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rice porridge for babies

Super easy to make, this beef and vegetable rice porridge for babies is easy-to-digest, nutritious, and suitable for 6 months and up.
Course breakfast, lunch, dinner
Cuisine Asian
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 201kcal


  • 1 cup (220g) sushi or jasmine rice
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • ½ pound lean ground beef
  • ½ cup (70g) finely chopped yellow onion
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • ½ cup (70g) finely chopped zucchini
  • ½ cup (70g) finely chopped carrots
  • ½ cup (15g) finely chopped kale
  • 4 cups water or low-sodium broth of choice


First, parboil rice

  • Rinse rice in a strainer. Add 4 cups of water to a large pot and bring to a boil. Add rice and boil for 5 minutes. Strain the rice. Discard the water.

For the porridge

  • In a large pot add 1 tablespoon sesame oil. Add beef and cook over medium high heat for 2-3 minutes, breaking up large clumps, until no longer pink.
  • Add onion and garlic and cook for 2-3 minutes. 
  • Add strained rice and cook for 3-4 minutes over medium heat, stirring frequently to prevent it from sticking to the bottom of the pan.
  • Add the rest of the vegetables and stir for about a minute or so.
  • Pour 4 cups of water into pot and bring to a boil. Lower heat to medium low and cook, stirring occasionally, for about 15-20 minutes. Be sure to keep scraping the bottom of the pot to prevent rice from sticking. 
  • At this point, you can add more water if thinner consistency is desired. Before serving, add a drizzle of sesame oil. For older child and adults, can season to taste with salt and pepper, or add a splash of soy sauce. 


It's important that you stir frequently. The more you do so, the more the rice will break down and become silky.
While water is used in this recipe, you can use stock for more depth of flavor. Just be sure to use low-sodium or no-salt-added variety.
Leftover porridge can be stored in an airtight container for up to 5 days. The longer it sits, the thicker it gets. Reheat in the microwave or on the stovetop. Stir in a little water, breastmilk, or formula to loosen it up, if necessary.
Can also be frozen for up to 3 months. Thaw in the fridge overnight.


Calories: 201kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 23mg | Sodium: 45mg | Potassium: 278mg | Fiber: 1g | Calcium: 35mg | Iron: 2mg