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Morning Steel Oatmeal

Nutty and creamy, steel-cut oats are a hearty and healthy breakfast.
Oats have been proven to lower LDL cholesterol, slow the movement of food through the gut, and recent studies have shown they can help balance testosterone levels, so, get your morning steel on…morning steel cut oats I mean. Here's how to do them right.
This recipe first appeared in Season 5 of Good Eats.
Buttermilk steel cut oatmeal in a white bowl with a spoon.
ACTIVE TIME: 10 minutes
TOTAL TIME: 45 minutes
Yield: 4 servings


  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 cup steel-cut oats
  • 3 cups boiling water
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon low-fat buttermilk, divided
  • 1 tablespoon packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon


  • In a large saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat and add the oats. Stir for 2 minutes to toast. Add the boiling water and reduce heat to a simmer. Keep at a low simmer for 25 minutes, without stirring.
  • Combine the milk and 1/2 cup of the buttermilk with the oatmeal. Stir gently to combine and cook for an additional 10 minutes. Spoon into a serving bowl and top with remaining buttermilk, brown sugar, and cinnamon.