Pan-Seared Oatmeal with Fresh Fruit and Yogurt

Take your oatmeal outside the bowl and try this unique pan-seared oatmeal with fresh fruit and yogurt. You’ll love the crispy buttery crust on the outside.

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Pan-seared oatmeal, guys. I’m pretty excited about this. Push aside that typical bowl-of-mush oatmeal and replace a beautifully presented pan-seared oatmeal.

The scenario starts basically the same as the bowl-of-mush (which, by the way, I also love). Cook steel cut oats and milk (and a couple other pantry staples) until they are thickened. Then pour it into a baking dish and let it cool in the fridge overnight. Once it is firm, you cut it into slices. This is where the magic happens.

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Heat a pan with some butter (of course!) and sear a slice of oatmeal until golden brown and crispy. Top with anything you want! I chose yogurt and fresh fruit, but I’m also looking forward to trying this with maple syrup, some fruit preserves, or milk.

It’s also a great way to get a head-start on breakfasts for the week. Pop a pan of this oatmeal in the fridge and then in the morning all you have to do is cut a slice and sear it up, top and serve. The combination of oats and milk (and yogurt if you go that route!) will keep you full all morning long. It’s an easy and delicious way to get your day off to a great start.

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Pan-Seared Oatmeal with Fresh Fruit and Yogurt

Pan-Seared Oatmeal with Fresh Fruit and Yogurt

Yield: 6 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Take your oatmeal outside the bowl and try this unique pan-seared oatmeal with fresh fruit and yogurt. You’ll love the crispy buttery crust on the outside.


  • 1 1/2 cups steel-cut (Irish) oats
  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • generous pinch of salt (about 1/8 teaspoon)
  • butter
  • Topping suggestions: yogurt, maple syrup, fresh fruit, milk


  1. In a large and deep saucepan, add the oats, milk, water, brown sugar and salt. Bring to a boil over high heat.
  2. Reduce heat and let simmer for about 20 minutes, until thick. Be careful as it gets thick – it tends to bubbly violently.
  3. Spray an 8×8 or 9×9-inch pan with nonstick cooking spray. Pour oatmeal in, smooth out into an even layer, and let cool in fridge overnight.
  4. When completely cooled and set, heat a frying pan over medium-high heat and add a small pat of butter (about a teaspoon). Slice oatmeal into squares and place into heated pan with butter. (I did mine one at a time). Cook for about 5 minutes on each side or until golden brown and heated through.
  5. Serve immediately topped with your choice of toppings (I recommend yogurt, maple syrup, honey, fresh fruit, or milk).


Note: Serving size: 1 slice

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 230 Total Fat: 6g Saturated Fat: 2.4g Cholesterol: 9mg Sodium: 0mg Carbohydrates: 35g Fiber: 4g Sugar: 10g Protein: 9g
Verdict: Loved this new take on on oatmeal – I’ll definitely be coming back to this recipe.

Husband’s take: I don’t think he actually tried this one…

Changes I would make: None are necessary but I can’t wait to try some new flavors and toppings — what would you put on it?

Difficulty: Easy.

Looking for more oatmeal recipes? Try: Carrot Cake Slow Cooker Oatmeal, Pumpkin Pie Slow Cooker OatmealSlow Cooker Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal, Creamy Banana Oatmeal, or Overnight Oats with Fruit and Honey.


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  1. This sounds amazing! Would it work with regular oatmeal or just steelcut?

  2. Oh my word!!! This is my new favorite (and only) way to eat oatmeal. Thank you for revolutionizing oatmeal for me!

  3. Have you tried packing it for an on-the-go breakfast? If so, does it travel well?

    • It probably wouldn’t, unless you’re planning to cook it at your destination. It’s a fork or spoon type thing, not finger food unfortunately. Hope this helps!

  4. what a great idea to repurpose oatmeal. i have got to give this a try soon.

  5. Oh my goodness – I have GOT to try this! I’m not normally a big oatmeal fan ( I think it’s a texture thing, mostly) but this sounds amazing!! Oatmeal that’s not mushy – I can get behind that!

  6. wow, I bet that would be good

  7. This is genius!! I really really love this.

  8. Wow. Something from the “olden days”! My mom used to use leftover cold
    oatmeal the next day by making oatmeal patties. Just add one egg and tablespoon or so of flour (or Bisquick) to about a cup of left over oatmeal and fried it like pancakes. Delicious patties. Had maple syrup on them.

  9. What a great way to prepare steel cut oats! I’ve never tried this, but definitely want to!

  10. Wow – great, great idea! I’m sure the texture is fab. Love this new take on a staple!

  11. Oh y gosh, this is genius! It really takes breakfast to a whole new level and I’m sure you can even play around with it to make it something savory for a unique type of dinner or lunch. My mind is spinning from the genius of this!

  12. Gah! I love this. It’s such an easy way to get breakfast on the table. Love that buttery crunch :)

  13. What an ingenious way to eat oatmeal and yes someday cooked oatmeal can really be a turn off!

  14. I love this! I like oatmeal, and wish I ate it more often, but sometimes I get bored with the texture. This looks like a very cool way around it. I love it.

  15. This is absolutely brilliant! It’s taken me a long time to appreciate oatmeal and I think the texture of this would make me very happy.

  16. This is so creative! I never would have thought to pan sear oatmeal. I can’t wait to try it…sounds fantastic!

  17. Totally loving this Rachel!! Anxious to try it!

  18. I love oatmeal but have never pan-seared it before! Can’t wait to give this a whirl!

  19. This is brilliant! I can’t wait to try it, what a fabulous new way to enjoy oatmeal!

  20. I cant lie. The title made me nervous. I eat oatmeal EVERYDAY….but I was all “pan seared? SAY WHA” But then I read your description about butter and crispyness and i was SOLD. Can’t wait to try this! Pinning!

  21. I love oatmeal, but pan seared? Oh yes! Reminds me of French toast but in oatmeal form (if that makes any sense at all). I’ll be trying this for sure!!

  22. I am loving your twist on oatmeal. We eat oatmeal everyday here and I would have loved to have had this version this morning!

  23. OMG…. I love Oatmeal…But pan seared oatmeal…..THAT IS AMAZING

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