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Savory Oatmeal

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This savory oatmeal is warm, cozy, hearty, and flavorful! This fun and unique idea is great for a filling breakfast, snack, or dinner. It takes only 5 minutes of cooking time. Feel free to add in your favorite protein and veggies. This easy, healthy, and delicious meal will become your new favorite!

Savory oatmeal.

What You Will Love About this Recipe

  • This savory oatmeal is quick and easy to make.
  • Less than 10 minutes in total.
  • This fun twist on oatmeal is delicious any time of day!
  • With so many delicious choices of savory toppings, you can customize this dish to suit your tastes.
  • The oats come out creamy and soft.
  • Great way to eat more veggies.
  • Make this as part of your weekly meal prep. It reheats and stores well.
  • This recipe is gluten-free, dairy-free, sugar-free, and can be easily made vegan.
  • If you prefer, you can add in some leftover chicken, beef, or other meat.
  • This is simply delicious plant-based food for everyone.
  • Even picky young eaters go wild for this fun flavor and soft texture!
  • Serve it with some toasted Oat Bread!

Ingredients & Substitutions 

Scroll down to the recipe card for the full savory oatmeal recipe.

Rolled oats are a common form of oats. They are the star of this dish. These oats are made from dehusked and steamed groats that are rolled into yummy flat flakes of oats. They have the right texture and flavor for this savory take on classic oatmeal.

Vegetable broth is a great choice for this savory style of porridge. It adds rich veggie flavor and a touch of salt that cannot be beaten! If you watch your sodium intake, trade this ingredient for a low-sodium variety or use water instead. 

Diced vegetables add earthiness, leafiness, and tasty umami flavor! Use your favorite blend of bell peppers, onions, mushrooms, or whatever fresh veggies you like.

Delicious fresh cloves of garlic add sweet and savory flavor to any recipe they are added to. Choose fresh whenever possible, but jarred is a great substitute when needed. 

Olive oil is the ideal cooking fat for this oatmeal recipe. Replace with avocado oil if needed.

Add in sea salt and black pepper to taste.

A few delicious topping ideas include fresh avocado, herbs, nutritional yeast, and hot sauce.

Ingredients for savory oatmeal.

Taste & Texture

This savory oatmeal is unlike anything you have tried before! It is so rich in oat and vegetable flavors. Top it with your favorite tasty toppings to build an even more irresistible flavor!

The oats are creamy and soft. The veggies add a slight crunch. Overall, this savory oatmeal is satisfying!

How To Make 

Step 1

In a saucepan, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add in the diced vegetables and minced garlic. Sauté until the veggies are tender.

Step 2

Add the rolled oats to the saucepan. Next, stir for a minute to lightly toast them.

Step 3

Pour in the vegetable broth or water. Bring the mixture to a boil.

Saucepan with broth.

Step 4

Reduce the heat to low and simmer for about 5 to 7 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the oats have absorbed most of the liquid.

Pepper and onions in pan.

Step 5

Then, season the savory oatmeal with salt and black pepper to taste. Adjust as needed.

Saucepan with veggies and oats.

Step 6

Remove the saucepan from the heat. Let the oatmeal sit for 1 to 2 minutes to thicken.

Step 7

Transfer the savory oatmeal to a bowl and top it with your preferred toppings.

Creamy savory bowl.

Step 8

Finally, stir and enjoy!

Expert Tips

Chop the veggies finely.

Watch the oatmeal closely to prevent burning.

Taste as you go and add salt and pepper as desired.

If you are making this dish for the whole family, set up bowls with various toppings. Then let everyone go down the line building their own perfect savory oatmeal!

Savory oats in bowl.

Tasty Topping Ideas 

  • Southwest-Inspired: Try topping it with freshly sliced avocado and pico de gallo. It is a fun and fresh flavor you will want over and over!
  • Seeds and Nuts: If you love crunch, try using pepitas, chia seeds, and chopped nuts to make a delicious medley of crunch and flavor.
  • Mushroom and Herb: Nothing beats the umami flavor of buttery mushrooms! Sauté freshly sliced mushrooms with garlic and a little cooking fat. Top the oatmeal with the cooked mushrooms and some fresh thyme or rosemary.
  • Sweet Heat: Make a delicious blend of hot and sweet flavors by combining roasted sweet potatoes and sriracha hot sauce on top of the oats. It is a tasty combination of heat and sweetness that will leave you wanting more!
  • Eggs and Oats: Add a soft-boiled egg or hard-boiled egg on top. Great with freshly chopped chives or cilantro. Add some crispy bacon on top!

