Basic Preparation Instructions for Steel Cut Oats

These instructions can be found on our bags of conventional, gluten-free and organic Steel Cut Oats.

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Servings 4people
Prep Time 5minutes
Cook Time 10 - 20minutes
Passive Time 5minutes
Submitted By Bob's Red Mill Natural Foods
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Servings 4people
Prep Time 5minutes
Cook Time 10 - 20minutes
Passive Time 5minutes
Submitted By Bob's Red Mill Natural Foods
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Ingredients
  • For Stove Top Cooking
  • 1 cup Steel Cut Oats or Organic Steel Cut Oats
  • 3 cups Water
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • In an Instant Pot
  • 1 cup Steel Cut Oats
  • 3 cup Water
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
Ingredients
  • For Stove Top Cooking
  • 1 cup Steel Cut Oats or Organic Steel Cut Oats
  • 3 cups Water
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • In an Instant Pot
  • 1 cup Steel Cut Oats
  • 3 cup Water
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
Instructions
For Stove Top Cooking
  1. Bring 3 cups water and 1/2 tsp salt to a boil then add 1 cup Bob's Red Mill Steel Cut Oats.
  2. Reduce heat to a low simmer. Cover and cook 10 - 20 minutes (depending on how chewy you like your cereal). Stir occasionally.
  3. Remove from heat and let stand covered for a couple of minutes. Yields about 3 cups.
In an Instant Pot
  1. Select “Manual” Setting. Press “Pressure” until "High Pressure" is illuminated. Press “Adjust” until "Normal" is illuminated.
  2. Using the “-“ and “+” keys, set cook time for 3 minutes. Once the cooking time has finished, leave steam release handle in place and allow the pressure to release naturally.
  3. Stir oats well after cooking and adjust consistency throughout service with additional bottled water. Use the “Keep Warm” function to keep the oats warm throughout service. Yields about 3 cups. (Total cook time 40 minutes.)
Recipe Notes

Serving Suggestions

  • Serve with milk, cream or a pat of butter.
  • Add brown sugar, honey or maple syrup for sweetness.
  • Add fresh or dried fruit, raisins, nuts or a dash of cinnamon.
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44 thoughts on “Basic Preparation Instructions for Steel Cut Oats

  1. Harald Forkbeard

    Serve with strained yogurt for higher protein. Choose whole milk like Siggi’s Skyr to best flavor and nutritional balance.

    Walnuts are best to complement the taste.

    Fresh berries preferred to dried fruit to reduce sugar.

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  2. Urszula

    The easiest way to cook steel cut oatmeal is in a combi steam oven. No stirring required. Just mix with water and set a steam mode for 30 min. Done!

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  3. OlyPen Aaron

    Here’s a simpler recipe that can be eaten with your sweetener of choice or as a savory dish.

    Ingredients:
    1 C steel cut oats (not Scottish, Irish, etc.)
    2 C water
    1 tsp butter (not oleo or oil)
    Cream, Half and Half, butter to taste

    1. Melt the butter in a 4Q sauce pan.
    2. Add the oats and stir often until evenly toasted, about 4-5 minutes. Do not overcook or the oats will become bitter.
    3. When the oats are toasted, add all the water and bring to a boil. At boil, reduce heat to a simmer and cover, once the oats have absorbed about half the water (this helps avoid boiling over). Simmer for about 10 minutes; longer if softer oats are desired. This may require more water than the 2 C.
    4. After 10 minutes, remove from heat and keep pot covered for about 5 minutes, so liquor is evenly absorbed through the oats.
    5. Serve with a TBS of half and half or cream. A pat of butter on top is a yummy addition.

    Enjoy!

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    1. Recipe Specialist

      To prepare 2 servings of Steel Cut Oats use 1/2 cup of Steel Cut Oats and 1-1/2 cups of water. Cook as directed.

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  4. Jane King

    Can steel cut oats be used in an overnight oatmeal recipe?

    Do you happen to have a recipe for overnight oatmeal?

    Thank you,

    We LOVE your products!

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        1. recipe specialist

          Hi Patricia,
          You can find our suggestions for cooking this product in the microwave here. I may also suggest adding a little fat- coconut oil or butter for instance- the fat will bind to the starches in the oats and help to prevent boil-overs.

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    1. Recipe Specialist

      To prepare one serving of Steel Cut Oats, use 1/4 Cup of Steel Cut Oats and 3/4 cup of water. Follow the instructions above as listed.

