Can You Freeze Rice Pudding?

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The short answer to the question “Can you freeze rice pudding?” is YES.

Rice pudding can be frozen.

can you freeze rice pudding?
click here to make this rice pudding recipe

Like any type of home cooked meals that you prepare in your kitchen, freezing is the best way to extend the life of puddings and to enjoy them later on.

Rice pudding definitely is a delicious soul food being such an easy to make dessert, loved by so many people. It reminds me of my childhood, as my grandma used to cook it often.

It’s very easy to make it at home, and if you want to see how I do it, take a look at my creamy rice pudding recipe here. Or you can pin the image below to save for later.

You surely wanna freeze something like this for later indulgence, wouldn’t you?… 🙂

Sure, if there will be anything left. Mine is usually devoured by the end of the day, so I don’t get any leftovers most of the time.

When I make a larger quantity, I occasionally freeze some of it. Of course, rice pudding is best when eaten fresh.

After freezing this pudding, the consistency may alter a little due to freezing and thawing of a diary product.


Does Rice Pudding Freeze Well?

Rice pudding does freeze surprisingly well for a cooked rice dish.

As long as you protect it from freezer burn, oxidation and strange odors, you’ll enjoy a perfectly good pudding months after cooking it.


Can You Freeze Rice Pudding? 4 Simple Steps


Step 1: Cool it completely

After cooking your rice pudding, allow it to completely cool before freezing. It has to be at room temperature.

You may help this process keeping the rice pan over ice or immersing the bottom half of the pan in cold water to cool more rapidly.

Step 2: Portion and seal

It’s best to portion your rice pudding so you can defrost just enough for one time eating.

Place your pudding in air tight containers or best in thick freezer bags that allow a better placement in the freezer.

Remove any excess air from the plastic bags and seal them, place the lid on containers.

Step 3: Label and date

Place a label on every package with the content and date for further reference. Best freezing period is up to 3 months.

Hopefully, you”ll consume it before that. (Are you really gonna keep it for 3 months?) 🙂

Step 4: Freeze it

Place your packed rice pudding in the freezer.


Defrosting Rice Pudding

Place it in a bawl and let it defrost slowly overnight in the fridge.

Do not take it out and leave it on your worktop for long hours, as the milk can spoil at room temperature.

Another option is to defrost it directly in a pan over very low heat, stirring often and adding some extra milk if too dry.

Stir continuously to not let it burn or stick tot the bottom of the pan.


Can you freeze rice pudding made with cream?

Yes, all rice, bread or gelatin puddings freeze really well.

Can you freeze rice pudding made with coconut milk?

Sure. It’s even safer than freezing rice pudding with regular milk.

How long does rice pudding last in the fridge?

Keep your rice pudding into an air-tight container in the refrigerator up to 4 days.

How long can you freeze rice pudding?

Recommended time period to freeze your pudding and still enjoy eating it is up to 3 months.

Ideally, you should consume it earlier than that.

How to defrost / thaw rice pudding?

Take it out of the freezer, put into a bawl, cover with cling film and let it defrost over night in the fridge.

How to reheat frozen rice pudding?

Best way to reheat frozen rice pudding is in a saucepan on the stove, over very low heat. I personally do not recommend the microwave option.

Can you freeze baby rice pudding?

Can you freeze rice pudding for babies? This question arise in young mother’s heads often.

It should be fine, the important thing is to maintain the purity avoiding keeping it too long at room temperature.

Freshly cooked rice pudding is best to be cooled quickly and frozen rapidly in safely sealed small containers.

Can you refreeze rice pudding?

Definitely, NO. Refreezing foods after they have been thawed it’s never recommended.



Yes, rice pudding can be frozen and enjoyed later on, providing you follow the steps outlined above in this article.


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One Comment

  1. My rice pudding finished up,dry . I added milk and microwaved it for 1 min. Turned out ok.

    At 84 and quite new to cooking . I consider this a reasonable success 🧑🏼‍🍳

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