Basic Preparation Instructions for Quick Cooking Steel Cut Oats

These instructions are printed on the label of Quick Cooking Steel Cut Oats. High Fiber, Lactose Free, Low Cal, Low Fat, No Sugar, Soy Free, Vegan.

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These instructions are printed on the label of Quick Cooking Steel Cut Oats. High Fiber, Lactose Free, Low Cal, Low Fat, No Sugar, Soy Free, Vegan.
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Servings 4people
Submitted By Bob's Red Mill Natural Foods
These instructions are printed on the label of Quick Cooking Steel Cut Oats. High Fiber, Lactose Free, Low Cal, Low Fat, No Sugar, Soy Free, Vegan.
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Stove-top Instructions
  1. Bring 2 cups water and 1/4 teaspoon salt to a boil. Add 1 cup cereal and turn heat to low. Cover and cook for about 5 -7 minutes (depending on how thick and chewy you like your cereal), stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and let stand, covered, for two minutes. Makes enough for four hungry folks.
Single Serving Instructions
  1. Bring 1/2 cup water to a boil (with a pinch of salt, if desired). Add 1/4 cup cereal, reduce heat to low, cover and let cook to desired consistency, 3 -6 minutes. Remove from heat and let stand, covered, for 1 – 2 minutes. Makes about 3/4 cup serving.
Microwave Instructions
  1. In a deep bowl, combine 1/4 cup cereal and 1/2 cup water (add a pinch of salt, if desired). Microwave on high for 3 to 5 minutes, stirring often during cooking. Let stand for 2 minutes. Makes one serving (3/4 cup).
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30 thoughts on “Basic Preparation Instructions for Quick Cooking Steel Cut Oats

  1. Gaye Weinman

    I’d like to make a double recipe of the one listed above which is for only 4 servings. Can I just double the recipe or is there an adjust to be made for it to come out right?

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  2. Carol B

    At work each year we have an annual shutdown and we have 350 employees to feed. The only thing we have to cook/heat food in are 22 quart roasters (6 of them). Any thoughts on what ratios and timing would work to prepare the quick cooking rolled oats in a 22 quart roaster so we could feed our employees hot oatmeal in the mornings? Any feedback is appreciated. We can buy Bob’s Red Mill in bulk at a local Cash & Carry store.

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    1. Recipe Specialist

      Unfortunately, we have not tested this method. Quick Cooking Rolled Oats are meant to cook fast. Too long of a cook time can cause them to break down and the end product will not have the correct texture. If you would like to try cooking them in a roaster, it would be important to bring your water to a boil first and reducing the roaster temperature once the oats are added. This will allow the oats to cook as intended. To prepare enough oats we recommend following a ratio of 1:2 (oats to water). If the oats are added to boiling water, the cook time will most likely be between 1-5 minutes.

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  3. Kathryn

    I’ve been looking for a recipe to do baked oatmeal using these quick cooking steel cut oats. Can you help? Or can you tell me how to adapt a recipe that uses either regular steel cut oats or quick cooking rolled oats?
    Thanks.

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    1. Recipe Specialist

      We currently do not have a recipe for baked oatmeal that uses our Quick Cooking Steel Cut Oats. However, if you find a recipe that uses regular Steel Cut Oats simply reduce the amount of liquid by approximately 25%. If you use a recipe the uses Quick Cooking Rolled Oats, no changes will be necessary.

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  4. Marion Ilene

    We’re newcomers to steel cut (have eaten rolled oats for years) and have been experimenting with the “quick cooking” oats for about two weeks. We found that the recipe on the package doesn’t begin to give us the creamy consistency we like.
    This is our recipe for two: Bring 1/2 cup of steel cut oats, 1 3/4 cups water, and 1/4 tsp of salt to a boil in heavy saucepan. Reduce heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, for 12 minutes. Remove from heat and let rest an additional two minutes.
    Serve over 1/4 cup frozen blueberries and top with 1/3 cup of 2% plain greek yogurt, sprinkle with seeds or nuts and cinnamon – no sugar!

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    1. Jeanne

      Thanks for this recipe. I love the creamier consistency than you get with the basic instructions. I substitute 2% milk for the yogurt for a less tangy taste and whatever fruit I happen to have in the house for the blueberries. For a sweeter taste, I add a little Stevia or honey. I’m making it just for myself, and it makes about three 1/2-cup servings.

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  5. Lori Watsen

    Do you have a recipe that uses milk and/or buttermilk in place of water? We love slow-cooking steel cut oats this way – but aren’t sure if it will work with quick cooking? Thanks for any tips!

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    1. Recipe Specialist

      We currently do not have any recipes for preparing our Quick Cooking Steel Cut Oats in milk and/or buttermilk. You may use these two ingredients in place of the water called for in this recipe, one for one. When doing so, you will need to stir more often and cook over a lower heat as there is a risk of scorching.

