Porridge: A Quick and Healthy Oats Breakfast Recipe

Porridge Porridge: Oats Porridge offers a swift and nourishing start to your day, crafted from oats, and either water or milk. Whether you opt for quick-cooking oats or rolled oats, both varieties serve as the base for this wholesome breakfast staple. Tailor it to your taste by incorporating your preferred sweetener, liquid base, and a medley of fruits or nuts as toppings.


Preparation Time: 1 minute

Cooking Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 6 minutes

Cuisine: American, Global

Course: Breakfast

Diet: Vegetarian

Difficulty: Easy


  • ½ cup of quick-cooking oats or rolled oats
  • 1 cup of water (adjust as needed)
  • ½ cup of milk or water
  • 2 tablespoons of raw or white sugar (optional, adjust to taste)

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  1. Take oats in a saucepan and pour in water and milk.
  2. Adjust the consistency according to your preference. This recipe typically yields a slightly thicker texture. For a thinner consistency, increase the quantity of milk or water.
  3. Optionally, add sugar. If you plan to include fruits later, omit adding sugar.
  4. If incorporating honey, wait until the porridge cools to room temperature, as heating honey can render it toxic.
  5. Stir thoroughly and heat the mixture over low to medium flame.
  6. Stir intermittently and allow the porridge to simmer.
  7. It will gradually thicken as it cooks. For quick-cooking oats, cook for approximately 5 to 6 minutes; for rolled oats, extend the cooking time to 10 to 12 minutes.
  8. If the consistency seems overly thick, adjust by adding a bit more water or milk.
  9. Once the oats have softened and reached your desired consistency, turn off the heat.
  10. Serve the Oats Porridge hot, warm, or at room temperature.
  11. Note that if serving at room temperature, the porridge may thicken further as it cools.
  12. For those adding chopped fruits or berries, incorporate them when the porridge has cooled slightly or entirely. Additionally, you can include chopped nuts or dried fruits as per your preference.

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  • You have the flexibility to prepare the oatmeal with solely water, solely milk, or a combination of both.
  • Sweetener addition is discretionary.
  • For a savory twist, consider adding steamed or boiled veggies and season with salt, black pepper, or your preferred spices.
  • You can also choose to prepare the oatmeal using a stovetop pressure cooker or an Instant Pot, adjusting the water quantity accordingly.
  • Adapt the consistency by varying the amount of liquids such as water and milk. While this recipe employs 1.5 cups of liquids, adjust based on the oats' type and brand.
  • Note that steel-cut oats and oat groats will necessitate more water and a longer cooking duration.
  • The recipe can be easily scaled up to accommodate additional servings.

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