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Gingered Crème Caramel Rice Pudding

Scott Phillips

Servings: six.

One of my favorite types of white rice is fragrant Jasmati, so I came up with this recipe as a way to use some I had left over. If you’re using leftover rice that was salted for cooking, omit the pinch of salt in the recipe list below.


For the caramel:

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup water

For the pudding:

  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 3/4 cup cooked white rice (from 1/4 cup raw)
  • 3/4-inch piece (1/2 oz.) fresh ginger, peeled and cut in 4 slices
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • Pinch salt (see the note above)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract

Nutritional Information

  • Calories (kcal) : 220
  • Fat Calories (kcal): 60
  • Fat (g): 6
  • Saturated Fat (g): 3
  • Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 1
  • Monounsaturated Fat (g): 2
  • Cholesterol (mg): 155
  • Sodium (mg): 115
  • Carbohydrates (g): 36
  • Fiber (g): 0
  • Protein (g): 6


  • Set six 6-oz. ramekins in a baking dish. Put the sugar and water into a small, heavy saucepan and set it over medium heat. Stir to dissolve the sugar. Once the sugar has dissolved and the mixture is boiling, stop stirring and turn the heat to high. When the mixture begins to color, swirl the pan until the caramel is a deep amber brown; be careful — the caramel is extremely hot. Take the pan off the heat and immediately pour the caramel into the ramekins, swirling them right after each pour to spread the caramel evenly over the bottom.
  • Heat the oven to 325°F. In a medium saucepan, stir together the milk, cooked rice, ginger slices, sugar, and salt, if using. Set the pan over high heat and bring to a boil. Once boiling, take the pan off the heat, cover, and stir occasionally until the sugar is dissolved and the milk is infused with the ginger, about 10 minutes. In a medium bowl, whisk the eggs and yolks together, whisking just to combine. Slowly and carefully pour the liquid from the rice into the eggs in a very thin stream, whisking constantly (it’s okay to leave rice behind). Pour the mixture back into the saucepan and cook over medium heat, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon, until the rice is just suspended in the custard and the mixture coats the back of a spoon, 2 to 4 minutes. Immediately remove the pan from the heat. Fish out the ginger slices and discard them. Stir in the vanilla extract.

    This custard is just thick enough to hold the rice in suspension. The grains are evenly dispersed and won’t sink to the bottom.

  • Ladle the custard into the ramekins, distributing it evenly. Pour very hot water into the baking dish so it comes halfway up the sides of the ramekins. Cover the pan loosely with foil. Bake until the custards are just about set but still slightly jiggly (they shouldn’t feel too firm), 30 to 45 minutes, depending on the thickness and depth of your ramekins. Cool the ramekins in the water bath until you can safely lift them out. Cover and refrigerate overnight (so the caramel fuses with the custard). To serve, run a sharp knife around the inside rim of each ramekin and invert it onto a small serving dish.


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  • SoCo18 | 07/08/2017

    I don't know if this recipe was that rewarding to make. I really liked the flavor but I was upset at the time because one of my boyfriend's friends got drunk and ate several of them right out of the ramekin and I woke to find there weren't enough for our dinner party. Anyway, I love the ginger flavor in this but I think they were a little complex to make given the returns. My caramel was a little on the sticky side so it didn't fuse as nicely to the pudding as I would have liked.

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