Morning Steel Oatmeal

Morning Steel Oatmeal

Steel … as in steel cut oats, a.k.a: Irish oats, a.k.a: pinhead oats. No matter the moniker, we’re talking about oat groats that are cut into chunks rather than steamed and rolled into the ubiquitous flat form. They’re nutty, chewy, delicious and just about the healthiest thing you can put in your mouth. Oats have been proven to lower LDL cholesterol, slow the movement of food through the gut, and recent studies have shown they can help to balance testosterone levels so … get your morning steel on … morning steel cut oats I mean. 

Morning Steel Oatmeal
Serves 4
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  1. 1 tablespoon butter
  2. 1 cup steel cut oats
  3. 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  4. 3 cups boiling water
  5. 1/2 cup whole milk
  6. 1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon low-fat buttermilk
  1. 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  2. 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  3. 1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  4. 1/4 cup fruit such as blueberries or chopped peaches
  1. Place a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add the butter and when it's melted add the oats and salt. Stir for 2 minutes or until the oats smell slightly toasty.
  2. Add the boiling water and reduce heat to maintain a bare simmer for 25 minutes, without stirring.
  3. Combine the milk and half of the buttermilk, gently stir into the oatmeal and cook for an additional 10 minutes. Spoon into a serving bowl and top with remaining buttermilk.
  4. Taste before sweetening or adding any spices...who knows, you might like it.
  1. I often add fruit to my morning oatmeal and I do so when I add the milks because I like the fruit to cook a bit...especially blueberries.


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  1. 3

    My favorite oatmeal recipe, and I actually love treating them as grits and stirring in cheese and serving with bacon and eggs.

  2. 4

    Alton, come into the 21st Century, people don’t have time to stir steel cut oats for 25 minutes. I had three children leaving for school at different times and had a ladle, bowls, and Tablesppons on the table the night before.. Also put SC Oats in crockpot on low setting to cook till morning with cut up apples and egg in it plus milk . Was ready for children to ladle out their breakfast every half hour before school ! Now they are grown, I use a small four portion crock for myself and add egg white, stir till cooked then frozen blueberries, milk and protein powder, eazey Peary !
    PS: I also won NY Regents Science award.

    • 5

      If you reread this you’ll notice that it explicitly says NOT to stir it at all. The recipe is a good one for busy moms as it only requires your attention at three specific points in a 38 minute period. Plan ahead and you can enjoy this daily.

  3. 7

    I must try this! I have buttermilk in the fridge & steel cut oats in the cupboard. I have lately been favouring savoury oats & I think this cook up will make any version of oats I want to try

  4. 8
    Katy K.

    I just have to tell everyone..the buttermilk MAKES this recipe! I was never a big lover of oatmeal (steel cut or otherwise) but I am now totally addicted to this steel cut oatmeal! (Thanks Alton!) I made it exactly as in the recipe except I didn’t have whole milk so I opted for unsweetened almond milk and the buttermilk with the boiling water. Added dried tart cherries and toasted chopped walnuts in the last 10 minutes of cooking. Then topped with the rest of the buttermilk, brown sugar and a cinnamon/cardamom/ginger/nutmeg spice mixture. Best stuff EVER! The buttermilk makes it creamy and gives it an extra wonderful buttery taste (even if you don’t like buttermilk, you’ll like it in this). It’s worth the wait cooking it this way—I make double batches and put in a container in the fridge and scoop some out and warm up in microwave or on stove and then add the buttermilk and toppings to it (it’s even good cold or plain with no sugar or other toppings on it!)..YUM!

  5. 11

    Saw on fb last night, made this morning. Definitely the best steel cut oats I’ve had. My only regret is that I saw it served 4 and cut it in half since I was just serving 2 – now I want more. 🙁 Thanks Alton!

  6. 13
    Savory Oats

    I eat my oats with congee and use chicken stock. I often add chicken, veggies, and/or Parmesan cheese to it. It’s also great with a soft poached egg.

  7. 16

    I always use evaporated milk. I was the first bottle baby in my family (long long ago), and I think she fed it to me in my bottle lol, but it’s yummy in oatmeal!

  8. 17

    We use a wide mouth insulated coffee carafe – multi tasker (or a large wide mouth thermos) 1/4 cup steel cut oats/per serving and one cup boiling water. Cover with a tea cozy for 2-3 hours than adjust consistency in a fry pan to thicken/warm up if desired. Minutes to prepare. Can also overnight temper the oats – softer texture.

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