Arroz Doce (Portuguese Rice Pudding)

Arroz Doce (Portuguese Rice Pudding)

Arroz doce is traditional in Brazil and Portugal (and we love it just about anywhere).

Arroz Doce Portuguese Rice Pudding

Arroz Doce is a traditional Portuguese rice pudding dish that we're absolutely crazy for. If you love traditional rice pudding recipes, but you're looking for something with a little more personality (and plenty of cinnamon), then this is the recipe for you. Even better, if you have fond memories of this traditional dish, there's no time like the present to whip up a batch for you and your family! This Arroz doce recipe is easy to make in your slow cooker, so you can just sit back and relax while the sweet smells fill your house. Everyone will be so ready to gobble up the finished dessert when it's done... it will be gone in no time! Enjoy this fantastic recipe!


  • 3/4 cup long-grain white rice
  • 1 1/4 cup water
  • 4 cups milk
  • peel of 1 lemon
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ground cinnamon
  • 3 eggs, separated
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 3 cinnamon sticks


  1. Place rice and water in slow cooker; cook on high until rice has absorbed water. Place lemon peel and cinnamon stick in milk; scald (I do this in the microwave for 5-8 minutes on high.)

  2. Keeping the slow cooker on high, add milk 1 cup at a time, allowing it to be absorbed by the rice before adding more. If you have to leave the house during the process, turn the pot to low to slow the cooking. With the addition of the third cup of milk, add the sugar and salt. When all milk has been almost completely absorbed, mix in the egg yolks and butter.

  3. Beat the egg whites until frothy but not quite stiff; add to the hot pudding. (The eggs will cook on contact with the hot pudding.) Allow to cool somewhat before refrigerating. Serve chilled or warm, sprinkled with ground cinnamon.

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