Thick & Creamy Coconut Rice Pudding

Coconut Cream Rice Pudding

I have a delectable use for leftover Chinese rice with this Coconut Cream Rice Pudding recipe. Adding coconut milk to this old-fashioned classic only made it better. It’s a cinch to make and doesn’t need a lot of attention. You can get it started as you cook dinner and have a heartwarming dessert ready by time you finish eating.

I used a basic rice pudding recipe from Tyler Florence swapping out some of the milk with coconut milk and sprinkling some toasted coconut flakes over top for taste and texture. Cooked rice is simmered along with a mixture of coconut and regular milk, sugar, vanilla extract, golden raisins and a little bit of butter. Cinnamon and grated lime peel are added at the end for additional flavor. You can serve it warm or chilled.

The epitome of comfort food when it comes to dessert…Rich. Creamy. Soothing. What are you waiting for?

Coconut Cream Rice Pudding

Coconut Cream Rice Pudding
(Inspired by Tyler Florence)
3 cups Cooked Rice*(Brown or White)
1 + 1/2 cups Coconut Milk
1 + 1/2 cups Milk
2/3 cup Sugar
2 tablespoons Butter
1/2 cup Golden Raisins, chopped
1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
Zest of 1 Lime or Lemon, grated
1 teaspoon Cinnamon, divided
3/4 cup unsweetened Coconut Flakes (optional)
1. Combine cooked rice, milk, sugar and butter in a large, heavy-bottomed saucepan. Add raisins and vanilla. Simmer for 20 minutes, stirring every few minutes. It should still be soupy. Remove from heat.
2. Meanwhile toast coconut flakes in a dry skillet over medium low heat just until edges start to turn golden. Remove from heat.
4. Mix lemon zest and 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon into rice mixture.
3. Spoon pudding into a serving dish and dust with remaining cinnamon and toasted coconut. Serve warm or chilled.
*This is a thick pudding – if you like it creamier cut down on the rice by a half or a third.

Coconut Cream Rice Pudding

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  1. BeadedTail says

    Coconut milk was just added to the grocery list! This looks so good I'm going to have to try it!Purrs to Moon!

  2. MAC says

    Rice Pudding is one of my favorite dishes, especially in the winter. I don't know why I've never thought of putting coconut in. Thank you so much for this post. I can't wait to try.

  3. Debbi Does Dinner He says

    This looks so good! Unfortunately, the rest of the household aren't coconut fans. (freaks) So I would be the only one eating this. That's not a COMPLETELY bad thing…

  4. Ann says

    since I was a kid I've always disliked rice pudding. So how is it that you can even make something I don't like look delicious :)

  5. vanillasugarblog says

    i am just loving this, coconut is one thing i eat a lot of on a weekly basis. madethis a few times and w/ leftovers i fried them up into little fritters. so good.

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