How To Cook Steel Cut Oats On The Stovetop – One Lovely Life
on the stove: This cozy and healthy steel-cut oatmeal recipe is anything but boring. Learn my secrets to a perfect oatmeal every time and check out the list of ideas for covering oatmeal!
Winter is such a cozy time for food! During these months, I usually move away from my colder breakfasts, like evening oatmeal and acai bowls, and more toward hot breakfasts, like scrambled potatoes and vegetables and steel-cut oatmeal.
There are so many reasons to love steel-cut oatmeal, and I’m going to walk you through everything you need to know to get a perfect bowl every time.
I’ve mentioned this before, but steel-cut oats are not nutritionally different from other forms of oatmeal (such as quick cooking or rolled/old-fashioned). They have been prepared differently (cut by a large steel blade rather than rolled or cut), but they have the same basic nutrients (protein, fiber, etc.) as any other form of oatmeal. What IS different is the glycemic index, or how quickly carbohydrates enter the bloodstream. Think of steel-cut oats as a slow-release form compared to fast or rolled oats. This means that while they take a little longer to cook, they won’t cause sharp blood sugar spikes and will stay with you a little longer.
The extra cooking time is sometimes what keeps people from trying steel-cut oatmeal, but for me, it’s worth every moment of that time. If you are really short on time in the mornings, you can make them the night before and reheat them. Their cut will prevent them from becoming sticky or losing their texture, and you can finish cooking them in the time it takes to clean dinner!
- A saucepan. To make oatmeal cut with steel from the stove, you will cook it in a small pot on the stove. I recommend something with a lid, which can help the water boil faster.
- water. I usually cook my oatmeal cut into steel. It’s easy and prevents them from burning.
- Oats cut into steel. I can’t make oats without oats! I use oats cut in gluten-free steel.
- A pinch of salt. One of my tricks is to add a little pinch of salt. It won’t make your oatmeal taste salty at all (little finger promise!), it will only highlight the taste of oatmeal and prevent them from tasting flat or boring.
- A drizzle of milk. After the oatmeal has finished simmering on the stove, I like to stir a small splash of milk. Add a creamy finish, which is so charming. I use almond milk, but you can use whatever you drink!
- Vanilla (if you want). I recommend some vanilla. It adds a hint of sweetness without sugar, and it really makes oatmeal taste fantastic.
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FAQ + Tips and tricks for the best
oats cut in stove steel:
How to make oats cut into steel in advance. One great thing about steel-cut oats is that it’s almost impossible for them to end up sticky. They keep their texture slightly chewy and can even be reheated, so you can make a large batch on Monday, store leftovers in the refrigerator, and heat a bowl in the microwave or stove each morning for the rest of the week.
Pack oatmeal to go! You can even pack them in jars or single-serving containers for a quick breakfast to warm up at work or just before school.
Gluten-free? Read this! Oats themselves do not contain gluten, although cultivation and processing procedures often cause cross-contamination with gluten/wheat. If this is a concern for you, you can try certified gluten-free oats. We love them.
Would you rather make them in an instant pot? If you want a more practical approach, you can make oats cut entirely into steel in a pressure cooker or Instant Pot. Get our Instant Pot Steel Cut Oatmeal + Favorite Flavors recipe here!
Originally shared November 2016. Fully updated in January 2021.