Savory Oatmeal

You’ve probably figured out by now that I like switching things up. So when the idea came to me to rethink one of my breakfast favorites — oatmeal — I jumped on it. 

Savory oatmeal. What is this madness, you might ask?

But think about it. Sometimes you wake up and don’t want sugary toast, sweet berries, or even syrup-n-waffles. Yep, crazy mornings like those do exist. 

(But not really.)

You wake up and you want something savory, something filling and satisfying, something umami and sizzling and salty.

Something comfortable and warm like oatmeal. But… savory.

Savory Oatmeal

This is a Chinese-inspired dish, based on warm bowls of congee (rice porridge) mixed with salty vegetables — a delicious breakfast classic. Feel free to add in any type of food your early morning heart desires: sausages, bacon, cheese, green onions, literally anything but the kitchen sink. Because apparently steel-cut oats has nothing to do with stainless steel.


  • 2 cups cooked oatmeal
  • 1/2 cup mushrooms
  • 1/2 cup eggplant
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1/8 cup soy sauce


Add oil in a hot pan and then the garlic. (Pause to smell the beautiful aroma.) Then, add in the mushrooms, eggplant, and soy sauce. Sauté everything together until cooked through. Mix in the vegetables with the cooked oatmeal. (Try my Gloriously Fluffy Oatmeal trick!)

For that extra something somethin’, I love to top it off with a quick dash of sesame seed oil and a sprinkling of parsley and freshly ground pepper. It’s positively irresistible. Don’t even try.



8 Comments Add yours

  1. I’m going to give this savory oatmeal a try. Sounds delicious!

    1. Kitchen Cici says:

      Let me know how it goes!

  2. This is great! I have never tried Asian flavours with oatmeal, looks amazing!! I must tell you though, savoury oatmeal is very common in India! Quakers even makes ready to cook savoury oatmeal!!!

    1. Kitchen Cici says:

      Wow, nice to know! Oatmeal is an amazing food, both savory and sweet!

  3. chef mimi says:

    I guess this is no different than having breakfast grits and dinner grits! I like your recipe!

    1. Kitchen Cici says:

      Thank you! 🙂 Yes, I love grits too!!

  4. emilykarn says:

    My favorite beakfast is Farm Style Eggs like my Grandmother used to make: two scrambled eggs with cooked hash browns, sausage, bacon, minced onion, chopped bell pepper, and chunks of cheddar cheese mixed in topped with ketchup and served with a pair of fresh buttermilk biscuits slathered with real butter. I don’t have it too often as it is a real calorie bomb!

    1. Kitchen Cici says:

      That’s awesome! Good old farm style breakfasts are the best!! It’s basically the only reason I go to mom-and-pop diners, ha.

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