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Must Have Christmas Food in Oslo

Oslo Christmas
Credit: Flickr / Asbjørn Floden

With the cold grey winters in the city of Oslo, sometimes it is best just to lie in or walk to the nearest restaurant for some nice and hot comfort food. With freezing temperatures, many prefer to stay inside during Christmas and spend time with the family with some delicious meals and drinks. We have written about some famous local cuisine of Oslo that you can have during Christmas which your tummy with thank you for!

Lutefisk, Ribbe & Pinnekjøtt

Lutefisk. Credit: Creative Commons / Jonathunder

A very common dish, cod cured in lye, also called lutefisk is as well known as the ribbe which is essentially pork cooked. Pinnekjøtt is another local dish made of dry-cured ribs of lamb. These dishes may be common, but each restaurant has its own unique way of preparation and you must visit to taste this local delicacy. You can also try ham, boiled cod and turkey in the restaurant menu which are common during Christmas.


Riskrem. Credit: Creative Commons / Malene Thyssen

Riskrem is a cold rice pudding that is usually left over from risengrynsgrøt which is a Norwegian version of a hot, rice pudding. The cooled pudding is later served with whipped cream and red sauce to a dish called Riskrem. This simple dish is always a classic for celebrating Christmas in Oslo.


Pepperkake. Credit: Flickr / baatsmann

A pepperkake is Norwegian version of a gingerbread cookie. Many of these delicacies are sold around Oslo, and also made at home. Similar to gingerbread, children also make homes which can later be eaten up at the end of the holidays. If you are away from home and miss the classic gingerbread cookie, then pepperkake is a local must have.

Whether you are spending time alone or with someone you love, food is something that will always help you learn about the culture of the city. Enjoy your time this winter and Merry Christmas!

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