Psst... We're working on the next generation of Chowhound! View >
HOME > Chowhound > Home Cooking >
Jun 23, 2005 09:06 PM

How to cook steel cut oatmeal?-

  • z

Does someone have a receipe for cooking steel cut oatmeal some other way than in a saucepan - ie in a crock pot or slow cooker over night. Tired of hearing my partner complain that the cooking is taking too long and then looking at a sticky pot in the sink. Must be a quicker/or better way to do this. Tried the microwave and it was disaster. remember someone on this board used a slow cooker. Help.

  1. Click to Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
  1. I do it six cups at a time in a 2 1/2 qt. double boiler. I put three rounded half-cup measures of oats and six and a half cups of very hot water into the boiler top the night before, along with a rounded soup-spoon of salt, and leave it covered on the hot tray set on the middle of three settings. In the morning I stir it and put it over an inch or so of boiling water, then let it cook, stirring it once in a while, until it's done, about half an hour, adding boiling water if it's getting too thick. We each have a cup for breakfast, and I divide the rest between two 2-cup microwavable containers - the stuff zaps pretty well. That also means I have to cook it only one out of three days.

    As for the gooey pan, immediately after you've scraped the oatmeal out, fill it with COLD water and let it sit for a while, then scrub it clean with a plastic scrubber under running cold or tepid water. Shouldn't even need any soap.

    1. I frankly cannot stand oatmeal made in a slow cooker; it comes out like paste, and loses its toothsomeness.

      1. just measure out what you need and leave it to soak over night. Drain the next AM and microwave it with a dash of salt, half and half and a bit of butter.

        1. I don't have the patience to stand over the stove and watch the oatmeal cook to insure that it doesn't spill over. Invariablly, it overlows and I would have to clean a very messy pot and a very messy burner. Being feedup with this scenario, I bought a Thermo Cooker. This cooker has an inner pot and one would boil whatever it is that needs stewing/simmering for 1-10 minutes. Then you put this pot in the outer thermo jacket and leave it on the counter for 4-8 hours and the food is done. No outside heat is required. In the case of the steel cut oatmeal, I make a batch enought for a week. Bring water & oatmeal to a full boil for about 30 seconds to a minute. Turn off heat, cover and put in the jacket. The next morning, we stir the oatmeal up and serve. I love this pot. I also use this to make stew and hearty soups.


          1. I never liked Quaker oatmeal, and then I tried McCann's steel cut oats and used David Kahn's recipe (linked below) which has converted me. Thanks, David! Starting the process the night before is key, and it just takes about 10 min. to finish in the morning. His recipe makes about 2.5 servings for us.

            I pretty much follow everything except use some brown sugar instead of vanilla sugar and just add a bit of cinnamon and salt. The vanilla bean imparts a wonderful flavor, and I imagine that TJ's vanilla paste could be used instead. The consistency and texture is perfect for me this way.


            6 Replies
            1. re: Carb Lover

              I haven't bought McCann's yet, but I used to like Quaker Oats and never tried steel cut oats until reading David's Kahn's rave on them.

              I highly second (third?) his method! The oats retain a bit of their crunchiness, it's easy, and the pot is easy to clean afterwards. The toasting oats smell amazing, but I've found it works even if you don't have the patience to stand there and toast the oats. Use no butter, and just toss in the air a few times before adding boiling water.

              1. re: nooodles

                The toasting of the oats is my favorite part. I love to stand there and stick my nose right over the pan as I'm shaking it back and forth over the flame. So intoxicating...Love the creamy yet springy texture of the resulting porridge.

              2. re: Carb Lover

                Trader Joe's Steel cut oatmeals are very good as well and not as pricy.

                1. re: Margret

                  Thanks for the tip. Noticed them on my last trip to TJ's and wondered if they were any good. I like McCann's quite a bit, but I consider it pricey and would welcome an adequate and less costly substitute.

                  1. re: Carb Lover

                    If you have a Whole Foods near you they have steel cut oats in bulk for under a dollar a pound. Take a little longer to cook than McCann's, it seems, especially if you get the ones labelled organic. But I can fill up two McCann's tins for about three bucks!

                    1. re: Will Owen

                      Good reminder!! My first choice is organic bulk as well. At Berkeley Bowl in California, they're less than $1 a lb as well. I also like the trader joe oats better than McCann's because it's organic and McCann's is not.