Did you make a large amount of rice pudding and you have some pudding leftovers? Are you wondering if you can reheat the rice pudding or if you should eat it cold? Let’s find out!
As the rice pudding is a sweet dessert that has a nice hearty and creamy texture, it will be better to make and consume it from scratch every time. If you want to keep the same creamy texture.
But if you prepared the homemade rice pudding in a larger pudding, you don’t need to thaw it away. Read further and you will find what are the best methods to reheat the rice pudding and to get almost the same texture as if it was freshly cooked.
Is Rice Pudding Better Warm or Cold?
Are you asking yourself if you should reheat rice pudding? I will say that it depends on your preferences. Some like to eat the rice pudding only warm, others prefer it cold even more.
You will not find the answer to this question until you will try both variants and will decide for yourself if you like the rice pudding warm or cold.
Can You Reheat the Baked Rice Pudding?
Yes, but if you reheat the rice pudding for the first time, you may find that it is tricky to reheat. I experimented with different methods to reheat the rice pudding to find the one that worked the best for me and I want to share it with you. Maybe you will find my experience useful to you.
Let’s get started with every method!
Reheating the Rice Pudding on the Stove
If you’re looking for the best and more optimal variant to reheat the rice pudding, then I will recommend reheating it on the stovetop. For that, take a large and deep saucepan, put the rice pudding in it, and pour 2-3 tablespoons of milk per serving.
This will help the pudding to remain creamy and not to dry out. Set the heat to medium and stir from time to time until the pudding will become warm enough for you. If it is needed, you can add a little more milk.
Quick Note: We are using milk to loosen the rice pudding. If you don’t have milk in your fridge, you can use water instead. But keep in mind that the taste of the rice pudding will not be so concentrated and you also may lose a little bit from the creaminess of the rice pudding.
I like the variant on the stovetop because you can see instantly what is happening in your pan and you can control the results. In the oven or microwave, you need to make a few extra steps for that.
How to Reheat The Rice Pudding on the Stove?
- Pick a large pan and put the rice pudding in it.
- Pour over the rice pudding a few splashes of milk.
- Heat the pudding on medium heat.
- Stir from time to time to warm the pudding evenly.
Can You Reheat Rice Pudding in the Microwave?
This method may come in handy when you need to reheat only a small portion of rice pudding for one person. The larger amount of rice pudding you will put to warm up in the microwave, the less you will control the end result.
Because of that, I recommended warming up the rice on the stovetop.
If you need to warm only one serving of baked rice pudding in the microwave, then put the rice pudding in a microwave-safe bowl and pour 2-3 tablespoons of milk over the rice pudding.
Cover the pudding with a lid or use just a damp paper towel.
Pro Tip: For the best results, I recommend reheating the rice pudding in the microwave in 30 seconds intervals. After each stage, mix the rice pudding and return to the microwave for another 30 seconds. Repeat these steps until the entire composition of rice pudding becomes warm enough.
How to Reheat in the Microwave?
- Put the rice pudding in a microwave-safe bowl.
- Pour over 2-3 tablespoons of milk and cover with a lid.
- Warm up the rice pudding in the microwave for 30 seconds.
- Remove the pudding, mix and put for another 30 seconds.
- Repeat a few more times if needed until you will be happy with the temperature of the pudding.
Can You Reheat Rice Pudding in the Oven?
If you need to reheat a larger amount of rice pudding, you may wonder if you can reheat it directly in the oven to save you some time.
How to Reheat in the Oven?
- Preheat the oven to 350°F.
- Sprinkle the cooking spray on the baking sheet and spread the rice pudding in a uniform layer.
- Pour over the rice pudding a few tablespoons of milk.
- Cover the baking sheet with foil.
- Heat the rice pudding for about 5-10 minutes at 350°F.
Pro Tip: If you spread the rice pudding in a thick layer, you may need halfway to remove the baking tray to mix the rice pudding and to put it back in the oven for the rest of the time.
How to Reheat Frozen Rice Pudding?
Before reheating, I recommend defrosting the rice pudding first. This will keep a part of the creaminess from the rice pudding. For that, take the frozen rice pudding from the freezer and move it to the fridge on the top shelf of the fridge. Leave it overnight.
On the next day, you can reheat the rice pudding on the stovetop by adding a few splashes of milk and mixing continuously to return back the creaminess of the frozen rice pudding.
How Long Can You Keep Rice Pudding in the Fridge?
If you will keep the rice pudding in an airtight container in the fridge, you can keep it safely for up to 3 days in the fridge. When it is needed, you can reheat it by whatever method you prefer.
How Long Can You Leave Rice Pudding Out?
I don’t recommend leaving it out as it contains milk and it can go bad in just a few hours, especially in the summertime.
Answering Your Questions:
Can You Reheat Rice Pudding the Next Day
Yes if it was stored in an air-tight container in the fridge.
Can You Reheat Rice Pudding Twice
I don’t recommend reheating the rice pudding twice because you will lose the taste and the texture of the pudding. Because of that, reheat only the amount of rice pudding that you plan to eat in one sitting.
Can You Freeze Homemade Rice Pudding?
Yes, you can freeze the rice pudding but you may lose its consistency and creaminess after you defrost it. Because of that, I recommend preparing the rice pudding in the amount that you plan to eat in the next 2-3 days.
Can Rice Pudding Be Made Ahead of Time
Yes. You can make it ahead and enjoy it warm or cold. If you prefer it warm, you can reheat the pudding in the microwave, stove, or in the oven.