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Brown Rice and Quinoa Porridge

Two white bowls filled with porridge; one topped with blueberries and the other with figs and almonds
Brown rice and quinoa porridge. It may sound rather frighteningly hippie. We understand. Rest assured, it's actually a lovely oatmeal alternative that works magnificently with your most tried-and-true hot cereal stir-ins and sprinkle-ons.
Carolynn Carreño

Prep 30 mins
Cook 1 hr
Total 1 hr 30 mins
4 to 5 servings
288 kcal


  • 1/2 cup uncooked long- or short-grain brown rice rinsed
  • 1/2 cup uncooked quinoa rinsed in a strainer
  • 3 cups milk (whether from a cow or an almond or a soybean or a coconut or whatever) plus more for serving
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 3 cups cold water
  • 1 to 4 tablespoons granulated or turbinado sugar, honey, agave syrup, maple syrup, or any other sweetener (optional)
  • Any fruit jam, such as this one (optional)
  • Fresh seasonal fruit, such as figs, berries, or sliced stone fruits (optional)
  • Almonds, hazelnuts, walnuts, or pecans toasted


  • Dump the rice, quinoa, milk, salt, water, and sugar in a large saucepan set over medium heat and stir to combine. (If using non-dairy milk that’s sweetened, you’ll probably want to reduce or omit the sugar. You can always stir some sugar in at the end if it’s not sweet enough.) Let the ingredients warm until the liquid starts to bubble around the edges of the pan. Reduce the heat as necessary to maintain a very gentle simmer and cook, stirring and scraping the bottom of the pan frequently so the grains don’t stick, until the rice is broken down and the porridge has a soupy consistency, 60 to 75 minutes. You want to be careful to not let the porridge boil.
  • Spoon the porridge into bowls and, if desired, stir in some sugar or top with jam, fruit, nuts, and/or a splash more milk. (You can cover and refrigerate any leftover porridge for up to several days and serve cold or warm gently in a small saucepan, covered, over low heat. You may need to add a splash of water or milk as the porridge thickens when cold. You can also freeze individual portions of porridge in resealable sandwich bags or resealable containers for up to several months. To thaw, leave overnight in the refrigerator and then warm gently in a small saucepan, covered, over low heat.)


Porridge Variation

For Brown Rice Porridge: Substitute brown rice for the quinoa. Cook as directed.
For Quinoa Porridge: Substitute quinoa for the brown rice. Cook as directed.
For PB&J Porridge: Cook as directed using any unsweetened milk except coconut milk. When ready to serve, stir 1/2 cup peanut butter (or the nut butter of your choice) into the finished porridge. Top with a handful of chopped, roasted peanuts (or nuts) and a spoonful of fruit jam.
For Instant Pot Porridge: Decrease the amount of milk to 1 cup and cook for 20 minutes.