Steel cut oats are way better than the regular or, is it? We will discover it today by learning how to cook steel cut oats in a rice cooker in this brand new post.
What about Oats?
Oatmeal is the best breakfast food to help us get through the day in any season. They make us a warm, healthy meal topped with fruits and milk. However, do you know that there are many types of oats you can choose from? I never learned it too until I got to know about the steel cut oats. It has a very unique name and quality compared from the rest.
There are four different types of oats we see in the supermarkets: Instant oats, quick oats, rolled oats, and the steel cut oats. Each has its own difference in size, shapes, taste, cooking time and texture. The steel cut oats take a longer time to cook among the different types of oats because of its grain quality.
Today we will explore all about the steel cut oats which is quite different from the conventional oatmeal you know and see what makes it special.
Steel Cut Oats vs. Regular Oats
Steel cut oats are whole oats with only the inner kernel and the outer hull removed traditionally use for porridge and oatcakes. Over the years, people have tested this grain and discovered several delicious recipes.
Its name was taken from the process it was produced by cutting the groats in either two or three pieces using large steel blades.
Oat also comes from groats with only the outer husk removed. The main difference between the steel cut and the regular oats in the process. Rolled oats are made through steaming and rolling groats for faster cooking while the quick oats are rolled and chopped into smaller pieces for lesser cooking time.
Taste and Characteristics
Another notable difference between the steel cut oats and the regular oats is the taste and texture. Oats becomes creamy when cooked while steel cut has its distinct chewy and nutty texture.
The steel cut oats are similar to the brown rice taste and texture. It is all depending on what kind of oats you prefer cooking; either you want it nutty or extra creamy.
Quick oats are better when you are cooking in a hurry as it only takes a few minutes to spare while steel cut oats need more cooking time to make the grains soft. Other types of oats can also be cooked in about 10-15 minutes maximum depending on the creaminess you prefer.
Usually, a steel cut oats take about 20-30 minutes of cooking time on a stove top. However, for best results, you can already soak the steel cut oats overnight so you can cut down the cooking time to only about 10 minutes. This will make you healthy, hearty and perfect oatmeal for breakfast.
How to Cook Steel Cut Oats in a Rice Cooker
There are plenty of ways on how to cook steel cut oats and the most convenient method is by using a rice cooker. Some people use the stove top or the traditional method, while some prefer slow cooking. But the best method so far in terms of convenience is by means of the rice cooker.
Rice cookers as we all know are the genius kitchen appliance which can cook almost anything. With today’s rice cookers, we can easily cook anything we want from sushi rice, porridge, brown rice, and even other grain such as barley.
For a healthy and nutty breakfast, follow these guides on how to cook steel cut oats in a rice cooker:
What you need:
- 2 cups of steel cut oats
- Tablespoon of Olive Oil
- Sea salt
- 4 and ½ cups of water
- Rice cooker
- *Optional dried ingredients you prefer to add (fruits and nuts)
How to Cook:
- Combine the following ingredients: steel cut oats, cinnamon, and sea salt into the rice cooker inner pot. The salt will not make the oats salty but rather help it release its best taste.
- Pour 4 and ½ water and stir. Soak overnight or 24 hours. Again this is depending on the consistency of your preferred oatmeal.
- The next morning, Stir your oats and turn on the rice cooker. Use the brown rice cooking setting and leave it cooking. You may also use the porridge setting if you want.
- Once cooked, stir gently and pour into a bowl
- Serve with your favorite toppings like yogurt, peanut butter, and fruits. Enjoy!
Alternatively, you may also watch this video on how to cook steel cut oats in a rice cooker, the plain version:
Regardless of what types of oats you are using, the nutritional value is similar to each other with the exemption of instant oats which has added ingredients.
Steel cut oats and quick oats are having the same amount of nutritional value. Steel cut oats are high in vitamins E, B1 and B2. Eating 3 servings of steel-cut oats or quick oats reduces the risk of having heart diseases by at least 30 percent.
The only advantage of steel cut oats among its siblings is that it has the lowest glycemic index which is perfect for people suffering from diabetes; this is similar to brown rice. Steel cut oats are also perfect for those who want to stay fit and lose weight.
Always check the label when looking for steel cut oats at the groceries. There are some that are labeled with instant oats and contains high sodium and sugar which can alter your nutritional requirements. You may look for organic products or you can browse in online stores for better quality.
There you have it; we have learned how to cook steel cut oats in a rice cooker. Probably you are now considering adding oatmeal back to your breakfast regime after learning how it differs from other types of oats.
Have you tried cooking steel cut oats already? How was it? Do you have some recipes to share? Let us know in the comments below.