Comfort Rice Congee Recipe

Comfort Rice Congee Recipe

March 19
12:38 2024

Congee, or, as some call it, rice porridge, is more than comfort food in Chinese culture; it’s like a warm hug in a bowl. This dish is all about simplicity and warmth, kind of like a blank canvas in Chinese cooking that you can jazz up with whatever flavors tickle your fancy. It’s not just any meal; it’s a tradition that feeds the soul, especially in times of need or during celebrations. There’s something about congee’s unassuming nature that’s deeply rooted in history, binding folks to their heritage and providing comfort spoonful by spoonful.

Starting your day right with congee

When it comes to breakfast, congee is a big deal. It’s the kind of meal that gently nudges you awake, offering a smooth start to the day that’s both nourishing and light. In many Chinese homes, mornings kick off with a steaming bowl of this stuff, sometimes in peaceful solitude, other times as a shared family moment, setting the tone for the day ahead.

Active Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 15 minutes

Servings: 4

Basic Chinese congee ingredients

What you need:

  • a cup of long-grain white rice
  • 7 cups of your choice of water or broth (chicken, veggie, or beef works great)
  • a pinch of salt
  • 1-inch piece of ginger peeled and thinly sliced

for serving:

  • chopped green onions 
  • soy sauce, sesame oil (optional)


Making it happen:

  1. Rice Prep: Give that rice a good rinse under cold water until it’s clear, stripping away extra starch to keep your congee smooth and not too thick.
  2. The Cook-Down: Pop that rinsed rice into a big pot with your water or broth, ginger, and salt, get it boiling, then simmer on low. Keep a lid on it and stir now and then.
  3. You’re aiming for a breakdown of the rice into a creamy mix, which should take around 1 to 1.5 hours. Adjust it with more liquid to get it just right.
  4. Serve It Up: Get your congee in bowls and go wild with green onions and soy sauce or sesame oil.

Nutrition Talk

Congee is a hearty but light pick because it is low in fat and calories. It can change in terms of nutrition depending on what you add, but in general, it’s a healthy choice.

Nutrition Facts  
one serving  
Calories: 357
Total Fat: 6.2g
Saturated Fat: 3.7g
Cholesterol: 0g
Sodium: 1g
Total Carbohydrates: 67g
Dietary Fiber: 0.7g
Sugars: 7g
Protein: 10g

Pro Tips

  • broth makes food taste better, so use it instead of water for a tasty change.
  • If you want to set it and forget it, you can use a slow cooker or rice cooker to make the congee.
  • For those who want to try something new, you can add cooked foods, soft-boiled eggs, cilantro, or even pickled vegetables.

Wrapping Up

Congee is a popular choice for a warm meal that can be eaten at any time of the day and by people with a wide range of dietary needs. To keep your taste buds dancing, it can be dressed up in a million different ways.


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Chris Baker

Chris Baker

I'm Christopher Baker, also known as "Mr. Crumbly Cookies." My journey into gluten-free baking began as a personal quest for wellness, not a business venture. My goal is to raise awareness about gluten-related issues and promote healthier choices. Being "Mr. Crumbly Cookies" reflects my dedication to providing delicious, gluten-free options and inspiring others to embrace a healthier lifestyle, one cookie at a time.

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