How to Make Congee in a Rice Cooker

Congee, or rice porridge is a traditional breakfast dish in many Asian countries. It has been eaten for centuries and is still popular today as an easy-to-digest meal that’s hearty and filling. This article will show you how to make congee the right way by cooking it in a rice cooker!

What is Congee?

Congee is a dish made by boiling rice in water, and then letting it simmer until the grains break down into a broth. This can be done on the stovetop, in which case, I like to use a metal steamer basket because it fits nicely on top of my electric stovetop burner and keeps food from getting burnt during boiling. You can also get good results by using a slow cooker – but I’m going to explain how to use a rice cooker today as part of my favorite congee cooking method!

What Does Congee Taste Like?

In its simplest form, congee is a simple rice porridge. However, in many regions of the world, it’s flavored with ingredients like soy sauce or chilies which can make it more flavorful and exciting!

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How to Cook Congee in a Rice Cooker

Ok, let’s get down to business. Congee is actually very simple to cook in a rice cooker. So, let’s take a look at the steps involved.

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Ingredients:  – 15 ounces of white jasmine or long grain rice (white rice works best, but you can use brown if that’s all you have)  – 32 ounces of water or broth (use more liquid for a thinner consistency)


Rinse the rice in cold water before placing it into the inner cooking pot. Add the desired amount of liquid to the cooker and lock on the lid. Press “cook” and let the rice cooker go to work. It will take about an hour or so, but be patient! You’ll see that as you stir the congee halfway through cooking it will start to thicken up nicely.

Congee can also be made with less water for a thicker consistency – just remember to increase the time needed by 15 minutes for every extra cup!

When cooking congee in a rice cooker it’s a good idea to keep adding water so that when it’s done there is about an inch of liquid left over.

This ensures there will be a nice flavorful broth left over after your food cooks in the cooker and also makes sure nothing gets burned!

When your congee is ready, season with salt if needed and maybe some fresh chopped cilantro on top for a pop of color.

Now that you know how to cook congee in a rice cooker, it’s time to give this traditional dish a try!


This article has provided you with a detailed recipe for cooking congee in your rice cooker. Now, all that’s left to do is try it out! If you have any questions about this then please, leave me a comment below. Enjoy!

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Is congee just overcooked rice?

Congee is often made by cooking rice with a large amount of water, resulting in a thick, porridge-like consistency. While it may be considered overcooked rice by some, it is typically made intentionally with a specific consistency and texture in mind.

Is congee good for the gut?

Congee can be a gentle and easily digestible food, which makes it a good option for those with digestive issues. Additionally, adding ingredients such as ginger or bone broth can further enhance its gut-healing properties.

What kind of rice is best for congee?

Long-grain rice, such as jasmine or basmati, is often used for making congee as it breaks down well and results in a smooth texture. Sticky or glutinous rice can also be used, but it will result in a thicker and more substantial congee.

Can you overcook congee?

Yes, it is possible to overcook congee. If cooked for too long, the rice can become mushy and break down too much, resulting in a soupy consistency. To avoid this, it’s important to monitor the cooking process and add more water as needed to maintain the desired consistency.

What is the difference between porridge and congee?

Porridge is a general term used to describe a hot cereal made by boiling grains, such as oats, in milk or water. Congee is a specific type of porridge made from rice and is popular in many Asian cuisines. The main difference between the two is the type of grain used, with porridge having a wider range of options, while congee is made exclusively with rice.

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