A savory oatmeal bowl with an egg, avocado, tomatoes and little parmesan. This bowl has a great combination of healthy fats, protein and carbohydrates.

If you haven’t tried savory oatmeal before, you’re in for a treat. If you’ve been watching my Instagram stories, you know I’ve been obsessed with my famous egg and oat combo bowl lately. I know it kind of sounds weird, but if you like sweet and savory things you’ll love it. Don’t knock it ‘til you try it!

But today I have a new, completely savory oatmeal to finish off oatmeal week. It truly hits the spot when you’re craving something savory but also don’t have ample time to whip up a full breakfast hash or frittata. If you think it’s weird to have savory toppings on your oatmeal, think of it more like a breakfast grain bowl. Or think about oats as you would grits, which are usually served in a savory fashion. I honestly like oats more than grits because they’re creamier and they make the best, hearty, neutral base for a savory breakfast bowl.

Savory oatmeal topped with avocado, tomatoes, herbs, a fried egg, parmesan, and everything bagel seasoning.

You start by making the oatmeal in a saucepan with water and a dash of salt. Again, this is your base so we’re keeping it simple and neutral in flavor!

After that, you’ll prepare your egg. I prefer poached or fried . . . and a runny yolk is a must in my opinion. 😉 Then I prep all of the toppings! For this savory bowl, I just used grape tomatoes, avocado, shredded parmesan and seasoning! If you want to experiment or build on this bowl in the future, you could add some sautéed greens or roasted veggies to this too. Yum!

Savory oatmeal topped with avocado, tomatoes, herbs, a fried egg, parmesan, and everything bagel seasoning.

A special note on the seasonings… I love the Everything But The Bagel Seasoning from Trader Joe’s – I even included it in my round-up of fav Trader Joe’s items! If you don’t have a Trader Joe’s near you, I’ve seen similar spice blends at Lidl and even target. I also really like adding hot sauce to my savory oats. It brings the bowl to a whole new level so I highly recommend, but if you aren’t a spice lover, you can definitely skip it.

Have I convinced you to try savory oatmeal?!

Savory oatmeal topped with avocado, tomatoes, herbs, a fried egg, parmesan, and everything bagel seasoning.

If you try this savory oatmeal recipe please leave me a comment and star rating letting me know how it turns out. Your feedback is so helpful for the EBF team and other EBF readers who are thinking about making the recipe. 

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Savory oatmeal topped with avocado, tomatoes, herbs, a fried egg, parmesan, and everything bagel seasoning. Gold spoon and sprigs of thyme on the side.

Savory Oatmeal


A savory oatmeal bowl that has the perfect combination of healthy fats, protein and carbohydrates. 


  • 1/2 cup old fashioned oatmeal
  • 1 cup water
  • dash of sea salt
  • 1 cooked egg
  • 2 Tablespoons grated parmesan cheese
  • 34 grape tomatoes
  • 1/4 avocado
  • Everything But The Bagel (EBTB) seasoning
  • sea salt and pepper
  • fresh herbs, for topping
  • hot sauce (optional)


  1. Heat water and oats in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add a little sea salt to the oats. Cook the oats, stirring occasionally, for 5-7 minutes or until the oats are creamy and the consistency you like. Remove from heat.
  2. Meanwhile cook your egg however you like, poached or fried is my favorite.
  3. Once both the egg and oats are finished cooking grab a bowl (I like using a shallow, wide bowl) add oats and top with cooked egg, parmesan cheese, avocado, EBTB seasoning, fresh herbs and hot sauce, if using. Enjoy warm.
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size: 1
  • Calories: 330
  • Sugar: 3g
  • Fat: 16g
  • Carbohydrates: 32g
  • Fiber: 7g
  • Protein: 16g

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    1. Danny
      March 21, 2021 AT 11:01 am

      Hi! Just tried this recipe but subbed the avocado for cooked spinach, plus I didn’t have the everything seasoning. I even added hot sauce!! This was delicious. 🙂 i think i slightly overcooked the egg so some of the yolk was slightly firm and not runny. First time trying a savory oatmeal recipe and I liked it alot!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        March 22, 2021 AT 2:57 pm

        So glad you enjoyed this recipe, Danny! Thanks for the review. I so appreciate it.

