The easiest congee made in an instant pot! Comforting and hearty with the perfect rice porridge consistency that is ready in 35 minutes.
The Easiest Congee Recipe
This is definitely not the traditional way of making congee but it sure is the EASIEST! Perfect for cold weekdays when you don't have time to make an elaborate meal.
You will love this recipe because:
- Cooking time is shorter than the stove-top version.
- No freezing or overnight soaking involve.
- Made of plain short white grain rice. You won't need glutinous rice.
- You will get that porridge consistency with WAY LESS STIRRING and tending of the pot.
This recipe uses basic congee ingredients. It is reminiscent of Filipino-style congee called arroz caldo but you can easily modify however you like.
Type of Meat
Chicken always goes well with congee. Use bone-in, skin-on for a more flavorful broth. If you are watching your fat intake, you can omit the skin. Ground pork, beef, and turkey can also be used.
Use regular white rice like Jasmine rice (long grain rice) or Japanese rice (medium grain).
Garlic, Onion, and Ginger
Gives a nice flavor to congee. Some recipes call for just onion and ginger but I love garlic!
Salt or Fish Sauce
This is a savory type of congee thus uses fish sauce. You can definitely substitute with salt for a much lighter flavor.
Use chicken, pork, or vegetable broth. For convenience, I use chicken bouillon dissolved in hot water. If you have homemade chicken broth, please use it with gusto.
How to cook Congee in an Instant Pot
Here's how to make the easiest congee in 5 simple steps:
- Rinse the rice with tap water.
- Saute onion, garlic, and ginger.
- Add the chicken, rice, water, and bouillon
- Pressure cook for 10 minutes! You read it right. JUST 10 MINUTES!
- Natural release for 25 minutes - thereafter turn the knob to the venting position to release the remaining pressure.
That's it! Easy.
Secret to 35 Minutes Instant Pot Congee
And here's why this recipe only takes 35 minutes to make from start to finish. It's not rocket science. Just really simple techniques to make the whole process so much quicker.
Use hot water/broth
Starting with hot water will mean the pot will get up to pressure sooner. And the sooner the pot gets to pressure the sooner it can start "cooking", which will reduce the cooking time.
What I actually did was dissolve the chicken bouillon in hot water from the kettle then pour it into the pot while still hot.
10 mins Pressure Cooking Time
Set to cook at high pressure That is all you need. If using frozen chicken, adjust to 15 minutes.
Use Natural Release
Using natural release is the key to this recipe. The remaining pressure will continue cooking the chicken and rice for 25 minutes. Do not be tempted to use "quick release" as the starch from the rice will spill everywhere and you'll of course end up with an uncooked porridge.
After 25 minutes, turn the knob to vent to release the remaining pressure. This should only take less than a minute.
For a ligther and less savory congee
Just place all the ingredients in the pot and season with salt instead of fish sauce. Proceed with the rest of the steps and you're done!
Substitute meat with mushrooms like shitake, portobello, and button mushrooms. For extra protein, add diced firm tofu after pressure cooking. Cook for 1 to 2 minutes then turn off the instant pot.
What to Serve with Congee
The list of toppings and condiments is endless. But here are my personal favorite:
- Boiled egg
- Green Onions
- Toasted Garlic
- Century Egg
- Chili Oil - to make it spicy
Storage and Shelf-life
If you have leftover congee, you can keep it in the fridge in an airtight container. It should be consumed within 2-3 days.
To reheat, place in a pot and reheat on the stove. Add more water or broth and season with salt and black pepper as needed.
Frequently asked questions
If using frozen cut-up chicken pieces adjust the pressure cooking time to 15 minutes. If using half-frozen chicken, adjust the pressure cooking time to 20 minutes. No need to thaw or defrost. Just add it straight to the pot.
Use natural release for 25 minutes.
Watch how to make it
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Instant Pot Congee: 35 mins from start to finish
- 1 cup uncooked rice (see note 1)
- 1 piece chicken bouillon
- 7 cups hot water
- 1 ½ tablespoon vegetable oil (canola)
- 5 cloves garlic (finely chopped)
- 450 grams / 1.5 lbs chicken (bone-in, see note 2)
- 1 medium onion (chopped)
- 2 tablespoon ginger (peeled and grated)
- 1 tablespoon fish sauce (optional)
- salt and pepper (to taste)
Choice of Toppings
- hard-boiled eggs (sliced)
- green onions (chopped)
- toasted garlic
- calamansi, lemon or lime (optional)
- RINSE THE RICE: Place rice in a bowl. Pour tap water and rinse with your hands. Drain and discard water.
- SAUTE: Set instant pot to saute mode. Add oil and heat until warm. Add garlic, onion and ginger. Saute until fragrant.
- BROTH: Dissolve chicken bouillon in hot water.
- PRESSURE COOK: Add the chicken pieces, rice, fish sauce and broth. Close and seal the lid. Set to pressure cook for 10 minutes.
- NATURAL RELEASE: When the cooking time is up, let the pressure release NATURALLY for 25 minutes. Do not quick release at this point. After 25 minutes, turn the knob to VENTING to release the remaining pressure. This should only take less than a minute.
- SHRED THE CHICKEN: Remove the lid. Transfer the chicken to a plate. Remove any bones and discard. Shred the chicken with two forks.
- STIR: Set instant pot to saute mode. Add chicken back into the pot. Stir gently. Add hot water to lighten consistency, if preferred. Sprinkle green onions. Cook for another minute.
- SERVE: Transfer to serving bowls. Top with sliced boiled eggs, green onions, and toasted garlic.
Recipe Notes and Tips:
- Rice - measured in a baking cup. Use Jasmine rice (long grain rice) or Japanese rice (medium grain).
- Meat - you can also use 300 grams of ground pork, chicken, turkey, or beef.
- Lighter and less savory congee - skip sauteing the garlic, onion, and ginger. Just place all the ingredients in the pot and season with salt instead of fish sauce.
- Meatless/Vegetarian - substitute meat with mushrooms like shitake, portobello, and button mushrooms. For extra protein, add diced tofu after pressure cooking. Cook it for a minute or two then turn off the instant pot.
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