This simple Instant Pot Congee (rice porridge) recipe is the perfect comfort food when you have a cold. This basic recipe allows the family to customize their bowl of congee to their liking.
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A Summer cold can be a bummer. I think it’s the worst time to catch a cold. The last Summer cold i had really threw me for a loop. There was so much congestion in my head, it felt like my head was a balloon. Catching a cold sucks. And it’s even worse (or at least it feels worse) to have a cold while the sun is shining bright, the birds are chirping and people are laughing and frolicking. Okay, I’m being a little dramatic but you understand what I mean.
When I catch a cold, I become a very picky eater. I want something that’s soothing and warm. Something that makes me feel better immediately. Even if it’s temporary. So a nice hot bowl of congee seemed to be the best solution for my predicament. Congee is extremely simple to make especially if you are using a pressure cooker. Made stove top there’s a lot of stirring involved. Which is fine some days, but not when your head is all foggy and your nose is running down your face. That’s not the day to stand over a stove.
So, I rinsed the rice as well as I could and threw everything into the pressure and walked away. The recipe shown here uses water instead of chicken broth. I used water because I was sick and needed something plain. But making plain congee allows it to take on the flavor of whatever the family wants to add to it. So whether topping it with chicken or shrimp everyone could enjoy their congee the way they wanted.
Simple Instant Pot Congee (Rice Porridge)
Makes 6 servings
- 1 cup jasmine rice (or short grain rice)
- 6-8 cups water
- 1 piece ginger, knuckle size, peeled
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon fish sauce
Tools: mesh strainer, pressure cooker, spoon
Wash rice in mesh strainer until water runs clear.
Add rice, water, ginger, salt and fish sauce to pressure cooker.
Close lid and seal.
Press porridge button or set to high pressure for 20 minutes.
Once finished, turn off heat (cancel) and allow to natural pressure release for 15 minutes.
Manual release the rest of the pressure.
Depending on the consistency you prefer, you can add additional water or stock to thin congee.
Salt to taste and add your toppings to your bowl. Snuggle up with a blanket and enjoy the warmth.
Perfectly simple, you can add chicken or cabbage to make this a complete meal. If you like a seriously comforting soup that a full meal you should try our pressure cooker chicken and dumplings recipe. Yum!