Arroz Doce (Portuguese Sweet Rice)

Total Time
Prep 20 mins
Cook 20 mins

This was always a family staple and while searching the Portuguese recipes, I noticed it wasn't there and I just have to add it.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Bring water to a boil in medium saucepan.
  2. Add rice and cover, simmering for 20 minutes.
  3. Add milk, sugar and lemon rind, stirring constantly until thickened to oatmeal consistency, about 15-20 minutes.
  4. It will also thicken some while cooling.
  5. Pour into one large serving plate and remove lemon rind.
  6. Spread flat and allow to cool on wire rack.
  7. You can be decorative with cinnamon by pinching a bit between your fingers and place while your hand is no more than an inch away from the rice (criss cross patterns are traditional), or you can just dust the entire top with the cinnamon.
  8. Serve at room temp, but refrigerate uneaten portion.


Most Helpful

Traditionally, you're supposed to put the water and milk together to boil in the pot, along with a cinnamon stick and lemon rind. It makes a cinnamon-flavoured milk. Arborio rice (Italian rice) produces the best result since it needs to be "sticky". A staple dessert in Portuguese culture, and I love it!

Portuguese Mom March 31, 2006

Thank you so much Jennie for this great recipe. My DH is Portuguese and I have been trying to duplicate the Arroz Doce recipe for YEARS. My DH family cooks by "eyeballing it" therefor making it hard to duplicate perfectly. I did add vanilla and a bit more milk as I didn't use whole milk but 1% instead. My DH couldn't wait to eat it chilled as I am told how it should be eaten but he ate it warm and steamy. Our little one has fallen in love with another time honored portuguese dish not to mention we had fun together creating cinnamon designs on top. Obrigada!

Snowbaby January 04, 2006

Hello. I tried the recipe. You could stir the rice for 15 to 20 days and it wouldn't thicken up. After 20 minutes of stirring the consistency never changed. When one cup of rice soaks up 2 cups of water, , how in the world is it going to now soak up 2 more cups(hot milk?) Doesn't happen.

Rich G. May 23, 2016

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