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Portuguese Rice Custard Recipe
Portuguese Rice Custard Recipe
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
50 mins
Recipe from Portugal! Making a traditional, gluten-free Portuguese Rice Custard Recipe for dessert is so easy. It's quick and easy to make and a must in my family for Easter Sunday.
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Portuguese
Servings: 14
Calories: 125 kcal
  • 1 cup rice
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 lemon, peel size of your thumb
  • 4 cups water
  • 3 cups milk
  • cup sugar
  • 2 egg yolks
Cooking Rice
  1. Add the 4 cups of water, salt, a wedge of lemon, with a stick of cinnamon into the pot along with the rice. Start cooking the rice for about 15 minutes.
  2. Add the 2 cup of room temperature milk slowly as the rice cooks and stir quickly.
  3. Once the rice starts to cook add the sugar and mix everything together.
  4. Turn heat down to medium and stir as it cooks. About 20 minutes until you see this creamy looking rice.
Custard Mix
  1. In a separate bowl mix the egg yolk, vanilla and 1 cup of milk and stir.
  2. Turn your heat down and add the mixture to the rice in the pot while mixing steadily and fast so not to cook the egg yolk and have a lumpy custard base.
  3. Pour the rice into a pie dish and let the rice cool. About 4 hours
  4. Top with fruit or cinnamon
Recipe Notes

When cooking the rice, I tend to watch it cook so not to over cook it.
I also rinse my rice under cold water, it helps not become too starchy.

Nutrition Facts
Portuguese Rice Custard Recipe
Amount Per Serving (770 g)
Calories 125 Calories from Fat 18
% Daily Value*
Fat 2g3%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 33mg11%
Sodium 360mg16%
Potassium 87mg2%
Carbohydrates 23g8%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 12g13%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 122IU2%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 68mg7%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.