How to Cook Old Fashioned Oats in the Microwave

by Irena Eaves

Old-fashioned oats have a depth and complexity of flavor and texture that quick and instant oatmeal both lack. They require a little more cooking time, but they're no more work than quick oats, and the payoff in taste is huge. Sometimes called rolled oats, old-fashioned oats can be cooked in the microwave as well as on the stove top. Microwave cooking is quick and simple and has the added benefit of only dirtying one dish. Oatmeal can be customized endlessly, so get creative and fill your bowl with your favorite fixings.

Combine one part old-fashioned oats and two parts water or milk in a microwave-safe bowl. Add a pinch of salt.

Microwave the oats on high for three to five minutes, or until all the liquid is absorbed and the dish reaches your desired consistency.

Spice up your oatmeal with flavorful additions. Try adding a handful of chopped, dried or fresh fruit, nuts, a dash of ground cinnamon or nutmeg, or a splash of vanilla extract. Sweeten it with brown sugar, maple syrup or honey. Stir thoroughly before serving.

Items you will need

  • Old-fashioned (rolled) oats
  • Milk or water
  • Salt
  • Dried or fresh fruit (optional)
  • Nuts (optional)
  • Ground cinnamon or nutmeg (optional)
  • Vanilla extract (optional)
  • Brown sugar, maple syrup or honey (optional)

About the Author

Irena Eaves began writing professionally in 2005. She has been published on several websites including RedPlum, and Eaves holds a Bachelor of Science in journalism from Boston University.

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