Overnight Steel Cut Oats with Whiskey Butter

Healthy Overnight Steel Cut Oatmeal with Whiskey Butter

I feel like I should put out a donation can with this Overnight Steel Cut Oats with Whiskey Butter. After all, I’m about to make your mornings a whole lot better.

Whiskey Butter is to-die-for!

This is officially my new favorite way to do oatmeal.  There’s no crock pot to worry about, no mess, no nothing but a little minimal prep before you go to bed, and then a quick re-heat when you wake up.  The oats soak over night, while you sleep, and become perfectly tender by morning.  You can spend your energy topping it off with a little brown sugar, some cream, and yes, Whiskey Butter!  The method is pure genius, and the flavors are pure heaven.

Overnight Oatmeal with Whiskey Butter and cream

Notice how I gave that photo of the little pot of whiskey butter top position.  No big deal.  It’s just the best thing I’ve tasted in years.  Slather it on pancakes, waffles, biscuits, cornbread, too.   I honestly don’t know what I’m more excited about, the butter or the oats.  Good thing they go together so well so I don’t have to choose.   And I’m so happy to have this recipe ready to go as the mornings start to get chilly.  I have always loved oatmeal, but rarely feel up to the whole production of getting out the pot, measuring everything, and standing over the stove in my pjs.  This method changes everything…who wouldn’t kill to wake up to this?  It’s healthy, hearty, and truly unbelievably delicious.  I wish you could reach right in and grab a spoonful.

Healthy Overnight Steel Cut Oatmeal with Whiskey Butter

If you’re going to eat oats, Irish, or steel cut, are the best choice.  They’re relatively un-processed and full of protein, fiber, and vitamins.  They have a nutty flavor and a chewy texture, compared to more bland instant or rolled oats.  The problem is, they take quite a bit longer to cook, and they certainly aren’t a convenience food.  Until now :)

Whiskey Butter would be amazing with biscuits, cornbread, on pancakes, waffles, and hot cereal

My recipes are slightly adapted from Irish Country Cooking.

Overnight Steel Cut Oats with Whiskey Butter

Yield: Serves 2 generously

Overnight Steel Cut Oats with Whiskey Butter


  • 3 1/2 cups water
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup steel cut oats
    whiskey butter
  • 1 stick, 1/2 cup, unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 ounce Irish whiskey
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla bean paste (or the seeds of 1/2 a vanilla bean, or 1/2 tsp vanilla extract)


  1. Bring the water to a boil in a saucepan. Add the salt, and take off the heat.
  2. Stir in the oats, and blend well. Cover and set aside for 6 hours, or overnight.
  3. In the morning, reheat the oatmeal with some cream or milk if you like. Stir until hot and thick.
  4. Serve with extra milk or cream, some brown sugar, and a pat of whiskey butter.
  5. To make the whiskey butter cream the butter and sugar until fluffy. Beat in the whiskey and vanilla until everything is smoothly combined.
  6. Spoon the butter into a crock or cup and refrigerate until firm.


  • The butter will be quite soft when you finish making it, but it will firm up nicely as it gets cold in the fridge.  I spooned it into a small bowl.   You can freeze it, too.  Just wrap well in a double layer of plastic and foil.
  • If you’d like, you can make the whiskey butter without sugar.  Just cream the softened butter and the whiskey, with or without the vanilla.
  • If you don’t want to bother with the butter, just add a splash of whiskey to your bowl…yum.

No cook overnight oats with whiskey butter

This recipe is a fantastic way to serve house guests — or your own family — a warm, bed & breakfast style breakfast with little effort.  Please let me know if you try this, I’m dying to know what you think!



  • Reply
    Teri Angcos
    February 9, 2016 at 7:49 pm

    I LOVE this! A few years ago while visiting Northern Ireland, we stayed at a hotel which offered Bushmills’ Irish Whiskey splashed over the morning oatmeal. The Bushmills’ Irish whiskey even had a special pourer.

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      February 1, 2017 at 7:39 pm

      Wow, what a great way to wake up!

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    October 13, 2015 at 10:07 am

    Hi Sue,
    This recipe sounds Lovely! Can’t wait to try it. Just one question, when you say to take off the
    heat and set aside, do I put it in the fridge or just leave on stovetop?
    Thank you!
    Di McGahey

    • Reply
      October 13, 2015 at 10:12 am

      Great question — you just leave it on the stove, at room temperature.

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        October 13, 2015 at 11:37 am

        Thank you for your speedy reply. Looking forward to making this. Yum!

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    October 12, 2015 at 9:10 am

    forget irish coffee, irish oats is more my style. this sounds incredible!

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      February 1, 2017 at 7:40 pm

      I’ll take one of both :)

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    October 11, 2015 at 10:25 pm

    Could I use brandy instead of whisky?

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      October 12, 2015 at 7:31 am

      Go for it!!

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    October 11, 2015 at 2:07 pm

    Instead of whiskey butter, I use medical marijuana, I think cana-butter would be a great option.

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    Andrea @ Cooking with Mamma C
    October 11, 2015 at 7:52 am

    I noticed the whiskey butter was the first photo and knew there had to be a good reason! Wow, I’ve got to try this! This is the most interesting recipe I came across this week.

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    Julia Hesketh
    October 10, 2015 at 10:43 am

    Tried it this morning! It was really different (my husband described it as bitty ! How eloquent!!) but we both really enjoyed it. I didn’t have the cream as I’m dairy intolerant, and I had to guess the sugar, but it was really tasty. Thanks.

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      October 10, 2015 at 12:36 pm

      You could use a bit of almond or coconut milk to make it creamier, Julia. I’m so glad you liked it, it’s going to be a regular here.

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    Joanne Bruno
    October 10, 2015 at 7:26 am

    As if the overnight steel cut oats weren’t CRAZY/AWESOME enough…..WHISKEY BUTTER. I can’t even.

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    October 10, 2015 at 5:32 am

    I love McCann’s oats and that whiskey butter is nothing short of brilliant. Will have to try. Thanks Sue.

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    Tricia @ Saving room for dessert
    October 10, 2015 at 4:37 am

    Now THIS is a great way to start the morning! I want to go back to Ireland – such a wonderful country, great food, and lovely people. Top of the morning to ya Sue! Let’s have some breakfast :)

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    October 9, 2015 at 8:31 pm

    I can’t think of a better way to start the day but seriously, steel cut oats are the best.

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    Laura (Tutti Dolci)
    October 9, 2015 at 5:33 pm

    Whiskey butter is exactly what my oats are missing. I’ve got to try this!

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    Moira McIlroy
    October 9, 2015 at 2:33 pm

    We had normal ‘rolled’ porridge oats in Scotland this summer with just a splash of whisky and sbrown sugar, absolutely delicious.

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    Chris Scheuer
    October 9, 2015 at 1:02 pm

    What a way to start the day! It looks scrumptious and I bet that whiskey butter would be great on a steak too.

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    October 9, 2015 at 12:39 pm

    The recipe says to mix the butter and sugar, but I don’t see sugar listed in the ingredients.

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      October 9, 2015 at 1:16 pm

      I fixed it Susan!

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    October 9, 2015 at 11:51 am

    What a treat it must be to go to bed knowing you get to wake up to this! Yum!

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    October 9, 2015 at 11:40 am

    Whiskey butter? wow how unique and tempting! The oats must be very tasty.

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    October 9, 2015 at 10:07 am

    Whiskey butter… wow, that is so intriguing! I am trying to imagine the taste and of course the many uses for it…

    pinning it right away!

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