Steel Cut Oatmeal

Total Time:
45 min
10 min
35 min

4 servings

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

In a large saucepot, melt the butter 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 half 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.

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    The steel cut oatmeal recipe was great - some of the comments for how people altered it made me never want to eat them again!
    Tried this recipe as is for the first time today. It's the best steel cut oat recipe if tried to date. I will add fruit next time as others have suggested
    Thermos method. Put oats and boiling water in a thermos at night. They will be perfect in the morning.
    Amazing!!! I threw in some frozen blueberries at the end to get my fruit in. The best steel cut oats I've had yet!
    really really good. I had used a different recipe last week and hated it. so this one was a real find!!
    This is amazing! I have 3 teenage boys here and their normal Sunday breakfast is eggs. I was out of eggs, so decided to try the steel cut oats I had on-hand and never before tried. Not much time to research, so before finding this recipe, I started another that called for constant stirring and salt at the beginning. My batch came out a bit soupy, but still very good. Fortunately, I had buttermilk on hand, because that added the perfect flavor and creamy texture. I also added the vanilla suggested in other reviews and some extra brown sugar. The boys, who normally refuse oatmeal, all asked for seconds. That's a good sign at my house!
    i make this oatmeal with unsweetened almond milk in place of cows milk, local honey or maple syrup instead of brown sugar, coconut oil in place of butter and kefir for the buttermilk. my favorite topper (for many things) is a mix of pepitas, hemp and chia seeds, and slivered almonds all toasted in a tiny bit of coconut oil. right at the end, off the heat, i toss it with a sprinkle of good sea salt, local bee pollen and honey. it goes great on yogurt and is a delish snack all on it's own. be creative! toast with curry powder or whatever you like, change up the nuts and seeds, add dry fruit...
    Nutty, chewy, creamy, delicious! Surpasses all other oatmeal recipes I've tried. I used McCann's Irish steel cut oats, and added 1/4 tsp salt to the simmering oats. I stir the oatmeal occasionally, since, towards the end of the cooking time, it tends to stick to the bottom of the pot and burn, even with the heat on low. After I dish it up, I add...? 
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    Fabulous oatmeal! It's good with the buttermilk but I can't keep it too long so I just add buttermilk before I eat it,
    Added Maca Powder and Chia seeds. Not bad. :
    Fantastic oatmeal. I do things a tiny bit different. I do not add buttermilk and only add 2 cups of milk. The reason being is that I store the oatmeal in the fridge for the whole week and it takes up less space and I add milk as I'm heating it up. It's super-thick this way, but like I said, it takes up less space in my fridge; that's just my preference though. I also add cinnamon and sugar right after the first cooking. I too, like some reviewers add a bit of salt. Great recipe, Alton, thank you. Enjoy :-
    This is the best steel cut oatmeal recipe I've made. Like a few other people, I add all the milk at once (any milk/almond milk/1/2&1/2 works great and add milk to subsequent reheated bowls as needed. I also add about 1t vanilla and 1-2T brown sugar at the end, and I skip adding any more sugar to individual bowls. To serve, I just top with whatever fresh fruit is in season.... berries of any type are wonderful. Thank you for an excellent recipe!
    Absolutely the Best steel cut oatmeal - been preparing for years. However, I do add about 1 teaspoon of salt after the 1st cooking time,
    Amazing! I make a batch every Sunday to last me thru the week! It's great to heat up - just add a little water if it's thick! I add apples and either a couple tablespoons of granola or pecans. This is probably my breakfast 5 days a week for the past year, and I don't grow tired of it
    Excellent! Great taste and texture. I was a little nervous about the buttermilk but once again AB comes through for me!
    I don't use buttermilk. It is amazing. I add cut up apples. Make it so tasty.
    I've been making this for about a year now. I double the recipe and heat a little in the microwave with a little milk each morning for a quick healthy and tasty breakfast. I toast my oats in coconut oil, add plenty of cinnamon and nutmeg at the end with a little vanilla, and serve with a little more milk, a sliced banana, a handful of toasted almonds and a little brown sugar on top. Delicioso!
    This came out very good. Even my youngest who hates oatmeal loved it and asked for more at lunch. I don't ever have buttermilk as most sold commercially aren't real anyway so I mixed half a cup of milk with a tablespoon of lemon juice and used that. I kept the heat really, really low after reading about people having issues with buning because my gas stove tends to burn things even on med and low. This resulted in about fifteen extra minutes of cooking, but was so worth it! Nothing burnt. Beautiful chewy texture. I didn't use brown sugar, but swirled a TBSP of maple syrup on top and topped with fresh blueberries and a sprinkle of cinnamon. YUM!
