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Cooking Steel Cut Oats

It's the tastiest kind of oatmeal, but it takes a long time to cook. Here's how to speed up the process and maximize the delicious, toasty oat flavors.

Photography by: Bryan Gardner

Steel-cut oats are a heartier, tastier version of oatmeal, but they are notoriously time-consuming. A few tweaks to your favorite recipe will add flavor and speed up your morning routine:


• Cut the cooking time in half by fully submerging the oats in tepid water, at room temperature, overnight or for up to 24 hours. (Thoroughly drain the water before cooking.)


• To bring out the oats’ flavor and texture, saute them with a pat of butter and a pinch of salt until fragrant and golden before adding water to the pot according to the package directions.


• Then cook them until they’re thick and creamy -- and enjoy them every morning!


Watch how to prep steel cut oats: