How to Microwave Oatmeal

How to Microwave Oatmeal

Simplify your morning routine by preparing your daily oats in the microwave. Skip the stovetop boil and enjoy oats in the same amount of time it takes to boil water. Microwave a single serving of oatmeal for an on-the-go breakfast, or make a big batch and save the leftovers to reheat throughout the week. Enjoy oats with sweet or savory add-ins, like fresh or dried fruit, nuts, or even vegetables, cheese, and a poached egg.



What is oatmeal? 


Oatmeal is either a coarse flour made from milled (ground) or steel-cut hulled oat grains (groats) or a preparation made by de-husking, steaming and flattening whole oats. White oats are another name for ground oats. Also called "coarse oatmeal," "Irish oatmeal," and "pinhead oats," steel-cut oats have several names. Cooking time is governed by the measurement of the oats and the quantity of precooking, so conventional thick old-fashioned rolled oats can be made thinner or smaller to be classified as quick oatmeal or instant oatmeal.


What is the difference between oat and oatmeal?


The names "oats" and "oatmeal" are sometimes used interchangeably, even though "oats" technically refers to the whole grains and "oatmeal" to the porridge-like dish often produced from them and/or to the processed form of the whole grains. Oatmeal, which is created by boiling oats in water or milk, is a popular breakfast food. Porridge is another name for oats. They are also a common ingredient in baked products including cookies, granola bars, and muffins. Oatmeal (porridge) made from oats is a popular morning whole grain option.



Nutritional value of oatmeal:

Oats are primarily composed of carbs. About 389 calories can be obtained from consuming 100 grams of oats. Thiamine, zinc, iron,  magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, and selenium are just a few of the many important vitamins and minerals found in oats. Muesli is an excellent source of many nutrients, including fibre, vital fatty acids, vitamin E, and protein. Oats are rich in the heart-healthy beta-glucan starch, and their high fibre content helps lower cholesterol and protect against several malignancies.



Why Use An Anyday? 


Using an Anyday is the best way to make a big batch of rolled oats in the microwave. The tight-fitting lid allows leftovers to be stored in the fridge without fear of drying the oatmeal out. Plus, the microwave allows more moisture to stay in the oats, yielding a softer, more tender oatmeal.





  • ½cup rolled oats

  • 1cup water




  1. Add rolled oats and water to an Anyday dish.
  2. Stir and spread oats in an even layer.
  3. Cook in the microwave uncovered for 3 minutes, stirring halfway through for even cooking.
  4. Oats are ready when the water has been absorbed and oats are tender (try a spoonful!).



Microwave Match Up: Rolled Oats


See for yourself— microwaving oats is simply faster, start to finish.


Microwave in an Anyday dish 2-3 mins
Oven* 20 mins
Stovetop* 15 mins
Instant Pot (Pressure Cooker)* 15 mins





  1. For a savory take, season the oatmeal with salt and top with a fried egg, chili oil, cheese, and sliced green onions.
  2. Swirl leftover fruit preserves, jam, or fruit compote into the oatmeal.
  3. For a decadent take, top oatmeal with warm milk or cream and stir in maple syrup or brown sugar.
  4. For Creme Brûlée oatmeal, stir cream, sugar and a splash of vanilla extract into the base. Top with a generous layer of granulated sugar, then use a pastry torch to create a glossy, burnt sugar topping.
  5. Add cooked oatmeal to loose pancake batter for extra fiber and carbs.





  1. Note: Do not cook more than 1 cup of oats in a Medium Deep Dish. To cook more than 1 cup of rolled oats, use a Large Deep Dish. The Large Deep Dish can cook up to 2 cups of oatmeal at a time.
  2. Why use an Anyday dish? The beveled sides of an Anyday Deep Dish keep oats at the bottom while circulating heat throughout the cooking process. The airtight lid is great for storing leftover oatmeal in the fridge, keeping it fresh and moist.
  3. This recipe is for old-fashioned rolled oats, not instant oats! Instant oats will cook faster.
  4. Always use a Deep Dish to cook grains (the water will likely overflow in the Shallow Dishes). Do not cook more than the max quantities listed above.
  5. Microwave ovens vary, even with the same wattages. Adjust cooking times as needed.


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