How To Cook Oat Groats?

How To Cook Oat Groats

How to cook oat groats? The most common way to prepare oat groats is to leave them in water overnight and microwave them for three minutes the next morning – any fruit and spices are welcome! Nevertheless, since oat groats are such a versatile food, they can be not just in the microwave but in an abundance of ways – and this article is here to teach you all the most exciting ones. Jump into this oat groats rabbit hole, and let’s begin!

How To Cook Oat Groats?

Since you’ve heard about the fast and easy microwave method, I won’t waste your time with it here. However, just like I teased a bit before, there are numerous other ways of making oat groats! When I say this, I’m thinking of things like oven baking them, slow cooking them, and even placing them in the rice cooker for an hour or so.

If any of the above methods have caught your eye, make sure to find the instructions down below and start preparing a healthy bowl of oat groats for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or maybe all three!

What Is The Difference Between Oats And Groats?

It’s time to get a bit technical and explain the difference between oats and groats. First up -oats. Oats are whole grains, meaning you’ll most likely find them in cereals, bread, and other baked goods. On the other hand, we have groats. So, what exactly are they – something completely different or surprisingly similar?

If you’re thinking the latter, you’re on the right track. The kernel that’s left once the husk has been removed from the oat kernel is the oat groat. Here’s a bit more trivia for you – steel-cut oats (are groats that have been toasted and cut into pieces by steel blades

Pretty simple explanation, right?

Do Oat Groats Need To Be Soaked?

Soaking oat groats is not a need but a must. I know this probably sounds a bit too dramatic, but it’s true – oat groats are quite hard, and if you toast them without previously soaking them, their texture will remain hard. This won’t make for a pleasant meal, trust me.

Luckily for you and everyone else on the planet obsessed with breakfast food, there’s a simple solution – just soak your oat groats, preferably overnight. Potential problems avoided.

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How Long Do I Need To Soak Oat Groats?

You’ll need to soak them for a few hours, and when I say a few, I mean 12. Okay, you don’t need to soak them for 12 hours, but it is ideal if you can. The minimum amount of soaking time is 1 hour, but the best result is if you leave them to be overnight since they’ll be ready to eat or cook as soon as the sun comes up!

Oh, and of course – don’ forget to rinse them carefully!

How Do You Eat Raw Oat Groats?

Preferably with a spoon, but I’ll assume that’s not what you wanted to know. On a more serious note, all you need to do to prepare oat groats is soak them in water, preferably overnight. Once it’s breakfast time, warm them for five minutes and serve with milk or whatever else you’d like.

They’re sure to make for a fulfilling breakfast!

How To Cook Oat Groats In Instant Pot?

The time you’ll need to prepare oat groats with this cooking method is an instantaneous – pretty bad pun, right. Unlike the pun, there’s an amazing oat groats recipe just down below!

  1. Place rinsed and drained oat groans into the instant pot.
  2. Add water and seal the lid.
  3. Cook the oats on ‘Manual Mode’ for 40 minutes with a 30 minutes ‘Natural Release’.
  4. Once the ding goes off, fluff the oats and pair to your desire!

Okay, so maybe the recipe isn’t instantaneous, but it is pretty simple and delicious, right?

How To Cook Oat Groats In A Rice Cooker?

Since you can cook both white and brown rice in a rice cooker, it makes sense to cook whole oat groats in it as well, right? Yes, be it whole grain oat groats or any other type of whole grain, everything can go into the rice cooker and come out tasting delicious!

Just add one cup of dry oat groats into the rice cooker, followed by two cups of water – both should go in the rice section of the cooker. Cook the groats on the white rice program for around 45 minutes and serve to your liking – I’d recommend some almond milk or maple syrup!

How To Cook Oat Groats In Microwave?

Fairly quickly – I mean, it only takes minutes. However, for all those uncertain culinary souls, here is a simple set of instructions for preparing oat groats in the microwave.

