Instant Pot Congee (Jook) with Minced Beef

Make Healthy Instant Pot Congee (Jook) Recipe with Minced Beef & Spinach! Soothing 7-ingredient pressure cooker congee.

Make this Healthy Instant Pot Congee (Jook) Recipe with Minced Beef & Spinach! Nutritious & soothing 7-ingredient pressure cooker congee. Perfect for post-holidays & when you’re feeling under the weather.

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It’s snowing in our hometown…and it’s quite rare!! Our whole town woke up to a blanket of ice and snow as if Princess Elsa escaped her castle and raged into our town overnight.

Looking out the window, watching the snowflakes fall ever so lightly, with a warm cup of hot chocolate in my palms, and read a good book by the flaming fireplace. I wish! 😛

How about yours? 

Jacky hasn’t been feeling well. His tummy has turned upside down and inside out.

We’ve been blessed with good health and haven’t been sick for a long time.

So, it was quite heartbreaking seeing him fully drained.

It warms our hearts with your overwhelming well wishes and blessings. He’s feeling much better now. 🙂

I’ve been making plain congee, then chicken congee for him. Slowly introducing solid food back into his diet like a baby.

But, yes! We miss our beloved “umami” flavors. 

We’re deprived of flavors, yet all we can eat is comfy food that won’t upset his tummy.

So, this mildly flavored, healthy Instant Pot Congee (Jook) with Minced Beef & Spinach works great.

Spinach is a super food. Just ask Popeye!

Make Healthy Instant Pot Congee (Jook) Recipe with Minced Beef & Spinach! Soothing 7-ingredient pressure cooker congee.

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As I was making this congee, he went on to tell me the story how his mom got awfully sick one time many years ago.

Without hesitation, he braved the weather and brought home the ingredients to comfort her with this healing Instant Pot Congee (Jook) with Minced Beef & Spinach.

How can I say no to this man? 🙂

Stay warm & take great care if you’re experiencing cold weather!

Time to make some Instant Pot Congee!

You’ll Enjoy Instant Pot Congee (Jook) with Minced Beef Because:

  • Easy to make (no tending the pot, special tricks, or constant stirring to prevent burning!)
  • Healthy & Nutritious – very soothing, nourishing, and comforting to eat
  • Made with 7 simple ingredients from your pantry
  • One step up from plain congee – mildly flavored, so it’s easy to eat and easy on the stomach

Instant Pot Congee (Jook) with Minced Beef are Great for:

  • Cold weather – can satisfy your warm comfy food cravings
  • Times when you’re not feeling well – it’s especially comforting to eat the day after big feasts
  • Pairing with meat or vegetable dishes with big flavors (or greasy-but-oh-so-good Chinese food) – this congee is a popular side dish in Hong Kong Restaurants served for Siu Yeh 宵夜 (late night meal).

Ingredients for Instant Pot Congee (Jook) with Minced Beef


Instant Pot Congee (Jook) Recipe, Pressure Cooker Congee Recipe Ingredients
  • 2/3 pound (300g) ground beef
  • 1 -2 cups (65g) spinach, roughly chopped
  • 3/4 cup (170g) Jasmine rice
  • 7 cups (1750ml) cold water
  • 1 stalk green onion, finely chopped

Ground Beef Marinade:

Tools for Instant Pot Congee (Jook) with Minced Beef


Instructions for Instant Pot Congee (Jook) with Minced Beef


Preparation

Ingredients

2 oz (65g) spinach
1 stalk green onion

First, wash & roughly chop the spinach, then, finely chop the green onion.

chopped green onion and spinach


Step 1
Marinate the Ground Beef

Ingredients & Tools

Mixing bowl
2/3 lb (300g) ground beef
1/3 tsp fine sea salt
1/4 tsp sesame oil
1/3 tsp ground white pepper

In a mixing bowl, marinate 2/3 lb (300g) ground beef with 1/3 tsp fine sea salt, 1/4 tsp sesame oil, and 1/3 tsp ground white pepper for 20 minutes.

marinate the ground beef for pressure cooker congee


Step 2
Pressure Cook the Beef Congee

Ingredients & Tools

3/4 cup (170g) Jasmine rice
Marinated ground beef
7 cups (1750ml) cold water

Optional: Rinse 3/4 cup (170g) of Jasmine rice with cold water until the water is clear.

Add Jasmine rice, marinated ground beef, and 7 cups (1750ml) of cold water in the pressure cooker.

Close the lid and cook:

  • Cooking Method: High Pressure for 25 minutes
  • Pressure Release Method: Full Natural Release (~18 minutes)

cooking with an instant pot - setting high pressure

Open the lid carefully.


