How To Make Steel Cut Oats

nigerian steel cut oats recipe

Honestly, steel cut oats should be one of your top foods to consume; if healthy eating is a priority for you this year. Since I heard about them and started incorporating them into my diet, I have not looked back since then.

I’ll be writing a Food Profile on Oats in the future, but what you should know before I do is that steel cut oats are the least processed form of oats. In other words, they are the most natural form of oats before the are processed to rolled oats; instant oats and so on. When natural foods are processed as we all know, a lot of the nutrients are lost; so you get more nutrients eating them in their most natural form.

In a cup of cooked oatmeal you get 6 grams of protein and 4 grams of fiber; that’s enough energy to get you going for the day. Not to forget that fiber is great for your digestive tract. Anyways, keep your eyes open for my food profiling on oats.

Though it takes a bit of time to cook steel cut oats (I’m learning that most good things take time and patience;)), I enjoy the chewy texture of the oats. Generally, they take longer to cook than instant, ground, or rolled oats, typically 15–30 minutes for porridge; however you can cook them in half the time  about half this time if pre-soaked.

Just like its other processed oats kindred, steel cut oats can be enjoyed with fruits, nuts and sweeteners of your choice. 

Here’s the VIDEO RECIPE for you the visual learner;)



Serves:  3-4
Recipe level: Easy
Preparation time: –
Cook time: 25-30 mins
Total time: 25 to 20 mins
Meal type:  Main Dish
Meal time: Breakfast  
Country/Region: –

  • 1 cup steel cut oats
  • 3 cups water
  • 1/4 tsp.tablespoons salt, optional
  • Sweetener of choice; honey, sugar etc.
  • Toppings of your choice; nuts, fruits etc.


  1. In a medium saucepan; Bring water and salt to a boil.
  2. Add steel cut oats; reduce heat to low and simmer for 15 to 20 minutes. Stir occasionally. 
  3. Cover and let stand for 5 minutes.

Serve with milk, fruits or nuts and sweetener of choice. Enjoy.


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