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  6. Nancy Ferry

    This is impossible to microwave. I tried a deep very bowl, with out a lid. It overflowed. With a lid with a small vent, it overflowed through the vent. With a lid with the vent closed, it popped up the lid and then overflowed the sides. I found NO way to cook this in a microwave! I want to be able to do this to use it when I travel and am staying in a hotel with a microwave… But I guess I can’t.

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    1. Recipe Specialist

      When preparing our Quick Cooking Steel Cut Oats in the microwave, it is very important to stir the oatmeal multiple times throughout the cook-time. This will reduce the chances that it overflows.

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    1. Recipe Specialist

      Yes, you may use our Quick Cooking Steel Cut Oats to prepare peanut butter oatmeal cookies. It is likely that you will notice a difference in texture, but it will not be significant.

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  7. Veronika

    I would love to make overnight refrigerator quick cook steel cut oats. Will that work? Can I just follow an overnight recipe for old fashioned oats?

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    1. Recipe Specialist

      Yes, you may use our Quick Cooking Steel Cut Oats to prepare overnight oats. To do so, follow a recipe for old fashioned oats and make adjustments as you see necessary.

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  8. Sarah

    I love prepping breakfast in the crockpot. I have a very small crockpot with a timer. Do you have any tips/ratios/ times for cooking quick steel cut this way? I can’t seem to get it quite right by trial and error or find anything online. Thank you.

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    1. Recipe Specialist

      We have not tested our Quick Cooking Steel Cut Oats in a slow cooker. Because these oats only take 5 to 7 minutes to prepare, it is likely that slow cooking will over cook the oats and result in an oatmeal that lacks texture.

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  9. Chantal

    New to steel cut oats and we’ve been using a different brand which we prepared at work by pouring boiling water and letting it sit. This method doesn’t work quite as well for Bob’s Red Mill Quick Steel Cut Oats. Can it be prepared ahead of time, frozen in single serve and warmed in the microwave?

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    1. Recipe Specialist

      To store cooked oats, we recommend letting them cool completely. Once the oats have cooled, place in an airtight container and keep in the refrigerator (up to 7 days) or freezer (up to 1 month). You may reheat in the microwave or on the stove-top, adding additional liquid as needed.

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  10. Fred Nadel

    do you have a microwave recipe for the quick cooking steel cut oats at altitude? we are at 5320 ft. in the past I have used Coach’s oats using 1/3 cup oats and 9 oz of water and a tiny pinch of salt. microwaving 7 minutes at 70% power. using a 1000W microwave.
    I add about 1/6 cup of Craisins for flavor and to keep it from overflowing. Costco replaced the Coach’s Oats with Bob’s Red Mill Quick cooking steel cut oats.
    Thanks in advance

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    1. recipe specialist

      Hi Fred,
      We found that many customers were having issues with boil-overs so we do recommend the stovetop directions if possible, but some customers have had success using the microwave with the following adjustments:

      In a very large, microwavable bowl combine ¼ cup Oats- ¾ cup water. We also recommend adding a little butter or coconut oil if this works for your diet; the fat in the oils bind to the starches in the oats which helps prevent boil overs.
      Cover and microwave on high for 3-5 minutes, stopping to stir every minute.
      Let stand for 2 minutes
      Makes 1 serving.

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      1. Jan

        I cook my oatmeal using 1/4 c oats, 1 c Almond Milk (total), and 2 T Coconut Oil, plus other goodies. I make it in the microwave as I burn things on the stove. Using about 3/4 c of the milk, I put the power on 6 for 3 minutes, stir, and put it on for 2 minutes at power level 6, stir and add some chia seeds and the last 1/4 c Almond milk and still on power setting of 6 cook for 1 minute. I prefer to do it this way to avoid overflow mess, or remembering to stop and stir every minute.

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        1. Kat

          Hi Jan
          Sounds great
          How much chia and what other “goodies?” Am always looking for good oatmeal recipes. Thanks for this!

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  11. Donna

    If you make bigger portions do they refrigerate well and reheat well? I’d like to make enough for a couple times, but want to make sure it would work with quick oats.

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    1. recipe specialist

      Hi Donna,
      Cooked oats should keep in the refrigerator for 3-4 days although you may have to add some additional milk or water when reheating them to get them back to a creamy texture.

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  12. Dinan

    Your notation is poor and misleading, my oatmeal was so thick and inedible and this morning it was one solid clump. I am disappointed.

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    1. recipe specialist

      Hi Dinan,
      Thank you for your feedback. We’re sorry this recipe did not work for you, but thank you for letting us know. If you’d like to email us at customerservice@bobsredmill.com or call us at 1-800-349-2173, Monday through Friday, 8am-5pm Pacific Standard Time, we would love to hear more about your experience and offer additional assistance.

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  13. M. Weiss

    Can I use the quick cooking steel cut oats for any of your oatmeal cookie recipes? I scanned through all of your cookie recipes and saw no mention using this type of oatmeal. Thanks.

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    1. recipe specialist

      Hello,
      Thank you for your question. I’ve emailed you directly to provide more details about using our Quick Cooking Steel Cut Oats.

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