Rice Pudding

Rice Pudding

If rice pudding is the lazy cook’s favorite dessert, our version is even easier. We challenge you to spot the difference between this take and the stovetop version! Cornstarch is the culprit behind the cloud-like, creamy texture. Lemon peel adds a tangy freshness to stave off any pudding-induced food comas.

All of Anyday’s recipes are tested (and retested!) in many different microwaves and home kitchens to make sure they work — and work well.

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Select your microwave wattage in the dropdown. The cook times in this recipe will automatically change accordingly.

To find your microwave’s wattage, look at the front panel, the side of the door, in the back, in the user manual, or Google the model number. If both an input and output wattage are listed, use the output.

Wattage translates to how powerful the microwave is. The higher the wattage, the faster your food will cook. The lower the wattage, the longer the cook time.

When in doubt, start with less time — you can always add more.


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Product Size

  • Small Dish
  • Medium Shallow
  • Large Shallow
  • Medium Deep
  • Large Deep

Prep Time

7 mins

Cook Time

24 mins

Free Time

to have a cuddle party on the couch between dinner and dessert


  • ½ cup (90g) arborio or short grain rice
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 strip lemon peel
  • 1 tablespoon raisins
  • ¾ cup (180ml) water
  • 1 ½ teaspoons cornstarch
  • ¾ cup (180ml) evaporated milk
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Add the rice, sugar, salt, lemon peel, raisins, and water in the Anyday. Stir to combine. Cover with the lid (knob lifted).
  2. Cook in the microwave at Power Level 4

    Certain foods cook best in the microwave at lower power levels. 

    Different microwaves have different settings. See your microwave manual (or look it up online) to learn how to change your microwave’s power level.

    For many microwaves: enter the cook time, press the “Power” (or “Power Level”) button, and select a number between 1-10. Other microwaves may require selecting the Power Level first, and then entering the cook time.

    Microwaves list power levels in different ways. Here’s a guide to help you adjust:

    PL 10 = 100% = High (default)

    PL 9 = 90% = High

    PL 8 = 80% = Med-High

    PL 7 = 70% = Med-High

    PL 6 = 60% = Medium

    PL 5 = 50% = Medium

    PL 4 = 40% = Med-Low

    PL 3 = 30% = Med-Low

    PL 2 = 20% = Low

    PL 1 = 10% = Low

    You will know if the power level has been successfully changed if you hear periodic changes in the microwave’s tone after it begins cooking.

    for 22 minutes, or until most of the liquid has been absorbed.
  3. In a separate bowl, mix the evaporated milk and vanilla extract with the cornstarch. Add to the rice mixture and stir.
  4. Cover and cook at Power Level 10 (the default power) for 2 minutes, stirring halfway into the cooking time.
  5. Stir the rice while it cools for 30-45 seconds, which will help thicken the pudding. Serve warm or cold with your favorite topping. Try it with cinnamon or dulce de leche for a Latin-inspired twist!

Serving suggestions & tips

  • Adjust the power level by 1 as needed — increase if it’s taking longer than expected, or decrease if it’s bubbling over. 
  • The pudding will thicken as it cools down. If you like a looser consistency, thin it out with some regular milk right before serving. 
  • Leave off the lemon peel if you like, or use lime instead.
  • Microwave ovens vary, even with the same wattages. Adjust cooking times as needed.