovers in a container with a lid in the fridge for a couple of days.

You can then either reheat the leftovers or enjoy them cold. Since the rice might dry out in the fridge, you might have to add some more milk to make it slightly creamier again.

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Milchreis (German Rice Pudding)

Milchreis – or German Rice Pudding – is a delicious, creamy dish. Eaten for dinner or dessert, this easy to make rice pudding recipe is topped off with a dusting of cinnamon and sugar or with some fruit like fresh berries or canned fruit salad!

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Cook Time: 20 minutes minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes minutes

Servings: 4


  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 cup rice, short-grain
  • 2 cups milk, more if preferred
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • a pinch of salt
  • sugar, cinnamon, and/or fruit for topping, optional


  • Melt the butter in a medium-sized pot on the stove. Add the rice and sauté it for around 2 minutes until slightly translucent.

  • Add the milk, sugar, vanilla extract, and salt. Give everything a stir with a wooden spoon and add the lid. Bring the milk to a boil. Once boiling, turn down the heat to low.

  • Let the rice simmer for around 20 minutes until the rice is tender and the liquid is absorbed. Make sure to also check the packaging directions for the rice you are using and adjust the cooking time accordingly.

  • Serve the rice with sugar and cinnamon or fruit.


  • Make sure to use short-grian rice when making Milchreis.
  • You can add a little bit more milk than the 2 cups mentioned above if you want the Milchreis to have a slightly more creamy consistency.
  • Fruit toppings might include fresh berries, fruit salad you get in a can, or even apples peeled and slightly fried in cinnamon on the stovetop (delicious).
  • You can store leftovers in a container with a lid in the fridge for a couple of days. When reheating, make sure to add a little bit more milk as the rice can get dry in the fridge.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 196kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 17mg | Sodium: 121mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 12g

This nutritional information has been estimated by an online nutrition calculator. It should only be seen as a rough calculation and not a replacement for professional dietary advice.

Course Dinner

Cuisine German

Author Recipes From Europe

Milchreis (German Rice Pudding) - Recipes From Europe (2024)


What is the German brand of rice pudding? ›

Dr. Oetker – Suesse Mahlzeit Milchreis klassisch / rice pudding classic style
Weight220 g
ManufacturerDr. Oetker, Germany

Where does Milchreis come from? ›

The world is the totality of entities, the whole of reality, or everything that exists. The nature of the world has been conceptualized differently in different fields. Some conceptions see the world as unique while others talk of a "plurality of worlds".

What is rice pudding called in America? ›

Arroz con leche (rice with milk) is the Spanish and American type of rice pudding. Leftover rice is often used, especially in restaurants.

What countries eat rice pudding? ›

  • Turkey: Sütlaç
  • India: Kheer.
  • Middle East: Roz bi halib/Roz wa halib.
  • Poland: Pudding ryżowy.
  • Germany: Milchreis.
  • Sweden: Risgrynsgröt.
  • China: Eight Treasure Rice Pudding.
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Which is the greatest rice pudding in the world? ›

Answer: 1. the greatest rice pudding in the world is kheer. is the mixture of sweetened milk with a whole rice.

Which rice is better for rice pudding? ›

Although this dish is most commonly made using long grain White Rice (some would even use Thai Jasmine Rice, many would argue that, to achieve a balance between consistency and flavor, aromatic Basmati Rice should be used as it contains starch.

Do Americans eat rice pudding? ›

It was then introduced to Europe by the Moors, and eventually made its way to America with the help of British and Dutch settlers. Today, rice pudding is enjoyed by people of all cultures and is often considered a comfort food. It can be served warm or cold, and is often topped with whipped cream, nuts, or fruit.

Which country invented rice pudding? ›

It's actually been around for centuries, believe it or not, and was thought to have originated in China, which has an ancient rice culture. This has been disputed by some food historians; they argue that rice pudding likely originated in India, which has an ancient rice culture as well as an ancient sugar culture.

Why is rice pudding so good? ›

You've got to love that it's made from simple ingredients like rice, milk, sugar and eggs. While this is a dessert, it does offer some nutritional benefits, including almost 10 grams of protein and 15 percent of the daily recommendation for bone-building calcium per cup.

Why does my rice pudding get hard? ›

It also ensures that the rice in the pudding will not get crunchy (retrograde) when refrigerated." Retrogradation, they explain, is the process in which cooked rice becomes hard again under refrigeration. It happens to rice that is high in the starch called amylose, such as U.S. long-grain rice.

Why does my rice pudding get hard overnight? ›

It's because you put it in the fridge. Rice (like other carbohydrates) contains a lot of starch, and it is changes in the arrangement of the starch molecules that make it feel moist or dry, not the actual water content, just like overcooked meat will still feel dry even if it's soaking wet.

How do you thicken rice pudding? ›

If your rice pudding has ended up too thin, it is likely that it didn't cook it long enough at the end to thicken the custard. If it needs rescuing, pour it into a saucepan, heat, then stir in a bit of cornstarch mixed with cold water, a bit at a time, until the pudding thickens as needed.

Which country has the best rice pudding? ›

Morocco. Although rice pudding is prepared in one form or another throughout the Mediterranean, the Moroccan version is particularly delicious from the way the rice is prepared: firstly, the rice is boiled in water, then it's simmered in milk.

Do Muslims eat rice pudding? ›

Stick to brown rather than white varieties for iftar, served with meat or fish. For sahur, make a tasty rice pudding with rose water (a great mood enhancer) topped with pistachio nuts – another food great for digestion.

When did rice pudding come to Europe? ›

Though we may never really know exactly where rice pudding first originated, from what we do know, it has its roots in India and China many thousands of years ago. It's thought to have come to Europe around the 14th century.

Is Muller rice just rice pudding? ›

Brand. Müller Rice is the perfect full on snack – with a delightful blend of rich creamy rice pudding paired with luscious fruit, chocolate or vanilla sauce.

What is pudding in Germany? ›

In Germany (as in many countries) pudding is rich cream. This is what I was taught in culinary school. The term pudding in Great Britain has been used to describe a filling or rich food.

Where is Ambrosia rice pudding made? ›

Its original product was a dried milk powder for infants, but it is now mostly known for its custard and rice pudding. The brand plays on the fact that it is made in Devon, England, (at a factory in Lifton), with their original punning strapline "Devon knows how they make it so creamy".

What is Muller rice pudding? ›

Müller Rice Protein Dessert. Hunger-beating, high-protein comfort food. Delicious creamy Müller rice pudding dessert that has 14g of protein per pot! A delicious and low fat way to bridge your hunger gap, anytime, anywhere. Available in delicious chocolate and vanilla flavours.

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