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How to Make Steel Cut Oats Quickly

Meet Your New Favorite Healthy Breakfast: Hot Overnight Oats

The importance of eating a healthy breakfast every day is pretty well known in these parts, and having a bowl of steel-cut oatmeal definitely fulfills this requirement. If you've never had this breakfast treat, now is the time. The dish is fuller in flavor than quick-cooking and rolled oats, and it has a better texture, too. Best of all, steel-cut oats are higher in fiber, protein, and calcium. Because of this, you'll be satisfied until lunch, which is helpful when trying to avoid that midmorning crash.

Good things don't come easy, though, as steel cut oats take about 45 minutes to cook. This might be OK on a lazy Sunday, but most of us don't have time to spare when we're trying to get to work during the week. But if you prep your oats the night before, you can enjoy a warm, satisfying bowl in about 10 minutes the next day. To save even more time in the morning, make a big batch of steel-cut oats over the weekend, which you can store in the fridge for about a week.

Overnight Steel-Cut Oatmeal

Overnight Steel-Cut Oatmeal


Once cooked, steel-cut oatmeal can be stored in the refrigerator for up to one week.


  1. 4 cups water
  2. 1 cup steel-cut oats
  3. 1/8 teaspoon salt
  1. Optional mix-ins:
  2. Spices
  3. Sweetener of your choice
  4. Milk of your choice
  5. Nuts
  6. Fresh fruit


  1. In a medium to large saucepan, bring water to a boil.
  2. Stir in salt and steel cut oats, and let cook for 1 minute.
  3. Turn off heat, cover pot with lid, and leave it on the stove overnight.
  4. In the morning, turn the heat back on and bring the oatmeal up to a boil. Reduce heat, and let simmer for about 5 to 10 minutes, stirring often. At this time, add any spices or sweeteners to your oatmeal like cinnamon, nutmeg, or maple syrup.
  5. Spoon the oatmeal into a bowl and top it off with fresh fruit, a little milk, or chopped nuts.


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Avery2221380 Avery2221380 5 years
2muchtv....i used to buy the expensive kind, but now aldi's is carrying it for much less. it's all the same. on a side note, my grandmother ate regular oatmeal (and real butter every day - i mean every. day.) and bacon and whatever she pleased (along with fruits and veggies grown in her own garden). she was never sick, lived at home, got around just fine, gardened, walked, went places, did things and lived to nearly 100. she passed suddenly and shocked everyone. she wasn't sick. but she lived a long and robust life and never got sick or had to go to a nursing home. Point is....don't sweat it. If you eat in moderation, exercise and live a healthy lifestyle, you should be fine (good genes, help, You should be fine with Trader Joe's brand ;)
yu1 yu1 7 years
I've always like the idea of trying steel cut oats, I always have regular Jordan's oats in the morning with soymilk, I was wondering if steel cut oats can be made with milk instead of water? Can I use your technique of cooking and then pour milk on it when serving?
Monica-Bennett Monica-Bennett 7 years
Thank you so much! I have my oats on the burner as we speak -- can't wait till morning :)
2muchtv 2muchtv 7 years
Any thoughts on Trader Joe's Quick Cook Steel Cut Oats? When I compared the nutritional content on this site vs, they appeared the same - that is, it didn't look like any nutrition was removed, yet it cooks faster. So, um, yea, feedback?
jessy777 jessy777 7 years
You can do the same thing in a slow cooker. I do this all the time and it works very well.
BeamerCG BeamerCG 7 years
Good idea. I really like oatmeal, but don't want to take forever cooking them. The cafeteria wher I work serves oatmeal but I'm pretty sure it's the quick cooking kind.
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