Easy Creamy Vanilla Rice Custard

Creamy Vanilla Rice Custard
Creamy Vanilla Rice Custard in a glass bowl

Creamy vanilla rice custard is just that. Perfectly cooked creamy rice, bathed in a deconstructed vanilla custard, scented with vanilla. Who doesn’t love a creamy rice custard. Yum

Creamy vanilla rice custard is a dish that we’re sure many people grew up eating. Popular in our grandmothers time and for good reason. It’s pure comfort food. We grew up eating rice custard served with cold canned peaches or apricots, and still like it that way today.

A lot of rice custards are baked, but this version is all done on the stove top.

ingredients for Creamy Vanilla Rice Custard

blanch the rice

Bring a small pot of water to the boil and add rice, bringing back to the boil and then boiling for 2 minutes before straining. This removes the thin layer of starch from the surface of each grain and helps to stop the grains sticking together. It also partially cooks the rice.

rice in a strainer before boiling to make Creamy Vanilla Rice Custard
rinse the rice well before boiling

 cold butter

Adding in cold butter straight from the fridge brings the temperature of the rice custard down just enough so you can add the egg yolks without cooking them.

 egg yolks

Adding the egg yolks to the milk, sugar and vanilla completes the ingredients for making a custard, except the yolks are added at the end of the cooking process, rather than at the beginning.

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Creamy Vanilla Rice Custard

Creamy Vanilla Rice Custard

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes


  • 200g (7 ounces) arborio rice
  • 900 ml (30 fl ounces) full cream milk 
  • 100g (3 1/2 ounces) caster sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • or 1 vanilla pod, split with a sharp knife and scrape the seeds
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • 1 pinch of fine salt
  • 30g (1 ounce) cold butter


  • fill a medium pot with water and bring it to a boil
  • rinse rice in a strainer under cold water and add it to the boiling water
  • boil rice for 2 minutes then strain
  • in a large heavy based pot add milk, sugar and vanilla 
  • gently heat till it barely reaches boiling point
  • add the hot rice into the hot milk mixture
  • allow mixture to gently simmer for 35 minutes, stirring from time to time, then turn the heat off
  • stir in butter with a wooden spoon till butter is incorporated
  • add in egg yolks and salt, stirring till custard is a nice pale yellow colour
  • serve either hot or cold
  • enjoy!

Nutrition Information

Amount Per Serving Calories 0Total Fat 0gSaturated Fat 0gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 0gCholesterol 0mgSodium 0mgCarbohydrates 0gFiber 0gSugar 0gProtein 0g


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