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How to Cook Steel Cut Oats in the Microwave

author image Andrea Cespedes
Andrea Cespedes is a professionally trained chef who has focused studies in nutrition. With more than 20 years of experience in the fitness industry, she coaches cycling and running and teaches Pilates and yoga. She is an American Council on Exercise-certified personal trainer, RYT-200 and has degrees from Princeton and Columbia University.
How to Cook Steel Cut Oats in the Microwave
How to Cook Steel Cut Oats in the Microwave

Start your day with a bowl of steel-cut oats and set yourself up for dietary success. A 2013 issue of the "Journal of the American College of Nutrition" published a study showing that a breakfast of oatmeal, when compared to ready-to-eat breakfast cereal, was superior in squelching appetite and in keeping eaters satisfied. The steel-cut variety are less-processed than rolled versions, which means they maintain a chewy texture and nutty taste, but can take 20 minutes or more to cook on the stovetop. If you want to avoid the mess and save a little time, blast your oats in the microwave.

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Step 1

Measure out the steel cut oats and place into the bowl. Use a bowl with adequate capacity; generally allow 1 quart capacity for every quarter-cup of oats. Smaller bowls will not leave enough room for the oats to cook and they may boil over.

Step 2

Add 1 cup of water for every 1/4 cup of oats. Add a pinch of salt and cinnamon, if desired, for every serving. Stir.

Step 3

Cover with a paper towel or paper plate. Microwave on high for 2.5 minutes for each quarter-cup of oats.

Step 4

Uncover and stir. Set to microwave on high for another 2.5 minutes for each quarter-cup of oats. Add milk and desired toppings before serving.

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