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Oatmeal recipe

Best Oatmeal Recipe

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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 5
  • Cook Time: 5
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x


This master oatmeal recipe shows how to make it on the stovetop or microwave! It’s easy to make this wholesome breakfast.



For stovetop oatmeal (4 servings):

  • 2 cups Old Fashioned rolled oats
  • 4 cups water
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • Optional: 1 tablespoon maple syrup

For microwave oatmeal (1 serving): 

  • 1/2 cup Old Fashioned rolled oats
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon


  1. Stovetop oatmeal: Bring the water to a boil in a large saucepan. Stir in the oats, salt and cinnamon. Reduce the heat to medium. Cook for about 6 to 7 minutes, stirring occasionally, until creamy and the liquid is mostly absorbed. Remove from the heat and let stand for 2 minutes, which allows more liquid to be absorbed (or you can spoon into bowls and then rest).
  2. Microwave oatmeal: Place the ingredients in a microwave safe bowl with tall sides. Microwave on High for 2 minutes (if there is still a good amount of liquid, cook 10 to 20 more seconds). Stir and allow to stand for 2 minutes to allow the liquid to be absorbed. (For a double recipe, double ingredients and microwave 3.5 minutes.)
  3. Top with a drizzle of maple syrup, milk, and additional toppings as desired. Serve immediately or refrigerate for up to 5 days.
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Breakfast
  • Diet: Vegan