How to Serve & Store 

Serve this savory oatmeal with your favorite topping combination while it is warm. Enjoy it any time of the day because it makes a great breakfast, lunch, or dinner! I love eating this oatmeal at night.

Storing this delicious oatmeal is easy. First, allow it to cool completely, then transfer it to an airtight container. Store leftovers in the fridge for up to 5 days. 

To reheat the oatmeal quickly, put the desired amount of leftovers in a microwave-safe bowl. Heat for up to 2 minutes.

Alternatively, reheat it in a medium pan over low heat. Add the oatmeal to the pan. Stir it for a few minutes until it is warm throughout. Feel free to splash in a little extra broth to add richness and moisture to the leftover oats.

If you are using fresh toppings like avocado or tomato, add them after reheating.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Is oatmeal supposed to be sweet or savory?

Oatmeal can be sweet or savory!

What are the benefits of savory oats?

Savory oats are a blank canvas for toppings.

What other toppings can I add?

Feel free to add veggies, sauces, condiments, and protein.

Can I make this low carb?

Unfortunately, no. Instead, try this Keto Oatmeal!

Bowl of veggie oats.

Equipment Needed

Saucepan: This simple recipe hardly makes any dishes at all! All you will need to cook this rich oatmeal is a saucepan and something to stir with.

Serving Bowl or Plate: Presentation is everything so choose a nice big bowl for this savory oatmeal.

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Yield: 2

Savory Oatmeal

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

This savory oatmeal is warm, hearty, savory, and incredibly flavorful! This quick and easy recipe is great for a savory breakfast, a filling snack, or a healthy dinner. It is totally customizable!


  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 2 cups vegetable broth or water
  • 1/2 cup diced vegetables (such as bell peppers, onions, mushrooms)
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt (or to taste)
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper (or to taste)
  • Optional toppings: sliced avocado, chopped fresh herbs (such as parsley or cilantro), nutritional yeast, hot sauce


  1. In a saucepan, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the diced vegetables and minced garlic, and sauté until the vegetables are tender.
  2. Add the rolled oats to the saucepan and stir for a minute to lightly toast them.
  3. Pour in the vegetable broth or water. Bring the mixture to a boil.
  4. Reduce the heat to low and simmer for about 5-7 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the oats have absorbed most of the liquid and reached your desired consistency.
  5. Season the savory oatmeal with salt and black pepper to taste. Adjust the seasoning as needed.
  6. Remove the saucepan from heat and let the oatmeal sit for a minute or two to thicken.
  7. Transfer the savory oatmeal to a bowl and top it with your preferred toppings, such as sliced avocado, chopped fresh herbs, nutritional yeast, or hot sauce.
  8. Lastly, stir and enjoy your comforting savory oatmeal!

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 343Total Fat: 28.4ggSaturated Fat: 3.9ggCholesterol: 0mgmgSodium: 225.1gmgCarbohydrates: 17.6ggFiber: 2.4ggSugar: 1ggProtein: 3gg

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Thursday 17th of August 2023

This was my first time having savory oatmeal. But why?! These oats were so, so good. Can't wait to have them again! Thank you.


Thursday 17th of August 2023

This is one of my favorite ways to switch up breakfasts. Love adding cheese or a runny egg on top too!


Thursday 17th of August 2023

I really enjoyed this savory oatmeal recipe. I recently made it and tried adding avocado slices, and it turned out so delicious! This recipe is a must-try!


Thursday 17th of August 2023

This was such a delicious flavor swap from the traditional sweet oatmeal. And getting in some extra veggies doesn't hurt either!


Wednesday 16th of August 2023

With very simple ingredients, this oatmeal recipe is a delightful way to start your day. I topped it with my other favorite fruits like strawberries and it was a comforting and satisfying meal.

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