on May 4, 2012 by

Introducing Quick Cooking Steel Cut Oats {Giveaway}

Steel cut oats have long been a favorite cereal at Bob’s Red Mill. Over the years, we’ve found that some people are daunted by the longer cooking time. Really, it’s not surprising. Steel cut oats take between 10- 20 minutes on the stove top and are near-impossible to cook in the microwave.  We have all sorts of tips and tricks to help you enjoy a hot bowl of steel cut oats in a hurry- everything from a slow cooker to a thermos. Still, the process is too complicated for some and not worth the energy for others. That’s why we’re happy to say that we now offer a quick-cooking variety.

These organic quick-cooking steel cut oats (also available as conventional) cook in 5 to 7 minutes on the stove top and are perfect for the thermos method*. Quick steel cut oats are made with the same high-quality oats that we use for our regular steel cut oats, but they are processed slightly differently to allow them to cook more quickly. These oats are cut on a specialized rotary granulator mill into slightly flatter pieces than our regular steel cut oats. They still taste wonderfully different than rolled oats, but they are a bit different than our regular steel cut oats. Their faster cooking time, makes them a great ingredient for baking and cooking. Try this wonderful recipe for Steel Cut Oat Fries with Cherry Dipping Sauce to see for yourself.

These two items will be on store shelves within a few months, but you can order them on our website if you simply cannot wait.

*Bob’s Famous Thermos Method: No joke, this is how Bob makes his steel cut oats when he’s in a hurry. Place 1 cup quick cooking steel cut oats and 3 boiling water in an airtight thermos at night. In the morning, you will have cooked steel cut oats. With these new quick cooking steel cut oats, we’re pretty sure you could do this when you first rise in the morning and have them ready by the time you get to work.

Steel Cut Oat Fries with Cherry Dipping Sauce

Yield 5 -7 servings

Steel Cut Oat Fries

  • 1-1/2 cups Milk
  • 1/2 cup Water or Stock
  • 1 Tbsp Butter
  • 1 cup Quick Cooking Steel Cut Oats
  • Sea Salt to taste
  • Ground Black Pepper to taste
  • 4 oz Chevre or other soft goat cheese
  • 1 to 1-1/2 cups Olive Oil
  • Oat Flour as needed

Line a 4 ½  x 6 ½ -inch metal baking pan with plastic wrap and set aside.

Bring milk, water and butter to a boil in a large heavy saucepan.  Gradually whisk in Quick Cooking Steel Cut Oats.  Reduce heat to medium and cook, stirring often, until oats are very thick and start to pull away from the sides, about 8 minutes.  Remove from heat, stir in cheese and season to taste with salt and pepper.

Immediately transfer the oats to the prepared baking pan, spreading evenly so height is consistent throughout.  Refrigerate until cool and firm, about 1 hour.  To store overnight, cover when cooled and keep refrigerated.

Turn oats out onto a cutting board and cut into ¾ x 3-inch rectangles.  Set aside.

Preheat oven to very low, about 200°F.  Heat oil in a large heavy skillet over medium-high heat.  Place flour in a plate or pie pan.  Lightly coat the oat fries in flour, shaking off excess.

Working in batches so as not to crowd the pan, fry oat fries until golden-brown on all sides, about 5 minutes.  Add more oil, if necessary, but make sure the oil has warmed to medium-high heat before continuing frying.  Transfer fries to paper towels with a slotted spoon and let drain.  Place fries on a clean baking sheet and keep warm in the low oven while frying remaining batches.

Serve with Cherry Dipping Sauce.

Cherry Dipping Sauce

  • 1 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 2 Tbsp Shallots, minced
  • 2 Tbsp + additional to taste Balsamic Vinegar
  • 1 cup Chicken or Vegetable Stock
  • 2 Tbsp Evaporated Cane Juice
  • 1/2 cup Dried Cherries, chopped
  • Sea Salt to taste
  • Ground Black Pepper to taste

Heat oil in a medium skillet oven medium heat.  Add shallots and sauté until translucent.

Add balsamic vinegar and stir well for about 1 minute, making sure to scrape up any pieces stuck to the pan.

Add stock and increase heat to medium-high.  Add evaporated cane juice and dried cherries, stir well and let simmer until thick, about 10 minutes.

Let cool slightly and serve with Steel Cut Oat Fries.


We’d like to share a few packages of these great Organic Quick Cooking Steel Cut Oats with you. We’re giving away a package of these new oats to three lucky winners! How to enter? Simply leave us a comment here on this blog post that tells us what you would make with quick cooking steel cut oats- could be plain oatmeal or some fancy oatmeal concoction! We’ll select three winners randomly from all who comment by 11:59 pm on Monday, May 7th.




