Perfect Steel-Cut Oatmeal

Perfect Steel-Cut Oatmeal

(2 servings)    Printable Version
  • 1 Tablespoon butter
  • 1/2 cup steel-cut oats
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 Tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
First, toast the oats. In a large skillet over medium heat, melt the butter. Add the oats and toast - stirring often - for about 2 minutes until fragrant and lightly browned.

In a medium saucepan over medium heat, bring the water and milk to a high simmer (just beneath the verge of boiling). Stir in the oats. Reduce the heat to medium-low. Cook for 25 minutes - stirring no more than once every 5 minutes.

Stir in the brown sugar and salt. Continue cooking - stirring often - for 10 more minutes until most liquid has been absorbed and the oatmeal is thick and creamy.

Remove from heat. Let set 3 or 4 minutes. Transfer to serving bowls and top as desired.


Perfect Steel-Cut Oatmeal

Topping Suggestions:

- Top with a pat of softened butter and a drizzle of honey or maple syrup
- Stir in 2 Tablespoons raisins and sprinkle generously with brown sugar
- Top with a splash of milk or cream
- Stir in fresh berries and/or chopped nuts


Steel-Cut Vs Rolled Oats

Steel-Cut Oats Vs Rolled Oats


Cooking Notes:

This recipe is easily doubled. Just multiply all ingredients by two, except for the butter (1 Tablespoon should be fine to toast a full cup of oats).

After cooking the oats for 25 minutes, you might start to think the oatmeal won't thicken correctly. Don't worry. It will start to achieve an oatmeal consistency during the final 10 minutes and the few minutes when you let the oatmeal set.

Our definition of steel-cut oatmeal includes the lightest pop or crunch left in the oats. If you like a more mushy consistency, just cook the oats 5 minutes longer.


They take longer to make, but most people agree that steel-cut oats make a more satisfying oatmeal than instant or Old Fashioned Oats. Lightly toasting the oats brings out their natural flavor which is nutty and reminiscent of butterscotch.

Mr Breakfast would like to thank Mr Breakfast for this recipe.

Comments About This Recipe
What do you think of Perfect Steel-Cut Oatmeal?
Overall Average Rating = 5 (out of 5)
Based on 2 votes.


From Fultz
Rating (out of 5):  

Toasting the oats made a difference from the last time I made this. That's a good step. I made ours this morning with butter, maple syrup and raisins. This is a good recipe.

Comment submitted: 11/12/2012 (#14826)



From AnnaBelzer
Rating (out of 5):  

Made it this morning with blueberries and chopped pecans on top. Loved it!

Comment submitted: 11/6/2012 (#14814)





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