  1. Rice the overnight oat groats and transfer them into a microwave-safe bowl.
  2. Add a sliced apple into the bowl as well – here, any type of fruit you prefer will do, so don’t be scared to get creative.
  3. Microwave everything on high for 3 minutes.
  4. Take the bowl out of the microwave and add some brown sugar and cinnamon to the mix before stirring everything together!

That’s it. Turn on your favorite show and enjoy your breakfast!

How To Cook Oat Groats In A Slow Cooker?

So, you may have noticed that preparing oat groats has been simple enough so far – soak overnight, rinse, pour, and enjoy. Well, the slow cooker recipe is no different – in just a few steps, a simple and healthy meal is at your fingertips!

  1. Place the oat groats, 3 cups of water, and salt into the slow cooker.
  2. Seal the lid and cook for 5 hours on low. If you’d like to speed things up a bit, you could always cook it on high for 2 hours!

See, another (fairly) slow but simple recipe!

How To Cook Oat Groats On The Stove?

If you like to keep it old school, then you’d probably prefer preparing oats on a stove, and as it happens, I’ve singled out all the necessary steps just down below.

  1. You’ll first want to boil 2 quarters of water in a large pot or medium saucepan.
  2. Next, add a cup of oat groats in and wait until the water returns to a boil.
  3. Reduce from high to medium heat and cook groats uncovered for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  4. Just drain excess water and serve while they’re still hot!

How To Cook Oat Groats On Stove Top?

The stovetop recipe is pretty straightforward – soak oat groats overnight, boil the water, add oat groats, and cook for 30 minutes.

However, once you’ve gone over the detailed steps provided a bit back up in the article, you may be at a loss with what to serve the cooked oat groans. It’s understandable since when everything’s an option, it’s pretty hard to choose. I recommend adding fruit or two into the mix, along with some brown sugar and a sprinkle of cinnamon – you can take it from here!

How To Cook Oat Groats Overnight?

Okay, so I’ve said that the best way to prepare steel-cut or rolled oats is to soak the oat groats overnight. However, there’s still been no word as to how exactly this should be done. Well, here it is – the best way to cook oat groats overnight!

  1. Let’s set the scene – it’s the night before, and you’re bringing the water to a boil.
  2. Next, you’ll add oat groats and boil them for 1 to 2 minutes.
  3. The last step for the night – remove them from the stove, cover them, and go to sleep.
  4. Now it’s the next morning, and the job is still not done, so heat the groats over medium heat for around 5 minutes.
  5. Once all the water is gone, you’re done. It’s breakfast, and time to pour a glass of oat milk and add fruit into the mix!

How To Cook Oat Groats Quickly?

Since you’ve been through the article, you can probably answer this one on your own, but hey, I’ll say it anyway. The quickest way to cook oat groats is in the microwave – it only takes 3 minutes on high, and your breakfast is ready to go.

However, I do have to reiterate that soaking the oat groats beforehand is crucial – if you just warm them in the microwave, they’ll just remain hard, and that’s no way to start the day. So make sure to soak them overnight, and you’ll have no trouble in the morning!

How To Cook Oat Groats Porridge?

As with any oat groats recipe, you’ll need to soak them in water for this one as well. However, unlike the previous recipes we’ve discussed, this one requires an extra step – blending. So, here we go!

  1. Place the rinsed and drained oat groats in the blender with an additional 4 cups of water.
  2. Blend everything until the grains are coarsely ground.
  3. Transfer the grains into a medium-size pot and boil over medium heat.
  4. Once the water begins to boil, reduce the heat to low, cover the pot and cook at a simmer for 30 minutes – just don’t forget to stir occasionally, so the grains don’t stick!
  5. When the mixture turns creamy and soft, congratulations, you’ve just made oat groats porridge!


Well, I guess you’re now the expert on how to cook oat groats – you’ll just soak them overnight, place them in the microwave for 3 minutes and sprinkle with cinnamon. Just kidding, after this article, you’re ready to prepare oat groats with anything life throws at you – be it a rice cooker or stovetop. Oh, and if you’re ever on a quiz show, the difference between oats and groats is yours for the taking!

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