Instant Pot™ Congee with Baby Bok Choy and Shiitake Mushrooms

Instant Pot™ Congee with Baby Bok Choy and Shiitake Mushrooms

Congee is Chinese comfort food at its finest.  Traditionally, it’s served for breakfast.  However, it can also be ramped up with other ingredients for a hearty, healthy meal.  Thanks to the Instant Pot™, this labor of love is quick and easy.

Instant Pot™ Congee with Baby Bok Choy and Shiitake Mushrooms | cookglobaleatlocal.comIt’s no secret that I adore Chinese food.  And, like any addiction, mine has only grown over the years.

Nonetheless, congee is a dish I came to late, probably because it’s almost never available at the local takeaway.  Rather, it’s a staple of Chinese home cooking that isn’t commonly available in restaurants.

This is a real shame, because congee is a dish that’s endlessly adaptable.  It’s perfect for convalescents since long cooking makes it easy to digest.  In addition, it’s a hearty, easy meal — particularly when it’s prepared in the Instant Pot™.

For this version, I’ve used seared baby bok choy and browned shiitake mushrooms for a light, healthy, vegan main.  However, in terms of topping and flavouring congee, the options are only limited by your imagination.  I’ll give you a few suggestions at the end of this post, so that you can develop your own array of favourites.

About Baby Bok Choy

Instant Pot™ Congee with Baby Bok Choy and Shiitake Mushrooms | cookglobaleatlocal.comThe humble baby bok choy is a cruciferous vegetable that packs a real nutrient punch.  In addition to healthy fibre, bok choy contains over 70 different antioxidants.  It is also incredibly low in calories, at just 13 per 100 grams.

Baby bok choy is one of the most nutrient dense foods available.  Just 100 grams of baby bok choy provides:

  • 89% of your recommended daily allowance of Vitamin A,
  • 75% of your recommended daily allowance of Vitamin C, and
  • 57% of your recommended daily allowance of Vitamin K.

Better yet, baby bok choy contains antioxidants that help prevent and treat cancer.  Numerous studies have shown that people who eat multiple servings of cruciferous vegetables weekly are at lower risk for cancer, particularly of the prostate, colon, breast, and lung.

The Vitamin K in baby bok choy helps to reduce inflammation, and its high Vitamin A content means baby bok choy is also very good for your eyes. One serving of baby bok choy fills your daily allowance of beta carotene which helps fight macular degeneration.  Finally, due to its richness in Vitamin K, calcium, iron, phosphorous, and magnesium, baby bok choy supports strong and healthy bones.

With benefits like these, bok choy is a vegetable we should all be eating more of.  In addition to using it as a congee topping, as I do here, bok choy is a delicious addition to:

  • stir fries,
  • fried rice,
  • curries,
  • cole slaw,
  • kimchi, and
  • as a stuffing for filled breads.

Instant Pot™ Congee with Baby Bok Choy and Shiitake Mushrooms

About this Recipe

Instant Pot™ Congee with Baby Bok Choy and Shiitake Mushrooms | cookglobaleatlocal.comCongee is among the easiest dishes on the planet, particularly when it’s prepared in the Instant Pot™, which does all the heavy lifting for you. Hence, I’ve chosen to spend a bit of time and effort on the toppings.

However, there are days when you simply don’t have time for extra steps.  If you’re having one of those days, feel free to separate the leaves of the baby bok choy (or roughly chop it). Once the Instant Pot™ has depressurised, press [Cancel] on the Instant Pot™ to turn off the [Keep Warm] function and press [Sauté].  Stir the baby bok choy through, add a teaspoon of toasted sesame oil.  Then, leave it to simmer for about 5 minutes prior to serving.

Alternately, leave the baby bok choy out altogether.  Instead, top the finished congee with a heap of kimchi for a delicious twist.

