35 Delicious Steel Cut Oatmeal Recipes You Need to Try

Dec 17, 2018

No more mushy oats! These 35 delicious steel cut oatmeal recipes are so good, they'll turn oatmeal haters into oatmeal lovers! Plus, you can make many of them ahead of time for quick and easy breakfasts.

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Earlier this year, I really wanted to try overnight oats. I'm a social media manager for food bloggers, so I see all the trends and delicious recipes, and oh, those overnight oats looked so good! Then I tried them.

Nope. I just couldn't do it. So mushy!

Recently, I discovered steel cut oats
Overnight oats made with steel cut oats? Now, that's something I can do! They've got more chew to them than rolled oats, so when they're soaked in milk overnight, they don't turn into a jar of goo. No mushy goo, for the win!

Of course, discovering steel cut oats meant I had to scour the Internet for recipes because, well, fixating is what I do. I have tried several recipes, and made up a few of my own over the last few weeks, and now I'm sharing.

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35 Delicious Steel Cut Oatmeal Recipes You Need to Try

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What are steel cut oats?

Oats in their whole, unbroken form are oat groats. The difference between steel cut, rolled, and instant lies in the way the oat groat is processed.

Steel cut oats, also called Irish Oats, is the least processed of the three. As the name suggests, the groats have been cut with steel blades. That's it. They're cut into tiny pieces that resemble rice grains.

Rolled oats, also called old-fashioned oats, are steamed and then rolled flat.

Instant oats are pre-cooked, dried, rolled and pressed into a thinner oat so they'll cook more quickly. Obviously, instant is highly-processed.

If you want your food more whole than processed, steel cut is the way to go.

bowls of oatmeal

How to Cook Steel Cut Oats

Because steel cut oats are minimally processed, they take longer to cook. Some recipes will say 30 minutes, while others say 45. It depends on the recipe, but 25-30 minutes seems to be the minimum amount of time to cook them on the stove top.

Stove top method: Bring 3-4 cups of liquid (water, milk, or a combination) to a boil. Pour in 1 cup of steel cut oats and about 1/8 teaspoon of salt. Reduce to low heat. Cook 20-30 minutes. *At about the 20-minute mark, start checking it until it reaches a consistency you like. 

Instant Pot method: Coat inside of pot with cooking spray. Pour in 3 cups liquid (milk, water, or any combination of the two), 1 cup of oats, and whatever spices or sweetener you choose. Seal vent and set on high for 4 minutes. Let it naturally release pressure for 10-15 minutes. Voila! Oatmeal! 

Cooking Tip: If the recipe calls for quick cook steel cut oats, do NOT make that recipe in the Instant Pot or, if you do, you'll need to convert the recipe using steel cut oats (not quick-cook). Otherwise, it will become mush.

blueberry steel cut oatmeal

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Can I Meal Prep with Steel Cut Oats?

Yes, you can! As I mentioned earlier, my original interest was overnight oats. In the process of learning to make steel cut oatmeal, I discovered I can also freeze it!

There are only three people in my household - two daughters and me. Going back for seconds isn't so much a thing because they're so filling, so we always have leftover oatmeal. I freeze what's left in a muffin pan. Once it's frozen, I just pop them out and put them into a freezer bag. Right now, I have several bags in the fridge - apple cinnamon, banana walnut, and vanilla cinnamon. 

These frozen oatmeal "muffins" are perfect for busy mornings - or any other morning, for that matter. I eat them almost daily. It's just easy to grab one from the freezer, put it in a bowl with a splash of oat milk, and microwave it for a couple of minutes. Boom! Instant oatmeal!

instant pot steel cut oats

35 steel cut oats recipes

So, yes, I'm in love with this easy, delicious, not-gooey oatmeal. Not only have I pinned all these recipes, I wanted to share them with you. I'm sure you'll find something here your family will enjoy, too!

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1 comment

  1. Hi Michelle! Thanks so much for including my Slow Cooker Steel Cut Oats in this great post. I really love that you freeze them! Never tried that and must do! Thanks for the great inspo, and, Happy Holidays!


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