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Perfect Overnight Steel Cut Oats

5 from 7 reviews

This simple, overnight steel cut oats recipe is healthy, easy to prepare, and a delicious vehicle for your favorite breakfast toppings, from sweet to savory!




  1. Measure water into a medium sauce pan with a lid and bring to a rapid boil. (I like to use this dutch oven.)
  2. Meanwhile, melt butter over medium low heat in the cast iron skillet. Add the steel cut oats and toast until they’re darker in color and fragrant, about 5 minutes.
  3. When the water has come to a rapid boil, add the steel cut oats and salt and stir. Set the timer for 1 minute and allow the oats to cook.
  4. When the timer goes off, cover the oats and turn off the stove. Set the oats aside until morning.
  5. In the morning, reheat the oats until they are the desired temperature and top with selected toppings.


There are endless possibilities when it comes to delicious oatmeal toppings. Some suggestions:

  • apples + walnuts + maple syrup
  • peaches and cream, using real peaches and real cream
  • strawberries and cream with a scoop of Nutella
  • savory oatmeal with a fried egg, sprinkled parmesan, a handful of arugula, or smoked salmon with cream cheese and capers

This recipe is easy to make in larger batches and keeps well in the fridge so you can have leftovers!