Steel Overnight Oatmeal - Bowl of Delicious (2023)

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This method of cooking oatmeal gives the PERFECT texture - it's creamy, chewy, and nutty, but NOT mushy or sticky. Bring the oatmeal to a boil, cover, turn off the heat and set asidestay up all nighton the hob, it achieves the perfect consistency every time. In the morning, just add a cup of your favorite milk or alternative milk and simmer for a few minutes to warm up. It's an easy, quick, and no-hassle method of making oatmeal that makes busy mornings a breeze.

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I've always heard oatmeal is delicious. But I tried to do it according to the instructions on the package and I was always disappointed. Cooking the oats took a long time, with mediocre results. Not to mention the pot was always a mess! That's why I'm here to tell you: IGNORE the instructions on the package. There is another way! This method of cooking oatmeal overnight will be the last and easiest method you will ever need. It is NOT slippery/spongy and is NOT sticky!

I don't know about you, but I ate a lot of oatmeal, chopped or otherwise, which gives a slippery, mush-like texture, like wet concrete. Never again! The trick is to mix as little as possible and let the oats absorb the water slowly; In this case,night!

When I first heard about this overnight cooking method for oatmeal of steel from Christopher Kimball inPodcast Milk Street (one of my favorite food podcasts)I knew I had to try. I am totally sold - this recipe is perfect for anyone who wants an easy, quick and healthy breakfast first thing in the morning! Make it for one or two people with a small portion, or for the whole family or a crowd on a larger portion. Anyone can make it however they like, but my favorite is a bit of Irish butter, a bit of brown sugar and a spoonful of thawed frozen blueberries.

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But why do oats become slimy at all?

Oats are rich in soluble fiber, i.esuper healthy for you. This can also result in a slippery texture. It is the same as in Okra. If you've ever eaten okra stew, mixing activates this soluble fiber, in the same way that over-kneading/mixing flour activates gluten(causing cookies or cupcakes to become hard)or over-stirring the rice activates the starch,(makes it sticky and mushy). A trick to keep it from sticky? Don't stir it too much and let it absorb the water slowly instead of boiling/cooking which also causes movement.

Needed ingredients

  • steel cut oat- Amoby McCannwhen.
  • Agua
  • Sal
  • Leche– I use whole milk, but any type or substitute will do. Almond milk works great and adds a nice flavor.

How to make perfect oatmeal

Simply mix 1 cup of oatmeal, 3 cups of water, and half a teaspoon of salt in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil, stir ONCE, turn off heat and cover. Leave overnight, then in the morning add 1 cup of your favorite milk or milk replacer, bring to the boil again, cover and simmer for 10 minutes. That's all! Now you can serve and cover anything you want!

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(Leaving oats out overnight makes you nervous? See below for a chilled alternative!)

Is steel porridge healthier for you than other oatmeal?

Steel cut oats are processed to a lesser extent than other types of oats. This means they retain more of their natural nutrients, take longer to digest, have more fiber, and also have a lower glycemic index. Although oats are healthy and nutritious in any form,steel cut oatmeal has many advantagescompared to other oat varieties!

Can I add other ingredients to oatmeal?

Bright! With this overnight method, you'll want to save yourself adding most of the ingredients until the next day. When adding milk, you can add dried fruit, chopped nuts or other things. In the evening, you can add spices such as cinnamon or nutmeg.

Is it safe to leave oatmeal overnight?

You may be wondering, "Is it really possible to leave oats on the stove overnight?" And I will answer: it depends on your level of comfort here.

I will say this: yesCristobal Kimballsays it's ok, and other major food publications likekitchensay it's okay, it's okay for me. Personally, I've never had a problem, and I'm not overly paranoid about this sort of thing either.(I love sushi and prefer minemedium rare steakand minetuna fireeven weirder!).

When you bring the oats to a boil, you are killing any bacteria that are in the oats to begin with. Covering it right after cooking traps environmental bacteria overnight. Bringing to a boil and then simmering the next day will also help kill the bacteria. I also start with high-quality oatmeal. However, this method is not foolproof.

So if you are concerned about this, you can do the following. Bring to a boil as directed, stirring once, then turn off the heat and let the oats cool for a while. Then transfer to an airtight container and refrigerate overnight. The oats will still absorb water and soften nicely. Then, in the morning, place it in a pot of milk of your choice, bring it to a boil again, and simmer for 10 minutes as directed.

