Stovetop Steel Cut Oats

"A friend of mine has been purchasing steel cut oats in bulk from the Amish in our area and sharing! Since I didn't know how to prepare them, I found a similar recipe online and adapted it to my taste. *Note-you can use 4 cups of water and omit the milk. The milk makes it creamier."
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  • Bring the water to a boil in a large pot. Add the steel cut oats and and salt. Stir.
  • Reduce the heat to medium low and cook for 30 minutes. Make sure you stir the oats occasionally so they don’t stick to the pan.
  • When the oats start to thicken, at about 30 minutes, add in the milk and extract. I think the milk makes the oats creamier. Stir the oats, milk, and extract together and cook for ten more minutes.
  • Add in cinnamon and raisins or whatever toppings you wish.
  • (If you want to make bruleed oats-put the oats in a bowl, sprinkle with brown sugar and turbinado sugar. With a creme brulee torch, fire the top of the oats until the sugar is crystalized).
  • Serve the oats hot. This batch makes 4-6 servings. If you want you can let the oats cool and then portion them out into smaller containers. To reheat, add a splash of milk and reheat in the microwave for 1-2 minutes.

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  1. Bonnie G #2
    I love steel oats and have tried several on here and enjoy them all. This version is a lovely creamy texture, I made as directed and next time might even try leaving out the milk as I really like mine chewy. I followed the direction and was very pleased with the results. I topped with rasberries from my garden but think bananna would be good and even the peanut butter I saw another reviewer tried.
  2. Boomette
    It was my first time cooking steel cut oats. I really liked the texture and taste of it. I used vanilla. And since there was no sugar in it, I added brown sugar to my serving. Thanks Cooks4_6 :) Made for PAC Spring 2012
  3. lenniejo
    Loved this recipe, after years of making oatmeal decided to try steel cut. The cinnamon and vanilla added a great new dimension to what it means to have hot cereal in the morning. Topped with maple syrup and blackberries, it is great.
  4. Bobbin
    I thought this was good. I liked the addition of the vanilla and cinnamon. I then added a little coconut oil and coconut sugar.
  5. gailanng
    I'm in the process of writing breakfast rap lyrics and so far I have this: "I eat more oatmeal than pancakes." I know, my thoughts are like lava. They can barely be contained.


I am originally from Minneapolis, Minnesota and moved to Ohio in 1978. It was quite a culture shock going from the city to living next to the Amish. I spend most of my time cooking, cleaning and caring for my four kids. I have abandoned cookbooks and now cook from favorite, wilted recipe pages and the internet. I fell in love with my Italian family recipes (Scavo, Rotella, Scalzo, Micelli, Grande, Gigliotti) and my Mom's homecooked meals.
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