Steel-cut oats

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Spoonful of uncooked steel-cut oats.

Steel-cut oats (US) or pinhead oatmeal (UK)[1] are whole oat groats which have been chopped 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 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.