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  5. Recipe Specialist

    David, 20 minutes of cooking should not result in a good amount of water left. Please check your email as I have communicated would like to communicate this issue further.

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  6. Melissa

    Hi! Would you use the same oats:water ratio when making in a rice cooker? Also, would you use a standard measuring cup or the cup provided with the rice cooker? Thanks!

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    1. recipe specialist

      Hi Melissa,
      We haven’t tested this recipe in a rice cooker, but we have customers who have had success preparing these oats in a rice cooker using a ratio of 2.5 standard cups water to 1 standard cups of steel cut oats on the porridge setting which takes about 1 hour. Please note that your rice maker may suggest a different ratio, so you may wish to consult your owner’s manual.

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  7. Steve

    To make “instant” steel cut oats, I add my oats, water, salt, and butter (optional) to a pot and bring it to a boil before bedtime. As soon as it boils, I remove from the heat and cover it. The next morning, all I do is heat it up in the same pot, which takes maybe 2 minutes. I’ve been doing this for years and it works perfectly.

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      1. recipe specialist

        Hi Holly,
        Once cooked the oats will be ready to eat, but if you have any leftovers they can be refrigerated and reheated to enjoy later.

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  8. Joshua

    Any idea on how to prepare one serving of steel cut oatmeal? I look at website and all of them say serves 4-6.

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    1. recipe specialist

      Hi Joshua,
      The ratio for cooking our Steel Cut Oats is 1 part oats to 3 parts water and a pinch of salt, so if you would like to cook one serving, the ratio of oats to water would be ¼ cup of oats to ¾ cup of water. Because this is such a small amount, it is difficult to cook on the stove top as there is usually too much surface area (unless you’re using a very small saucepan) and the water will evaporate before the oats are cooked. I would suggest either halving the recipe on the package and store the portion you don’t want in the refrigerator or you can also soak the portion of oats you’d like overnight in the refrigerator and heat them up the next day; they will absorb all the liquid as they soak and will simply need to be heated up.

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  9. david jones

    “Serving Suggestions”
    • “Serve with milk, cream or a pat of butter.”
    On the contrary, ditch all of these to lose needless fat and increase you ‘lightness of being’ on this planet.
    • “Add brown sugar, honey or maple syrup for sweetness.”
    Sweetness is for a kiddy taste – kick the addiction, opt for the following advice.
    • “Add fresh or dried fruit, raisins, nuts or a dash of cinnamon.”
    Absolutely, this is the way to add some spicy zing to your oatmeal. However, fruit should be fresh or frozen.

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    1. recipe specialist

      Hi Wendy,
      We would recommend eating any leftovers that have been stored in the refrigerator within about 3 days.

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    1. recipe specialist

      Hi Hallie,
      When cooked the oats should double in size, approximately, so one cup of uncooked oats will yield about 2 to 2-1/2 cups of cooked oats.

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  10. Eileen

    I love these oats! I added a bit of real maple syrup and vanilla almond milk. I know there are other recipes on the package, but the print is so tiny I can’t read them! LOL

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  11. Norma Herbold

    Thank goodness I found this site. I don’t have a magnifer and the directions on the package must be printed at a font size 4.

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    1. recipe specialist

      Hi Maria,
      The winning recipe is the very basic preparation instructions that are printed on the bag. The winning recipe was just our oats, water, and a bit of salt prepared on a stove top as we’ve included on our label. We hope that you love them!

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  12. Tery Wosje

    I just soaked a bag (1 1lb 8 oz) in 9 cups of filtered water overnight. I now want to rinse them, how much water should I now use to cook them??
    Thanks in advance for your quick response!!

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    1. recipe specialist

      Hi Tery,
      The oats should be soft after soaking overnight but if you wish to cook them further, we may suggest using a 2:1 ratio of water to oats and cook them according to the basic cooking instructions.

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  13. Jay Cortese

    Why does it say in the ingredients list 1/2 teaspoon salt, but in the directions 1/4 teaspoon salt?

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    1. recipe specialist

      Hi Jay,
      We’ve edited the instructions to match the list of ingredients, we apologize for the error!

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  14. Gary

    We have recently purchased a small 1:5 cup Wolfgang Puck rice cooker which we use for many things. Any recommendations for cooking steel cut oats? 1 cup seems like a lot in this small appliance.

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    1. recipe specialist

      Hi Gary,
      We have not tried cooking our steel cut oats in this particular rice cooker, so we may recommend consulting your owner’s manual to see if it has instructions for cooking alternative grains.

      Reply

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