The base for the congee gets most of its flavor from the mushrooms, but it’s actually a plain congee that’s dressed up by the toppings that you choose. This is a great get-well-fast soup and is gentle on your stomach. You can serve with soy sauce, sesame oil, and cilantro.

Slow Cooker Shiitake Congee (Rice Porridge) [Vegan]

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  • 8 cups water or broth
  • 4 cups thinly sliced fresh shiitake mushrooms
  • 4 cups thinly sliced button, baby bella, shiitake mushrooms or combination
  • 1 cup brown rice (this recipe used long grain)
  • 3 tablespoons grated ginger

Serving Ingredients - Optional:

  • Soy sauce
  • Scallions
  • Cilantro
  • Chopped hot peppers
  • Extra grated ginger
  • Leftover cooked veggies
  • Tofu cubes


  1. The night before: Prepare the mushrooms and ginger, and store in the fridge.
  2. In the morning: Add the water, mushrooms, rice, and ginger to your slow cooker. Cook on low for 7 to 9 hours.
  3. To serve, place your chosen toppings on the table and let everyone make it their favorite way.


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