Total Time
Prep 8 hrs
Cook 0 mins

This recipe is courtesy of Alton Brown. Steel-cut oats are also known as Irish oats, Scotch oats, pinhead oats, coarse-cut oats or porridge oats. Here in Florida, I can purchase McCann's Steel Cut Oats in my regular grocery store.


  1. This method works best if started before you go to bed. This way your oatmeal will be finished by morning.
  2. In a crock-pot, combine all ingredients and set to low heat. Cover and let cook for 8 to 9 hours.
  3. Stir and remove to serving bowls.


Most Helpful

This makes perfect oatmeal. The only difference is my crockpot...I cooked on low for 3 hours and it was done to perfection. So, check your crockpot, like ovens and microwaves, they are all a little different. I made it plain without dried fruit because I'm watching my sugar, but otherwise, this is a great recipe. I make it up on Sunday night and then I have enough to take to work with me all week and then just heat it up in the microwave.

debbie in sd April 14, 2013

This is delicious! Instead of the dried fig, I often substitute 1/2 cup diced candied ginger with the cranberries.

DrGaellon February 04, 2009

In my opinion this is the best oatmeal, but I do not cook mine as long. I use a timer and cook it 4-5 hours. I also use less water. Maybe 3 cups?

WiGal December 28, 2007

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