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Buttery Steel Cut Oats

Simply Luxurious
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Servings 1 serving


  • 1/4 cup steel cut oats Bob’s Red Mill Organic or McCann’s Original Irish (original, not quick cooking)
  • 3/4 cup boiling water
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream or whole milk (optional) If you don't want diary included, add 1/4 cup more boiling water
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter (top quality, I use Sèvre & Belle, but read this article on why French butter is so lovely and find a list of butters to shop for in your market)
  • Topping options are endless I prefer roasted, unsalted, sliced almonds, raisins and honey.
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds


  • Place 1 tablespoon of butter in a skillet with 1/4 cup of steel oats over medium heat to toast the oats. This will take about 2 minutes.
  • While the oats are toasting, bring to boil your tea kettle.
  • When the tea kettle is singing (water is boiling), measure 3/4 cup of hot water in a liquid measuring cup. Pour 1/4 cup heaving cream (optional). If you do not add the heavy cream, add an addition 1/4 cup hot water from the tea kettle. Pour directly over the oats once they are toasted. Add the chia seeds now as well. This will cause the oats and water to boil. As soon as they are boiling, reduce the heat to simmer (low – medium). Add a pinch of sea salt. Gently mix to evenly distribute the ingredients and then do not touch. Let simmer for about 7-10 minutes (low heat - 2 or 3 out of 10 on the stovetop). The oats will absorb the water.
  • Remove from the heat when the consistency is to your liking.
  • Place into a bowl and top with your favorite fruit, nuts, natural sugars, etc.
  • Enjoy!