9 Congee Recipes That Are Pure Comfort
Congee, or rice porridge, is a popular savory dish in China and many other Asian countries that's eaten for breakfast and supper or as a nourishing meal when you're feeling under the weather. From Cantonese pork to Vietnamese chicken congee, plus Instant Pot and slow cooker versions, we've got you covered with this collection of comforting homemade congee recipes.
Also known as jook, this traditional savory Chinese breakfast porridge involves poaching white fish in a flavor-packed stock with soft rice, roast pork, and pickled vegetables. Serve hot with chopped peanuts, scallions, and a drizzle of vinegar and soy sauce on top.
Cantonese Lean Pork Congee
Pork and rice are cooked until tender, then mixed with oyster sauce, salted duck egg, and Chinese preserved egg in this soothing soup. "This recipe is completely authentic and delicious!" says reviewer CHANINATOR. "Be sure to let the rice 'marinade' in the oil and salt otherwise the congee will not have a creamy consistency."
Instant Pot® Chicken Congee
This is a quick and easy Instant Pot® Chinese congee made using chicken thighs, rice, corn, and ginger. Top with sliced spring onions, sesame seeds, and chili sauce. "I've made this multiple times and it is amazing!" says home cook Jmain. "Great flavor and I have also made with ground chicken."
Chicken Jook with Lots of Vegetables
This Chinese jook or congee dish is easy to prepare but oh-so comforting to eat! Chicken thighs are cooked with green onions, ginger, garlic, and jalapenos, then simmered with rice until porridge-like. Serve hot with thinly sliced cabbage, snow peas, bean sprouts, soy sauce, and sesame oil.
Vietnamese Chicken and Long-Grain Rice Congee
A whole chicken is poached with ginger and lemon grass until it's incredibly tender and the stock is nutrient-rich. Rice is added and simmered until soft; serve with fresh cilantro, chives, and a squeeze of lime juice. "This is the Vietnamese equivalent of Chicken Noodle Soup," says reviewer LYNDA L. " I'm so glad I came across this recipe!"
Chinese Fish Congee
In this incredibly easy Chinese fish congee recipe, chunks of white fish are seasoned with fresh ginger, chicken bouillon granules, and green onions, then added to simmering rice until the fish is falling apart. Serve hot with freshly chopped parsley and a sprinkling of salt.
Filipino-Style Congee (Lugaw)
For Filipinos, this rich and tasty garlic chicken and rice soup is pure comfort food. The rice is seasoned with a pinch of annatto powder, making it a gorgeous orange color. Garnish bowls of congee with fried garlic, green onion, and slices of hard-cooked egg.
Slow Cooker Chicken and Corn Congee
This super creamy rice congee with tender chicken and crunchy corn is a breeze to make in your slow cooker. Serve with a drizzle of sesame oil and a sprinkling of ground white pepper for a filling, cozy meal on a cold evening.
Thanksgiving Turkey Congee
Ever since her childhood, congee remains the ultimate comfort food for recipe creator Irene Y. "My dad used to make huge Thanksgiving dinners, and the morning after, we would be treated to delicious turkey congee."