Cream Of Rice Recipe for Easy Breakfasts

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Cream of rice is cooked in milk and cream has a creamy texture and offers a great start to the day, especially when topped with fruits, nuts, and syrups.

Sometime last year on a cold wintry day, a friend was waxing eloquently about the rice pudding she was making. I’d never had it, so I looked up recipes. The added egg in some recipes was a turn-off, especially with an egg allergy in the house. So, I opted for a quicker, egg-free version.

The result is actually one of the easiest recipes in my world. Cook rice in milk and cream instead of water! How simple is that? My kids call it “rice pudding,” but creamy rice, or cream of rice would be more accurate.

Ingredients needed to make this cream of rice recipe

  • half and half 
  • milk
  • rice 
  • salt
  • toppings: brown sugar, dried fruit, maple syrup, or honey

I use half and half and nonfat milk because that is what I usually have on hand. I buy the half and half in large containers for a great price at Costco. But, feel free to experiment with the cream to milk ratio. Obviously, the dish will be more economical and less creamy if you use less half and half.

(For non-US readers, half and half is a product of half cream and half milk. You can make your own.)

I use arborio rice because it tends toward a creamier texture, but you can substitute other rices.

How to make cream of rice 

  1. In a medium saucepan, combine the half and half and milk. Bring to a low boil.
  2. Stir in the rice and salt.
  3. Cover and reduce to lowest heat. Cook for 20 minutes or until the liquid has been absorbed and the rice is tender.
  4. Serve with toppings.

I dish up bowls of toothy rice and let my people top it anyway they please: cranberries, nuts, brown sugar, maple syrup. Pretty much anything you would use to top oatmeal would work to make a great, filling breakfast for any day of the year. It cooks in just 20 minutes on the stove top. 

No need to wait for a cold, wintry day.

4 from 3 votes
Cream of Rice
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
25 mins
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cream of rice
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 309 kcal
Author: Jessica Fisher
  • 2 cups half and half
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 1/2 cups arborio rice
  • dash salt
  • Toppings: brown sugar nuts, dried fruit, maple syrup, honey
  1. In a medium saucepan, combine the half and half and milk. Bring to a low boil.
  2. Stir in the rice and salt.
  3. Cover and reduce to lowest heat. Cook for 20 minutes or until the liquid has been absorbed and the rice is tender.
  4. Serve with toppings.
Nutrition Facts
Cream of Rice
Amount Per Serving
Calories 309 Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Fat 11g17%
Saturated Fat 7g44%
Cholesterol 34mg11%
Sodium 51mg2%
Potassium 197mg6%
Carbohydrates 45g15%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 7g14%
Vitamin A 351IU7%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 131mg13%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.



About Jessica Fisher

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  1. Stacy says

    Looks good. I’m going to try this soon, this week, I think. I don’t have that type of rice, but I’ll see how it goes with my brown rice. I’ve made rice pudding in the past, but it has been a long time. I’m going to check out the egg version to see about adding some more protein. Thank you. I recently saw a recipe to make quinoa as a breakfast cereal too, but I have not tried it.

  2. Carla says

    Too bad my guys aren’t hot cereal eaters. I’m slowly getting one there, but considering he’s almost 11, I have a long way to go. Sounds good. Whenever we had leftover rice as a kid we knew what was for breakfast the next morning–Rice & Raisins. Mom would boil up some raisins and stir them in with left over rice, milk, and butter and serve it sprinkled with sugar. Didn’t have the best texture in the world but was a filling meal. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Suze says

    I make a slightly sweetened version of this. I add a grate of nutmeg too. We generally eat this as dessert. Mine is always egg free due to allergies to yolk. I know some who make this out of left over rice. I always cook mine in the oven.

