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Risgrynsgröt: The Perfect Recipe for Swedish Rice Porridge

Warm comfort foods are a necessity for families during the winter months.

There are many different types of comfort foods, but one of the most popular is rice pudding. Rice pudding is a warm, comforting dish that can be enjoyed by families for breakfast.

Risgrynsgröt is a traditional Swedish recipe often served on Christmas Eve, but has become a staple of Scandinavian cuisine.

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It is often served with raisins, but it can also be served without them. It is also served with a dash of cinnamon.

Risgrynsgröt Swedish rice porridge from Sweden - traditional winter breakfast or dessert

Another Swedish tradition is to add a whole almond to the pot. The family member who gets the almond, gets a small gift (usually a piece of chocolate). In some families, the almond indicates that the recipient will get married or have a baby in the coming year.

Swedish Christmas Rice Porridge is not only a delicious comfort food, but it is also healthy and nutritious. It contains complex carbohydrates, which provide energy for the body, and it also high in protein and calcium.

So if you’re looking for a warm comfort food that you can enjoy with your family, rice pudding is a good choice.

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History and Origins of Risgrynsgröt

The history and origins of risgrynsgröt are quite interesting. The dish first appeared in Sweden in the city of Malmö back in 1542. However, it didn’t become widespread until the 18th century.

Christmas rice pudding used to be made with fresh milk and barley grains. Rice replaced the barley at some point, and quantities appear to have been large—in Norrbotten, you would make enough porridge that you’d have a supply until Twelfth night.

The porridge in Sätuna, Västergötland was made of barley and milk and called vitergröt (white porridge), while the Grinstad variation in Dalarna consisted of home-made oat flakes and milk.

The porridge wasn’t limited to only different grains, but was served in numerous ways as well. In Grinstad of Dalarna, the porridge had a cube of butter in its center with sugar and cinnamon sprinkled on top. Golden syrup was used when it was served in Sko. In Ysby in Halland, the porridge was decorated with cinnamon sticks and ground cinnamon sprinkled on top in patterns of crosses. In Kräklingbo on Gotland, the porridge was flavored with anise and mixed with milk, buttermilk, beer, or a local small beer. Golden syrup was trickled on top as a final touch.

Over time, risgrynsgröt has evolved to become a popular comfort food enjoyed by families for breakfast during the winter months. It is healthy, nutritious, and delicious!

Ingredients for Swedish rice porridge

What You’ll Need to Make Swedish Rice Porridge

To make Swedish rice pudding, you will need:

  • 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

Christmas rice porridge is a delicious and comforting winter dish. It’s easy to make, and can be tailored to your taste by adjusting the amount of sugar, milk, and raisins.

Start by bringing water to a boil in a saucepan with salt, butter, and a cinnamon stick. Then add the rice and cover, cooking on low heat for about ten minutes. Next, add the milk and bring to a boil before turning the heat back down to very low heat and covering. Simmer for about 30 minutes, adding raisins 10 minutes before the porridge is done. Once the rice is tender and all milk has been absorbed, stir in the sugar to taste and enjoy warm!

Milk with a bowl of almonds for rice pudding

Adding an Almond to the Pot

A popular tradition surrounding Christmas porridge is putting an almond in the dish.  This is done to symbolize good luck for the recipient, and it’s believed that whoever finds the almond will be married or have a baby in the coming year.

To add an almond to your Swedish rice porridge, stir the almond into the pot at the end of the cooking time.

In addition to the almond, there are actually a variety of things you could hide in your porridge, along with what it means for the person who finds them:

  • An almond—you’ll marry during the coming year
  • A bitter almond—you’ll remain unmarried
  • A brown bean—you’ll marry a widower with five children (!)
  • A ring made of a twig from a kitchen tool—you’ll become engaged (with rings)
  • A 10 öre coin—You’ll be rich

Have fun with this holiday tradition and enjoy your Swedish rice porridge!

Swedish Rice Pudding with fresh berries

Variations on the Classic Recipe

There are a number of different ways to make Swedish rice porridge, and you can tailor the recipe to your own taste by adjusting the amount of sugar, milk, and raisins. Here are a few variations to try:

  • If you want a richer, creamier porridge, try adding some heavy cream or crème fraîche.
  • For a sweeter porridge, serve with fruit sauce
  • For a spicier porridge, add ground cardamom or anise.
  • To add variety, try using different types of grain such as barley or oat flakes.
  • If you want to add some extra protein and nutrients, try stirring in some chopped nuts or seeds.

No matter how you choose to make your porridge, it is sure to become a warm and comforting part of your winter breakfast routine!

Best Ways to Enjoy Risgrynsgröt

There are many delicious ways to enjoy Swedish rice porridge, and everyone has their own favorite way. Some popular options include:

For breakfast, top your porridge with some sliced fresh fruit or berries. You could also add a dollop of yogurt or whipped cream for extra decadence.

If you want an indulgent treat, top your Risgrynsgröt with chopped almonds and extra cinnamon.

For a cozy winter dessert, try serving your porridge warm with a dollop of whipped cream or vanilla ice cream on top.

Serve your rice porridge in place of oatmeal for a comforting twist, or enjoy it as a savory side dish without sugar and cinnamon alongside some roasted vegetables or meat.

With so many delicious variations and ways to enjoy it, Risgrynsgröt is sure to become a new go-to winter comfort food for you!

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Risgrynsgrot rice pudding or porridge from Sweden

Nutritional Breakdown

Swedish rice porridge, otherwise known as risgrynsgröt, is a delicious and hearty dish that is perfect for cold winter days. This traditional porridge is made with rice, milk, and water, and often flavored with cinnamon and sugar.

While it may be tempting to indulge in this comfort food, it is important to be aware of its nutritional content. A single serving of Swedish rice porridge contains 454 calories, 8 grams of fat, 14 grams of protein, and 80 grams of carbohydrates.

While the dish is relatively high in calories, it is also a good source of protein and fiber. Additionally, the porridge is enriched with vitamins and minerals, making it a nutritious and filling meal.

Final Thoughts

Looking for a warm and comforting way to start your day this winter? Look no further than Swedish rice porridge, or risgrynsgröt!

This classic dish is a staple of Swedish cuisine, and it has been enjoyed by families for generations. Whether you enjoy yours sweet with raisins and cinnamon, or savory with toppings like nuts or roasted vegetables, this dish is sure to become a new favorite.

So why wait? Gather your family around the table and enjoy a bowl of Swedish rice porridge today!

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:

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