Okayu (Japanese Rice Porridge)

Okayu (Japanese Rice Porridge)

Okayu—Japanese rice porridge—is a comforting dish of rice and water. Easy to digest, it is commonly eaten when someone is recovering from an illness.
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  • Serves: 2 persons



  1. Step 1

    Gather the ingredients.
  2. Step 2

    Wash the rice and drain well. Put 3 cups of water and the rice in a heavy-bottomed pot or earthenware pot. Let sit for about 30 minutes.
  3. Step 3

    Cover the pot, put over medium-high heat, and bring to a boil. Turn the heat down to low and cook the rice for about 30 minutes. Turn off the heat, leave the pot covered, and let steam for about 10 minutes.
  4. Step 4

    Place the desired toppings in separate bowls. Season the okayu with salt. Spoon into individual rice bowls and serve with toppings on the side.