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Risgrynsgröt – Swedish Rice Porridge

Risgrynsgröt is a Swedish rice pudding or porridge often served around Christmas time.  

My husband loved this porridge.  It’s just a little sweet and tastes just like cinnamon raisin oatmeal.  It can be served with or without the raisins, but I felt it needed them.  It was a little lack luster otherwise.  Plus, raisins are a great compliment to cinnamon.  

Another Christmas tradition is to add a whole almond to the pot.  The family member who gets the almond, get a small gift (usually a piece of chocolate).

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Risgrynsgrot rice pudding or porridge from Sweden
Risgrynsgrot rice porridge from Sweden - traditional winter breakfast or dessert


Yield: 4
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes


  • 2 c water
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 Tbsp butter
  • 1 c rice, short-grain rice such as pearl rice or arborio rice
  • 4 1/3 c milk
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1/4 c sugar
  • 1/4 c raisins


  1. Bring the water to a boil in a sauce pan with salt, butter and a cinnamon stick.
  2. Add the rice, cover and simmer on low heat for 10 minutes.
  3. Add the milk and bring to a boil. Turn the heat down to low, cover and cook for about 30 minutes.
  4. Add the raisins when there is 10 minutes of cooking time left. Don’t stir until the porridge is ready.
  5. Add sugar to taste. Serve warm.
Nutrition Information
Yield 4 Serving Size 1 cup
Amount Per ServingCalories 454Total Fat 8gSaturated Fat 5gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 3gCholesterol 29mgSodium 459mgCarbohydrates 80gFiber 1gSugar 18gProtein 14g

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Tuesday 14th of December 2021

Another variation on the almond tradition is that whichever female in the family gets the almond is next to get married.

As far as the raisins, I've never seen them added, in any of my family trips to Sweden. It's an interesting take on it.

Tessa Zundel

Tuesday 7th of January 2020

This looks so delicious! How do you pronounce it? :)


Tuesday 14th of December 2021

@Tessa Zundel,

the pronunciation is "ris-gryns-grit", at least in my family. Literally translates to rice pudding. It's a yearly tradition for us. My great grandmother immigrated from Sweden in the early 1940s.


Wednesday 8th of January 2020

Like it's spelled? LOL

Here's an audio I found with two slightly different variations: https://forvo.com/word/risgrynsgr%C3%B6t/

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