As I mentioned earlier in this post, the beauty of congee is that it is infinitely variable.  You can top it with just about anything that strikes your fancy.  Here are just a few ideas to get you started:

  • Chinese, Indian, Japanese, or Korean pickles;
  • Bamboo shoots;
  • Kale or spinach;
  • Leftover vegetable curry;
  • Bean sprouts;
  • Toasted peanuts or cashews;
  • Marinated or baked tofu chunks;
  • Chopped water chestnuts; or
  • Microgreens.

Let your family’s tastes be your guide.  Most of all, I hope you enjoy this healthy congee every bit as much as my family does.  Bon appétit!

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Instant Pot™ Congee with Baby Bok Choy and Shiitake Mushrooms

Instant Pot™ Congee with Baby Bok Choy and Shiitake Mushrooms | cookglobaleatlocal.com
Jeanette Marie
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Prep Time:  15 minutes - Cook Time:  45 minutes Servings:  4

Congee is Chinese comfort food at its finest.  Traditionally, it's served for breakfast.  However, it can also be ramped up with other ingredients for a hearty, healthy meal.  Thanks to the Instant Pot™, this labor of love is quick and easy.


  • 1 cup raw jasmine rice
  • 6 cups vegetable stock
  • 1 tablespoon ginger, peeled and grated (or very finely chopped)
  • 1/4 teaspoon white pepper
    For the Bok Choy
  • 1 tablespoon peanut oil
  • 4 baby bok choys, sliced in half down the centre and thoroughly washed and dried
  • salt, to taste
  • 1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
    For the Mushrooms
  • 1 tablespoon peanut oil
  • 8 fresh shiitake mushrooms, stems removed and caps thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
    To Garnish
  • 2 green onions, washed and finely sliced
  • Chili oil (or sriracha) to taste

  1. Wash the rice in 3 changes of water, and drain thoroughly. Add the rice, stock, ginger, and white pepper to the liner of the Instant Pot™. Close the lid, and ensure that the steam release valve is set to [Sealing]. Set the pot to cook on high pressure for 15 minutes. When the cooking time is finished, allow the pot to depressurise naturally.
  2. Meanwhile, heat 1 tablespoon of peanut oil in a wide skillet, set over medium heat. When the oil is hot, add the halved baby bok choys to the skillet, cut side down and allow to sear (2-3 minutes). Turn the baby bok choys over using a pair of tongs and season to taste with salt. Turn off the heat, remove the baby bok choys from the skillet, drizzle them with toasted sesame oil, and set aside.
  3. Heat another tablespoon of peanut oil in the same skillet, set over medium high heat. Add the sliced shiitake mushroom caps to the skillet. Stir intermittently until the mushrooms turn a rich golden brown. Season with salt, pepper, and stir the lemon juice through. Remove from the heat.
  4. Once the Instant Pot™ has depressurised, open the pot and taste for seasoning. Adjust as needed. Then, ladle into four bowls. Top each bowl with 2 baby bok choy halves, and 1/4 of the mushroom mixture. Finally, garnish each with a drizzle of chilli oil and a sprinkling of green onions. Serve immediately.

If you are too busy to cook the baby bok choy separately, separate the leaves instead of cutting them in half.  Once the Instant Pot™ has depressurised, press [Cancel] on the Instant Pot™ to turn off the [Keep Warm] function and press [Sauté].  Stir the baby bok choy through, add a teaspoon of toasted sesame oil, and leave it to simmer for about 5 minutes prior to serving.

Nutrition Facts

Instant Pot™ Congee with Baby Bok Choy and Shiitake Mushrooms

Serves

Amount Per Serving
Calories 302
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 8.76 g 13.5%
Saturated Fat 1.454 g 7.3%
Trans Fat .001 g
Cholesterol 0 g 0
Sodium 1184 mg 49.3%
Total Carbohydrate 51.53 g 17.2%
Dietary Fiber 2.6 g 10.4%
Sugars 5.92 g
Protein 5.4 g
Vitamin A 5459 IU Vitamin C 47.5 mg
Calcium 115 mg Iron 3.15 mg

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

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