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Preparation - Tips & Tricks for McCann’s Steel Cut Irish Oats

The cut grain of steel-cut oats means they take longer to cook than rolled oats - but the distinctive texture makes it all worthwhile!

Here are some suggestions to help you make your bowl of morning goodness even quicker!

Quick Soak Method

One of the quickest and easiest ways to prepare McCann's Steel Cut Irish Oats is to soak the oats overnight. Before going to bed, boil 4 cups of water in a pot. Then add one cup of oats and simmer for 1 minute. Cover the pot, cool, and store overnight in the refrigerator. The next morning reheat over low heat, stirring occasionally.

Make ahead - be prepared

Make 5 days of oatmeal in advance by adding 1 cup of McCann's Steel Cut Irish Oats to 4 cups of water and cooking as per the Quick Soak Method. Allow the oatmeal to cool and store individual servings in plastic bags, covered plastic storage containers or glass bowls covered with plastic film. These can be stored in a refrigerator for up to 5 days.

Alternatively, the oatmeal can be frozen in individual plastic food storage bags for up to 3 months.

To Cook

From frozen: Thaw the oatmeal in the refrigerator the night before.

From fridge: Transfer the oatmeal to a deep, microwaveable bowl. Microwave on high for 2 minutes and stir. Depending on the consistency desired, microwave for up to an additional minute.


Add 1/4 cup of McCann's Steel Cut Irish Oats to 3/4 cup of water in a deep 2 quart bowl (the size of the bowl is important as it must be large enough to allow the oats to bubble without spilling over). Cook on high for 5 minutes, stir, return to microwave and cook on high for an additional 3 minutes.

Cut Corners

Place the oats, natural or pre-toasted in a food processor. A few turns of the metal blade will break up the grains and reduce the cooking time by at least 5 minutes.

Irish Porridge

Into 4 cups of briskly boiling water sprinkle 1 cup of oatmeal, stirring well. When the porridge is smooth and beginning to thicken, reduce heat and simmer uncovered for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Traditionally served with fresh buttermilk, Irish porridge is also good with milk or cream and brown sugar or honey, or with butter.

Rice Cooker method

For 2 - 3 servings

Add 1 cup dry steel cut oats to 2 cups + 3oz water (for a total of 19 ounces of water). Set rice cooker to the oatmeal (porridge) setting and the pre-washed rice setting. (Using the pre-washed rice setting along with the porridge setting minimizes the tendency of the oats to boil over*.)

Stir the oats halfway through the cooking cycle.

*Another option for avoiding boilover: let the oats soak overnight, then there is less "free" water to boil over.