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Creamy Irish-Style Oatmeal

Servings: 4


  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 cup steel-cut oats, such as Bob's Red Mill
  • 4 cups water, plus more as needed
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt, plus more to taste
  • cup oat bran
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 3 tablespoons light brown sugar, plus more for serving
  • Fresh berries, for serving
  • Half and half, for serving (optional)


  • Melt the butter in a large saucepan set over medium heat. Add the steel-cut oats and cook for 2 to 3 minutes, stirring often, until fragrant.
  • Add water and bring to a boil. Turn the heat to low and simmer for 20 to 25 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the oatmeal has thickened and absorbed most of the water.
  • Add the milk, stir, and then gradually sprinkle in the oat bran, stirring constantly. Bring the oatmeal back to a boil, then lower the heat and simmer, stirring often, for 5 minutes, until thick and creamy. If the steel-cut oats are not quite tender at this point ( this will depend on the brand used) add another splash of water or milk and continue to cook, stirring often, until tender.
  • Off the heat, stir in the brown sugar. Taste and add a pinch of salt is desired. Serve warm with fresh berries, more brown sugar, and a splash of half & half or milk.
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