Congee (Juk) in the Instant Pot

Lately I have been making this soup in the pressure cooker and it turned out so good. It makes this tidy and quick soup the perfect meal when you’re wanting something warm and tasty.  If you’re interested in the stove top version go here.

Congee (Juk)

This is my ultimate comfort food!  Easy to make and I always have the ingredients – rice, water, chicken or beef, seasonings.
I loved all the meals my parents prepared growing up.  I sure had my favorite Chinese and western dishes alike.  My mom is a great cook and of the many, many things she has taught me, one of them is how to cook.  Growing up I watched her make tables full of various dishes to fill our bellies.
My father had dishes of his own and they are still some of my favorites.  Just thinking of them makes me salivate.  I love how the mind can conjure up flavors.
So here’s my instant pot version for congee/ juk:

  • Fill your pot with water until it is about 2/3rds full or to the about the 8 cup line.  Add chicken or turkey – whatever type of meat you desire that day. If you are making poultry use pieces with the bone in, for better flavor.  You just have to remove the bones from the soup after it has fully cooked.  Two chicken legs with the thighs work well. If you are using sliced beef add it at the end. If you are using fish make sure it is boneless and add it at the end. (You can also make plain juk/congee by omitting this part).
  • Add 1-1/2 cup of long grain rice. Do not use parboiled rice.
  • Add ginger and garlic if you wish. I prefer adding these minced in my bowl as seasoning.
  • Check the gasket on your lid to make sure it is properly in place before putting it on and in the lock position. Put the vent in the seal position and press soup button or manual for 35 min.
  • Walk away and let it do its thing!

I let it cool down normally to maximize the cooking time. With soups I find this is always the way to go to avoid sputtering from the vent. If you want it thicker you can press the off button and saute it for a bit to get the consistancy you like. I prefer mine a bit more brothier than my husband.  One of the best things about this soup is each being able to top each bowl off the way you like! So grab a hand full of radish sprouts, some fresh diced or grated ginder, a splash of Maggi sauce and a few turns of the pepper grinder! 



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