Steel Cut Oats Microwave Instructions

Steel Cut Oats are tricky in the microwave, but we totally get that it’s hard to find the time to cook them on the stove top, and maybe you don’t want to clean a bowl and a pot when you could only clean a bowl. If you’d like to make your Steel Cut Oats in the microwave, may we steer you in the direction of our Quick-Cooking Steel Cut Oats? Quick-Cooking Steel Cut Oats are available in Organic. If you are totally strapped and need advice for cooking regular Steel Cut Oats in the microwave, below are suggestions – biggest tip? Be sure to use a large bowl to avoid boiling over and stir the oats throughout the process. Every microwave is slightly different so you may need to adjust your cooking time and oat to liquid ratio.

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Servings 1 serving
Prep Time 1 minute
Cook Time 8 - 10 minutes
Passive Time 2 minutes
Submitted By Bob's Red Mill Natural Foods
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Servings 1 serving
Prep Time 1 minute
Cook Time 8 - 10 minutes
Passive Time 2 minutes
Submitted By Bob's Red Mill Natural Foods
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  1. Combine the oats and water in a large bowl and microwave for 2 minutes, watching for any signs of boil over. Stir the oats and microwave for another 30 seconds. Repeat this about 3-4 times. Take out of microwave, cover and let stand 2 minutes.
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12 thoughts on “Steel Cut Oats Microwave Instructions

  1. Craig

    The microwave instructions for steel cut oats are flawed at best. I ended up with some oats resting in the bottom of a bowl of water. That’s sad.

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    1. Recipe Specialist

      I apologize for your poor experience with our Steel Cut Oats. The microwave instruction should not have resulted in oats resting in the bottom of your bowl of water. I have emailed you to help resolve this.

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  2. Lawrence

    The first two minutes in the microwave resulted in 50% of the oats boiling over. I think microwaving steel cut oats 2 minutes 2-3 times would result in a real mess. I’m going to try them on the stovetop mut never again in the microwave. You did warn us, but I think you should just say microwaving is not gonna work.

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  3. Sheryl

    I cooked the steel cut oats in the microwave for 4 minutes in 30 second increments due to previous replies about boiling over. I also let them stand for 2 minutes after I cooked them and the end result was a total disaster, the oats were uncooked and settled in the bottom of the bowl. I’ll stick to prepackaged oatmeal that cooks flawlessly in the microwave and skip the steel cut oats.

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  4. D.C.

    I just bought steel-cut oats for the first time and have had no problem cooking steel-cut oats in the microwave, but i am using a liquid to oat ratio of 2:1 instead of the 3:1 above. Here’s what i do:

    In one of my big soup bowls i put in a half-cup of steel-cut oats and a full cup of milk, briefly stirred.

    Put in microwave with five minutes on the timer. After two minutes (which is about how long it takes my microwave to bring a cup of cold water barely to boil) i open the microwave (not cancelling time) and stir. The milk at this point has foam on top but isn’t close to boiling over, yet.

    For the last three minutes of microwave time i carefully watch. Every time it is just about to boil over i stop the microwave and stir to deflate and mix. Depending on how big the bowl is, this can mean stopping every ten seconds or so. This extra time between bursts of power is not wasted because it gives the oats more time to absorb water/milk.

    After a certain point (usually around a minute left on the timer) the boiling over slows and eventually stops so during the last part of the cooking time i let it furiously bubble for up to thirty seconds between stirrings.

    When the microwave has exhausted its time, i immediately stir well to mix in parts that have cooked unevenly, take the super-hot bowl out with kitchen mittens, and stir in honey.

    My microwave is 1000 watts (typical for a full-size microwave these days). People using lower-power microwaves will have to increase the cooking time proportionally.

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  5. Linda

    I use the 3:1 ratio in the microwave and it works wonderful. The only difference is that I do it at 50-60 % power for 11-12 minutes. I stir it before putting it in and then I usually walk away and find something else to do until the time is up. I haven’t had a boil over mess in my microwave yet….. It’s not completely mushy but I like it a little bit chewy. You could probably add a bit more water and let it cook for another minute or two if you want it completely soft. I also add some hemp seeds, chia seeds, coconut oil, shredded coconut, cinnamon, cloves, tumeric and a pinch of salt. After it’s cooked I add some honey and milk. Yummy!

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    1. Dan

      i use a similar method … 50% power for the first half of my cooking time, stir them 30% for the remainder … longer time, but no boil over.

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  6. Sue

    I cook them like I do regular oats. 1/4 cup oats, 1/2 cup water. Microwave for 2 1/2 minutes. Let sit for a minute or two. Still have to watch for boil-over, but they turn out just the way I like them! I can’t imagine cooking them for 10 minutes or more.

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  7. Dana

    It’s all in the size of your bowl/mug! I use a 20 oz Corningware soup mug (can find on Amazon). I use 1/4 c oats, pinch of salt, sugar/cinnamon to taste, 1/2 c water, and 1/4 c almond milk. (Can use all water in place of almond milk.) Stir; microwave for 2 minutes. Stir; microwave for 2 more minutes. Stir a final time, and microwave for 2 more minutes… so, 6 minutes total. (Also, after the first 2 minutes I like to stir in a bit of dried fruit if I have some, like diced apple.) Perfect oatmeal every time, no boil over. 🙂 PS: My microwave is 900 watts, for reference.

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  8. JaneyM

    This works for me in an 800-watt microwave oven, producing 2.5 cups of oatmeal, enough for 2 breakfasts. No boil over, no mid-cook stirring and I only have to make it every other day.

    Add 3 cups any-temperature water and 1 cup oatmeal to 2-quart or larger uncovered Corning casserole dish. Microwave on high for 12 minutes. Cover and let sit with lid on for 15 or more minutes. I like to transfer first days serving in a cereal bowl to eat that day and refrigerate remainder in original casserole bowl so it can be reheated and eaten on day #2 without dirtying a third dish.

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  9. Theresa J

    I use a 4c pyrex measuring cup/bowl thing. Add 1 C water, 1/3 c oats, and half a diced apple.
    Microwave for 2 min, stir, microwave 2 more, stir and let sit for a couple of minutes then add cinnamon, nutmeg, and some brown sugar.

    It’s wonderful every time <3

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