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chinese congee

Basic Congee Recipe – 粥

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  • Author: Caroline Phelps
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 60 minutes
  • Total Time: 70 minutes
  • Yield: 6 1x
  • Category: Rice Recipes
  • Method: Simmered
  • Cuisine: Chinese
  • Diet: Low Calorie


This creamy and savory congee recipe is the perfect breakfast food, and a comforting meal for when you are feeling under the weather. 


  • 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 salt

Toppings (optional)

  • Green onions
  • Sesame oil
  • Fried tofu
  • Fried shallots
  • Chicken


  1. Rinse the rice to remove 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 up to 5 days.


  • Serving Size: 1 serving
  • Calories: 180
  • Sugar: 0.6g
  • Sodium: 314mg
  • Fat: 2.7g
  • Saturated Fat: 0.8g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 0.6g
  • Trans Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 29.8g
  • Fiber: 0.6g
  • Protein: 10.3g
  • Cholesterol: 0mg
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