With some planning, you can have steel cut oats ready for a quick and healthy breakfast.

How to Cook a Large Quantity of Steel Cut Oats

by Catherine Misener

Oatmeal is an excellent choice when you want to add fiber to your family's diet. Although old fashioned or instant oats are faster to cook, steel cut oats have a heartier texture and slightly more pronounced nutty flavor. Sometimes called Irish oatmeal, steel cut oats are so named because a steel blade is used to cut the whole oat groats, or grain kernels. Because these oats are not steamed or rolled like old fashioned oats, they require a longer cooking time. Prepare a large batch and you'll have enough oatmeal ready for several meals.

Soak the oats the night before. Boil water in a large pot and add the oats, using 1 part oats for every 4 parts water. Simmer the oats for one minute, remove them from the heat and cover. Keep it covered in your refrigerator overnight.

The next day, bring the oats to a simmer over low to medium heat. Stirring every few minutes, cook the oats until they are tender, approximately 20 to 25 minutes.

Remove the oats from the heat and allow them to cool. Divide the oats into food safe plastic bags or covered storage containers. Store them in the refrigerator for as long as five days, or freeze them for as long as three months.

When you're ready to serve, reheat the oats on the stove top or in the microwave until hot. If using plastic bags or storage containers that are not microwave safe, place the oats in a microwave-safe bowl before reheating.

Items you will need

  • Steel cut oats
  • Water


  • Top cooked oats with fresh or dried fruit or nuts for added health benefits, or drizzle with maple syrup for a touch of sweetness.

About the Author

An educator since 1998, Catherine Misener started her writing career in 2009. Her work has appeared in "NW Kids," "The Oregonian" and "Vancouver Family Magazine." She holds a Bachelor of Arts from St. Mary’s University and a Master of Arts from the University of Michigan. After working in the food industry for years, she opened a small batch bakery.

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