ginger and garlic asian rice porridge

Low in fat and calories, a bowl of congee is ideal for dieting.

Ginger and cilantro congee

A clean and simple ginger congee with cilantro can be just as satisfying as a hearty bowl of chicken stew on a cold winter’s night. It’s also very low in fat and very easy to make. I’ve lately become a fan of celery, adding it to a lot of my dishes because of its capability to absorb the flavors so well and its many healthy benefits (anti inflammatory, lowers cholesterol, fights cancer, etc..)
For this recipe I prefer cutting the ginger into strips instead of finely mincing it, because it adds a little crunch and zing to this otherwise mild and gentle dish.
This congee recipe is also very versatile; if you’re not too fond of cilantro, substitute it for spinach or bok choi. Vegetarians can also use vegetable broth instead of chicken broth as congee tastes great with just about any savory food combinations.

Ginger and cilantro congee

ginger and garlic asian rice porridge
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Total Time: 60 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Category: Main
  • Cuisine: Chinese, Rice


  • 2 1/2 cups cooked Japanese rice
  • 10 cups low sodium chicken broth
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce
  • 1 large onion (finely chopped)
  • 2 cloves garlic (finely chopped)
  • 2 stalks celery (finely chopped)
  • 1 thumb size ginger (peeled and cut into thin strips )
  • handful cilantro (finely chopped)
  • freshly ground black pepper and salt (to taste)


  1. In a large pot over high heat, add oil, ginger strips, garlic, onions and celery, and cook for 5 minutes. Add rice and 8 cups of chicken broth, and bring to boil. Cover and simmer for 30 minutes. Add cilantro and soy sauce, cover and simmer for another 30 minutes. Check on the consistency of the congee – if you’d like it more watery, add more broth, and if you’d like it thicker, cook for another 15 minutes. Season with salt and freshly ground pepper, and serve.


  • Calories: 326
  • Saturated Fat: 2
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