Fast and Easy Steel-Cut Oats

I’ve got a sick baby this week (just a cold—but with a 2-year-old it’s never JUST a cold…), so we’ve been watching more TV than usual. As we were waiting for dinner to finish the other night (sweet pea and chicken sausage risotto=baby comfort food), I was flipping channels, and when I got to America’s Test Kitchen, she said, “It’s OK,” which is her way of saying, “This is what I want to watch, mom.”

Awwww.  My little foodie!

Anyway, the episode was about making breakfast standbys easier, and they showed a method for cooking steel cut oats that only takes 10 minutes in the morning!  Their version was for apple cinnamon oatmeal, which looked amazing, and you can get it on their website.  (You have to enter your email address, but that gets you free access to all the current season’s recipes.)

Here’s the plain version:

Fast and Easy Steel-Cut Oats


  • 1 cup steel cut oats
  • 4 cups water, divided
  • 1/4 tsp salt


  1. Bring 3 cups of water to a boil in a large saucepan. Remove from heat and stir in oats and salt. Let stand overnight.
  2. When ready to eat, add remaining 1 cup of water (or half water, half milk) to the oats, stir, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium and cook, stirring occasionally, for about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and let stand 5 minutes before serving.

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