Brown Rice Fish Porridge

Rain finally started coming after a period of pretty intense drought. Yay rain!


With the rain and gloomy weather, it’s weird how the body just craves for something contrasting. The little change in wind and weather has such an impact on our appetites and what we see as season-appropriate. The nuance in the air can affect us more that we even realize.

Since it feels a little cooler these days, I thought it’s seemly to share a simple brown rice porridge recipe today. I’m using organic brown rice here for the nutritional benefits as well as the chew factor. I also like how the grains still retain their shape somewhat after simmering because their outer skin, bran, holds the grains together albeit barely. They’re really pretty, you’ll see.

So for this kinda simple dinner, we would need Brown Rice, Ginger, Water, Salt, Pepper, Fish Sauce, Fish Fillet & Spring Onions!
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I like to go a full 8:1 ratio (in volume) for water:rice. You can adjust according to your preference. Some like it real thick, some like it watery, some want to play it safe and make it watery first then reduce the liquids until it gets thick. You do you.
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I think the grains look like little white flowers, don’t you think?
This porridge will seem thinner than regular porridge because brown rice doesn’t disintegrate and melt into the water as easily as white rice. I kinda like how it turned out.
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I only add the marinated fish slices just as we want to eat so the fish doesn’t get overcooked sitting in the hot porridge and then breaks into a million shards.
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You can pretty much garnish this with anything.
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I went for spring onions, thinly sliced fresh ginger & my favourite fermented beancurd (fu yue or 南乳).
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Just a very warming, simple dinner that is easy to digest yet really fills us the belly.
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Makes me feel a little better knowing that I’m not merely ingesting a bowl of empty carbs.
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It went really well with sirfried napa cabbage  which added a sweetness to the whole meal.
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If you’re tired of the grease-heavy stews or time-consuming braises on a cold day, try this low maintenance brown rice porridge. Perfect for comforting those with the sniffles too ;-).

If you like fish porridge, I’ve posted another one here before using leftover rice:
Salmon Rice Porridge 10Salmon Congee


Behold, we count them happy which endure. Ye have heard of the patience of Job, and have seen the end of the Lord; that the Lord is very pitiful, and of tender mercy.” {James 5:11}

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Brown Rice Fish Porridge
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Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Chinese
Serves: 6
  • ½ cup Brown Rice, rinsed
  • 4 cups Water
  • 3 slices Ginger
  • 2 tbsp Fish Sauce
  • 1 5oz or 150gm skinless Fish fillet (any firm white fish will do)
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • ½ tsp Pepper
  • ½ tbsp Corn Starch
  • 1 tsp Shallot Oil (or Sesame Oil)
  • thinly sliced Ginger & Spring Onions (for garnishing)
  1. Pour rinsed brown rice into a deep pot together with water. Toss in ginger slices and fish sauce. Bring up to a boil. Partially cover and reduce to a simmer. Leave to cook away for 30 minutes, stirring every so often and watching that it doesn't overflow.
  2. Meanwhile, slice fish fillet into 1 inch slices. Stir with salt, pepper & shallot or sesame oil.
  3. Sprinkle in corn starch and stir until evenly mixed, taking care not to break up fish slices. Store in fridge until ready to use.
  4. Once porridge is cooked to your liking and ready to be served, bring heat up to a slightly quicker simmer.
  5. Drop in slices of fish & carefully stir porridge to prevent scorching. Fish is cooked when it becomes totally flaky, taking only about 1-2 minutes.
  6. Ladle into warm bowls & top with ginger, spring onions & your favourite toppings!


  1. Very interesting! I would have NEVER thought to put this together but I just might work up the courage to try it. What do you believe exactly? Your profile says you’re a christian but that means different things to different people…

    • Hi Tallya. Thanks for your kind words. 🙂 I gather with a non-denominational church. We call our selves Christians, taking the Bible as our authority. Hope this clears it up for you.


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