Apr 052011

These days, our breakfasts generally involve oatmeal. However, not too long ago, we exhausted our supply of pre-flavored oatmeal, but we still had a few canisters of bulk unflavored oatmeal. I thought about trying some savory oatmeals since a lot of Asian breakfasts similar to oatmeal (for example, congee and jook) tend to be a bit savory – why not try something similar with oatmeal? After doing some research, I found these recipes, and I thought I could make something similar. Although this combination of flavors may not seem like they really go together, they do have a delicious Asian flavoring due to the combination of soy sauce, sesame oil, and green onions. In fact, many soups also contain similar flavorings. I’ll admit, I was initially skeptical, being accustomed to the usual sweet American flavors, but after giving it a try, I’ve gone back for more, and this oatmeal is breakfast for us just about every weekday (and weekends too sometimes)! I even keep a stash of the materials needed at work, so I can make some whenever I want! This oatmeal is totally worth at least a try, and it’s not really harder than making regular oatmeal. The measurements are more like estimates since I just add what looks like a good amount, figuring I can add more later on if I think it needs it.The only thing that’s a bit different is I like to add the water first, and then the rest of the materials after that. If you add the soy sauce and/or sesame oil first, they will soak into the oats where they first make contact, resulting in a less homogeneous flavor distribution. However, if you add in the water first, that allows for a more uniform taste profile, so that you don’t have some super salty/flavored parts and some bland parts. And also, happy birthday to James, my primary taste tester and magic sink!

Savory Oatmeal with Sesame and Scallions (printable version)
A more Asian flavored oatmeal that’s about as easy as regular oatmeal, but much more tasty!


  • 1/2 cup oatmeal
  • hot water
  • 1-2 teaspoons soy sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon sesame seeds, toasted
  • green onions, sliced


  1. Combine oatmeal and water.
  2. Add in soy sauce and sesame oil. I like to add these after adding the water to get a more homogeneous mixture.
  3. Top with green onions and sesame seeds.
  4. Stir to combine.
  5. Eat and be amazed.

This post is part of Tasty Tuesday and Tuesdays at the Table

      3 Responses to “Savory Oatmeal with Sesame and Scallions”

    1. >Interesting! My parents have been using steel cut oatmeal as a substitute for rice congee because of the health benefits, and it gives a nice chewy texture. They just throw it in the rice cooker but I'll tell them to flavor it some with these ingredients.

    2. >I am not fond of sweet breakfasts, and we love Asian food….this looks great and I'm definitely trying it! Thanks for the idea!

    3. >let me know how it turns out!

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