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Overnight Steel Cut Oats

February 20, 2020 (Last Updated: April 12, 2020)

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Overnight steel cut oats are a hearty breakfast that is started the night before and ready to eat in the morning. Top with your favorite fruit, nuts or other toppings to make this breakfast your own. 

A bowl filled with a hot cereal and topped with fresh blueberries and raspberries.

I am a breakfast eater everyday of the week.  On the weekends I love to make a big breakfast including pancakes, waffles and and baked egg casseroles. Often I will bake muffins, scones or biscuits.  

Weekdays,well that’s another story.  It’s grab what you can and eat it quick. Overnight Steel Cut Oats are perfect for weekdays. This hearty oat recipe just requires a small amount of planning the night before. In the morning, it’s ready!  

Milk being poured over a bowl full of oatmeal and fruit.

What are steel cut oats?

Steel cut oats are also called Irish or Scottish Oats. The whole oat groat is chopped into coarse pieces, rather than rolled like in old fashioned oats. Steel cut oats are high in protein, fiber, iron and other minerals. This grain is also gluten free making it a good choice for those with a gluten intolerance. 

Steel Cut oats in a bowl topped with fresh berries.

How to make overnight oats

Measure 1 part oats to 3 parts water into a pot. Cover and bring to a boil. Turn off heat and stir. Allow oats to sit at room temperature overnight with lid on pot. In the morning, stir oats and reheat over low heat or place in a bowl and reheat in the microwave. If you keep a 1:3 ratio of oats to water, you can make any size batch you need. 

How long do they last?

Place any leftover oats in a bowl and cover. Store in the refrigerator for up to one week. 

Toppings for a bowl of steel cut oats

You can add any of your favorite oatmeal toppings to a bowl of steel cut oats. You can also eat them plain with just a splash of milk. Some of my favorites include:

  • Raspberries,
  • Blueberries
  • Strawberries
  • Pecans
  • Bananas
  • Brown sugar
  • Maple syrup

Other great quick breakfast recipes:

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Source: Bob’s Red Mill

Steel Cut oats in a bowl topped with fresh berries.

Overnight Steel Cut Oats

Steel Cut Oats you can make ahead of time. 
5 from 4 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Servings 4 people
Calories 154 kcal



  • In a sauce pan add all ingredients.
  • Bring to a boil
  • Turn off heat
  • Put lid on top
  • Let sit overnight
  • In the morning, remove lid. Stir
  • Turn heat on low and just warm oats. (individual servings can be warmed in a microwave too)


If you keep a 1:3 ratio of oats to water, you can make any size batch you need. 


Calories: 154kcalCarbohydrates: 26gProtein: 6gFat: 3gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 9mgFiber: 4gCalcium: 26mgIron: 2mg
Keyword overnight steel cut oats, steel cut oats
Tried this recipe?Leave a comment and let me know what you think.

This recipe was originally posted in February 2015. The post and pictures have been updated.


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  • Reply
    Mary Ann | The Beach House Kitchen
    February 20, 2020 at 9:14 am

    5 stars
    One of my husband’s favorites Kathy. Such a satisfying way to start the day.

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    Dawn - Girl Heart Food
    February 20, 2020 at 6:47 am

    5 stars
    We love any kind of oat in our home, especially steel cut! These are so hearty and love that you can customize it with whatever toppings you wish! Great for meal prep too 🙂 Trying these next Sunday when I prep for the week!

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    David @ Spiced
    February 20, 2020 at 6:32 am

    5 stars
    You won’t believe this, Kathy! I just found 2 bags of steel cut oats in the back of my pantry. Then I sit down at my desk and see this recipe. Talk about timing! I love oats in all forms, and I’m thinking I should make a batch of this for breakfasts next week. (Laura is out of town, so I’m solo-Dad. I’ll need all the extra time I can get I think!)

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    Carol Wriight
    August 6, 2016 at 10:09 am

    5 stars
    Thanks Kathy. Prepared this a couple of days ago and since I’m the only one eating it, had enough for 3 “easy” meals. I had always prepared steel cut oats in a small crock pot before but this is even better.

    • Reply
      August 7, 2016 at 5:51 am

      So glad it worked for you, Carol! I love things you can cook once and then eat for several days.

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    November 14, 2015 at 9:57 pm

    Wow, this looks incredibly awesome. I could definitely do with it right now. I cn grab it right from the screen and gobble it up. lovely.

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      November 15, 2015 at 6:32 am


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    Cindy Fanning
    February 5, 2015 at 2:27 am

    I love oatmeal and eat a lot of it. There is no excuse to not have breakfast with overnight oats 😀

    • Reply
      February 5, 2015 at 2:38 am

      You are right. If you make extras they make great left overs for a couple of days too!

  • Reply
    LL Farm
    February 3, 2015 at 1:34 pm

    Breakfast foods are great…we love to eat breakfast for supper sometimes! I eat a lot of oats for breakfast (out of the box), I have never had overnight oats. Thanks for sharing.

    • Reply
      February 4, 2015 at 1:26 am

      Thanks. The only difficulty with this is remembering to start it the night before!

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    Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust
    February 3, 2015 at 2:45 am

    I love overnight oats! I’ve never tried the steel cut. I’ll have to try that!

    • Reply
      February 3, 2015 at 2:52 am

      Thanks! They are truly delicious! Hope you give them a try!

  • Reply
    February 3, 2015 at 2:01 am

    Such an easy recipe!

    • Reply
      February 3, 2015 at 2:39 am

      Thanks Suzi! I learned this from you when I was out visiting for the marathon….perfect fuel for the run!

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