Savory Oatmeal


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. 

Savory Oatmeal

4 from 34 votes
A savory oatmeal bowl that has the perfect combination of healthy fats, protein and carbohydrates. 
Savory oatmeal topped with avocado, tomatoes, herbs, a fried egg, parmesan, and everything bagel seasoning. Gold spoon and sprigs of thyme on the side.
Servings 1


  • 1/2 cup old fashioned oatmeal
  • 1 cup water
  • dash of sea salt
  • 1 cooked egg
  • 2 Tablespoons grated parmesan cheese
  • 3-4 grape tomatoes
  • 1/4 avocado
  • Everything But The Bagel, EBTB seasoning
  • sea salt and pepper
  • fresh herbs, for topping
  • hot sauce, optional


  • 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.
  • Meanwhile cook your egg however you like, poached or fried is my favorite.
  • 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.


Serving: 1 Calories: 330kcal Carbohydrates: 32g Protein: 16g Fat: 16g Fiber: 7g Sugar: 3g
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: savory oatmeal


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    1. Katie Hintz
      May 3, 2021 AT 7:58 am

      5 stars

      1. Brittany Mullins
        May 3, 2021 AT 11:38 am

        Thank you, Katie! So glad you are enjoying this recipe. Thanks for the review!

    2. Shelley Jorgensen
      April 18, 2021 AT 9:46 am

      5 stars
      I’ve been wanting to try savory oatmeal and this recipe did not disappoint!!! I used sriracha lime seasoning instead of hot sauce and it was delish!!! Thanks for the great recipes Brittany.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        April 19, 2021 AT 12:05 pm

        Woo! This makes me so happy to hear, Shelley! I love the addition of sriracha lime. Thanks for the review. I so appreciate it!

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

      5 stars
      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.

    4. 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. Amy
        October 24, 2021 AT 8:50 am

        4 stars
        I loved this! I’ve wanted to make savory oats for a long time but was afraid. This is delish! The ingredients are almost identical to a lentil bowl I enjoy as well.

        1. Brittany Mullins
          October 25, 2021 AT 11:04 am

          Ah yay!! So pumped to hear you enjoyed this savory oatmeal, Amy. Thanks for trying out the recipe and I really appreciate the review!

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

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

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

      5 stars
      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!

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