Steel-cut oats

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Spoonful of uncooked steel-cut oats.

Steel-cut oats (US) or pinhead oatmeal (UK)[1] are whole grain oat groats (the inner portion of the kernel) which have been cut into pieces. Various forms of oatmeal, rolled oats, and pinhead oats are cooked to make porridge or porage.[2]


Steel-cut oats take longer to cook than instant, ground, or rolled oats, typically 15–30 minutes (less, if pre-soaked). The flavor of the cooked oats is described as being nuttier than other types of oats, and they are chewier.[3]

Oatmeal, sometimes called Scottish oats in the US, is made by stone-grinding oats.[4]


  1. ^ A Scots manufacturer's Web site: Pinhead Oatmeal is the most traditional oatmeal. It is made from the whole grain, with just the outer husk removed, before the inner groat is cut into three pieces.
  2. ^ Guardian newspaper: How to cook perfect porridge
  3. ^ "For best oatmeal taste, be patient". Consumer Reports. November 2008. Retrieved 3 April 2013. 
  4. ^ "Steel Cut, Rolled, Instant, Scottish?". Bob's Red Mill. Retrieved 9 October 2012.