Savory Oatmeal


The Spruce Eats / Leah Maroney 

Prep: 5 mins
Cook: 10 mins
Total: 15 mins
Serving: 1 serving
Yield: 1 bowl

Whether you are craving a hearty bowl of oatmeal but don't want a sweet breakfast, or are looking for a way to add this heart-healthy grain into your morning routine, this recipe for savory oatmeal is sure to satisfy. It’s not low in calories, but it's a bowl that will keep you full throughout the morning, providing plenty of protein from the fried eggs and fiber from the oats. Bacon, scallions, and cheddar cheese make for a salty, cheesy, flavorful dish that is also customizable; feel free to add vegetables, herbs, or even a drizzle of hot sauce to make it your own.


  • 3 strips bacon (diced)
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 scallion (chopped, whites separated from greens)
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 teaspoon salt, plus more to taste
  • 3/4 cup quick-cooking oats
  • 1 large egg
  • Freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons shredded cheddar cheese
  • Optional: hot sauce or Sriracha

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

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  2. Sauté the diced bacon in a small skillet until crispy. Remove with a slotted spoon and place on a paper towel-lined plate to drain; leave the grease in the pan and set aside.

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  3. Bring the water to a boil in a small saucepan along with the whites of the scallion, the butter, and 1 teaspoon of the salt. 

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  4. Stir in the quick-cooking oats and cook for 2 to 3 minutes or until soft. Cover and set aside.

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  5. While the oats are cooking, place the skillet with the bacon grease over medium-low heat. Add the egg and season with salt and black pepper. Cook for about 3 minutes or until the whites have set and the yolk is still runny, basting with the hot bacon grease to slightly set the top of the egg. Leave the egg in the pan and set aside. (The egg will continue to cook.)

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  6. Heat the heavy cream in the microwave for about 40 seconds or until hot. Spoon the warm oatmeal into your serving bowl and pour the hot cream over the top. 

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  7. Top the oatmeal with the shredded cheddar cheese and then the egg, bacon bits, and scallion greens. 

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  8. Serve immediately with more salt and pepper, if desired. You can also add a drizzle of hot sauce or Sriracha if you like. 


The egg will continue to cook as it sits in the hot pan off of the heat, so make sure to remove it from the heat a little before it has reached your desired doneness.

Raw Egg Warning

Consuming raw and lightly-cooked eggs poses a risk of food-borne illness.

Recipe Variations

  • Super greens with onions and goat cheese: Sauté a handful of cooked spinach and kale with some minced garlic and olive oil. Caramelize some onions in a little butter. Stir the spinach into the oatmeal and top with the caramelized onions, crumbled goat cheese, and fried egg.
  • Spicy chorizo, cilantro, and avocado: Brown some chorizo and top the oatmeal with the cooked chorizo, fried egg, chopped cilantro, and sliced avocado. Squeeze on a little lime for brightness.
  • Garlic fried mushrooms and Parmesan: Slice two cremini mushrooms (or any mushroom of your choice) and then brown in a little olive oil along with some minced garlic. Get them nice and caramelized and add to your oatmeal along with a fried egg, the scallions, and a sprinkling of Parmesan cheese.