How to cook steel cut oatmeal that is creamy and not mushy, plus ideas for oatmeal toppings.
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Perfect Steel Cut Oats
Learn how to make perfect steel cut oats that are creamy and flavorful, and never mushy. This steel cut oatmeal is a healthy, hearty breakfast that you can make ahead.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time30 mins
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 169kcal


  • 3 cups water
  • 1 cup almond milk or other milk or water
  • 1 cup steel cut oats
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon pure maple syrup or to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon


  • Pour the water and milk (if using) into a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat.
  • Add the oats and salt to the pan, stir, and reduce the heat to a low simmer.
  • Cook for 20-30 minutes, stirring often, until the oats are your desired texture. Cook for 20-25 minutes for oats with more chewy texture; cook longer for softer oats, adding more liquid as needed.
  • Remove from the heat and stir in the vanilla, maple syrup and cinnamon.
  • Add toppings as desired (see ideas in the post above).


  • If desired, you may toast your oats before cooking them. Place the oats in a medium saucepan and add a little bit of butter or oil. Toast over medium-low heat until lightly golden and fragrant. Then proceed with the recipe as directed, adding the liquid and simmering.
  • Cooked steel cut oats can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 5 days or in the freezer for up to 3 months. If freezing, you can freeze small portions in silicone muffin cups. Thaw and reheat with a splash of milk. See more tips in the post above.


Calories: 169kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 3g | Sodium: 163mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 1g | Calcium: 101mg | Iron: 1.7mg
Nutrition information is only an estimate.
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