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Steel Cut Oats Recipe

Steel Cut Oats Recipe

I eat oatmeal every morning for breakfast.  Josh is not a big oatmeal fan, he prefers cold cereal, toast, or a frittata in the morning. He doesn’t like the mushy texture of oatmeal. I recently got him to try steel cut oats though and he is hooked.

Steel cut oats have a different texture, they are chewy and a little crunchy-not mushy at all. I made a batch one weekend and offered him a bowl. He was a little hesitant, but said sure. He scarfed down the bowl. He loved them! Now we enjoy them all of the time. Last week, I got home from work and he said he had a craving…I was pretty sure he was going to say pizza, but nope, he was craving steel cut oats, so we had them for dinner:)

If you haven’t tried steel cut oats before, here is a little background information. Steel cut oats are unrefined whole grain groats that have been dried and cut into two to three pieces by steel, rather than being rolled. They are rich in B-vitamins, calcium, protein and fiber. They look like tiny grains of rice or chopped up nuts. You can find them in most grocery stores. I buy mine in the bulk food section.

Steel cut oats take longer to cook than rolled oats, about 30-40 minutes, but they are so worth the wait. I usually make a big batch on Sunday so I have oats during the week. I portion them out into little containers and take them to work to heat up. They taste just as good reheated. I just add a splash of milk and stir them up. My favorite toppings are cinnamon and raisins.

I made bruleed steel cut oats for Josh one morning-for a special treat. I never add sugar to the oats, but I knew Josh would appreciate a sweet surprise. I sprinkled brown sugar and turbinado sugar on the top of the oats and fired them up with my creme brulee torch. He loved the sugary crust on top of the oats.

If you haven’t tried steel cut oats, give them a try. They are so good and good for your heart too!

Steel Cut Oats

Yield: Serves 4-6


1 cup steel cut oats
3 1/2 cups water
Pinch of salt
1/2 cup skim milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Cinnamon, Raisins, or whatever toppings you like


1. Bring the water to a boil in a large pot. Add the steel cut oats and and salt. Stir.

2. Reduce the heat to medium low and cook for 30 minutes. Make sure you stir the oats occasionally so they don't stick to the pan.

3. When the oats start to thicken, at about 30 minutes, add in the milk and vanilla. I think the milk makes the oats creamier. Stir the oats, milk, and vanilla together and cook for ten more minutes.

4. Add in the cinnamon and raisins or whatever toppings you wish.

5. If you want to make bruleed oats-put the oats in a bowl, sprinkle with brown sugar and turbinado sugar. With a creme brulee torch, fire the top of the oats until the sugar is crystalized.

Serve the oats hot. If you want you can let the oats cool and then portion them out into smaller containers. To reheat, I add a splash of milk and reheat in the microwave for 1-2 minutes.

*Note-you can use 4 cups of water and omit the milk, I just like the creaminess the milk adds.*

If you like this recipe, you might also like:

Baked Oatmeal from Two Peas and Their Pod
Maple Steel Cut Oat with Cinnamon Apples from 80 Breakfasts
Steel Cut Oatmeal Scotchies from Sarah’s Cucina Bella
Apple Cinnamon Steel Cut Oats from Barbara Bakes

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154 Responses to “Steel Cut Oats Recipe”

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  1. Joanne — February 17, 2010 @ 5:00 am

    I love oats of all kinds but steel cut oats are especially good. Love the texture. I would have never thought you could creme brulee them, but that is a fantastic idea!

  2. Estela @ Weekly Bite — February 17, 2010 @ 5:39 am

    I love steel cut oats! I haven’t made them in a while because they are time consuming. I love you brulee idea :)

  3. Erica — February 17, 2010 @ 6:07 am

    These looks just heavenly! Glad to hear Josh is enjoying them too. My Josh is a big oatmeal fan but I don’t think we’ve ever tried steel cut oats! Keep pushing at that protein girly! Whats really working for me is starting my day off with a good amount. That eases the stress the rest of the day on getting it all in. Protein powder working out at all?

