Kids in the Sink

Brown Butter Steel Cut Oatmeal

on May 21, 2012

This is how it went.  It was a Sunday night.  It was 5:55 and I had nothing prepared or planned for dinner.  That would usually be quite alarming to me because at my house, dinner is always at 6:00 pm sharp! It’s been this way since Bailey was born and started eating dinner with us and for some reason, my OCD self has stuck to it.  What can I say? I like routine.

I think it was also close to the end of the pay period, which means there weren’t many groceries in the house and probably no leftovers either.  That is the night that Brown Butter Steel Cut Oatmeal was born.  What a glorious night.  I’d love to say this meal was made in just 5 minutes and that dinner was on the table at 6:00 but it wasn’t.  Have no fear.  I started the oatmeal and gave the kids a bath while it was cooking on the stove.  Crisis averted and bed time was not affected.  Thank God.  Bed time is my favorite time of the day. Can I get an Amen?

I had high hopes for this oatmeal because Heather and I have agreed that we could go in the backyard and dig up some dirt, pour some brown butter on it, and eat up because brown butter is just that good. In fact, whenever Heather and I are looking for something new to make or when she’s just bored and wants to look at food, she types “brown butter” into food porn sights (Tastespotting, Food Gawker, etc) and goes nuts.

Well friends, brown butter did not disappoint here.  As a rule, brown butter does not disappoint. Ever.  That’s real talk.  We have since made the oatmeal for breakfast and been just as pleased.  Yum.  It’s too much good.


Brown Butter Steel Cut Oatmeal

Serves 4


1 cup steel cut oats
3 1/2 cups water
Pinch of salt
1/2 cup milk
1/2 tbsp vanilla extract
3 tbsp butter
1/4 cup brown sugar, or to taste
Sliced strawberries, optional


  1. Bring a pot of water to boil. Stir in oats and salt and reduce heat to medium-low or low, depending on how hot your stove gets. I did it on low because my stove tends to get really hot.
  2. Cook for about 25-30 minutes, stirring occasionally to prevent the oats from sticking.
  3. While the oats are cooking, brown the butter.  Brown the butter in a sauce pan by heating it over medium heat for several minutes, stirring occasionally, being careful not to let it burn.  Once it starts to smell nutty and begins to form brown flecks on the bottom, immediately take it off the heat.  Stir in the brown sugar and set aside.
  4. Once the oats have thickened (around 25 minutes for me), add in milk and vanilla and stir to combine.  Continue to cook for another 10 minutes, or until most of the moisture is gone and the oats are creamy.
  5. Add brown butter/sugar mixture to the cooked oats and stir until combined.  At this point, you can add strawberries or whatever fresh or dried fruit you enjoy.  Commence eating the brown butter deliciousness.

Source: Kids in the Sink original


6 responses to “Brown Butter Steel Cut Oatmeal

  1. Lisa W. says:

    I love steel-cut oats. They’re like dessert for breakfast. 🙂 I’m definitely going to have to give the brown butter a try.

  2. carallyne says:

    I will try this bc steel-cut oats are something I make anyway, but will use almond milk as I prefer it.

  3. carallyne says:

    I will try this since I make steel cut oats anyway, but will use almond milk as I prefer it.

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