Christmas Rice Pudding

Total Time

Prep: 10 min. Cook: 70 min.


8 servings

Updated: Sep. 13, 2022
My heritage is Swedish and this recipe is known among Swedes as "grut". My Grandma Anna would make it every Christmas Eve, and we would eat it with cream poured over. Grandma always put a cinnamon stick and one almond in the rice before serving. Whoever found the almond was supposed to get married next, according to tradition.


  • 1-3/4 cups uncooked long grain rice
  • 2 cups water
  • 4 cups milk
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup butter, cubed
  • Sliced almonds and ground cinnamon, optional


  1. In a saucepan, combine the rice and water. Simmer for 10 minutes; add milk and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, for 60-70 minutes or until rice is tender. Add sugar, salt and butter; mix well. Spoon into small bowls or dessert dishes. Garnish with almonds and sprinkle with cinnamon if desired.

Nutrition Facts

1/2 cup: 418 calories, 10g fat (6g saturated fat), 32mg cholesterol, 415mg sodium, 76g carbohydrate (42g sugars, 1g fiber), 7g protein.