Rice Cooker Steel-Cut Oats

Rice Cooker Steel-Cut Oats

The rice cooker isn’t a one-trick pony: It’s actually the secret to waking up to hot, creamy oatmeal. Steel-cut oats soften in the machine while retaining their nutty flavor and nubby chew — all without any effort on your part. Since rice cooker models vary, you can play around with the water proportions to achieve your favorite consistency. Generally, though, you’ll need a lot more water to oats using a rice cooker because oats stiffen and soak up even more water as they rest after cooking. Once they’re done, you can top them however you like, but regardless of whether you prefer your oats sweet or savory, be sure to cook them with salt to enhance their flavor.
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  • Serves: 4 persons



  1. Step 1

    Combine the oats and salt in a rice cooker. If using a model with a porridge setting and a cooking timer, stir in 3 1/2 cups cold water. If using a standard model, stir in 4 cups cold water.
  2. Step 2

    If your machine has a timer setting, set it to start cooking 2 hours before you want to eat your oatmeal. If it doesn’t have a timer, turn on the machine right before you go to bed. The machine should automatically go to a warming setting after it cooks the oatmeal, but check your machine to make sure.
  3. Step 3

    Gently stir the oatmeal, then divide among bowls or airtight containers to eat on the go and add the toppings of your choice.