  4. Rosa — February 17, 2010 @ 6:31 am

    I love oatmeal and eat either porridge or Müesli everyday. That looks great! I’ve never seen steel cut oats here…



  5. Lori — February 17, 2010 @ 6:35 am

    What a great way to have oats with that crispy, sweet topping. I love steel cut and my mom feels the same way about outs and was really surprised when I had her try the steel cut.

  6. Theresa — February 17, 2010 @ 7:29 am

    I’ve been wanting to try steel cut oats and this recipe sounds perfect! I love the idea of bruleed oatmeal. mmmmm.

  7. leslie — February 17, 2010 @ 7:30 am

    Steel cut is the only type of oatmeal I will eat! YUM

  8. Callina — February 17, 2010 @ 7:31 am

    New reader of your blog; love it! Just wanted to add that there are several quick ways to prepare steel cut oats, and they’re worth trying out: I either soak mine overnight in some almond milk or water and then cook in the microwave (only takes 2-3 minutes) in the morning, or if I forget, you can cook in the microwave (usually 1/4 cup and 2/3-3/4 cup water or milk and 1 minute on high, 5 minutes on a lower power setting so they don’t boil over), and then let them sit out for 15 minutes or so to soak up the liquid.

  9. kat — February 17, 2010 @ 7:31 am

    We have them every morning, yum

  10. mirien — February 17, 2010 @ 7:45 am

    We love steel cut oats, too! I like to soak them overnight to reduce cooking time as another reader commented. or I make them overnight in my crockpot on low.

  11. Creative Minds — February 17, 2010 @ 7:45 am

    That looks so yummy!

  12. Double Dipped Life — February 17, 2010 @ 7:51 am

    I’ve seen you tweet about steel cut oats, but didn’t really know what they were! Thanks for the informative post- I’ll have to look for these at my next grocery trip.

  13. Cookiepie — February 17, 2010 @ 7:51 am

    What a yummy breakfast treat!!

  14. Michelle — February 17, 2010 @ 7:53 am

    Sounds so good Maria! I’ve been eating oatmeal for 2 weeks now due to stomach problems and so far it’s still tasting good to me!

  15. Paula - bell'alimento — February 17, 2010 @ 7:54 am

    Looks delicious Maria! I think I might have to try these steel cut oats ; ) I’m not a fan of mushy oatmeal either so this might be just the thing for me!

  16. megan — February 17, 2010 @ 7:58 am

    I’ve never had steel cut oats but I think your brulee topping has me wanting them. I even bought a mini crockpot once just for steel cut oatmeal but never did by the oats. Come to think of it, I have never used that mini crockpot for anything. :( Time to change that!

  17. Elle — February 17, 2010 @ 8:02 am

    What a great way to enjoy your oats! I confess, I don’t need a crunchy sugary top to love my oats, but as a special treat? Oh yeah…

  18. donna — February 17, 2010 @ 8:16 am

    This looks devine. I’m a big fan of steel oats also. I use 3/4 cup of oats and 1/2 cup of ground flaxseed to about 5 cups of water. After it has cooked for about 30 minutes, I add 1/4 cup of pumpkin, a little brown sugar, cinnamon, and cloves. I portion it out over 6 days and add milk when warming it up. I eat this nearly every day and love it. I think I’ll try adding some milk, as you suggest, while cooking it.

  19. Jamie @ My Baking Addiction — February 17, 2010 @ 8:17 am

    YUM! Love the bruleed effect. I made steel cuts oats two weeks ago for the first time and have yet to post them!

  20. Lynda — February 17, 2010 @ 8:20 am

    What a brilliant idea! It sounds like a cross between caramelized breakfast and a cookie.

  21. Tracey — February 17, 2010 @ 8:20 am

    These look really tasty with the bruleed top! I’ve never had steel cut oats but I love regular oatmeal.

