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savory steel cut oats in a bowl

Savory oatmeal porridge with steel cut oats

Are you bored of sweet oatmeal recipes? Then try this quick and easy savory steel oats for your breakfast or dinner to satisfy those savory cravings.
Course Breakfast, Main Course
Cuisine Global
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings 3
Calories 257kcal
Author Sravanthi



  • 1 cup steel-cut oats
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 cup yogurt I used coconut yogurt
  • 1 cup chopped veggies like tomato, cucumber
  • ½ teaspoon cumin powder
  • Pepper powder to taste
  • Salt to taste


Step 1: Cooking steel cut oats

    How to cook steel cut oats in an Instant pot

    • Add steel cut oats to the Instant pot inner pot. Now add water and a pinch of salt to it.
    • Close the instant pot with its lid and start the instant pot in manual or pressure cook mode. Cook it for 5 minutes on HIGH pressure.
    • Once the instant pot beeps, turn it off and let the pressure release naturally. It will take around 15 to 20 minutes. Or wait for at least 10 minutes and do a manual pressure release.
    • Open the lid and stir it once. Instant pot steel cut oats are ready.

    How to make stovetop steel-cut oats:

    • Soak oats in water for an hour or so. If you are soaking them overnight, then keep them in the refrigerator. 
    • Cook the soaked steel cut oats using the same water for around 15 minutes until it is done.
    • You will need around 5 cups of water for every 1 cup of steel-cut oats when cooking on an open flame.
    • It might take around 15 to 20 minutes to cook the steel-cut oats using the stovetop method.

    Step 2: Making savory steel cut oats

    • Add yogurt to the cooked steel-cut oats and mix it well. Here I used coconut yogurt, but any yogurt works for this recipe. 
    • Now add chopped veggies, pepper powder, salt, cumin powder, and mix it well.
    • Serve the savory oatmeal warm and enjoy it for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. 


    Nutrition values are my rough estimates. Please feel free to use your calculator if you rely on them for your diet.


    Calories: 257kcal | Carbohydrates: 39g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 11mg | Sodium: 50mg | Potassium: 133mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 85IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 136mg | Iron: 2mg