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Bowl of savoury porridge with a fried egg and chive flowers

3 Savoury Porridge Ideas

This is my basic quick oats recipe and 3 ideas for savoury porridge combinations to play around with. I encourage you to get creative and use up what's in your fridge, what's in season, and what you feel like eating!
4.25 from 33 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Course Breakfast & Brunch, Kitchen Journal, Pantry
Servings 4 servings
Calories 300 kcal


  • 1 1/3 cups quick oats
  • 2 2/3 cups liquid water or stock
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt

Savoury Toppings Version 1

  • 1 cup cooked porridge
  • 1 Tablespoon grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 Tablespoon chopped chives or other fresh herbs
  • 1 ea fried or poached egg

Savoury Toppings Version 2

  • 1 cup cooked porridge
  • 1 teaspoon everything bagel seasoning
  • 2 teaspoons nutritional yeast
  • 1 teaspoon chili oil or hot sauce of your choice

Savoury Toppings Version 3

  • 1 cup cooked porridge
  • 1 teaspoon vegetable oil
  • 1 clove garlic, minced, crushed, or grated
  • 1 handful cooking greens
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon toasted sesame seeds


For the Porridge

  • Combine the oats, liquid, and salt in a pot and bring to a boil.
  • Reduce the heat to medium and simmer for 2-3 minutes, stirring occasionally until the porridge reaches the desired consistency.

For Savoury Porridge Version 1

  • Stir the parmesan cheese into the cooked porridge and adjust the consistency with water, stock, or milk as desired.
  • Top with the egg and sprinkle with chopped chives.
    Bowl of savoury porridge with a fried egg and chive flowers

For Savoury Porridge Version 2

  • Simply sprinkle the everything bagel seasoning and nutritional yeast over your bowl of porridge and drizzle with chilli oil or hot sauce.

For Savoury Porridge Version 3

  • Heat the vegetable oil in a small frying pan over medium-high heat.
  • Add the greens and the garlic and sauté until the greens are wilted slightly.
  • Add the sesame oil and soy sauce to the pan and stir to combine.
  • Add the saucy greens to your porridge bowl and top with toasted sesame seeds.
    A bowl of savoury porridge with greens and sesame seeds


  • Everything Bagel seasoning is available to purchase in certain grocery stores, but you can also make it yourself by combining sesame seeds, poppyseeds, and dehydrated garlic and onion.
  • By "cooking greens" I mean any leafy greens that you would like to eat cooked. Things like spinach, Swiss chard, bok choy, and kale are perfect here.
  • Nutrition

    Calories: 300kcal
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