  22. Sarah — February 17, 2010 @ 8:25 am

    As much as I would love to have a brulee torch, i don’t. But those like me can just stick the bowl (if oven safe) under the broiler.
    I love love steel cut oats. The oatmeal flavor without the glue-y texture of instant oats.

  23. Fallon — February 17, 2010 @ 8:30 am

    I love steel cut oats! This reminds me.. I haven’t made them in forever!

  24. Tiffany — February 17, 2010 @ 8:35 am

    MMMMMMMMMMMM! This is on my to-do list!

  25. carolyn — February 17, 2010 @ 8:37 am

    this sounds AMAZING! we love steel cut oats AND creme brulee. best of both worlds!

  26. Nadia @ for the love of yum — February 17, 2010 @ 8:41 am

    So hearty and nutritious! Then brule idea is ace!

  27. Sara — February 17, 2010 @ 8:55 am

    Alright, you’ve convinced me! Steel cut oats are on my grocery list. They look great.

  28. ErinsFoodFiles — February 17, 2010 @ 9:04 am

    What a great idea! Too bad I don’t have a blow torch! I once made a big batch of steel cut oats with pumpkin mixed in. YUM!

  29. Elen — February 17, 2010 @ 9:16 am

    I’ve never had steel cut oats, but they are now on my list for the bulk food store. I usually alternate between old fashioned large flake rolled oats and Red River cereal for breakfast. If you haven’t had it, Red River is cracked wheat, cracked rye, flax (cracked and whole). O Canada, baby! Great flavor.

  30. janetha b — February 17, 2010 @ 9:19 am

    i have never tried steel cut oats, but i eat oatmeal nearly every day! i should really give it a try. thanks for posting this! have a great (rainy!) day :)

  31. Michelle — February 17, 2010 @ 10:00 am

    I eat oatmeal every day too. It’s so filling and seems to last a lot longer in the tummy then anything else I have tried! I love steel cut oats too. I don’t eat them as much but this reminded me I need too! I love your pictures and Im glad your husband is coming over to the Oat side!

  32. Dandy — February 17, 2010 @ 10:08 am

    I’m going to be totally honest and say that the only steel cut oats I’ve had are the frozen kind from Trader Joes. But bruleed oats?! Oh my.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog, what an honor :) So excited to hear you’ll be at blogher food!

  33. Michelle {Brown Eyed Baker} — February 17, 2010 @ 10:16 am

    I love oatmeal and eat it on many mornings as well. I haven’t experimented with steel cut oats as much as I’d like, but this seems like a great way to start! I love that you bruleed the top!

  34. Emily — February 17, 2010 @ 10:38 am

    I keep hearing great things about steel cut oats. Where is the best place to buy them? I’d love to give them a try!

  35. Small Town Runner — February 17, 2010 @ 10:56 am

    I keep hearing about steel cut oats, but I haven’t tried them yet. I’m going to have to make room in my grocery budget to get some.

  36. Megan — February 17, 2010 @ 11:25 am

    I usually make a big batch of old-fashioned oats and portion them into little containers to reheat at work. it’s nice that oats reheat so well. And they taste a whole lot better than the instant packages — though I eat those too when I’m running short on time. I definitely need to switch over to steel-cut oats every now and then. I forget how delicious they are!

  37. Pam — February 17, 2010 @ 11:27 am

    I have never tried steel cut oats but I think it’s time I do. I love the caramelized sugar on top…mmmmm.

  38. Chad Ferguson — February 17, 2010 @ 11:47 am

    The brulee looks awesome. Will have to give that one a try!

  39. Natashya — February 17, 2010 @ 11:57 am

    We love steel cut oats – so much more healthy than rolled.
    Looks delicious!

  40. Natalie (The Sweets Life) — February 17, 2010 @ 12:03 pm

    YAY I’ve been waiting for this! I love steel cut oats but have never tried to make them myself…now I will :)

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