Step 3
Thicken the Congee

Ingredients

Roughly chopped spinach
Salt

The congee will look watery at this point.

Add in the roughly chopped spinach.

Heat up the pressure cooker (Instant Pot: press Sauté button), stir until desired thickness & consistency.

Season with salt.

thicken the instant pot congee by stirring until desired consistency


Step 4
Serve

Ingredient

Chopped green onions

Make Healthy Instant Pot Congee (Jook) Recipe with Minced Beef & Spinach! Soothing 7-ingredient pressure cooker congee.

Remove congee from heat and garnish with green onions.

Serve with your favorite main dishes.


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Instant Pot Congee (Jook) with Minced Beef
 
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Make this mildly flavored, healthy Instant Pot Congee (Jook) Recipe with Minced Beef & Spinach! Soothing 7-ingredient pressure cooker congee.
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Recipe type: Breakfast, Brunch, Dinner, Lunch, Meat, One Pot Meals, Rice, Side Dish, Super Easy
Cuisine: Chinese
Serving: 2 - 4
Ingredients
  • ⅔ pound (300g) ground beef
  • 1 -2 cups (65g) spinach, roughly chopped
  • ¾ cup (173g) Jasmine rice (using standard 250ml measure cup)
  • 7 cups (1750ml) cold water
  • 1 stalk green onion, finely chopped
Ground Beef Marinade
Instructions
  1. Marinate the Ground Beef: In a mixing bowl, marinate ⅔ lb (300g) ground beef with ⅓ tsp fine sea salt, ¼ tsp sesame oil, and ⅓ tsp white pepper for 20 minutes.
  2. Pressure Cook the Beef Congee: Add ¾ cup (173g) of Jasmine rice, marinated ground beef, and 7 cups (1750ml) cold water into the pressure cooker. Close the lid and cook at High Pressure for 25 minutes + Full Natural Release (~18 minutes). Open the lid carefully.
  3. Thicken the Congee: The congee will look watery at this point. Add in 2oz (65g) of roughly chopped spinach. Heat up the pressure cooker (Instant Pot: press Sauté button), stir until desired thickness & consistency. Season with salt.
  4. Serve: Remove congee from heat and garnish with green onions. Serve with your favorite main dishes.
Notes
This is a mildly-flavored, comforting congee intended for the unwell, cold weather, or a side dish served with big flavor meat/veggie dishes.

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  1. Hi.
    I really enjoy trying your recipes so thank you for your efforts.
    Can I freeze the jook?
    Would like to freeze portions for my 90+ dad or can you recommend any other Asian freezer friendly recipes?

  2. My husband had dental surgery and congee is his version of “chicken soup”. I followed your chicken recipe and he loved it! Better than his Mom’s. I can hardly wait to try the beef. He has requested a version with beef liver. Would I make a plain congee and add the cooked liver at the end?

    1. Thank you so much for your kind words Lee 🙂

      Speedy recovery to your husband.

      For the beef liver, you will want to add the liver at the end.

      Please take care
      Jacky

  3. I have a 3 qt and should half this recipe to avoid overflowing? If I want to add some dried scallops, do I need to soak them first or can I just throw them in? How long does it usually take to make sure dried scallops are cooked? I am new to cooking in addition to being new to IP…

    BTW, I am obsessed with your blog and thank you for sharing all the traditional HK/Chinese IP recipes!

    1. Hi Michelle,

      thank you so much for your kind words 🙂

      I recommend halving the recipe to avoid overflowing. You can just throw the dried scallops in.

      The cooking time will be the same!

      Please Take care & have an amazing week
      Jacky

  4. Hi Amy and Jacky – thank you for your recipes! I love congee! It’s one of my favorite foods. My wife is from HK and makes it for my family all the time. I want to attempt it myself and your recipe seems so simple and delicious. I have a question though. Can I double the recipe? If so, do I need to adjust the ingredients or the rice/water ratio? THANK YOU!

    1. Hi Richard,

      thank you for your kind words and question 🙂

      If you are using a 6 quart Instant Pot, doubling the recipe will make it too full.

      The cooking time and rice/water ratio will be the same.

      Take care & have fun cooking
      Jacky

    1. Hi Teresa,

      thank you for your question 🙂

      It will depend on which kind of short grain rice. The Japanese short/medium grain rice will work great.

      Take care & have fun cooking
      Jacky

    1. Hi LeAnn,

      thank you for your question 🙂

      You can substitute half of the water with beef broth for stronger flavor.

      take care & have fun cooking
      Jacky

  5. Thanks for this recipe.
    It works wonderfully although we like it thicker therefore I used 6 cups of water instead.
    We make this congee for our baby son to eat. Only rice, water and lean ground beef.

