Rice Cooker Congee

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As much as I love fall, with the changing leaves and fabulous fashion options, it’s also flu and cold season for many.  People at work seem to be dropping like flies, myself included.  Times like this call for congee – a soupy savoury Chinese rice porridge (think runny risotto).  This is a comfort food that I grew up eating whenever I suffered any sort of ailment.  Whether it was a cold, stomach flu, wisdom teeth removal – you name it, congee was the cure-all.  In many Asian countries, congee is served for breakfast too.

Here’s an easy way to make congee using a rice cooker – there’s nothing easier than throwing everything into a pot a clicking a button, especially when you’re hurting.  Stirring is important here, but overall, this is convenience cooking that will hopefully help you through the rest of the chilly days to come. 

I’ve made this version with seafood, but chicken is also a great option.  Just slice some chicken thighs thinly and add right at the beginning.  Congee is one of those things you can throw just about anything into – meat, mushrooms, peas, shredded lettuce, carrots, preserved eggs, fish balls, you name it.  Basically, whatever makes you feel good.  Stay warm and well friends.

Rice Cooker Congee (Adapted from  Serves 4


  • 1 cup jasmine rice, uncooked
  • 8 cups water or chicken stock
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoon minced ginger
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon gluten-free oyster sauce (or fish sauce)
  • 1 tablespoon gluten-free tamari soy sauce
  • 6 ounces sliced fish, such as salmon
  • 6 ounces frozen seafood, such as shrimp, scallops, squid
  • 3 Tablespoons fresh coriander chopped
  • 3 Tablespoons green onions, finely sliced
  • White pepper to serve
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Special Equipment: Rice cooker


  1. Rinse rice in rice cooker pot, changing water 4 to 5 times.  Add stock, ginger, garlic, oyster sauce, tamari sauce to pot and turn on rice cooker.  Leave uncovered and stir occasionally for 45 minutes or until congee is smooth and no longer grainy.  Add more water or chicken stock if necessary. 
  2. When congee is done, change setting to ‘keep warm’.  Add fish and seafood to rice cooker. Stir and cover for 5 minutes or until seafoods is cooked through.  Add salt to taste and stir in cilantro.  Garnish with green onions and serve with white pepper and tamari sauce.

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8 Responses to Rice Cooker Congee

  1. Garrett November 16, 2014 at 8:44 am #

    Sadly this did not work for me, nothing reduced and I was left with soup, delicious, hot soup, but soup all the same.

    • Garrett November 16, 2014 at 9:35 am #

      Scratch that, I had to alternate opening and closing it to get a proper simmer going, it turned out great.

  2. M. November 17, 2016 at 9:53 pm #

    This has saved my life!
    I have spent more than a decade pining for the readily-available congee of my expat years in S.E. Asia.

    This fits the bill. And it’s so easy.
    Thank you!!

    Side note: I used to eat this whenever I could and my Asian friends would ask if I was ill. Apparently, it was the “chicken soup” their mum’s gave them only when in need of comfort food. lol

  3. Elizabeth November 30, 2016 at 11:51 pm #

    Have made this several times and love it!

  4. jon January 24, 2017 at 3:13 pm #

    worked fine, thanks for the method of cooking it 🙂

  5. Atchet March 11, 2017 at 10:20 pm #

    Should I use coriander as listed in the ingredients, or cilantro per directions in cooking?

  6. D.J. Zenjohn May 9, 2017 at 12:29 pm #

    I toss in some wolfberry (qi zi), lily flower (bai he), cooked, peeled red dates (hong zao), some sliced shiitake mushrooms, and pork, lamb, or rabbit. I cook the meat from the start along with the rice. Oh, sometimes I use 2/3 cup rice and 1/3 cup barley.


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