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17 Best Savory Oatmeal Recipes for a Tasty Breakfast

Say goodbye to blah oatmeal with these savory oatmeal recipes!

While I love sweet oatmeal, it can taste great savory, too. And these recipes are proof. 

They’re the definition of wholesome and heart-warming comfort, and they fuel your body up for a big day. 

Homemade Savory Oatmeal with Egg, Green Onions and Crispy Bacon
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Each bowl features comforting oats topped with your favorite savory breakfast staples.

Enjoy breakfast sausage, cheddar cheese, poached eggs, and more.

There are high protein options, vegetarian ones, and vegan alternatives, too. 

Whether you want something simple or loaded with toppings, I have you covered.

These savory oatmeal recipes will put some pizazz into your basic oat routine. 

1. Savory Oatmeal with Cheddar and Fried Egg 

The easiest way to turn oats into a savory meal is to add sauteed veggies, cheddar cheese, and a fried egg. 

Bell peppers and onions are a prime choice as they cook fast and taste great. 

Speaking of fast, this bowl only takes 10 minutes. So you can eat and be out the door in no time.

2. Mexican Oatmeal Bowl

Sometimes, I like to trade in my to-go breakfast burrito for a dine-in Mexican oatmeal bowl.

This popping fiesta bowl seasons oatmeals with taco seasoning and piles on a ton of toppings.

It has corn, salsa, avocado, cheese, and jalapenos to be exact. 

Give it a good squeeze of lime and your meal is ready.

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Oh, and if you like spicy food, give it a few dashes of your favorite hot sauce.

3. Chipotle Spiced Black Bean Oatmeal 

Don’t let bland oatmeal bog down your morning routine. Spice it up with this vibrant vegetarian bowl.

The chipotle peppers in adobo sauce give the oats a kick and veggie bouillon makes it extra savory.

Toss in Mexican spices while you’re at it for an additional punch of flavor. 

If that isn’t tempting enough, the toppings make it even better.

Black beans, avocado, corn, and salsa are the perfect match. 

4. Dinner Oatmeal with Roasted Veggies

Oatmeal for dinner? Why not? 

When it comes to oatmeal, there are no hard and fast rules about what time of day you can eat it.

So toss Brussels sprouts and butternut squash on top with a fried egg and turkey bacon.

From the oatmeal to the meat, it’s a well-balanced bowl for a quick weeknight dinner.

5. Savory Baked Oatmeal with Vegetables

Take your oatmeal on the run with these savory breakfast bars.

Spinach, broccoli, and sweet potatoes make them highly nutritious.

Toss an egg into the mix to bind everything together while adding in protein.

Each bar is abundant in veggies and wholesome oats. So they’re also a great way to get more veggies in the day. 

6. Savory Oatmeal

Savory says it all! But I do love to talk about food, so I can’t help but tell you more about this dish.

It’s a wholesome and humble bowl of old-fashioned rolled oats, mushrooms, spinach, garlic, and ginger. 

You can gobble it up for breakfast or throw it together in a jiffy for dinner. 

Regardless of when you eat it, it’s affordable and nutritious. That’s something I think we could all use more of in the kitchen. 

7. 5-Ingredient Savory Oatmeal (Chinese-Style) 

It’s never too early for an umami Chinese meal thanks to these oatmeal bowls.

The oats are cooked in chicken stock, making them super savory. But it’s the toppings that will wow you!

I’m talking about fried shallots, soy sauce, chili oil, and a runny poached egg.

That’s the makings of a legendary bowl.

8. Savory Oatmeal with Avocado and Poached Egg 

There’s perfection in simplicity and that’s precisely what this is. 

The avocado, poached egg, parsley, Parmesan, and oatmeal have everything you need for a well-balanced breakfast. 

Plus, when you slice into that yolk, it oozes all over everything! 

9. Simple Savory Oatmeal (Egg Oatmeal) 

This 10-minute vegetarian oatmeal is a smart breakfast routine. 

It packs in a ton of greens, alliums, and a fried egg into a bowl of oats.

Add a spoonful of chili sauce for flavoring or any other sauces you fancy. 

It’s not only good for you, but it’s super tasty, too. Plus, you can enjoy it daily since it’s so quick.

10. Savory Oats with Spinach (and an Egg)

There is a saying I live by, “everything tastes better with an egg.”  That includes oatmeal.

