Appelsinris – Norwegian Rice Pudding

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Last Updated on April 2, 2021 by Chef Mireille

Appelsinris – Norwegian Rice Pudding creates a delicate balance of rich and luscious cream with refreshing citrus.

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Almost every country in the world has a version of rice pudding and I am a rice pudding fanatic and have been on a mission to try every country’s version of rice pudding. Some countries even have several versions of rice pudding and Norway is one of those countries.

Plain rice pudding which is pretty standard in most countries with just rice cooked with milk, sugar and usually cinnamon is known in Norway as Risengrynsgrot. Usually, leftover of this pudding is used to make Appelsinris, but I have created this version without having the reserved Risengrynsgrot.

Oranges are very common in Norway and it is one of their top imported products. It’s very common to take oranges on skiing trips and orange flavoring in breads and sweets is very common, especially during Easter.

In Norway, the appearance of oranges in every type of dessert signifies the switch of seasons when winter is just about over and it’s time for Easter. Every Easter cake or bread in Norway is flavored with orange. So I am presenting this orange flavored rice pudding to you just in time for Easter, adapted from Arctic Grub.

How to make Vanilla Sugar

Vanilla sugar is quite a common supermarket ingredient in Europe, but here it is not available unless you go to one of those specialty shops that sells flavored salts and sugars. I make my own by scraping out the insides of a vanilla bean, then chopping the bean into pieces. Combine in a food processor with 4 cups of sugar to grind the vanilla. Keep it in your pantry and you will find yourself adding it to all sorts of things. I put in my coffee and it’s great sprinkled on strawberries. You can also just use regular sugar in this recipe and add a little vanilla extract.

You can also skip the beginning of the recipe if you have leftover rice pudding. Just add the cream and orange and you’ve repurposed plain old rice pudding into something fantastic. This makes a great #glutenfree dessert.

…and if you’re as much a fan or rice pudding take a look at some of my others…

Rice Pudding Recipes

How to Make Norwegian Rice Pudding

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This pudding is rich and creamy, but it is so well balanced with the citrus that it doesn’t feel heavy and rich. Instead it goes down like a light and fruity summer dessert.

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It can be garnished with more pieces of orange and/or grated chocolate.

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rice pudding in a bowl with text and an orange in the background
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Appelsinris – Norwegian Orange Rice Pudding

This gluten free dessert is so well balanced. The refreshing citrus mutes the rich and luscious cream.
Prep Time15 hours
Cook Time15 minutes
Total Time30 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Norwegian
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 432kcal


  • 2/3 cup long grain rice
  • 1 ½ cups milk
  • ¾ cups water
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons vanilla sugar
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 large oranges supremed with each supreme cut in half
  • Grated chocolate garnish


  • Combine rice, milk and water in a saucepan. Bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer, cover and cook until the liquid has been absorbed, about 15-20 minutes. Set aside to chill.
  • Whip heavy cream with the sugars until whipped cream consistency.
  • Add orange supremes and rice. Using a rubber spatula, fold into the whipped cream.
  • Garnish with grated dark chocolate.
  • Serve chilled or at room temperature.


Calories: 432kcal | Carbohydrates: 46g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Cholesterol: 91mg | Sodium: 66mg | Potassium: 201mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 20g | Vitamin A: 1023IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 152mg | Iron: 1mg
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Norwegian Rice Pudding in a bowl with text

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  1. I made risengrynsgrot once and that is so delicious. One would hardly have any leftovers of that. If applelsinris is made with leftovers of risgrot, it must be heavenly.

  2. Wow Mir, that’s one awesome intro to pudding and especially about Norway!..I am sort of like to try rice pudding too and reading through your list, makes me want to try all of them..

  3. OMG! That looks so sinful. I am a die hard fan of rice pudding but cannot boast about having tried multiple varieties. I stick to the traditional ones I am used to. But I am very tempted to try this version. For a second, I thought you got your themes mixed up 🙂 I wish I could whip up something this sinful.

  4. It is so interesting to read about the humble rice pudding from different cuisines and cultures. Every cuisine has its own form of rice pudding and each and every single one is so unique in its own way. Love the garnishes on this one and the vanilla sugar should have been so flavorful in this rice pudding.

  5. This is almost like the beangali kamlabur or orange kheer. It’s so nice to know the same dish exists in different cuisines. It must have tasted divine.

  6. There is a program called ‘Boys weekend’ in Fox Life, this week they made a yumm black rice pudding from thailand and i was thinking about you all thru the program!!
    this pudding must be bursting with citrus flavors, love your clicks Mir!! that spoon shot is too good, i can almost feel the texture of it!

  7. wow really, I did not know so many versions are available with rice pudding. Looking so delicious. With orange n chocolate flavor it must have tasted great. Loved it.

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