Alton Brown's Steel Cut Oats

READY IN: 35mins
Recipe by Lise in Indiana

Here is Alton's method for making a nice creamy bowl of hearty steel-cut oats. His recipe adapts perfectly to overnight soaking. I followed the recipe through adding the boiling water, then cover it (heat off) and head to bed. In the morning, I add the milk and simmer for 10 minutes. Delicious!

Top Review by gail.lalumiere

Be sure to use unsalted butter or leave out some of the kosher salt. I used 1% milk and it was stilll OK. The steel cut oats have so much nuttiness. I love them.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In a large saucepan, melt the butter and add the oats. Stir for 2 minutes to toast.
  2. Add the boiling water and reduce heat to a simmer. Keep at a low simmer for 25 minutes, without stirring.
  3. Alternately, after adding the boiling water,cover the saucepan and remove from the heat. Allow to sit overnight on the counter. In the morning, proceed as directed below.
  4. Combine the milk and the buttermilk (or yogurt) with the oatmeal. Stir gently to combine and cook for an additional 10 minutes.
  5. Spoon into a serving bowl and top with additional milk or buttermilk, brown sugar, and cinnamon.
  6. Feel free to garnish or sweeten as desired: chunky applesauce or fruit conserves are great, as is maple syrup, or add dried fruit to the oats and soak both overnight - sweetens the oats ever so slightly.

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