Quick cook method for steel cut oats.

I love steel cut oats, but I don’t want to wait the 30 minutes it takes to cook  them.  I also don’t like cooking up a big batch and then reheating later, because they are too gummy to me that way.

So,  I was looking at the McCann’s site and used one of their tips.  Last night, I put 1 serving of the steel cut oats into a container and added 1 cup of water, put the lid on, and stuck it in the fridge.  They recommended cooking for a minute before doing this, but I didn’t bother.

This morning after I got back from the gym, I dumped the container into a small saucepan and brought it to a boil, added my spices and a tsp of brown suger,and cooked for 9-10 minutes.    The result?


(Yes, the pecans are overtoasted)

Creamy and chewy, just like steel cut oats are supposed to be!  I’m excited!  Okay, I know it’s lame to get excited about oats, but I am 😀  Just a few more minutes to cook than regular rolled oats, totally worth it!

For this bowl, I mixed in 1/2 a cup of canned pumpkin at the end of cooking and topped with cranberry sauce and pecans.

You could do this for more than one serving, too.

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11 thoughts on “Quick cook method for steel cut oats.

  1. Susan

    Lori, I seriously just squealed a little!! Thank you for sharing this!! I LOVE steel cut oats, and have a giant bag of them in my cupboard. But I’m just not cooking them because, well, I don’t really think of it or feel like it the night before (and as if I’m waiting 30 min. in the morning to eat 😛 ). I’m totally trying this out tonight 😀
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  2. Dawn

    I buy the McCann’s quick and easy steel cut oatmeal which I cook in the microwave. It says for 5 mins but I only have to cook it for 3 and it’s yummy. I buy it on amazon in boxes of 6 and it lasts me a long time. I’ve never had the other kinds that McCann’s sells I wonder if what you’re eating is a lot different from what I eat, hmmmm.
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    1. Lori Post author

      They are very different. The old fashioned steel cut oats take at least 30 minutes to cook and are chewy and wonderful! I have the McCann quick cooking ones, too and they are much like rolled oats. Still good 😀

  3. kirsten

    I love your posts on oatmeal and have been inspired to try many of your delicious creations—thank you!

    Your posts have also sparked my creativity and I have one to share: Cooked oatmeal with a tablespoon of Ginger Jam (I use ginger spread from the Ginger People) with a splash of Eggnog. Delish.

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