Can you boil milk for Oatmeal? (+5 steps)

In this article, we will answer the question “Can you boil milk for Oatmeal?”, and how to make Oatmeal?

Can you boil milk for Oatmeal?

Yes, you can boil milk for oatmeal. The best way is to bring it to boil and then reduce the heat to simmer with continuous stirring. Frequent stirring will prevent the milk from boiling over, forming a film on top or scorching form the bottom.

How to make oatmeal?


  • 1/2 cup (45 g) old fashioned rolled, steel-cut, or instant oats
  • 1 cup (240 ml) water or milk
  • 1 cup (240 ml) almond, coconut, soy milk, or another non-dairy alternative (optional)
  • Various toppings, spices, and additives (to taste)

Method 1: Microwaving Oatmeal

  • Empty your pre-portioned quick oats into a microwave-safe bowl or use a dry measuring spoon to add ½ cup or 45g of loose oats.
  • Stir in 1 cup or 240mL of water into the bowl. Make sure there are no clumps or dry spots. For a creamier and richer texture, add milk instead of water.
  • For tender and creamy oats, microwave the bowl for 1 ½ minutes on high power. For thicker oats, 2 minutes are good. For traditional rolled or steel-cut oats, go for 2 1/2 -3 minutes.
  • Remove the oatmeal from the microwave, stir and let it cool before eating.
  • Add  butter, honey, cream, fresh berries, dried fruit, or toasted nuts or brown sugar, cinnamon, and apples for flavor.

Method 2: Cooking rolled or steel-cut oats on the stove 

  • Pour 1 cup or 240mL of water or milk into a shallow pot. packaged instant oatmeal and quick-cooking oats are supposed to be cooked in the microwave.
  • Heat the water or milk on medium-high heat to bring it to a simmer or boil. Adding oats in simmering liquid will prevent them from becoming soggy ro absorbing a lot of moisture. Mix water with milk for a low-calorie but creamy oatmeal.
  • Add ½ cup or 45g of oats into the simmering liquid along with a splash of vanilla and a pinch of salt to enhance flavor.
  • Stir the oats occasionally on simmering heat until they thicken. Do not overstir as It will break down the starches making the oats too gluey. 

About 8-10 minutes of simmering is required to soften a pot of old fashioned rolled oats and about 20 minutes to tenderize steel-cut oats.

  • The oatmeal thickens as It cools, therefore, takes It off the heat when It is just about to reach the desired consistency. 
  • Pour the piping hot oatmeal into a bowl by scraping the pot with a spatula. Add brown sugar, butter, maple syrup, honey, peanut butter, raisins, or fruit preserves or sprinkle some cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice for flavor.

Method 3: Making Oatmeal with boiling water 

  • Heat water in a tea kettle by placing it on the stovetop on high heat or use an electric kettle instead. This method can be used to cook both rolled oats and steel-cut-oats.
  • In a bowl, add 45g of oats using a measuring cup.
  • Pour hot boiling water into the oats with continuous stirring. Add 1¼ cups (300 ml) for soft oats and ¾-1 cup (180-240 ml) for thicker oats. Add a bit more water than you need because you do not know how much the oats will absorb.
  • Customize your oatmeal bowl according to your taste. Add a dollop of cream or greek yogurt, or honey, brown sugar, or maple syrup as sweeteners, dried cherries, pistachios, or some shaved coconut for added flavor and texture. 

You can also add blended acai berry smoothie along with chia seeds, nut butter and sliced fruits.

Method 4: Fixing overnight Oatmeal with Rolled Oats 

  • Add ½ cup or 45g of rolled oats into a mason jar or any other similar container. Shake the oats to level.
  • Add ½ cup or 120mL of cold dairy milk or almond, coconut or soy milk. The oats and milk should be in 1:1 ratio.
  • At this point, add chia seeds, flax or ground spices and stir well until homogenous.
  • Leave the jar in the fridge for at least 3-5 hours, or 7-8 hours for smoother texture. Make sure the container is sealed. If you do not have a lid, use a piece of foil or plastic instead.
  • After the oatmeals are soft and cold, add your favorite toppings like honey, Greek yogurt, nut-butters, fresh fruits or chocolate-hazelnut spread. Instead of adding artificial sweeteners, add mashed dates or bananas to sweeten your oatmeal.

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In this article, we answered the question “Can you boil milk for Oatmeal?”, and how to make Oatmeal?


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