Microwave Oven Quick Cooking Oatmeal

  • Servings : 1
  • Prep Time : 2m
  • Cook Time : 3m
  • Ready In : 8m

Microwave Oven Quick Cooking Oatmeal is an inexpensive healthier alternative to instant oatmeal.

Oats are a high fiber, gluten-free, whole grain that can keep you feeling full longer, lower blood cholesterol and maintain normal bowel function. If you have celiac disease, buy oats that are verified gluten free to reduce the risk of eating oats cross-contaminated with gluten during processing or in the field.

By buying low cost, bulk, quick cooking oats, you can prepare a serving of oatmeal for a fraction of the cost of packaged highly processed instant oatmeal that usual comes with preservatives, artificial colors and artificial flavors. The variety of ways you can prepare your oatmeal is limited only by your imagination.

You are not limited to a few popular flavors of packaged instant oatmeal like apple and cinnamon or maple and brown sugar. You can make oatmeal with your favorite sweeteners, berries, mango, papaya, peaches, plums and more.

This recipe is equivalent to one serving of packaged instant oatmeal sold in the United States.

Cook’s Tip

Microwaved oatmeal can reach temperatures of 180°F (82°C) or higher that can cause severe burns. There are several methods of quickly cooling microwaved oatmeal:

  • Stir in one small ice cube.
  • Allow oatmeal to cool 2 to 3 minutes before eating.
  • Reduce the amount of water to 1/2 cup (120 ml) and thin after cooking to desired consistency and prevent burns.

Regular (old fashion) rolled oats can be substituted for quick cooking oats. Add 1 minute to cooking time or increase cooking power to 100%.

Three or 4 pulses  in a food processor will reduce regal oats to quick cooking oats.

To prevent oatmeal from boiling over, reduce amount of water by 1/3rd to thicken the oatmeal or use a deep bowl. For easy cleanup should your oatmeal boil over, place a sheet of paper towel under the bowl.

About Microwave Oven Power

This recipe and its cooking times were tested in a 1,000 watt microwave oven at 70 percent power.

Microwave ovens sold in the United States have cooking powers from 750 to 1000 watts. Your actual cooking times may vary. Adjust power level and cooking time based on your ovens power.


  • Basic Oatmeal
  • 4 1/2 tablespoons (70 ml, 35 g) quick cooking oats
  • 1/2 to 3/4 cup (120-175 ml) cold water
  • 1 teaspoon (5 ml) brown or granulated sugar
  • One ice cube (optional)
  • Brown Sugar Cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon (5 ml) brown sugar
  • Cinnamon to taste
  • Apple Spice
  • 2 to 4 tablespoons (30 to 60 ml) apple, peeled and finely chopped
  • Cinnamon to taste
  • Nutmeg to taste
  • Alternate Flavorings
  • Maple syrup
  • Jam or jellies
  • Fresh fruit
  • Nuts

Method of Preparation

Step 1

Combine oats and water in a microwave oven safe dish or bowl.

Step 2

Microwave on medium power (60 to 70%) for about 2 minutes. Stir and cook another 15 to 20 seconds.

Step 3

Remove from oven and stir in sugar, spices and ice cube (optional) until ice cube melts.

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Nutritional Info

This information is per serving.

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  • Carbohydrates

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