  6. Can i do this on the stove? I don’t have an instant pot or a slow cooker. The recipe looks so yummy though so I wanna try. What changes would you suggest I make?

    1. Hi Emily,

      thank you for your kind words and question 🙂

      It will work on the stovetop. The congee will have to be stirred occasionally when making it on the stovetop.

      Have a great week
      Jacky

  7. Hey! I have a brand new Instant Pot Mini Duo. I am in search of simple, satisfying recipes. This looks great. I am having a hard time figuring out which recipes are the right size for my 3 qt. pot. Help!

    1. Hi Tami,

      Congrats on your new Instant Pot and thank you for your question 🙂

      Our recipes are developed in the 6 quarts and for most of them you will not need to divide the recipe in half (as long as the meat fits)

      For recipes with a lot of liquid such as soups, pasta, congees, stocks…etc, you will want to cut them by half in the 3qt.

      The cooking time will stay the same!

      Happy New Year & have a wonderful week!
      Jacky

  8. hi, Amy + Jacky:
    Is it possible to use “slow cook” on instant pot to make congee?
    The reason is that congee is served as breakfast and who has such time in the morning (1 1/2 hours)?
    The ideal one is to make it done in 8 hours: set it before bed, and be ready in the morning.
    I don’t want to buy another slow cooker to crowd my kitchen counter. Then I heard people are unsuccessful with “slow cook” button on instant pot to mimic the slow cooker.
    Thanks

    1. Hi Linda,

      Thank you for your question 🙂

      It should take 6 – 9 hours on the Slow Cook High function.

      Give it a try and let us know how it goes!!

      Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!
      Jacky

  9. Hi Amy & Jacky

    I want to try this out for dinner tonight =P I have a 8 quart Instant Pot. I’m thinking of doubling the ingredients. Do I have to double the water and cook time as well?

    Thanks,
    Alice

    1. Hi Alice,

      thank you for your comment and question 🙂

      If you are doubling the recipe, you will have to double the water. The cooking time will stay the same!

      Take care & have fun cooking
      Jacky

  10. I’d like to make this recipe with 1lb of ground beef, how much rice, water, and seasoning do I need to adjust? Also, do i need to increase the time? Thanks in advance!

  11. I just made this and it was delicious! Looks exactly like the picture:). Just added some fish sauce at the end for flavor. Thanks for another great recipe!

    Tracy

  12. Do you know the rice to water ratio if I wanted to use brown rice to make it a little healthier? Also, would it be the same if I used cold chicken broth instead of water?

    1. Hi Iva,

      Great to hear from you again 🙂

      Brown rice congee is usually thicker than white rice congee.
      The cooking time should remain the same, but please reduce the water or chicken broth to 5.5 cups instead of 7 ?

      Happy New Year & Have fun cooking!
      Jacky

    1. Hi Marsha,

      thank you for your question!

      ground pork and buffalo will work!

      Turkey may be too mild for this congee. I would probably saute & brown them first.

      Happy New Year & Have Fun Cooking
      Jacky

  13. Hi Amy and Jacky,
    Oh my gosh, in love with Congee,
    Made the one with the dried scallops and just love it! Even tasted better the next day! That was my first time having congee.
    From Germany, and they don’t have it there I guess! Can’t wait to make this one with spinach! I am a real spinach lover! Would some leftover pot roast, shredded, be ok in there? Of course minus the gravy?! Love your ease of using your recipes and all your help and details! It is wonderful! Can’t thank you enough!
    Jutta

    1. Hi Jutta,
      It’s great to hear from you again!!
      So happy to know congee made a great first impression.
      I think it’s time for you to open a congee restaurant if they don’t have it in Germany hehe 🙂

      To your question: Would some leftover pot roast, shredded, be ok in there?

      It will depend on how much leftover pot roast you have.
      Since most of the beefy flavor went into the pot roast gravy, I think it will require quite a bit of leftover to make the congee tasty.

      Congee is a pretty neutral food by itself. Plain congee is frequently served with dishes with gravy.

      Perhaps you can try adding the leftover pot roast + some of the gravy on Step 3 to see how it tastes like 🙂

      Looking forward to hear the result! Have fun cooking
      Jacky

  14. Hi
    I made this last week and it was so yummy! Remind me of HK 🙂
    I am thinking can I use the Slow cooker to make this as well? If so anything I need to change? Or just put everything in?
    Many thanks!

    1. Hi Emily,
      Great to hear from you again 🙂

      Thank you for your positive feedback!
      You will probably need more water with the slow cooker.

      Maybe 1 cup rice to 1:11 or 12 ratio instead of the 1:9.x ratio we have now.

      Have fun cooking!
      Jacky

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