Oat groats are whole, unflattened kernels of oats that make for a highly nutritious and versatile ingredient. Learn how to cook oat groats with various cooking methods to enjoy their delightful chewy texture and mildly sweet oat flavor.

1. Frequently Asked Questions

1.1. Should Oat Groats Be Soaked Before Cooking?

You should to soak oat groats overnight before cooking when using stovetop and microwave method. This allows the grains to soften and cuts down on overall cooking time. Simply cover the groats with double the amount of water and let them soak until plump. Drain any excess water before cooking.

1.2. What is the Ratio For Oat Groats To Water?

For oat groats (don’t soak), the water to oat groats ratio is 3 cups liquid to 1 cup groats. If soaked oat groats ratio is 2 cups liquid to 1 cup groats. However, you may need to adjust the amount of water or cooking time based on your preferred texture. Using less liquid will result in drier, chewier groats.

1.3. Are Oat Groats Healthier than Oats?

Yes, oat groats are considered healthier and more nutritious than rolled or steel-cut oats. Since they are the whole, intact grain, they contain higher fiber and protein levels compared to other forms of oats. They take longer to break down during digestion, helping stabilize blood sugar.

2. How To Cook Oat Groats on Stovetop

Ingredients

  • 1 cup dry oat groats
  • 2 cups water or broth
  • Pinch of salt

Instructions

First, soak oat groats in water overnight then rinse and drain.

Bring the 2 cups of liquid to a boil in a pot.

Add oat groats and salt, stir. Reduce heat to low, cover pot with lid.

Simmer for 50-60 minutes, stirring occasionally, until liquid is absorbed. Add more liquid during cooking if needed.

Fluff with a fork before serving. Enjoy hot or chilled.

3. How To Cook Oat Groats in Microwave

Ingredients

  • 1 cup dry oat groats
  • 2 cup water or milk
  • Small pinch salt

Instructions

First, soak oat groats in water overnight then rinse and drain.

Next, combine oat groats and liquid in a microwave-safe dish, add salt. Stir well.

Microwave on full power for 5 minutes. Then remove and check for tenderness. You can continue microwaving in 2-3 minute intervals, stirring in between, until they reach your desired tenderness

Take the bowl out of the microwave and let sit 5 minutes before enjoying your quick microwave oat groats! Add mix-ins as desired.

4. How To Cook Oat Groats in Instant Pot

Ingredients

  • 1 cup dry oat groats
  • 3 cups water
  • Pinch of salt

Instructions

Combine oat groats, salt and water in Instant Pot.

Close lid securely, press Manual/Pressure Cook, adjust cook time to 15 minutes on high pressure.

Allow natural pressure release for 10 minutes after cook cycle ends. Release remaining pressure.

Carefully open lid, fluff oat groats before serving.

5. How To Cook Oat Groats in Slow Cooker

Ingredients

  • 1 cup dry oat groats
  • 3 cups water or broth
  • Pinch of salt

Instructions

Add all ingredients to slow cooker, stir well.

Cook on low for 6 hours or high for 3 hours.

Turn off slow cooker, fluff with a fork before serving hot.

The hearty chew and pleasant flavor of oat groats make for a welcome addition to breakfasts, snacks, soups and more. They are versatile grains that can adapt well to various cooking methods. Experiment to find your perfect oat groats texture!

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