Elizabeth Laseter
Active Time
2 Mins
Total Time
22 Mins
Serves 4 (serving size: about 1/4 cup)

Our foolproof, basic steel-cut oatmeal recipe is the perfect building block for an ultra-nutritious breakfast. Memorize the ratio—3 parts liquid to 1 part oats—then customize your bowl with a delicious array of fresh toppings. Cinnamon and honey keep things sweet and simple, but there's plenty of space to spice up your bowl with exotic combos—try cardamom, nutmeg, cloves, or ginger. And yes, steel-cut oats take longer to cook than other types of oats, but their toothsome texture and nutty flavor make them well-worth the effort. Best of all, they reheat beautifully, so you can easily cook up a big batch ahead of time.

For a richer, nuttier flavor, try toasting your oats in the pan first. Keep the heat at medium-low and stir constantly to prevent burning.

Short on time? Our basic oatmeal recipe is your go-to healthy breakfast for busy mornings. 

How to Make It

Step 1

Combine oats, milk, water, salt, and cinnamon in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low.

Step 2

Simmer uncovered for 15 to 20 minutes until desired thickness, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and let cool slightly.

Step 3

Divide equally between four bowls. Drizzle each serving with 1/2 teaspoon honey. Add additional desired toppings and serve.

Chef's Notes

We used whole milk in our recipe (2% milk will save you slightly on calories and fat). For dairy-free oatmeal, substitute your favorite nut milk.