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Okayu (Japanese Rice Porridge)

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  • Author: Caroline Phelps
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Total Time: 60 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Category: Rice
  • Method: Boiling
  • Cuisine: Chinese
  • Diet: Vegan


Okayu is a simple Japanese porridge seasoned with various toppings such as umeboshi (pickled plum), salmon, or egg. It’s often served as a breakfast item and perfect to soothe an upset stomach.


Units Scale
  • 1/3 cup short grain Japanese rice (or 1/2 cup if you are using the measuring cup that comes with a rice cooker)
  • 600ml water
  • Pinch salt (optional)
  • 2 umeboshi (Japanese pickled plum), or other toppings such as sesame seeds, chopped scallions, mitsuba (or cilantro), or cooked salted salmon


  1. Put the rice in a rice washing bowl and run cold water over it. Rinse the rice using your hand, in a swirling motion, until the water runs clear. Drain well. If you don’t have a rice washing bowl, put the rice in a medium size bowl and pour a little water in it. Wash the rice in a swirling motion to remove the excess starch, for about 1 minute, and strain the rice through a sieve to drain all the water.
  2. Transfer the rice to a dobabe (earthenware pot), dolsot (cooking stone bowl), or regular pot, and add the water and salt.
  3. Bring the mixture to a boil, stir a few times so the rice doesn’t stick to the bottom, and lower the heat to low. Cover and cook for 35-40 minutes.
  4. Serve with umeboshi or other topping of your choice.


Save the leftover okayu in a storage container and refrigerate for up to 4 days.


  • Serving Size: 1 serving
  • Calories: 60
  • Sugar: 0g
  • Sodium: 177mg
  • Fat: 0.1g
  • Saturated Fat: 0g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 0g
  • Trans Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 13.2g
  • Fiber: 0g
  • Protein: 1.1g
  • Cholesterol: 0mg
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