Creamy Portuguese Rice Pudding (Arroz Doce)

Creamy Portuguese Rice Pudding (Arroz Doce)

Creamy Portuguese rice pudding isn't your average rice pudding. Learn how to make this fun and delicious sweet rice dessert.
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  • Serves: 4 persons



  1. Step 1

    Place the water, salt, and lemon peel into a medium pan and bring to a boil. Then reduce the heat to low and allow the water to simmer with a lid on for about 15 minutes.
  2. Step 2

    Remove the lemon peel from the water with a slotted spoon and discard.
  3. Step 3

    Add the rice to the water and bring it back up to a boil. Then reduce it to a simmer and allow the rice to absorb all of the water (about 10 minutes).
  4. Step 4

    Now slowly add the hot milk, a bit at a time, to the rice mixture. After each addition (of about 1/2 cup), allow the liquid to absorb before adding the next batch of milk. Stir frequently and keep the heat low, so that the rice does not burn at the bottom of the pan. This should take about 25 to 30 minutes.
  5. Step 5

    Pour the rice into a serving dish. Sprinkle the top with the cinnamon and the lemon slice if you like.
  6. Step 6

    Chill the rice and then serve.