Savor the Flavor: Steel Cut Oats with Spinach and Feta Yum

July 05, 2024 3 min read

When you think of steel cut oats, the first thing that might come to mind is a warm, sweet bowl of breakfast porridge. But did you know that oats can also be transformed into a delicious and hearty savory dish? This recipe for Savory Steel Cut Oats with Spinach and Feta is a perfect example of how versatile oats can be. Packed with nutrients and bursting with flavor, this dish makes for a fantastic breakfast, lunch, or dinner option.

Nutritional Benefits of Steel Cut Oats

Steel cut oats are a whole grain, minimally processed food that retains all the nutritional benefits of the oat kernel. They are a great source of fiber, which aids in digestion and helps keep you feeling full longer. They also contain essential vitamins and minerals such as magnesium, iron, and B vitamins. Additionally, oats have been shown to help lower cholesterol levels and improve heart health.


To make Savory Steel Cut Oats with Spinach and Feta, you'll need the following ingredients:

  • 1 cup organic steel cut oats
  • 4 cups vegetable broth (you can use water if preferred)
  • 1 cup fresh spinach, chopped
  • 1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Prepare the Base: Start by bringing the vegetable broth to a boil in a large pot. The vegetable broth adds a rich flavor to the oats, but you can use water if you prefer a more neutral taste.

  2. Cook the Oats: Once the broth is boiling, add the steel cut oats. Reduce the heat to low and let the oats simmer. Stir occasionally to prevent them from sticking to the bottom of the pot. Cook for about 20-30 minutes, or until the oats are tender and creamy. The exact cooking time can vary depending on the brand and cut of oats, so keep an eye on them and taste for doneness.

  3. Add the Spinach: When the oats are almost done, stir in the chopped spinach. Cook for another 2-3 minutes until the spinach is wilted and well incorporated into the oats. Spinach adds a boost of vitamins A and C, as well as iron and calcium, making this dish even more nutritious.

  4. Finish with Feta and Olive Oil: Remove the pot from the heat and stir in the crumbled feta cheese and olive oil. The feta adds a creamy, tangy flavor that complements the earthy oats and fresh spinach perfectly. Olive oil adds healthy fats, which are essential for absorbing fat-soluble vitamins.

  5. Season and Serve: Season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve the savory oats hot, optionally garnished with additional feta, a drizzle of olive oil, or a sprinkle of freshly ground black pepper.

Serving Suggestions

This savory steel cut oats dish is incredibly versatile. Here are a few serving suggestions to customize it to your taste:

  • Add Protein: Top with a poached or fried egg for an extra protein boost.
  • Include Veggies: Incorporate other vegetables like sautéed mushrooms, cherry tomatoes, or bell peppers for added color and nutrients.
  • Spice it Up: Add a pinch of red pepper flakes or a dash of hot sauce for a spicy kick.


Savory Steel Cut Oats with Spinach and Feta is a nutritious and delicious way to enjoy oats beyond the traditional sweet breakfast porridge. This dish is easy to prepare and can be customized with your favorite ingredients. Whether you’re looking for a hearty breakfast, a satisfying lunch, or a light dinner, this recipe is sure to become a favorite in your household. Give it a try and enjoy the delightful flavors and health benefits of this versatile grain.

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