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.

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Savory Oatmeal

4 from 39 votes
This savory oatmeal bowl is topped with an egg and has the perfect combo 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.
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 7 minutes
Total Time 9 minutes
Servings 1


  • ½ cup old fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 cup water
  • dash of sea salt
  • 1 cooked egg
  • 2 Tablespoons grated parmesan cheese or feta, (dairy-free, if needed)
  • 3-4 grape tomatoes, havled
  • ¼ avocado
  • Everything But The Bagel seasoning
  • sea salt and pepper, to taste
  • 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. Sue
      January 1, 2023 AT 8:15 am

      5 stars
      Customized with what I had on hand. While oatmeal cooked in microwave, I sautéed an egg with some leftover roasted sweet potato cubes. Topped with EBTB and parm. DELISH!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        January 2, 2023 AT 12:51 pm

        Oh YES! This sounds absolutely delicious, simply the best, Sue. Thank you for sharing your review & star rating, I truly appreciate it!

    2. Sharon Kirsh
      November 1, 2022 AT 9:37 am

      5 stars
      Tried this bc I’m looking at healthier breakfast options and I was surprised by how much I liked it. I thought there’s no way I would go for savory oatmeal but I was wrong! I used vegan Parmesan bc I don’t eat dairy. Thx for coming up with this!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        November 1, 2022 AT 10:06 am

        Yay! I am so happy that you are loving this recipe, Sharon! Thank you so coming back and sharing your review, I really appreciate it!

    3. 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!

    4. 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!

    5. 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.

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