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Horizontal image of a white bowl full of a thick stew topped with shredded kimchi and fried onions served with a metal spoon on top of a tan napkin.

Savory Congee

  • Author: Meghan Yager
  • Total Time: 1 hour, 35 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x


This basic savory congee recipe is perfect for anyone who wants to make the classic Chinese rice porridge at home. You’ll love the rich texture.


  • 1 cup medium or long grain white rice, any type
  • 6 cups chicken or vegetable stock
  • Your choice of toppings and garnishes


  1. In a large strainer with small holes, rinse rice under cold water until the water runs clear.
  2. Add rice and stock to a saucepan and place over high heat. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer over medium-low heat. Partially cover and continue to simmer for 1 1/2 hours, stirring occasionally. 
  3. If you are using cooked chicken, pork, or beef, stir it into the congee. Serve with your favorite toppings.
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 hour, 30 minutes
  • Category: Rice
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Chinese

Keywords: rice, congee, Chinese, porrige