Rolled Oats

Rolled Oats

Simplify your morning routine by preparing your daily oats in the microwave. Enjoy them with sweet or savory add-ins, like fresh or dried fruit, nuts, or even vegetables, cheese, and a poached egg.

All of Anyday’s recipes are tested (and retested!) in many different microwaves and home kitchens to make sure they work — and work well.

Select your microwave wattage in the dropdown. The cook times in this recipe will automatically change accordingly.


To find your microwave’s wattage, look at the front panel, the side of the door, in the back, in the user manual, or Google the model number. If both an input and output wattage are listed, use the output.

Wattage translates to how powerful the microwave is. The higher the wattage, the faster your food will cook. The lower the wattage, the longer the cook time.

When in doubt, start with less time — you can always add more.


Power Level

Certain foods cook best in the microwave at lower power levels. 


Different microwaves have different settings. See your microwave manual (or look it up online) to learn how to change your microwave’s power level.

For many microwaves: enter the cook time, press the “Power” (or “Power Level”) button, and select a number between 1-10. Other microwaves may require selecting the Power Level first, and then entering the cook time.

Microwaves list power levels in different ways. Here’s a guide to help you adjust:

PL 10 = 100% = High (default)
PL 9 = 90% = High
PL 8 = 80% = Med-High
PL 7 = 70% = Med-High
PL 6 = 60% = Medium
PL 5 = 50% = Medium
PL 4 = 40% = Med-Low
PL 3 = 30% = Med-Low
PL 2 = 20% = Low
PL 1 = 10% = Low

You will know if the power level has been successfully changed if you hear periodic changes in the microwave’s tone after it begins cooking.


Cook Times

Grain ½ cup1 cup1 ½ cups2 cups
Water 1 cup2 cups3 cups4 cups
Time 3-4 mins4-5 mins5-6 mins6-7 mins

Max Quantities

Medium Deep Dish: 1 cup 

Large Deep Dish: 2 cups


  1. Add rolled oats to an Anyday Deep Dish. Add water in the proportion listed in the table. Stir and spread oats in an even layer.
  2. Cook in the microwave uncovered for the time listed, or until the water has been absorbed and oats are tender (try one!). 
  3. Stir halfway through for even cooking and to prevent overflow.

Cooking Tips

  • Note: this recipe is for old-fashioned rolled oats, not instant oats! Instant oats will cook faster.
  • Always use an Anyday Deep Dish to cook grains (the water will likely overflow in the Shallow Dishes). Do not cook more than the max quantities listed above.
  • To cook quantities not listed in the table, use a oats:water ratio of 1:2.