Greg Rose says:

A hot, steaming pot of Bob’s Steel Cut Oats with freshly picked blackberries added during the last minute of cooking… topped with brown sugar.

Jennifer M. says:

I’m an oatmeal every day kind of gal – also a get-to-work-on-time every day kind of gal. Quick cooking steel cut oats? Sign. me. Up.

Dena Hamlin says:

ooh awesome giveaway! We would make baked oatmeal cups in this house 🙂
Such a fun way for everyone to make their oatmeal the way the want them and you can bake a large batch ahead of time and eat them throughout the week!

Deena Trogdon says:

I would make those fries! Those look awesome! And of course, my daily bowl in the a.m. with honey and walnuts.

AnnetteB says:

I love the regular steel cut me a full, satisfied feeling, and I love my oatmeal to have some texture to it, not be like babyfood. Therefore i think I would have to just make breakfast with the quick cooking steel cut oats…add a bit of butter, brown sugar and a splash of milk…yum! But I think I would quickly be trying them in breads and muffins…

Kerri Dellatacoma says:

I think I’ll go with a classic – oatmeal cookies!

Melia Seabrooks says:

I like mine with bananas, almond milk & spice islands saigon cinnamon!

Eric Noon says:

Goodness for my girls.

Kim Benton says:

I think it’s great the we now can get a quick cook version of the steel cut oats. My morning bowl of oatmeal will now be a little faster. I would love to try it in my oatmeal blueberry pancakes or oatmeal apple muffins! Yum!

francene says:

I am thinking that I would replace half the cornmeal in a cornbread or corn muffin recipe with the quick cooking oats ! Best of both worlds 🙂

ashlea says:

I’d first just make a good ole bowl of oatmeal. Since our crockpot died I haven’t made any steel cut…….Maybe add pecans, dried fruit, and brown sugar and cream. Yum!

JW says:

When I’m home from school, I cook breakfast for my elderly father and he always asks me to make him instant oatmeal because he hates waiting for oatmeal to cook. With the quick cooking oats, I can make him a tasty bowl of REAL oatmeal without him having to wait around.

Amanda says:

I always make them with fresh blueberries, walnuts, and a little bit of brown sugar 🙂

Tom says:

I’d simply make breakfast every morning with a little butter, some cinnamon, agave nectar and milk. The day is so much better when I take the time to make oatmeal instead of choosing a bar of some sort. I’ll have to try the thermos method, no more excuses!

Hannah says:

I make cranberry oatmeal bars. They are great warm (with ice cream) or right from the fridge as a grab-and-go snack.

Jacqueline says:

Since I have never tasted steel cut oats, I would first make them as oatmeal.

Angela says:

Apple cinnamon oatmeal…mmmm

Julie Nobles says:

I would use them in my chocolate baked oatmeal.

Abby says:

Oats with fresh strawberries and bananas and some honey and cinnamon!

Sarah A says:

I use quick cooking steel oats when I made baked oatmeal.

I already use Bob’s steel cut oats in the crockpot with bananas and coconut milk.The bananas get creamy and caramelized. It’s fantastic. I would love to try the quick version of this.

Jan Jacklin says:

Love your Oats…
I’d make Oatmeal Rhubarb Bars

Jo Langley says:

Have been off processed/sugar for a year now and I don’t bake..hence cookies are too sweet so I make oatmeal and add nuts/raisons/dark choclate..add a bit of coconut oil use cooked steel cut oatmeal put in a small baking tin and bake ….my chewy no white sugar added version of Oatmeal “like” cookies/bars.

Ann Hoblet says:

I would make regular oatmeal with it… the best!

Madeline Alvarado says:

1 tbs natural peanut butter
1/4 cup steel cut oats
1/4 cup cottage cheese
2 packets (or to taste) Stevia
1/4 tsp baking powder
1 egg white
dash cinnamon
1 T chocolate protein or Unsweetened Cocoa would work

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Line pan with parchment paper.
Mix everything together .
Spoon 5 cookies on to pan.
Bake for 10-12 minutes or until tops of cookies start to brown.

David Golden says:

I like to make them plain with water, then stir in banana, apple, raisins or dried berries. Sometimes I get fancy and stir in ground flax seeds.

Ember Blackwell says:

Oatmeal pancakes!

Sara Schmidt Boldon says:

I am excited to try the new quick cooking steel cut oats as a base for my tropical fruit oatmeal. Coconut milk + mango + oats= goooood.

I’d love to try overnight oats w/ these! and of course put in some PB and choco chips 🙂

Angel says:

Id love to win a bag!!!

