Learn how to make perfect steel-cut oatmeal in minutes for a wholesome, filling breakfast. Add your favorite toppings to this creamy oatmeal!
I was recently introduced to the amazing-ness of steel cut oats. I have had them recommended to me many times, and when Bob’s Red Mill offered me 4 free products of my choice, I had to choose steel cut oats as one of them.
I’m so glad I did. Steel-cut oats are so dang good. Unbelievably smooth and creamy which is the only way I’ll take my oatmeal. In fact, I don’t know if I’m ever going to be able to go back to regular oatmeal again!
This oatmeal is a perfect kick-starter to your day. It’s super-filling and just so warm and comforting, especially on these chilly March mornings. Just one bowl of this oatmeal will keep you going all morning!
It’s not hard to make steel-cut oatmeal and I’m here to show you exactly how to make it perfect.
Here’s what you’ll need: Water, steel-cut oats, a pinch of salt, and whatever sweetener and add-ins you desire.
Seriously, that’s it! And it’s all ready for your enjoyment in a mere 20 minutes. — Steel-cut oatmeal is so simple, yet so good.
Start by bringing your water to a boil in a medium saucepan. Once water is boiling, rapidly whisk in steel-cut oats.
Reduce heat to low and cover saucepan. Let simmer covered at low heat 15-20 minutes, (whisking every few minutes ) or until oatmeal is smooth and creamy.
Note: It’s important that you whisk your oatmeal every few minutes while it’s simmering, to ensure that your oatmeal will be smooth and lump-free.
Feel free to pile on the toppings and extras on your oatmeal—it just makes it so fun to eat.
Without extras, oatmeal is just plain boring and really, who likes boring oatmeal??
Here are my favorite things to add to my morning oatmeal:
- Maple syrup
- Coconut sugar
- Milk (or cream)
- Ground cinnamon
- Chopped nuts (pecans are my favorite)
- Fresh fruit (blueberries, raspberries, apples, bananas, strawberries, ect.)
- Dried fruit (raisins, cranberries, ect)
Me? I love all the above on my oatmeal.
I also kinda love a lot of milk in my oatmeal. ♥
I usually hate waking up early, but I would gladly get out of bed early if I knew a big warm bowl of this oatmeal was going to be waiting for me. 😀
Even my littlest siblings who claim they hate oatmeal, will get excited when they hear this steel-cut oatmeal is for breakfast.
My 14-year old brother, who is VERY particular about his oatmeal, remarked, “I think I could have that oatmeal for lunch too—it’s delicious.”
I guarantee you’re going to fall in love with steel-cut oatmeal, just as I did. One bite of this oatmeal was all it took to convince me.
How To Make Perfect Steel-Cut Oatmeal
- 3 cups water
- 1 cup steel-cut oats
- pinch salt
- Sweetener and add-ins of your choice see above for suggestions
- In a medium saucepan, bring water to a boil. Whisk in oats and salt. Reduce heat to low and cover saucepan. Let simmer over low heat 15-20 minutes, (whisking every few minutes) until oatmeal is smooth and creamy.
- Ladle hot oatmeal into individual bowls and top with sweetener and add-ins of your choice. Serve warm.
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Q: What are your favorite oatmeal toppings? One of my favorite combinations is sliced bananas with toasted pecans, a drizzle of maple syrup, and a sprinkle of cinnamon on top. And obviously a lot of milk. Yum! 😉
Jessica @ Jessiker Bakes says
Thanks for the step by step tutorial! I love oatmeals and these look delicious!
Thanks Jessica! Enjoy! 😀
Norma | Allspice and Nutmeg says
This looks so good. I really have to try steel cut oats now, I’ve heard so much about them.
Thanks so much, Norma! You’ve gotta try this oatmeal! 😉
Gloria // Simply Gloria says
I am finding the whole steel cut oatmeal so interesting. Just the other day, I came across it on the internet. And, I’ve never heard of it before. Thank you so much for sharing this tutorial. Your pics are rockin!
I know you’ll love steel-cut oatmeal, Gloria—You’ve gotta try it! Thanks for the sweet compliments. Have a great rest of the weekend! 🙂
Jennifer S. says
We LOVE steel cut oats. I eat oatmeal every morning except for the mornings when my children really beg for a break from it. 🙂 Sometimes for a special treat I get out every topping imaginable – honey, maple syrup, brown sugar, jam, peanut butter, dried fruit, nuts, coconut – and let everyone fix their oatmeal how they want it. I agree with you about oatmeal having staying power. It gets me through a busy morning every day.
Whoa..Your toppings sound incredible, Jennifer! Peanut butter and jam sound delicious!
I am going to make this tomorrow. I have had a container of steel cut oats in the pantry for awhile. Thank you for sharing.
I hope you like this oatmeal, Jodi! Please let me know how it turns out! 🙂
stacy zerrlaut says
I am an oatmeal addict lol I have always used quinoa in mine which is also amazeballs! Last time I made steel cut, I put em in a slow cooker over nite and they were still crunchy the next morning and…..gross. The whole batch went in the trash. I always thought milk made it creamier, can I use milk instead of water to make this recipe?
I haven’t tested this recipe with milk, however I imagine it would work just fine.
Ashli Rouw says
I never come back to write recipe reviews but I had to on these steel cut oats! Seriously thee BEST oatmeal I’ve ever had!! My fav is overnight oats and I can’t believe I’m saying this, but the above steel cut oatmeal beats that! Thank you for making honest good food that was very easy to follow!
True to her words in the recipe above, they are THAT good. My add-ins were baked apples, chopped almonds, toasted flax seeds, tad maple syrup, and a good helping of almond milk. FAV!!!! ?
I’m so happy to hear that this oatmeal has become a favorite in your house, Ashli! Love the sound of all your add-ins!