Simple Savory Oatmeal


Want something savory in the morning, but needs to be quick and simple? This is it. I'd compare it most readily to a deluxe cheese grits recipe, but this has no cheese--and grits (unless instant) are typically a bunch more work. This was an alternative for my 10-year-old who always wanted eggs and sausage for breakfast. Fruits and brown sugar in the oatmeal wasn't cutting it.

close up view of Savory Oatmeal garnished with bacon pieces and spices in a red and white ramekin
Prep Time:
5 mins
Cook Time:
5 mins
Total Time:
10 mins
1 cup


  • 1 cup water

  • ½ cup rolled oats

  • 1 tablespoon cooked real bacon bits

  • 1 teaspoon butter

  • ½ teaspoon Creole seasoning (such as Tony Cachere's®)


  1. Place water and oats in a microwave-safe bowl. Cook at 50% power, stirring half way through cooking, until oats are softened, 3 to 5 minutes. Stir in butter until melted. Stir in bacon bits and Creole seasoning until evenly distributed.

Cook's Notes:

There are many ways to go with this dish. Keeping it savory, I would keep a small amount of a fat and salt and pepper seasonings. You can substitute olive oil, bacon or sausage drippings, fish oil, or flavored oils for the butter; substitute spice-seasoned salt, garlic or onion salt, or a small amount of dry bouillon for the salt and pepper; use fake bacon bits, scrambled egg, tuna, ground sausage, or cubed ham in place of the bacon.

Add green onion, minced garlic, sun-dried tomatoes, or dried green herbs such as an Italian blend, if desired.

Cook oats according to your preference. I find cooking in the microwave for twice the recommended duration at half-power works well and avoids spill-over.

This recipe is inspired by a savory oatmeal (with egg) included in the recent free SNAP cookbook, available online as a PDF.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

218 Calories
8g Fat
28g Carbs
9g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 1
Calories 218
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 8g 11%
Saturated Fat 4g 18%
Cholesterol 16mg 5%
Sodium 495mg 22%
Total Carbohydrate 28g 10%
Dietary Fiber 4g 15%
Total Sugars 0g
Protein 9g
Calcium 29mg 2%
Iron 2mg 9%
Potassium 165mg 4%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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