    2. Christal Morse
      February 18, 2021 AT 10:52 am

      I made a version of this today with whatever random ingredients i could rally together. Started with tomato paste, seasoned frozen veggies like onion and peppers, Mexican spices in olive oil, added the quick oats and water, salt and pepper, mixed in cheese. Topped with an over medium egg with hot sauce. So creamy yum!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        February 18, 2021 AT 1:58 pm

        Ohh sounds yummy!! So glad you tried and loved this recipe, Christal.

    3. Melanie
      January 27, 2021 AT 1:13 pm

      My son was asking for savory oatmeal and I wanted something mostly vegetarian. This was delicious! I added in a half cup o spinach to each serving to increase the nutritional value. I did briefly cook the spinach so it wilted.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        January 27, 2021 AT 6:55 pm

        Oh yay!! So glad this recipe was a hit. Thanks for making it and for coming back to leave a review. I so appreciate it!

    4. Bob
      June 24, 2020 AT 11:57 am

      Loved it!! Oatmeal is my “go to” daily breakfast. Saw this and thought great change up!! I was right!
      Thank you!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        June 24, 2020 AT 10:16 pm

        Yay!! So glad you enjoyed this oatmeal recipe, Bob. Thanks for giving it a try and for coming back to leave a comment + star rating. I so appreciate it!

    5. Kalli Assaid
      March 25, 2020 AT 2:53 pm

      So dang good! I added some mushrooms and chives on top. I definitely lean towards sweet oatmeal so I was hesitant but it was awesome!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        March 26, 2020 AT 3:05 pm

        Yay!! So glad you enjoyed this oatmeal, Kalli. Thanks for giving my recipe a try and for coming back to leave a comment and star rating. I so appreciate it. <3

    6. Andrea s
      March 19, 2020 AT 12:06 pm

      I was very intrigued when I saw this recipe yesterday and realized I had all the ingredients to make it… and let me say, I was NOT disappointed! This is SO delicious, and a nice change from the everyday oatmeal!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        March 19, 2020 AT 2:31 pm

        Ahh yay!! That makes me so happy to hear, Andrea! Thanks for giving my recipe a try and for coming back to leave a comment and star rating. I really appreciate it. <3

    7. Brenda
      February 2, 2020 AT 9:16 am

      Savory oatmeal sounds odd at first, but this is SO good! Thank you for sharing your gift of recipe creation with us!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        February 2, 2020 AT 11:25 pm

        Ahh this makes me so happy to hear, Brenda!! Thanks for giving this recipe a try, I’m so glad you enjoyed it. And thanks for coming back to leave a comment and star rating. I so appreciate it. <3

    8. Erin
      October 30, 2019 AT 6:03 pm

      To say this recipe is delicious is an understatement. This recipe is out of this world, it is sooooooo yummy! The creamy oatmeal with the splash of Parmesan cheese makes the dish for sure! You almost feel like you’re eating cheesy grits! Omg so so good! This is a new staple for sure! Thank you for this recipe!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        October 30, 2019 AT 8:14 pm

        Woo-hoo!! That makes me so happy to hear, Erin. 🙂 I’m really glad that you tried and enjoyed this recipe. And thank you so much for taking the time to leave a comment and star rating. I so appreciate it! The ratings are super helpful to other readers.

    9. Josh Noble
      February 27, 2019 AT 3:28 pm

      This is such an amazing breakfast bowl! I used a hard boiled egg because I was short on time, but a fried egg with a runny yolk would be even better. This oatmeal is just such an awesome idea!

    10. I was planning on doing my usual banana and nut butter oatmeal this morning but I think I will finally take the leap on savory oatmeal because that looks SO good!

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