This involves a few extra steps, but it's a great option if you want to play safer! It's also a great option if you just want to take one serving and mix it with milk and heat it in the microwave instead of pulling out the pot.

How long does steel oats last?

Once cooked, you can store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator for about 5 days, reheating portions as needed. This makes it a great breakfast option all week in advance!

Can you freeze steel oats?

Yes! Just store it in a freeze-proof container and leave some room for expansion. Thaw overnight or two in the refrigerator for best results before reheating. This is a great opportunity to freeze small, individual portions.

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What types of additive combinations are suitable for oatmeal?

Here are some ideas for sprinkling oatmeal!

  • My favourites: some Irish butter, a bit of brown sugar and a spoonful of thawed frozen blueberries(see photos here).
  • Make it spicy: top it with a fried or soft-boiled egg, green onion and some grated cheese.
  • Apple Cinnamon: Add diced apples when adding milk to heat, and use cinnamon in the mixture when cooking oatmeal. Sweeten with maple syrup.
  • A spoonful of yogurt, a bit of honey and some fresh raspberries.
  • Peanut Butter and Jelly - A tablespoon of peanut butter and a tablespoon of jelly are mixed in the mixture.
  • Pumpkin Seasoning: Add some canned pumpkin to the milk as well as somespice mix for pumpkin pieto oatmeal after cooking and drizzle with maple syrup for sweetness.

The possibilities are endless! Steel oatmeal is great fun with different ingredients.

Other oatmeal recipes:

  • How to make your own DIY instant oatmeal bags
  • Oatmeal with cherries and almonds (dairy free)
  • Pumpkin Pie With Spicy Oatmeal
  • Energy bars with peanut butter and banana

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steel cut oat

This method of making oatmeal always comes out perfect: nutty and chewy, never slippery, sticky or mushy! Bringing oatmeal to a boil the night before, leaving it overnight to slowly absorb the water, then reheating it and adding milk of your choice the next morning is an easy and convenient approach, perfect for busy mornings.


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Preparation time:5minutes minutes

Time to cook:15minutes minutes

Total time:20minutes minutes

Portions:4 portions


Author:Elizabeth Lindemann


  • 1 cup steel cut oat (I love the McCann brand)
  • 3 cups agua
  • ½ teaspoon kosher room (see notes)
  • 1 cup milk to choose from (whole, almond, soy... at will!)
  • add-ons to choose from (sweetener, berries, spices… see notes for ideas)


  • Stir overnight1 cup of oatmeal,3 glasses of water, y½ teaspoon kosher saltfor a medium pot. Stir and bring to a boil. Stir ONCE, turn off heat and cover. Leave overnight on the stove(or refrigerate if you prefer, see notes).

  • Add in the morning1 cup of selected milkand bring to a boil again. Cover and reduce heat to low and simmer for 10 minutes. Stir again and serveadd-ons to choose from.



  • Note on added salt:you can reduce the amount to 1/4 teaspoon if you want a lower sodium version. But oatmeal does benefit from the addition of salt: it doesn't actually make it taste "salty," but it doesn't make it bland, and it makes the oatmeal taste pop!
  • stove vs. Cooling:During my research into this recipe, there were food safety concerns about leaving the oats on the stove overnight. Personally, I keep it on the stove, but if you want to be more careful about food safety, you can transfer the oats once they've boiled and cooled down a bit to an airtight container in the fridge overnight. Then transfer it back to the pot in the morning and continue or scoop up one serving and heat it in the microwave.
  • Covers:Personally, I love to season mine with a dab of salted Irish butter, a dash of brown sugar, and a dollop of thawed frozen blueberries. You can add whatever you want: maple syrup, honey, a spoonful of Greek yogurt, apples and cinnamon, bananas or other fruits, nuts, or even a savory combination like a fried egg with green onions and grated cheese.
  • store leftoversin an airtight container in the refrigerator for about 5 days.Freezein an airtight container for up to 6 months and thaw overnight in the fridge for best results before reheating.


Work:1,25cups|Calorie:191kcal|Carbohydrates:29gram|Protein:8gram|Gordo:5gram|Saturated fat:2gram|Polyunsaturated Fat:0,1gram|monosaturated fats:0,4gram|cholesterol:7miligramry|Sodium:323miligramry|Potassium:92miligramry|Fiber:4gram|Sugar:3gram|Vitamin A:99j.m|Football:101miligramry|Hierro:2miligramry

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