Savory Oatmeal


The Spruce Eats / Leah Maroney 

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

Get back on track this New Year with this wholesome, hearty, and warm breakfast. No sugar, no artificial colorings, no junk. It’s not low calorie, but it's a bowl that will keep you full and not reaching for those leftover sugar cookies. This breakfast is super easy to make and is an inexpensive and satisfying meal for any time of day. If you love creamy grits for breakfast, then you’ll love this alternative. 


  • 3 strips bacon (diced)
  • 3/4 cup quick-cooking oats
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 chopped scallion (whites separated from greens)
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons shredded cheddar cheese

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

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  2. Add the diced bacon to a small sauté pan. Sauté until crispy. Drain the bacon bits from the grease onto a paper towel-lined plate, but leave the grease behind in the pan. Set the pan aside.

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  3. Bring the water to boil in a small saucepan along with the whites of the scallion, the butter, and a 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, turn the heat to medium low on the saute pan filled with bacon grease. Crack the egg into the bacon grease in the small pan. Season the top of the egg with the remaining salt and cracked black pepper. Cook on medium low heat for about 3 minutes or until the whites have set and the yolk is still runny. Baste the top of the eggs with the hot bacon grease to slightly set the top of the egg. Leave the egg in the pan and set aside.

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  6. Heat the heavy cream in the microwave for about 40 seconds or until hot. Add the warm oatmeal to 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. 

Raw Egg Warning

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

Recipe Variations

  • Garlic fried mushrooms: 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 them to your oatmeal along with a fried egg, the scallions and a sprinkling of parmesan cheese.
  • Super greens: Sauté some 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 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.