Who says savory oatmeal can’t be delicious?
Oatmeal is a staple in my house. It’s super healthy, easy to make, and amazingly versatile. One of my favorite ways to eat this hearty grain is as savory oatmeal with creamy half and half, pungent cheese, hearty kale, and a sunny and runny poached egg made in the microwave!
Most people may turn up their noses at the thought of eating oatmeal at all, let alone savory instead of sweet. But I am here to assure you that there is absolutely nothing to be disgusted about with this Royal Oats original gourmet oatmeal recipe. Consider this savory oatmeal more like a quick breakfast risotto! It’s truly that delicious.
What you need to make it
You really don’t need much to make this savory breakfast treat. In fact, you probably have most of the ingredients ready to go in your pantry, fridge, and/or freezer. Here’s the lineup:
- Canadian/Montreal steak seasoning (see recipe card for substitutions)
- Garlic powder
- Half and half
- Grated parmesan
- Extra virgin olive oil
- Kale, fresh or frozen
- An egg
How to make a microwaved poached egg
As a SAHM who is always running after a 1+-year-old, I find myself poaching eggs in the microwave these days. Call me impatient, but I just don’t have time to boil water unless its to make something (in a larger quantity) for dinner.
On the other hand, the microwave technique is super time-saving but it can be a little tricky. The key is to know how your microwave works. That is, the cooking power settings (100% high – 10% low) and the best time to cook your egg in order to keep the yolk nice and runny.
The key is to make a shallow well in the cooked oats to snuggly fit your egg. Then after about 1 1/2 minutes of cooking on high power, check the yolk and give it a jiggle to see the status. If it needs more time, cook it in increments of 15-30 seconds until it is at the desired doneness. And, voila! Your egg is poached in mere minutes.
Keep an eye on that yolk!
I highly recommend that you cook the egg within the dish you are making versus alone in a separate dish. This is because you are able to see exactly what the yolk is doing, allowing you to gauge how much cooking it may still need.
Microwave poaching the egg separately, let’s say in a teacup of water, for example, may completely hide the yolk in the surrounding white part of the egg. You would have to guess what’s going on in there and hope for the best (fingers crossed). Plus, it can cause more pressure in the cup which could lead to an explosion in your microwave! Been there, done that…not doing it again (sigh).
Other creative savory oatmeal ideas
- Low-carb Tangy Savory Oatmeal and Lentil bowl
- Savory Slow Cooker Oatmeal with Crispy Bacon
- Harissa Spiced Morrocan Oatmeal Recipe
Pin this Recipe
- 1/2 c old-fashioned oats
- 1/2 tsp Canadian steak seasoning*
- 1/4 tsp garlic powder
- 1/2 c water
- 1/2 c half and half, divided
- 1 TB grated parmesan cheese
- 1/2 c chopped kale, frozen or fresh
- 1/2 tsp extra virgin olive oil
- 1/4 tsp Canadian steak seasoning
- 1 egg
- Shaved parmesan
- A drizzle of olive oil
- A light sprinkle of Canadian steak seasoning
- Cook the oats. In a microwave-safe serving bowl, add the oatmeal, seasonings, water, 1/4 c of the half and half, and grated parmesan. Stir to combine and microwave for 2 minutes on high. Once cooked, remove the bowl from the microwave.
- Warm the kale. In a separate small microwave-safe dish, combine the kale, oil, and seasonings. Then microwave the kale for 60-75 seconds until it is mostly warmed through but not fully cooked. Remove from the microwave and set aside.
- Make it creamy. Stir in the remaining half and half to the cooked oatmeal to create a creamy consistency. Then stir in half of the cooked kale.
- Microwave-poach the egg. Create a shallow well in the middle of the oats and add a raw egg. Sprinkle it lightly with steak seasoning. Return the bowl of oats to the microwave and cook for 1 1/2 - 2 minutes until the egg is poached with a runny center. (NOTE: After 1 1/2 minutes of cooking time, continue to cook the egg in increments of 15-30 seconds to ensure the yolk does not become overcooked.)
- Make it pretty. Top the oats with the remaining kale, shaved parmesan (or grated), a drizzle of olive oil, and more steak seasoning as desired. Yum!
Canadian steak seasoning
- Ms. Dash Original - OR -
- Homemade Seasoning: Combine 1/4 tsp of the following: Salt, coarse ground pepper, dried minced garlic, and dried dill + pinch of crushed red pepper + dash of coriander powder.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 1 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 440Total Fat: 24gSaturated Fat: 12gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 233mgSodium: 620mgCarbohydrates: 39gFiber: 6gSugar: 6gProtein: 18g
The nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used. I am not a doctor, nor a certified nutritionist and make no claims to the contrary. Each individual’s dietary needs and restrictions are unique to the individual. You are ultimately responsible for all decisions pertaining to your health. Please consult your personal physician with any questions you may have regarding your own health and diet.