Hearty Irish Oatmeal

Source: https://www.chopchopfamily.org/recipe/hearty-irish-oatmeal/

Many people don’t want to take the time to cook delicious Irish oatmeal. But 10 minutes of preparation the night before makes this breakfast, made of steel-cut oats, really fast! Of course, if you don’t have time to plan ahead, old-­fashioned rolled oats cook in about 5 minutes once the water is boiling.

kitchen gear

  • Measuring cups
  • Small saucepan
  • Oven mitts
  • Large spoon


  • 1⁄2 cup steel-cut oats
  • 2 cups water


  • The night before: put the oats and water in a small saucepan and put it on the stove. Turn the heat to high and bring to a boil. (When a liquid boils, you can tell because it starts to bubble.)
  • As soon as it boils, turn off the heat and let it sit until it cools to room temperature, about 20 minutes.
  • Cover and refrigerate at least overnight and up to two nights.
  •  In the morning: Remove the cover. Put the saucepan on the stove, and turn the heat to high and bring to a boil.
  • As soon as it boils, lower the heat to low, and cook until the water is gone and the oatmeal is tender, about 5 minutes.
  • Add whatever toppings you like and serve right away.


Add any of the following toppings to each serving:

  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons chopped apples, pears, or fresh berries
  • 1 tablespoon dried cranberries, raisins, dates, apricots, or cherries
  • 1 tablespoon lightly toasted chopped walnuts, pecans, or almonds
  • 1 teaspoon flax seed
  • 1/2 teaspoon wheat germ or wheat bran
  • 1 teaspoon maple syrup, honey, agave syrup, or brown sugar

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