Steel Cut Oats

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Steel Cut Oats are a healthy and hearty breakfast and they are easy to cook! You will love this simple steel cut oats recipe!

Healthy 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.

What Are Steel Cut Oats

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.

How To Cook Steel Cut Oats

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.

You can top your steel cut oats with:

  • cinnamon
  • dried fruit (raisins, cranberries, cherries, blueberries)
  • fresh fruit (blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, strawberries, banana slices)
  • nuts (almonds, walnuts, pecans)

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

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How to cook steel cut oats

Steel Cut Oats Recipe

This steel cut oats recipe is an easy and healthy breakfast! Serve with berries, bananas, dried fruit, nuts or cinnamon.
Prep Time
5 minutes
Cook Time
40 minutes
Total Time
45 minutes


  • 1 cup steel cut oats
  • 3 1/2 cups water
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1/2 cup milk almond milk, or soy milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Toppings: cinnamon dried fruit, fresh fruit, nuts


  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.
  6. 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.
  7. *Note-you can use 4 cups of water and omit the milk, I just like the creaminess the milk adds.*


Maria Lichty

I’m Maria and my husband is Josh. We share a love of cooking, baking, and entertaining. We enjoy creating recipes that are simple, fresh, and family friendly. We love sitting around the table with good food, good conversation, and good friends and family! Our kitchen is always open!
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  1. i don’t care for oatmeal either, as i associate it with a goopy, snot-like mess. i guess i need to try steel-cut oats before i rule out the grain entirely. 🙂

  2. Erica-I am still working on the protein:)

    Callina-thanks for finding our blog and thanks for the great tips!

    Emily-I buy them in the bulk bins at Whole Foods or Sunflower Market. Smith’s has them too. Or try any cereal aisle, most stores carry them. Sometimes they are called Irish oats.

    If you don’t have a blow torch you can stick an oven safe bowl under the broiler for a minute. Just watch them closely!

    Thanks everyone for your comments!

  3. Thanks for the great idea! I’ve been curious about the steel oats as well and will have to give them a try soon. They sound much better than instant oatmeal!
    Keep up the good work!

  4. I have always been an oatmeal hater, that is until I tried steal cut oats. They are the only ones I can eat. Great Post! I love the brulee idea, really turns it up a notch.

  5. If you have a rice cooker you can make them in 15-20 minutes with out even stiring! I use a 1/2 cup of oats, 1/2 cup of water and 1/2 cup of skim milk put the lid on press the lever and by the time I get out of the shower and into my work duds they are done! And the rice cooker I has turns from cooking to warm all by itself. It’s funny I don’t even use the cooker for rice anymore!

  6. I LOVE steel cut oats! Our favorite recipe that we use is for Overnight Oatmeal from Alton Brown. If you’d like me to share, please just drop me a note and I’ll find it in our “moving” mess. 🙂


    1. We had them a a friends place over New Years. My husband has always hated Oatmeal as they ate it everyday at Military School. Now he loves them. They were made with chopped almonds, dried fruit a dash of Vanilla,and some pumpkin spice. It was delish. Now we have it 3x week. Make a big batch on Sunday that lasts all week. I love it as he was having too many eggs. Stick with the Steel Cut they have sooo much falvor.

  7. I’m so glad I just saw this recipe! I have some leftover steel cut oats from a recipe and have been pondering what to do with them… going to try this for sure! Yum!

  8. Oatmeal rocks, but bruleed oatmeal… I’m seriously swooning. Steel cut oats are my absolute favorite — and not just because they’re better for me (though that’s a nice added bonus).

  9. I’ve never tried them! My husband loves oatmeal and I do too, although I eat mine with salt. I know that sounds weird, but it’s how my dad eats it too. I think we are the only two people on Earth who do!

  10. Yum!! Steel cut oats and creme brulee are two of my most favorite things!!! I soak my steel cut oats overnight and it takes just 5 minutes or so to perfection!

  11. I knew there was a great reason I waited all day to read this post…I wanted it full size and not mini on my phone. I love having a big batch of steel cuts in the fridge for grab and go goodness. They are so worth the longer cooking time. Your oats are finally in the mail from my giveaway….they have a similar “nutty” profile with a 5 minute cook time. The brulée concept is awesome!

  12. My Chinese son-in-law thinks he hates oats. I convinced him to try them steel-cut & Chinese-style and now he’s a convert! He adds soy sauce, sliced scallions, few drops of sesame oil, and sometimes an egg on top.

  13. Mmm, those look so good (and healthy!). I will have to give them another try. I have an almost-full box languishing in the pantry after a not-so-hot overnight crockpot recipe.

  14. I can already tell I’m going to love your website! Last month I started making steel cut oats every Sunday, then me and my 17 month old daughter share a bowl every morning. I mix it with brown sugar, blueberries and milk.

  15. You have just convinced me to try this recipe, which is AMAZING, since you know how much I despise all things oatmeal (except oatmeal cookies). You rock, Maria. Will you move in with me so you can be my full-time healthy eating cheerleader? 🙂

  16. I just made your steel cut oats, and they taste really good! But mine look much mushier and gloppier than yours. Yours look so dry (in a good way). Any advice?

  17. I love steel cut oats as well. We usually cook ours in a crockpot for a couple of hours on low then turn it to warm overnight. We also add in dried fruit which ends up getting really moist and juicy overnight. It is amazing!

  18. I cook steel cut oats in the microwave and they cook in 4 minutes. I use Coaches Oats and add ground flaxseed, walnuts and dried cranberries. When cooked I top with fresh blueberries and soy milk, YUMMY!! Love your ideas!

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