Savory Oatmeal

Until I did a search just this morning I had no clue about other recipes for bacon oatmeal. I got schooled because people are putting maple syrup on or using maple bacon in the oatmeal. Truthfully, I didn’t read any of the recipes I saw in depth, so I don’t know what they’re about, but this recipe here does not have maple anything. Although that would be good!

This is just savory oatmeal. No sweetness at all and it came about because of the cholesterol thingie.

Remember I told you about my slightly elevated cholesterol, which my wife is constantly trying to tame with food? This recipe is her trying to tame the beast. Again.

I hate oatmeal. I will eat it, when she stuffs it in my face, but I don’t like it. She likes to make these cold oat things in the summer for breakfast. Again, I will eat it, and it’s quite possibly good, but my mouth rejects it. It’s the texture I think. So, I don’t chew it. I put a spoonful in my mouth, then some water, and swallow it like a pill. I do get it down, but that’s not a cool way to eat.

Does this stop her from trying to feed me oatmeal? Hell. No.

I will eat it in our green smoothies, so there’s that. And then there’s this. Bacon oatmeal. Bacon is very high on my list of necessities. Doesn’t go well with elevated cholesterol. We all know this. But in order to get me to eat oatmeal, she’ll do anything. So she put bacon in it.

Not a lot though. Only 4 slices of precooked bacon or 2 slices of uncooked bacon. So it’s the best of both worlds. I get my bacon on, she gets me to eat oatmeal and a happy marriage it makes!

If you have an oatmeal hater, try this. I realize that savory oatmeal does go against the grain. It goes against what we normally think of oatmeal. But we eat grits savory right? Oatmeal is not that different. Top with a fried egg, drizzle of sriracha and green onions if that’s your jam and it’s delicious. And filling. And makes for great left overs the next morning.

What’s your favorite way of eating oatmeal? Do you hate it? Share with me!



4 slices precooked bacon, cut into pieces
3-4 cups water
1 cube chicken bouillon or 1 tsp Better than Bouillon
1 cube beef bouillon or 1 tsp Better than Bouillon
1 cup steel-cut oats, I like Coach’s
shredded cheese, optional
squeeze of sriracha to your liking, optional
fried egg, optional


Put your water and bacon pieces in a pot and bring to a boil. 3 cups of water for a firmer, intact grain. 4 cups of water if you want a creamy grain.

When it reaches boiling, add your chicken and beef cubes. Add the oats and sriracha if using. Bring back to a boil and watch out for foam. Reduce heat to low and simmer. It should be a low simmer, not a quick one. Simmer for 20 to 30 minutes and stir occasionally. The longer you cook it, the thicker it will become.

When done, fry up an egg. I like it where it is firm but still oozy. Top the oats with the egg and drizzle with sriracha and green onions.



4 slices precooked bacon, cut into pieces
1 cup steel cut oats
3 cups chicken broth or combination of beef and chicken
shredded cheese, optional
squeeze of sriracha to your liking, optional
fried egg, optional


If you have an Intant Pot, grease the sides of your pot. If you have a nonstick pot, don’t worry about it. Add 1 cup steel cut oats, squeeze of sriracha, and bacon pieces to the pressure cooker. Pour in 3 cups water/broth and make sure all oats are submerged in the water. Close lid and cook at high pressure for 10 minutes. Use natural release, 10-15 minutes. Carefully open.

Give it a stir to combine and thicken. If you’re adding some cheese, now’s the time to do it. Stir well. Top with a fried egg and sriracha if using.

**NOTE: As a side note here, oatmeal really does reduce cholesterol numbers. Way back when I first found out my cholesterol was elevated. I ate oatmeal (the swallow whole method) almost daily. My numbers did reduce. My dearly departed mini-schnauzer had severely high cholesterol, which is not uncommon in the breed as they get older. The vet wanted us to begin giving her a pill to treat this. Was my wife down with that? Again, hell no! She fed the dog oatmeal every day until she left us. Guess what? Cholesterol reduced to normal levels. Gotta love the almighty oatmeal. Or hate it. Or swallow it with water. You do what you gotta do.

AND, guys, if you can find it, Coach’s steel cut oats are a winner. Slightly different texture, nutty, and more pleasant in the mouth. I buy mine at Costco.  Plus, they only take five minutes!

