Simple Savory Oats

Oh my gosh you guys. I just met my new favorite breakfast/lunch/dinner, really any time the stomach is grumbling this recipe comes to the rescue. Chewy, nutty steel cut oats get topped with freshly grated Romano cheese, a basted egg, and creamy avocado slices.

I know savory oats may sound a bit strange. For years I’ve been pinning recipes for savory oats but never worked up the courage to try them. Plus, oatmeal with peanut butter is one of my all-time favorite foods, so the idea of messing with that was not overly appealing. But then I made steel cut oats for breakfast the other day with some maple syrup and, of course, peanut butter and it hit me: steel cut oats are so chewy and nutty that they’d go perfectly with a runny egg yolk and avocado.

So after yoga one day I took the plunge. And I am beyond excited that I did. I LOVE these oats. Like I’m wishing it was acceptable to my husband to just eat these every night for the next week for dinner.

You’ll notice I kept these oats nice and simple, but feel free to get creative with additional spices and herbs. For the egg, I went with my go-to basted eggs to get perfectly runny yolks, but it would also be delicious with a poached egg. However you prepare your egg, just be sure not to overcook the yolk. Cheese-wise, I love me some aged parmesan and fresh Romano cheese, but gouda or a sharp cheddar would also work well here.

Now I know steel cut oats take a bit longer to make, but I strongly recommend using them over instant or even old fashioned oats as they have a nuttier flavor and a chewier texture to keep this bowl from getting too mushy. If you are good a planning ahead, you can soak your steel cut oats in water the night before to greatly cut down on cooking time.

Have you ever tried savory oats? If so I’d love to hear some of your favorite flavor combinations!

So here’s a toast to eggs – the perfect breakfast, lunch, and dinner ingredient!

Simple Savory Oats

A savory twist on a breakfast staple, these savory oats are creamy, cheesy, and filling. 
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time35 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Avocado, Eggs, Healthy, Oatmeal
Servings: 1
Author: The Healthy Toast


  • ¾ cup + 1 tsp water separated
  • ¼ steel cut oats
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon freshly grated Romano
  • ¼ avocado sliced
  • Salt pepper, and red pepper flakes


  • Place ¾ cup water and pinch of salt in saucepan and bring to a boil. Once boiling, add in steel cut oats and allow to boil for about 1 minute then reduce to a simmer. Cover and simmer for 20-30 minutes, or until the water has been absorbed and the oats are soft but chewy.
  • When there’s about 5 minutes left for the oats, heat a small skillet over medium-low heat and grease with cooking spray or a drop of olive oil.
  • Once heated, crack egg onto skillet, season with ground black pepper, and add 1 tsp water. Cover pan with lid and allow egg to cook about 3 minutes, or until the whites are set but the yolk is still runny.
  • Once the oats are cooked, pour into bowl and top with grated cheese. Add cooked egg, avocado slices, and red pepper flakes. Grab a spoon and dig in!

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  • Tara | Treble in the Kitchen
    January 30, 2017 at 7:10 am

    Another tip for saving time on cooking, is to actually cook the oats on low overnight so they are ready to go in the morning!! OR make a big batch on the weekend for the rest of the week. These savory oats look SO satisfying 🙂

    • The Healthy Toast
      January 30, 2017 at 4:28 pm

      Thanks for the tips Tara! Yes, it’s much easier just to make a big batch for the week and heat up as you go. I’ve tried soaking them overnight, but I’ve never done it by cooking them on low – will have to experiment this weekend 🙂

  • Chelsey
    January 30, 2017 at 10:17 am

    This looks SO good!!! I haven’t jumped on board the savory oats train yet, but this recipe is changing my mind!

    • The Healthy Toast
      January 30, 2017 at 4:28 pm

      Do it! I was nervous about it but omg it makes me like steel cut oats even more.

  • AZ@...And a Dash of Cinnamon
    January 30, 2017 at 7:48 pm

    I love me some sweet oatmeal…but you know…this does look quite delicious….

    • The Healthy Toast
      February 15, 2017 at 8:24 am

      Thanks AZ 🙂

  • Kaleigh @ Lively Table
    January 30, 2017 at 8:24 pm

    I love steel cut oats and savory oats! These look amazing, especially with the avocado!

    • The Healthy Toast
      February 15, 2017 at 8:25 am

      Thanks Kaleigh. I had never tried them before but now I’m hooked! Avocado makes everything better 😉

  • Christina Bauer
    January 31, 2017 at 12:53 am

    I LOVE savory oats! I prefer them with steel cuts for some extra bite.

    • The Healthy Toast
      February 15, 2017 at 8:25 am

      Agreed, steel cut oats are the way to go for savory oats!

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