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How to Cook Steel Cut Oats - How to get perfectly creamy, perfectly cooked oats every time PLUS so many ways to top them!

How to Cook Steel Cut Oats

  • Author: One Lovely Life
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x


  • 3 cups water
  • 1 cup steel cut oats (gluten free, if needed)
  • pinch salt
  • 1/4 cup milk (I use almond, cashew, or coconut), plus more as desired
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla


  1. Bring the water to a boil in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. When the water is boiling, add oats and a pinch of salt.
  2. Reduce heat to low and cook 15-20 minutes, or until most of the water is absorbed and the oats are tender.
  3. Stir in milk and vanilla and remove from heat. Top with your favorite toppings!


Make them ahead! A great thing about steel cut oats is that it’s almost impossible for them to end up gluey. They maintain their slightly chewy texture and can even be re-heated, so you can make a batch Monday and warm up a bowl each morning for the rest of the week.

Breakfast on the go. You can pack cooked oats in single serving jars or containers for a quick on-the-go breakfast to warm up at work or right before school.

Gluten Free? Oats themselves are gluten free, though farming and processing procedures often cause cross contamination with gluten/wheat. If this is a concern for you, be sure to buy certified gluten free oats. We love these.

  • Category: Breakfast, oatmeal
  • Method: stovetop

Keywords: oatmeal, oats, steel cut oatmeal, vegan, gluten free