{How To Make} Leftover Chinese Rice Pudding Recipe

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Last Updated on September 17, 2020 by Deanna Samaan

Leftover Chinese Food Rice Pudding is rice pudding with cooked rice. Everyone has leftover steamed rice that comes with Chinese food. So why not make it into rice pudding with cooked rice.

What to do with leftover rice? Using the leftover rice makes this rice pudding recipe so easy to make. You will want to add this to your collection of leftover rice recipes.

Leftover Chinese Rice Pudding Title


Rice Pudding With Cooked Rice

Have you ever made rice pudding with cooked rice? Well when the question was asked what to do with leftover rice? The thought of making a rice pudding recipe seemed perfect!


Leftover Chinese Food Rice Pudding close up of rice


What To Do With Leftover Rice?

My family, when we get Chinese food, we always have at least 2 boxes of leftover Chinese rice. what to do with leftover rice? It is such a waste to throw away leftover the chinese rice, so what leftover rice recipes can I come up with?


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Leftover Rice Recipes

There is not a lot of recipes that use Chinese rice as leftover rice recipes. One idea kept popping in my head, why not make rice pudding with leftover rice! A rice pudding recipe with cooked rice is perfect!


Leftover Chinese Food Rice Pudding wide view on wooden board


Chinese Desserts Recipes

When you think of Chinese desserts recipes, I know rice pudding with leftover rice is not something that comes to mind. This rice pudding recipe with cooked rice is a hybrid Chinese dessert.

Hybrid because it take Chinese rice and turns it into a rice pudding! So it both Chinese and American dessert!


Rice Pudding With Leftover Rice

So the next time you have leftover Chinese rice, why not make this rice pudding with the leftover rice! Not only is this rice pudding simple but you won’t be wasting leftover rice!

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Yield: 4 Servings

Leftover Chinese Food Rice Pudding Recipe

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Leftover Chinese Food Rice Pudding is made from the leftover steamed rice that comes with Chinese food. It makes the perfect rice pudding dessert.


  • 3 cups leftover Chinese steamed white rice
  • 3 cups milk
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Zest of 1 lemon (grated)
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon (divided)


  1. Combine cooked rice, milk, sugar and butter in a medium saucepan.
  2. Add raisins and vanilla and cook for 25 minutes until most of the liquid is absorbed.
  3. Mix in lemon zest and 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon.
  4. Spoon pudding into a serving dish and dust with remaining cinnamon and ENJOY!

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 492Total Fat: 10gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 30mgSodium: 149mgCarbohydrates: 94gFiber: 3gSugar: 46gProtein: 10g

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  • Jenna
    January 13, 2017

    This is a great way to use up rice!!!

    • Deanna Samaan
      February 12, 2017

      Thank you!!

  • Michelle
    February 9, 2017

    I live in the northeast and we definitely get SAD up here too. Hope you figure your living situation soon! And maybe the chinese food will be better in Florida too. Glad you posted this because we always have leftover rice whenever we order take out too!

    • Deanna Samaan
      February 12, 2017

      Thank you! It is amazing how the winter blues affects us 🙂 Thank you!!!

  • Lisa Bryan | Downshiftology
    February 9, 2017

    Love the idea of doing something with all that rice (why do they give us so much)? So much better than wasting food!

    • Deanna Samaan
      February 12, 2017

      They do dont they! Thank you!

  • Luci's Morsels
    February 9, 2017

    What a unique and simple way to use left over rice!

    • Deanna Samaan
      February 12, 2017

      Thank you!!!

      • Jennifer Ramos
        February 10, 2020

        OMG! Where has this recipe been all my life? All the nights of wasted white rice now gone. 🙂 seriously though, this is an amazing recipe i used 1 and a half cups of milk and 1 and a half cup of HWC. This stuff is leave sweet, warm, heaven in my belly.

  • Brian Jones
    February 10, 2017

    What a great idea, such a tasty and simple way of using up cooked rice… I think that rice pudding is such a great, simple and frugal dessert, probably the reason why my Mum cooked it all the time growing up 😉

    • Deanna Samaan
      February 12, 2017

      Thank you so much!! It could be why mum cooked it up 🙂

  • jane
    February 10, 2017

    That is SUCH a great idea! We always have leftover rice 🙂
    Jane x

    • Deanna Samaan
      February 12, 2017

      Your welcome 🙂 Thank you!!! (I always have so much left over!

  • Kim @ Berly's Kitchen
    January 15, 2018

    My husband would love this! Rice pudding is one of his favorites!

    • Deanna
      January 17, 2018

      I love rice pudding myself 🙂 Thank you!

  • Pam
    October 19, 2018

    I thought this recipe was ridiculous and would never work, yet I made it anyway. OMG so easy and so good! I’ve been dumping Chinese steamed white rice in the trash for years when I could have been making pudding! Outstanding recipe I will use over and over again! Love it!

    • Deanna
      October 20, 2018

      Thank you!! My mom inspired this because we were always throwing away the rice, and turned into something we could use 🙂

  • Kim Newsom
    August 6, 2020

    I know this is an old recipe but I just found it today. I’ll be trying this tonight with the leftover rice from our Chinese food last night. I just wanted to point out to all those saying in the comments that you usually throw your rice away – you can also use that leftover white rice to make fried rice. It’s so easy and you can customize it to your personal tastes so easily and it’s another great way to use up that leftover rice.
    Thank you for this recipe – can’t wait to try it!