  4. Shannon says

    My mom used to give us “sweet rice” for dessert & some times breakfast when we were little (& had very little extra money for treats.) She would simply reheat day old rice with milk, butter & sugar and then add a little cinnamon to it. I loved it so much and to this day if I don’t have the leftover rice ear marked for something else I’ll make it for myself. Still working on my own girls and know I’ll get there. 🙂

  5. Using leftover rice for breakfast is a great idea! Would this fit well on your breakfast bar?

  6. Rice cooked in milk is a traditional Mexican dessert — arroz con leche. They even sing a song that if you know how to make arroz con leche you are ready to get married! They make it in a stirred version so that the milk never comes to a complete boil and it takes much longer — up to two hours to cook the rice. I pre-cook my rice in water about halfway, then finish it up in the milk. I like this because it is quite liquid. Flavored with cinnamon and vanilla, and a soft white bread roll on the side for dipping, this is a wonderful breakfast or dessert.

  7. Tamara Dillon says

    Track this recipe from MONEY SAVING MOM and her meal plan. Looks like a great recipe- can’t wait to try!

  8. Karen says

    Growing up my parents made us rice cooked with raisins in it… we topped it with milk and brown sugar! It is one of me best food memories.

  9. Dawn says

    I wonder if it would work if I used nonfat evaporated milk instead of half and half?

  10. So, I’m absolutely addicted to this now! Also have 1…maybe 2 kids hooked as well. But what a mess I make of the stove when I cook it! It always boils over, even on low…mess on the stove, in the pot, outside the pot…it’s crazy! Maybe I’m doing something wrong. Too hot? I’m cooking on a gas stove and preparing according to this recipe exactly. I’ll still be making this anyway, despite the mess. In fact, I’m eating some right now. 🙂

    • Jessica says

      Try venting the lid just a smidge? That might help prevent the pot from boiling over. Do you have a burner that goes super low? Some stoves have one with a lower simmer setting than the others.

  11. Amy says

    Growing up, My mom would make us Arroz Doce [Portuguese Sweet Rice, as she and all of my family is from the Azores]. She would cook regular long-grain rice in milk, with granulated sugar, and lemon zest. After it was cooked, she would sprinkle it with Cinnamon. We ate it room temp or chilled, as a dessert, on special occasions or parties. I’ll have to try your version for breakfast!

    • Jessica says

      @Amy, that sounds very yummy. Do you have a recipe?

  12. Stacey K says

    When I first made this, my husband ate a big bowl, but didn’t say anything. The next time I made it was a night I was too tired to make anything else and just wanted something warm and comforting. Hubby came home, took one look at the pot, and said, “Oh, yay! That stuff’s GOOD!” Win! It’s now our go-to meal when I’m too tired to make a full meal or nothing appeals to any of us. Then we eat leftovers for breakfast. Thanks so much for the recipe!

    • Jessica says

      That is a happy story!

  13. Lina says

    Thanks for this recipe ! Rice pudding is very common here in Egypt. I love it and so do dh and kids BUT I can’t seem to make it right LOL Many in my family make it yummy and I ask for thier recipe but no success with me.
    I googled Arborio rice and it says it’s like Egyptian short grain rice.I hope your recipe works for me 🙂

  14. ashleigh says

    hi there! i am trying to make this, and i am having trouble… my first batch had the bottom burnt and liquid still on top…. am i suppossed to be stirring while its simmering? please help!

    • It sounds like the heat is too high. Do you have a burner with a low setting. I have one on my stove that goes lower than the others. Also, is it a heavy duty pot or does it have a thin bottom. I used to have a thin bottomed one and it burned things like this all the time.

  15. Diinaus says

    I’ve discovered that this recipe concept can be made in the slow cooker for those that are interested. Jessica would work for a breakfast bar that needs to feed lost of folks .
    I use a can of coconut cream (pantry staple) ,approx 10cups of water ,1 cup of short grain rice and a dash of salt. If I only have long grain I add in 1/4 cup of polenta to make the texture more creamy.
    It’s a really economical dish to make and great to wake up to in the morning if cooked on low over night .Pairs well with sweet or savoury depending on the topping . My kids love it with home made jam or chocolate sauce. Makes a great lunch time snack or desert too:)

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