This savory bowl has everything you need for a body-nourishing morning routine. 

It has an egg for protein, oatmeal for carbs, and leafy spinach for vitamins and minerals.

It also has a spoonful of miso and soy sauce to make it umami and savory.

11. Caramelized Fig Toasted Oatmeal

If you do want a touch of sweetness with your savory bowl, you can’t beat this recipe.

Caramelizing figs in butter adds a savory note as it enhances their natural sweetness.

Meanwhile, the rolled oats cook in nut milk to make them creamy.

All you need now is a topping of chopped walnuts. 

12. Fig & Almond Butter Oatmeal

Another way to turn figs into savory oatmeal is to add nut butter to the mix. 

Vegan-friendly and high-protein, this elegant oatmeal is a plant-based treasure trove of deliciousness. 

It’s naturally sweetened and abundant with good-for-you ingredients.

The rolled oats also cook in minutes, making this a healthy 5-minute meal. Now, that’s what I call an easy oat recipe!

13. Oatmeal Cereal Butter Prawns

This recipe will revolutionize how you view oatmeal. 

I mean, prawns and oats together? I never in a million years would have tried it and now I make it all the time.

Unlike all the others, you won’t get a fluffy bowl of oatmeal here.

What you do get is juicy deep-fried prawns with a crispy oat topping. 

If you even remotely like shellfish, you have to try it.

14. Savory Breakfast Sausage Oatmeal

For those who have to have their breakfast sausage, this one’s for you. 

It has so much sausage, cheese, and red onions that you can barely even see the oatmeal hiding underneath. 

Meaty and hearty, this high-protein bowl will power you well on through the day. 

15. Savory Steel-Cut Oatmeal

If you’ve got the time, put on a pot of these steel-cut oats. 

They have a chewier texture than instant oats and take a bit longer to cook. But they’re well worth it!

They’re especially tasty when you cook them in nut milk, stir in nooch, and top them with an egg, arugula, and lemon. 

Clean, bright, and invigorating, these are my kind of daily oats!

16. Indian Masala Oats (Savory Oatmeal) 

Do you ever come across a recipe and scream to yourself, “genius?” That’s how I feel about this one.

The texture is a cross between creamy oatmeal and thick porridge, while the flavor is anything but bland!

The cumin, ginger, garlic, garam masala, turmeric, and Kashmiri red chili powder packs a pungent punch. 

There are also some veggies hiding in the mix.

17. Lemongrass Savory Oatmeal with Orange Chilli Pork

If savory is what you want, that’s exactly what you get with this incredible oatmeal.

Out of all the savory oatmeals, this could arguably be the most tantalizing. 

Chicken stock and coconut milk make the oats savory and creamy. It also has lemongrass for a bright citrus twist. 

And that’s just the oats! The topping is a mouthwatering combination of orange chili pork, a fried egg, and green onions. 

Sorry, I have to run. I think my oatmeal is ready.

17 Best Savory Oatmeal Recipes for a Tasty Breakfast

These savory oatmeal recipes will warm you up from the inside out! From cheddar to black bean to sausage, there are plenty of tasty ways to serve oatmeal.


  • Savory Oatmeal with Cheddar and Fried Egg

  • Mexican Oatmeal Bowl

  • Chipotle Spiced Black Bean Oatmeal

  • Dinner Oatmeal with Roasted Veggies

  • Savory Baked Oatmeal with Vegetables

  • Savory Oatmeal

  • 5 -Ingredient Savory Oatmeal (Chinese-Style)

  • Savory Oatmeal with Avocado and Poached Egg

  • Simple Savory Oatmeal (Egg Oatmeal)

  • Savory Oats with Spinach (and an Egg)

  • Caramelized Fig Toasted Oatmeal

  • Fig & Almond Butter Oatmeal

  • Oatmeal Cereal Butter Prawns

  • Savory Breakfast Sausage Oatmeal

  • Savory Steel Cut Oatmeal

  • Indian Masala Oats (Savory Oatmeal)

  • Lemongrass Savory Oatmeal with Orange Chilli Pork


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Kim - InsanelyGood
Hey there! I'm Kim. I love running, cooking, and curling up with a good book! I share recipes for people who LOVE good food, but want to keep things simple :)

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