Savory Oatmeal with Egg

5 from 80 votes

Get your day off to a good start with this healthy savory oatmeal and egg breakfast. Easy to make, deliciously creamy and easily customizable

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Did you know you can have oatmeal in a savory way? I recently saw this in a magazine and I had to give it a try! Oats are cooked with water and parmesan cheese and then topped with fresh veggies and a fried egg. It’s a simple hearty breakfast that’s so easy to customize!

Bowl of savory oatmeal topped with spinach, mushrooms, shallows, and a fried egg
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Ingredients to make the recipe

  • Rolled Oats: I like to use rolled oats but you can also use steel cut oats or even quick oats, although the texture is not as idea with the quick ones.
  • Water or Milk: You can use milk for a creamier texture, but water works just as well.
  • Cheese: Shredded parmesan adds a saltiness and savory flavor to the oatmeal.
  • Vegetables of Choice: I used mushrooms, thinly sliced shallots and baby spinach to top the savory oatmeal.
  • Egg: A fried egg tops off the savory bowl. The yolk mixes with the oatmeal for a wonderfully rich flavor. Try scrambled, poached or boiled eggs also!
  • Herbs: I finish off the dish with a garnish of chopped chives for a mild onion flavor.
Ingredients to make the recipe

How to make savory oatmeal

  • Make the oatmeal in the microwave or on the stovetop.
  • Stir in the parmesan cheese as soon as it finishes cooking.
  • Cook the veggies, place over the oatmeal and add the fried egg.
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Tips for making the recipe well

  1. Use rolled oats or steel cut oats. Quick oats will result in a much softer oatmeal. Use a mix of rolled and steel cut oats for a creamy texture and a chewier bite.
  2. Use any veggies you like! Bell peppers and wilted kale would work great as toppings. This is a great recipe to use up any leftovers you have in your fridge.
  3. Make it vegan. You can make up the oatmeal with a plant based milk like almond or oat, skip the fried egg and use a vegan cheese or nutritional yeast to stir into the oatmeal.
  4. Boil the water before adding the oats if cooking on the stovetop. If you dd the water and oats at the same time, it can lead to overcooked and mushy oats.

Frequently asked questions

Why is my oatmeal gluey?

If making the oatmeal on the stovetop, it’s important not to over stir the oats.Stir them every now and again, but it’s best to leave them undisturbed as much as possible.

Can you make it ahead of time?

The oatmeal itself can easily be made days ahead of time, and then just reheated on the stovetop when you are ready to serve it. I prefer to make the toppings when I’m ready to serve so that everything is nice and fresh.

Is it gluten-free?

Oats are naturally gluten-free. If you or someone in your family has an intolerance, be sure to use GF certified oats as they are often processed in the same factory as wheat products.

Close up shot of a savory bowl of oatmeal topped with a fried egg and vegetables

This savory oatmeal recipe was a huge hit with my family. Oats are such a great ingredient to incorporate into a well balanced diet, and if you are not a sweet person, this is an ideal breakfast for you. Mix it up with your favorite toppings for a delicious and healthy start to the day!

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Savory Oatmeal with Egg

Get your day off to a good start with this healthy savory oatmeal and egg breakfast. Easy to make, deliciously creamy and easily customizable
5 from 80 votes
Servings 1 serving
Calories 449
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
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Savory Oatmeal

  • ½ cup rolled oats
  • 1 cup water
  • Pinch salt
  • 2 tablespoons parmesan cheese


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil divided
  • 1 small shallot thinly sliced
  • 4 ounces mushrooms halved
  • 4 ounces baby spinach
  • 1 large eggs
  • Chives for serving


Cook the Oatmeal

  • Microwave Instructions: Place all the ingredients into a medium microwave safe bowl and stir together. Heat in the microwave on high until the oatmeal is puffed and softened, about 2 minutes. Immediately stir in the parmesan cheese.
  • Stovetop Instructions: In a small saucepan, bring the water to a boil. Reduce the heat to low and pour in the oats. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the oats are soft and have absorbed most of the liquid, about 5 minutes. Remove from the heat, cover and let stand for 2-3 minutes. Stir in the parmesan cheese.

Cook the Vegetables

  • In a medium skillet, heat half tablespoon olive oil and add the shallots and cook until they start to soften, about 2 minutes. Add the mushrooms and continue cooking until browned, about 5 more minutes. Add the spinach and stir with the shallots with mushrooms until wilted, about 1 more minute. Spoon the vegetables over the cooked oats and set aside to keep warm.
  • In the same skillet, heat the remaining olive oil and fry the egg until the whites are set. Serve over the oatmeal and sprinkle with chives, if desired.


Make Ahead Tips: The oatmeal can be mad 4 to 5 days ahead of time.
Substitutes: You can swap the veggies for any you have to hand.


Calories: 449kcal, Carbohydrates: 40g, Protein: 22g, Fat: 24g, Saturated Fat: 6g, Cholesterol: 170mg, Sodium: 335mg, Potassium: 1284mg, Fiber: 9g, Sugar: 5g, Vitamin A: 10949IU, Vitamin C: 36mg, Calcium: 276mg, Iron: 6mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate. It will vary based on cooking method and specific ingredients used.

Cuisine American
Course: Breakfast, Brunch

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  1. Kristen says:

    This recipe was my first time eating savory oatmeal, and I loved it! I highly recommend it!

    1. Yumna J. says:

      So happy to hear that you enjoyed it!

  2. Robin S Davis says:

    I have been eating the oatmeal dishes for lunch. It is a great way to get in protein and to eat a good healthy meal. I am also using these recipes along with exercise to help me lose weight.

    1. Yumna J. says:

      It is!

  3. Michael green says:

    I will make this my main breakfast and other meals too.

    1. Yumna J. says:

      So glad you enjoyed it Michael!

  4. Rob K says:

    Another awesome recipe from Yumna.

    This was perfect as is and easy to prepare. I like spice and sprinkled some cayenne to spruce it up. Huge hit with the family!

    1. Yumna Jawad says:

      Thank you so much! That sounds perfect.

  5. Traci says:

    I was pleasantly surprised at how good this was. Even my mom, who loves her oatmeal with plenty of brown sugar, butter and milk enjoyed it. She said it was layer after layer of flavor. Who knew? My new go to for oatmeal. Thanks!

    1. Yumna Jawad says:

      Thank you! Glad to hear you both enjoyed it. Yay!!

  6. Saskia says:

    It tasted really good! I’m glad I tried this for breakfast.

    1. Yumna Jawad says:

      Thank you! Same here!

  7. Shruti says:

    Its a great option for oatmeal. It tastes as amazing at it looks 🤩Definitely a must try recipe ♥️

    1. Yumna J. says:

      Yay! That makes me so happy to hear! Thank you!!

  8. Rosemary Reynolds says:

    This is brilliant. I never quite feel full after a bowl of oatmeal so this really does the job making a well-rounded meal. This will be one of my go to breakfasts.

    1. Yumna Jawad says:

      Yes! And so many endless topping ideas!

  9. Stephanie M Barnes says:

    I was a bit hesitant to try this. I am a big oatmeal lover but always with fruit or nut butters. I am so glad I tried it savory! It has quickly become my new favorite way to enjoy oatmeal. I love the endless possibilities and how it can really work for any meal of the day!

    1. Yumna J. says:

      This is definitely an underrated way to enjoy it, but I’m so glad you enjoyed it!

  10. Lisa says:

    This is the only way I’m going to eat my oatmeal from now on! Genius! 🥰

    1. Yumna J. says:

      It’s hard not to love! Thank you so much!!