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38 thoughts on “Bacon Sriracha Oatmeal Topped with a Fried Egg”

  1. Thanks for the inspiration. I just did my own variation for lunch.
    Until the past few months, I usually had porridge once every few years. Halfway through a bowl, I’d remember why I’d not had it for years. 😀
    So I chopped and fried two thin British back bacon medallions (the loin, rather than streaky). I had a bottle of Sriracha and a jar of onion chutney that needed rinsing, so I added the watery mix from that, a bit of butter, seasoning and some porridge oats. Towards the end, I added 4 small cherry tomatoes cut in 2, and some little chunks of cheddar with herbs left over from a Christmas cheese selection pack.
    Taste sensation! A little dash of milk took the edge off the salty zing of it all and helped with the creamy texture.
    I think it shows you can probably add anything savoury and it will make a risotto-like dish.

  2. oh god my husband will LOVE this he’s a butter and salt and pepper on oatmeal guy–my son on the other hand uses soy sauce on his and swears it’s the best thing ever.

    1. Like most things in my life Laura, I don’t take baby steps. I just jump right on in and don’t even think about the basics, I want to go right on into the advanced stages. I NEVER even considered butter, salt and pepper on oatmeal, but damn that makes perfect sense! Love my grits that way! I basically skipped over the fundamentals of savory oatmeal. What in the world was I thinking. And the soy? Another obvious oatmeal situation. It’s how I eat my rice when I put a fried egg over it. I can’t believe I’m saying this about oatmeal, but I can’t wait to try those two variations! Thanks for checking it out Laura!

  3. That is certainly an original way to eat bacon. And good for your wife, she wants to keep you around for the long haul. That’s why she stuffs you with oatmeal.

    1. I will admit, bacon…not the healthiest. I’m hoping I’ll develop a love for oatmeal. I hate to say it, but it would be a good thing to have in my life. Thanks for checking it out!

  4. We will love this savory dish, it looks like a great recipe! Hope you are having a great week and thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  5. Thanks so much for linking up your post with us at Encouraging Hearts & Home. It’s always fun to get new ideas! I hope we will see you again next time. 🙂

  6. I struggle with the texture of oatmeal, but this recipe appeals to me. I love how wholesome and flavourful it is – a great start to the day, especially for back to school. And there’s bacon! Thank you for sharing with us at the Hearth and Soul Link Party. I’ve featured your post this week. Hope to see you at the party!

    1. That’s the thing…the texture. But somehow making it savory changes it, even if it’s only in the mind. Thanks for hosting, featuring it!!!!, and coming by April!

    1. I’m with you, especially when you buy the packets….too sweet for me. Savory oats will rock your world! Ok, maybe I’m overstating, but it will rock your breakfast!

  7. Love the story behind this oatmeal! It’s taken me years to feel like someone’s not shoving oatmeal in my face and that I’m choosing to eat it! I’m pretty sure bacon makes it even better!!! – Faith, Hope, Love, & Luck – Colleen

    1. I know what you mean Colleen! I can’t say I beg for oats in the morning, but my theory, and it has worked for me in the past, is if I just keep shoving something I’m not crazy about in my face I’ll eventually learn to like it. I’m coming around to the oatmeal, (I may even say I like it now) but it’s worked for tofu, beets, peas…

    1. You won’t be disappointed…well, maybe you will, after all it is oats. All I can say is you won’t be washing it down with a swallow water.

  8. Sounds good. I’m not a huge fan of oatmeal either, but I do eat it because it’s healthy. I’ll try it your way next time. Thank you for sharing the recipe at The Really Crafty Link Party. Pinned!

    1. Teresa, let me know if you try it! Oatmeal has so many benefits, it’s worth stuffing it in your face.

  9. I love finding new and different oatmeal recipes and this one is fantastic! Thank you for sharing with us this week at Celebrate Your Story and we hope you will join us again next week.

  10. Now that is a meal! I’ll bet I could get my husband to eat Oatmeal with this recipe! Truly different and hearty!

  11. I’ve never had savory oatmeal. I’m not a fan of oatmeal at all but if I eat it I take it with butter and sugar and a piece of buttered toast on the side. Savor oatmeal sounds kind of odd to me but I would totally try this with grits instead!

    1. I know savory oats just go against the grain, but if you like grits, you will totally dig this. AND, they’re just to good for you! Thanks for checking it out Hollie!

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