ShortCut Method: Microwave Steel Cut Oatmeal

Most days, I eat oatmeal for breakfast and since I am not a ‘morning person’,  it has to be easy.   Now comes the dilemna…..I prefer the chewy texture of  steel cut oatmeal  and it takes 30 minutes on the stovetop.    So I used to make a pot at least once a week and then heat up single servings in the microwave.    Wait….oatmeal works great in the microwave… now I make a large bowl in the microwave in 10 minutes.  There is one trick:  the bowl has to be big enough so the oatmeal doesn’t boil over or you’ll have a sticky mess in the microwave.   

Adding different flavors and textures to oatmeal is really easy & you can use whatever is on hand.   Typically my base recipe includes a cinnamon stick, raisins and maple syrup.    But I have also used cranberries, dried cherries, figs, or any dried fruit.  In fall I usually use pumpkin pie spice or chai spices.   This week I was on a chocolate kick, so I added cocoa powder to the base recipe.  Now that is a great way to start the day !!

Each morning I fill a coffee mug with oatmeal from the fridge & stir in a bit of water or soy milk.  Before I microwave it for 1 minute, it is flavor creation time.   Add frozen blueberries, mango or peaches and then top with slivered almonds, pumpkin seed or any nut you like.  After it is heated, I have added coconut or a sprinkle of granola for crunch and sometimes peanut butter.   You can try cran-apple, apple-caramel or banana-nut.   In an exotic mood, add fresh berries & white or dark chocolate chips.   Want to go extra healthy, add a tablespoon of flax meal.    Go crazy & create your own favorite flavors.   It can make breakfast fun as well as easy.


1 part steel cut oats

4 parts water

cinnamon or other spices, maple syrup or dried fruit as desired

Combine all ingredients in a large, microwave safe bowl that is at least twice the volume of the amount of water,  e.g. if using 2 cups water you need a 4-5 cup bowl.   

Microwave on high for 10 minutes.   If you want drier oats, microwave an additional 1-2 minutes.  Store leftovers in fridge, reheat  in microwave for 1 minute.    NOTE:  If your microwave allows you to alter the power level, use less than ‘high’ to reduce possibility of boiling over.



About Pat Thomas

As an amateur gourmet who loves what food brings to our lives other than the needed nutrition. I share all my foodie experiments with friends & family. Thankfully they are usually delighted but always kind with whatever I've cooked up.
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One Response to ShortCut Method: Microwave Steel Cut Oatmeal

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