Steel-Cut Oatmeal

When you learn how to make steel-cut oatmeal, you may find yourself doing it daily or weekly so you have a bowl of hearty, chewy and filling oats for breakfast each morning. This recipe makes a classic version. Toppings are up to you.

Prep Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
30 mins
1 cup


  • 1 cup water or low-fat milk

  • Pinch of salt

  • ¼ cup steel-cut oats (see Tip)

  • 1 fluid ounce Low-fat milk for serving

  • 1 teaspoon 1 to 2 teaspoons honey, cane sugar or brown sugar for serving

  • 1 pinch Pinch of cinnamon


  1. Combine water (or milk) and salt in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil. Stir in oats and reduce heat to low; cook, stirring occasionally, until the oats are the desired texture, 20 to 30 minutes.

  2. Serve with your favorite toppings, such as milk, sweetener, cinnamon, dried fruits or nuts.


Tip: People with celiac disease or gluten sensitivity should use oats that are labeled "gluten-free," as oats are often cross-contaminated with wheat and barley.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

150 Calories
3g Fat
27g Carbs
5g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 1
Serving Size 1 cup
Calories 150
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 27g 10%
Dietary Fiber 4g 14%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 5g 10%
Total Fat 3g 3%
Saturated Fat 1g 3%
Folate 20mcg 5%
Sodium 152mg 7%
Calcium 7mg 1%
Iron 2mg 10%
Magnesium 110mg 26%
Potassium 146mg 3%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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