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Savory Oatmeal with Miso, Cheese, and Egg

A simple creamy savory oatmeal recipe made with creamy melted cheese, sweet caramelized onions, miso and topped with a soft-boiled egg. A delicious breakfast or lunch that can be made ahead of time.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Breakfast, Main, Snack
Cuisine: American Fusion, Asian
Servings: 3 Servings
Calories: 374kcal
Author: Joyce


Caramelized Onions

  • 1 medium onion (sliced)
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 ½ teaspoon oil
  • 1 teaspoon of maple syrup (or ¾ teaspoon honey mixed with ¼ teaspoon of water)

Garnishes & Toppings (Optional)



  • Grate the cheese, and set aside

Caramelizing Onions

  • Peel the onion. Cut the onion in half and thinly slice it
  • Add butter and oil into a frying pan and set the stove to medium heat
  • Once the butter has melted, add in the sliced onions and cook until they are soft (approximately 10 minutes)
  • Once the onions are soft, adjust the stove to medium low heat
  • Add in the maple syrup and a pinch of salt and cook the onions until they are brown (approximately 5 minutes)
  • Once they are brown and caramelized set it aside

Soft Boiled Egg (Optional)

  • Place the eggs in a small pot and cover it with cold water.
  • Add 1 teaspoon of salt to the water.
  • Set the pot on the stove over medium heat and put the lid on. (Don't leave the stove area until the water starts to boil)
  • Once the water starts to vigorously boil, set a timer for 4 minutes.
  • Once 4 minutes is up, remove the lid and run cold tap water over the eggs for 2-3 minutes to stop the cooking.
  • Once the eggs have cooled, they are ready to be peeled and cut in half to place on top of the oatmeal!
  • (Note: If you are making a batch of these eggs ahead of time, store them in the fridge and don't peel them until you are ready to eat them)

Cooking the Oatmeal

  • In a pot, add in the milk and water and set the stove to high heat
  • (Optional, but highly recommended) While you are waiting for the water/milk to come to a boil, toast the steel cut oats on medium low heat on a dry frying pan. Make sure you are constantly stirring or shaking the pan so that it doesn't burn. Toast it until it is golden brown (approximately 3-4 minutes)
  • Once the water/milk starts to boil, adjust the stove to medium-low heat
  • Add in the steel cut oats and stir.
  • Cook it for approximately 10 minutes, or until most of the liquid has been absorbed into the oats (approximately 10 minutes). Stir it occasionally so that it doesn't stick to the bottom of the pan.
  • Once the oats are cooked and creamy looking, adjust the stove to low heat and stir in the miso. Mix well until the miso has melted into the oatmeal.
  • Turn off the heat and stir in the grated cheese and mix well until the cheese has melted and the oatmeal looks creamy. If it is too think, you can add a few tablespoons of hot water and tweak it to the consistency you like.
  • Stir in the caramelized onions and it's done!
  • Spoon some in a bowl, top it with a soft boiled egg and some additional garnishes and eat!


  • Toasting the oats is optional, but adds a nuttiness to the oatmeal.
  • For this recipe, I used quick cooking steel cut oats because it cooks faster. You can use traditional steel cut oats but you will need to increase the cooking time and amount of water.
  • I like using a white miso for this so that it doesn't overpower all the other flavors in the oatmeal (onions and cheese).
  • I like to use bold flavor cheeses for this recipe. Aged or medium cheddar work great, as well as smoked cheddar!
  • I like to use milk mixed with water/broth for this recipe but you can also use almond milk as well. Just make sure it is not sweetened or flavored.
  • If you are making a big batch and storing it in the fridge, it can be easily re-heated in a microwave! If it's too thick after it has been microwaved, add in 2 tablespoons of hot water to make it creamy again.
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Calories: 374kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 19g | Fat: 21g | Cholesterol: 222mg | Sodium: 570mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 9g