I had been eating a lot of oatmeal this winter as it has been a nice warming morning dish but I have been getting sick of doing the sweet kinds. Normally I have been adding milk, chopped apples, raisins, frozen berries, brown sugar, bananas, maple syrup, etc and have been getting pretty bored with it. So this morning I decided to switch it up a bit and try something a bit savory. I was going for something resembling congee and it came it fairly well.
Recipe done with quick cooking oats.
I boiled the water to which I added a slice of minced ginger and half a clove of minced garlic. When this had boiled for about a minute I added the oats and about a teaspoon of mirin. When this reached my desired consistency I took it off the stove and garnished with soy sauce, bonito flakes, scallions and a few drops of sesame oil.
This ended up being very fulfilling and a nice shot of umami goodness in the morning. I am going to try some different variations here as I bet this would be good with some Lap Cheong or a fried egg as well. I also might try cooking with dashi instead of water which might be too much but is worth a shot.
Does anyone have other ways of savory oatmeal?
I dice up some bacon and fry it in the pot, drain and add the steal cut oats with some salt and pepper, brown sugar and water. I top it with a fried egg.
I make it using chicken broth instead of water. If there are leftover vegetables or pieces of meat one or the other is incorporated. I prefer savory over sweet.
That oatmeal recipe is straight up my alley! Bonito flakes, that's genius.
I do a bunch of different savory oatmeals...this morning I took some steel cut oats that I had already cooked, and make a crispy oatmeal pancake out of it. Topped the pancake with leftover oxtail meat and jus... delicious!
My go-to oatmeal is made with chicken stock, and i throw in some shredded chicken meat and finish with soy, sesame oil, and scallions.
I think we got the same bug at the same time! We've been doing savory oatmeal for breakfast a few ways in the past few months (using steel-cut oats in a rice cooker):
Chinese: a bit of soy sauce, mostly chicken broth, a dried shittake mushroom, and garlic in with the oats. Finish with some sesame oil, scrambled egg, lop cheong and a bit of oyster sauce.
Southwestern: make oats with chicken broth, then add egg, soyrhizo, cheese, salsa, and guac.
Country: make oats normally, top with bacon, eggs, some cheese and sauteed mushrooms. Finish with a dash of maple syrup and tabasco.
Italian: make oats with basil and oregano, add sausage, top with cheese and pasta sauce.