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Overhead view of perfectly cooked steel-cut oats

How to Cook Steel Cut Oats On The Stovetop

  • Author: One Lovely Life
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free


This cozy, steel-cut oats recipe is anything but boring. Don’t miss our favorite toppings!


  • 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. Start By Boiling The Water. Bring the water to a boil in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat.
  2. Add Oats & Salt. When the water is boiling, add the steel-cut oats and a tiny pinch (less than 1/8 tsp.) of salt.
  3. Simmer & Stir. Reduce heat to low and cook 15-20 minutes, or until most of the water is absorbed and the oats are tender.
  4. Finish With Flavor. Stir in milk and vanilla and remove from heat.
  5. Add Your Favorite Goodies! 


  • 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.
  • Toppings To Try: fresh berries, nuts or nut butter, cinnamon, cacao nibs, peaches, apples, jam, maple syrup, honey, brown sugar, etc. 


  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: stovetop
  • Cuisine: American

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