Steel Cut Oats in the Rice Cooker

Easy Steel Cut Oats

Steel cut oats and brown sugar: the basics.

Steel cut oats and brown sugar: the basics.

Those of us who make steel cut oats know that they take a bit of time and some stovetop management: boil, simmer, stir. And then one day, it dawned on me: the rice cooker can do all of this for me!

I’ve already tried to convince you that you need a rice cooker. One little appliance can cook everything from rice to quinoa to steel cut oats. What could be better?

The process couldn’t be simpler. I used a 1:3 ratio of oats to water, but you can make your oats creamier by increasing the liquid by 1/4 cup.


  • 1 cup steel cut oats
  • 3 cups water
  • Pinch of salt


Pour all ingredients into your slow cooker. Close the lid. Press “cook.” Go take a shower and get ready for your day.

Return to the kitchen in 30 minutes and dress your perfectly cooked oats with your favorite toppings.

30 minutes later, you have a hot breakfast waiting for you.

30 minutes later, you have a hot breakfast waiting for you.


“Seriously, mom? The rice cooker? In the morning?” I couldn’t tell if the Tiny Kitchen Assistant was impressed or incredulous, but I had him instantly converted when he took his first bite.

He added cinnamon, brown sugar, raisins, almonds and coconut to his. “Mmm, this tastes like a cookie!”

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6 Responses

  1. Greg O. says:

    This may warrant a rice cooker purchase. For years, I prep the ingredients then run off to take a shower, then come back to check, then go back to get dressed. Quite the dance using pots and pans and boiling water.

  2. Alisa says:

    Which is exactly the reason why I never made it on weekdays. Trying to get myself and a kid up, dressed, fed and out the door is hard enough without keeping one eye on the stove.

  3. Vicky says:

    Trying it now, I just bought my rice cooker during the week. My rice cooker has a timer, so if this works I will be setting it up the night before so that it is ready as soon as I wake up!

  4. Carrie says:

    Love this idea! I’m trying it now and it’s bubbling up so much is pushing the lid up and splattering liquid on the counter. Is that normal? If not, any suggestions?

  5. Alisa says:

    I personally haven’t had that happen with the portion that I make in the rice cooker that I have, but it is very starchy, so I can see how that could happen. I wonder if rinsing the oats like rice would help with that, or if it would completely undermine the creamy thickness of the oats. Let me know if you find a solution that works.

  6. Ian Ray says:

    I will definitely try this! Thank goodness I have a rice cooker! Such a convenient and handy machine to have for many uses 🙂

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