Terry says:

Oatmeal raisin cookies

Jemia says:

I love to make stewed prunes (prunes, 1/2 lemon or orange, covered in water, simmered 45 mins) and stir them into oatmeal, though I’ve only tried it with rolled oats. I’m sure it would be spectacular with the steel cut!

Anna in Idaho says:

We love to eat it hot off the stove with chopped apples and a drizzle of maple syrup!!

Niki Jay says:

I would make the Steel Cut Oats Soda Bread with yummy cranberries. This recipe comes from your website and is fantastic!

margi hansen says:

Yummy oatmeal with walnuts brown sugar & bananas

rani says:

I love oatmeal any way and am always ready to try a new recipe, bob’s is awesome

Melissa says:

I love oatmeal muffins enriched with Bob’s oat bran and oat flour…since I am gluten free. Hubby likes straight up oatmeal with raisins and a swirl of my homemade apple butter but never has time for steel cut in the morning. Can’t wait to surprise him with this new offering!

Carolyn Kumpe says:

Caramelized Honey & Apple Steel Cuts Oats with Toasted Almonds will be lovingly prepared for my family with Bob’s Red Mill’s great Organic Quick Cooking Steel Cut Oats. Here’s our family’s recipe!
2 tbsp butter or substitute
1/4 cup honey
1 large crisp apple like Braeburn, Honey crisp, Gala, etc. Cored, Unpeeled & Chopped
1/2 cinnamon stick or 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1 cup water
1 cup apple cider or apple juice
1 cup quick cooking steel cut oats
1/8 tsp sea salt
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup toasted almonds
Almond milk, soy, coconut, rice or cow’s milk for topping off.

Directions: In a large heavy bottom saucepan, place the butter, honey and chopped apples and cinnamon stick. Cook on medium heat until the honey caramelizes. Add the water, cider and salt. Bring to a boil. Add oats. Cook, stirring often, until oats are very thick and start to pull away from the sides, about 8 minutes. Remove from heat, stir in vanilla. Thin with milk of choice. Discard cinnamon stick. Place in bowls. Garnish with almonds. Enjoy!

london ingoglia says:

The weather is getting warmer here in NM so we try not to use the oven. So this recipe will be perfect to create a yummy snack.

No-Bake Energy Bites Recipe

1 cup (dry) oatmeal
1 cup toasted coconut flakes
1/2 cup chocolate chips
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup ground flaxseed
1/3 cup honey
1 tsp. vanilla

Kristi P. says:

Steel cut oats are my favorite and I usually pot them in a pot with hot water to soak overnight before I cook them. These new quick-cooking steel cut oats will be perfect for the mornings when I discover that I didn’t put my oats on to soak the night before!

london ingoglia says:

Living in the desert (NM) we try not to turn our oven on during the warmer months unless absolutely necessary. It’s either something on the grill or a no bake option for most meals. The recipe below is a staple in our house for snacktime. I love to make quick, easy and delicious food.

No-Bake Energy Bites Recipe

1 cup (dry) oatmeal
1 cup toasted coconut flakes
1/2 cup chocolate chips
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup ground flaxseed
1/3 cup honey
1 tsp. vanilla

Russell Brown says:

I <3 oatmeal, I'd make just my simple Apple and Cinnamon Oatmeal with it!

Jenna Z says:

This would make AWESOME savory oat pilaf!!

Bonnie K says:

Quick cooking sounds good. I like the oatmeal with a little milk and sometimes add fruit such as banana, blueberries or strawberries.

Robin Scott says:

Will there be a gluten free version of of the quick coking steel cut oats next? Would love to try these since I’m up at a very early hour making oatmeal but I buy your gluten free oats because of food allergies.


At this time, we we don’t have these as gluten free, but we do have regular gluten free steel cut oats and gluten free quick cooking oats. Perhaps one of those might fit your needs.

kristie rowdiered says:

We like stirring in fresh cranberries then soft brown sugar with a sheen of milk. Dipping toast in too, of course!

Kenneth Hoskin says:

I think rice flour would brown better. What do you think?


We tested the recipe using oat flour, but I’m sure rice flour would work well, too.

Peggy P says:

The cooking time on the regular steel cut oats has always been a deterrent to me…I love that you are coming out with the quick cooking version! My favorite way to eat oatmeal is with blueberries, almonds and almond milk—-delicious!

Tonya Payne says:

Oatmeal Cake.

Linda Downing says:

I like the way oatmeal tastes without anything on it. I just like the taste of plain oatmeal and the chewy texture of steel cut oats. Is that wierd? One day I might try and make them with buttermilk. I hear that gives them tangy goodness.

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