Overnight Steel Cut Oats with Whiskey Butter

Healthy Overnight Steel Cut Oatmeal with Whiskey Butter

Authentic Irish Overnight Steel Cut Oats with Whiskey Butter ~ this whole grain porridge is the perfect fall and winter breakfast or brunch dish…serve it to overnight guests and they may never leave!

Overnight Oatmeal with Whiskey Butter and cream

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.

Whiskey Butter is to-die-for!

No big deal. Whiskey butter is 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

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!

No cook overnight oats with whiskey butter

If you love Irish recipes, also try my Irish Oatmeal Soda Bread ~ the texture is amazing, and the oats give this classic recipe more flavor and a more tender texture. To go with it? My Traditional Irish Leek and Potato Soup, of course.

Reader Rave ~

“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.” ~ Teri

My recipes are slightly adapted from Irish Country Cooking.

Healthy Overnight Steel Cut Oatmeal with Whiskey Butter
4.16 from 13 votes

Overnight Steel Cut Oats with Whiskey Butter

Authentic Irish Overnight Steel Cut Oats with Whiskey Butter ~ this whole grain porridge is the perfect fall and winter breakfast or brunch dish...serve it to overnight guests and they may never leave!
Course Breakfast
Cuisine Irish
Author Sue Moran


  • 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


  • Bring the water to a boil in a saucepan. Add the salt, and take off the heat.
  • Stir in the oats, and blend well. Cover and set aside for 6 hours, or overnight.
  • In the morning, reheat the oatmeal with some cream or milk if you like. Stir until hot and thick.
  • Serve with extra milk or cream, some brown sugar, and a pat of whiskey butter.
  • To make the whiskey butter cream the butter and sugar until fluffy. Beat in the whiskey and vanilla until everything is smoothly combined.
  • Spoon the butter into a crock or cup and refrigerate until firm.
The nutritional information for recipes on this site is provided as a courtesy and although theviewfromgreatisland.com tries to provide accurate nutritional information, these figures are only estimates.


  • 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.


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  • Reply
    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.

  • Reply
    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 🙂

  • Reply
    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.

  • Reply
    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!

  • Reply
    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.

  • Reply
    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.

  • Reply
    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.

    • Reply
      October 9, 2015 at 1:16 pm

      I fixed it Susan!

  • Reply
    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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    [email protected]'s+Recipes
    October 9, 2015 at 11:40 am

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

  • Reply
    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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