    I love these we make them all the time, always turns out great, but does anyone know how to keep the bottom from burning if you can't stir it? Ours always seems to burn a whole layer on the bottom of the pot. I feel like I'm losing valuable oats! :-(
    What I do is set the pot on the smallest burner size on the lowest possible setting. Then I only keep it on the flame for 17 minutes. Then I turn the flame off and let the oats keep cooking in the pot for 10 more minutes or so, without ever lifting the lid. I don't have burned bottoms, and the oats are still cooked perfectly. :)
    Delicious! This is such a great basic recipe that can be flavored in so many ways. Like some other reviewers noted, I toast the oats in a dry pan and replace the milk mixture with almond milk. I think I'll try using a combination of almond milk and greek yogurt next time I make this to mimic the tang of buttermilk.
    Made this exactly as written, it turned out perfect! Love this recipe and will make it again. You can reheat in the microwave through out the week. I add fresh blue berries, yummy!
    This is an excellent recipe! I was intrigued by the toasting of the oats in melted butter. I didn't have enough milk for the milk portion and the buttermilk (thanks to those below for the lemon juice info and all I had was skim. I did have some plain fat free greek yogurt though and used that in the same amount as the buttermilk, hoping it would help with the richness the whole milk should have imparted. I also added a 1/2 tsp of salt and 1 tsp of vanilla when adding the dairy (thanks to those who watched the video/made comments below. Overall, this turned out great! I had to take the lid off and let it simmer 10 more minutes to get it less "watery" as my husband likes a thick oatmeal (but I'm also now quadrupling the recipe. It is well worth the time as the leftovers keep for the week, and it's an easy breakfast during the work week, just add milk and into the micro we go. Next up, I'll try it in the rice cooker so it requires less monitoring.
    Since I found out how healthy n nutritious steel cut oats are I started playing around w diff ingredients. I find that I like to use evaporated milk when making it. Gives it a thicker consistency (for those who said it comes out runny w reg milk and it just tastes more hearty. 
    Im not an oatmeal person but I enjoyed this recipe very much with a bowl of pineapple & strawberries... It was satisfying! Thx the person below who taught me how to make Buttermilk!
    Really great recipe!!! Super yummy! I added 1/2 teaspoon of salt when I added the milk/buttermilk. I also added a teaspoon of vanilla at the end. You can make the buttermilk by adding 1 1/2 teaspoon of vinegar to 1/2 cup of milk and letting it sit for 5 minutes. This is what I did because we don't use buttermilk on a regular basis. Ignore all of the bad reviews for this recipe because it is great. Complaints of it taking too long are just ridiculous, we live in an instant gratification society, we want it and we want it now mentality! I'd rather take the time to cook something delicious than make something quickly that doesn't taste nearly as good as this recipe does. Something that the recipe doesn't state is to put the lid on the pot to simmer. I cooked this recipe half way before realizing the lid should be on and it still turned out beautifully.
    This recipe leaves out the half teaspoon of salt that Alton adds AFTER the oats have been cooked with the 3 cups of water. He adds the salt then, and then the milk mixture. The point in the show is that petrosans won't come out of the oats and create a creamy mixture if the salt is added at first. So wait until the oats are creamy to add it. I don't typically use the buttermilk.
    This is the most delicious recipe I have found for steel cut oats. In the past I have used the overnight cooking method, but this blows it out of the water. I usually cook the recipe and reheat it for three or four days, adding a little milk or cream, and it is still amazing. I changed the recipe using only almond milk. I also throw in a dash of vanilla, a heathy shake of cinnamon, and raisins when adding the milk. The raisins plump up and have the most delicious sweet flavor. Yum!
    I have tried cooking steel cut oats before and they always came out too runny. I've had them cooked well and really enjoyed them so I thought I'd try this recipe one last time. I made half the recipe since my family refuses to try them. I also used a combo of skim milk and coffee creamer since buttermilk and whole milk aren't staples in my house. I topped it with fresh raspberries for a tart/sweet mix. It was very yummy. Next I will try soaking the overnight to see if the cook time is less.
    Delicious!!! I did not have whole milk so I used 1% and I did not have buttermilk so I used 1/2 cup coffee creamer. I also added a mashed banana, cinnamon and vanilla during the last 10 mins of cooking. Then I topped the oats with some chopped cinnamon almonds. It tasted like banana bread in a bowl! :
    So good! I didn't have any buttermilk, so just used unsweetened almond milk. I also took previous reviewers advice and added some vanilla and a ripe banana. Delicious!
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