Basic Congee Recipe – 粥


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This silky, savory basic Chinese congee recipe is perfect if you’re feeling under the weather – AND makes the best comfort food!



Basic Congee Ingredients:

  • 1 thumb size ginger, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 1 cup medium or long grain white rice
  • 10 cups low sodium chicken broth or dashi broth (use wakame seaweed dashi for vegan)
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

Toppings (optional):

  • Chopped scallions 
  • Sesame oil
  • Fried tofu
  • Chili crisp
  • Fried shallots
  • Chicken


  1. Rinse the rice to move excess starch, drain well and transfer to a bowl. Fill the bowl with water until the rice is submerged and soak for 20 minutes. Then drain the uncooked rice again.
  2. In a large pot, add the broth and bring to a boil. Add the rice, ginger and salt and stir. Lower the heat to a simmer, cover and cook for 1 hour. Add more water if the consistency is too thick.
  3. Serve with toppings of your choice.


Leftover congee can be kept covered in the fridge for 4-5 days.


Keywords: rice recipe, porridge, okayu, jook, easy recipe

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