Savory Steel Cut Breakfast Oats

Hi friends! I hope you are doing well today. During this time at home, I’ve been cooking and baking up a storm! I’ve made so many new recipes and cooking has been such a relaxing and fun part of my day. I’ll have to share all of the yummy creations I’ve made so far over on my Instagram because as I’m looking through my camera roll all I see is food! Lol

New favorite breakfast alert! I’ve had these savory steel cut oats for breakfast three days in a row. That’s how good this recipe is. Who would have thought savory oatmeal could taste so freakin good?!

This breakfast recipe is an easy, balanced meal to enjoy in the morning and provides you with lots of nutrients, protein, fiber and flavor. Steel cut oats are a healthy source of carbohydrates so no need to feel bad about eating carbs. Really you shouldn’t feel guilty about eating carbs in general! They give you energy and as long as you’re living a balanced, conscious lifestyle aka going on some walks and tossing some fruits and veggies into your diet, carbs will not make you gain weight.

They key to this recipe is using quick cook steel cut oats. These are much different from microwave oatmeal, old fashioned rolled oats, or quick oats! Steel cut oats are less processed and more in their natural form. We love that! But we don’t love that they take 30 minutes to cook on the stovetop, so that’s why we're choosing the quick cook option. You can whip up a serving of quick cook steel cut oats in just under 10 minutes. I'm all about affordable pantry staples and gravitating toward natural, unprocessed ingredients.

Always salt your water when making grains and pasta (it helps the water boil faster!) Add some salt and pepper to your oats once they're cooked for a little flavor. Serve your oats with your favorite vegetable, I love bell pepper! Feel free to use up any random veggies you have in the fridge like leftover mushrooms, asparagus, tomato, broccoli, etc. I love a little heat so I cover my bell peppers in red pepper flakes and add a little Nature's seasoning. This is basically just fancy salt and pepper with a little celery powder, onion powder, and more flavor.

The game changer that turns this healthy recipe into a delicious breakfast is a fried egg. We’re talking about a perfect fried egg with a slightly crisp outside from real olive oil, not Pam!, and a dreamy runny egg yolk that is most definitely Instagram worthy. Today I used local farm fresh eggs and it just can’t get any better than that!

(For my vegans, I would suggest a tofu scramble, however I haven’t tried this yet so I’m not sure if it's the perfect pair. I’m intrigued by tofu and would love to try it soon so drop some tips below in the comments or share your favorite tofu recipes please and thanks!)

To finish off this savory breakfast bowl, sprinkle a little cheddar or Parmesan cheese on top of your oats because well, cheese. I prefer my savory steel cut breakfast oats without any meat. But if you want to go all out and add some ham or bacon, you do you friend! I think it’s fair to note that even my carnivorous boyfriend loves this breakfast sans any meat so I’d say that’s a win ladies!!

Savory Steel Cut Breakfast Oats

Ingredients: (Serves Two)

  • 1/2 cup quick cook steel cut oats

  • 2 eggs (support your local farmers and pick up farm fresh eggs)

  • 1 1/2 cup water

  • Salt and pepper

  • (optional) Other seasonings (I used Nature’s)

  • Red pepper flakes

  • Diced bell pepper (or other vegetables)

  • Baby spinach


  1. Prep all of your ingredients. I like to have everything I need on the counter for a smooth process. Wash and dice any veggies. Grab your spices.

  2. Begin to sauté your veggies of choice in a small skillet with real olive oil. Add some seasonings, I used Nature’s and red pepper flakes with some bell pepper.

  3. Measure 1 1/2 cup water into a small pot with some salt. Bring to a boil and add your steel cut oats when your veggies are about halfway cooked. Veggies usually take awhile to cook so I start these before the oats.

  4. Stir your oats here and there and remove your veggies from the skillet once lightly blistered or cooked to your liking. I keep my cooked bell peppers in a small covered bowl to stay warm while I finish the rest of this recipe.

  5. Add a little more oil into your skillet and crack two eggs into the pan over low to medium heat. Let them cook up for a minute or two and then cover with a lid to steam the tops a bit. Don’t forget about your oats! Keep stirring so they don't stick.

  6. Carefully flip your eggs to fry up the other side. Place the lid back on and turn off your skillet so you don’t overcook your yolks.

  7. The oats should be ready to serve. Divide the oats between two bowls. Slide a fried egg next to your oats.

  8. Working quickly, sauté some spinach in your skillet. I just toss a bunch of baby spinach in the pan, put on the lid and stir it once or twice.

  9. While the spinach is cooking down, add the bell pepper or veggies to your breakfast bowl and sprinkle the oats with a little shredded cheese.

  10. Finish off your bowl with the sautéed spinach, add another crack of salt and pepper and enjoy!

*To perfect this recipe, all you need to do is pay attention to your timing. My goal is to get each element finished around the same time so everything is hot and ready to be served all together. You can leave your cooked oats in the pot on the lowest heat and stir if you're running behind with the other ingredients.

*I included the measurements and ingredients for two servings. If you're only making this recipe for yourself then use 1/4 cup oats with 3/4 cup water, one egg, and just enough veggies for you to enjoy!

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What do you think of savory oatmeal? If you make this, tag me in your picture and leave me a comment down below! I hope you guys enjoy this one because I know I am obsessed!



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