Milchreis (German Rice Pudding)

Milchreis 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 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!

bowl of german rice pudding with cinnamon on top and cinnamon sticks behind
Just a bit of cinnamon and sugar on this Milchreis for us!

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.

german milchreis with cinnamon in bowl with silver spoon
All you need to enjoy German rice pudding is a sturdy spoon!

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, medium-grain rice 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!

cold butter chunks sitting in silver bowl
Melt some butter.

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

rice and butter in silver pot on stove top
Add the rice.

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

milk and rice in silver pot on black stove top
Add the other ingredients.

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 Milchreis simmer.

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.

german rice pudding milchreis in bowl with spoon on white counter
What topping will you choose for your Milchreis?

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.

Related Recipes

For more great sweet German recipes, check out these classics that will definitely please:

  • Bavarian Cream – An authentic version of this light, whipped custard-like dessert!
  • Ice Cream Coffee – German Eiskaffee is a coffee treat loaded with freshly scooped ice cream!
  • Franzbrötchen – A German cinnamon bun from the city of Hamburg
german milchreis with cinnamon in bowl with silver spoon

Milchreis (German Rice Pudding)

Yield: 4
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

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!


  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 cup rice, medium-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


  1. Melt the butter in a medium-sized pot on the stove. Add the rice and sauté it for around 2 minutes until slightly translucent.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Serve the rice with sugar and cinnamon or fruit.


  • 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.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 196Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 17mgSodium: 121mgCarbohydrates: 31gFiber: 1gSugar: 12gProtein: 6g

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. The exact values can vary depending on the specific ingredients used.

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