How to Cook Porridge Really Well

By Ant

You might think you know how to cook porridge. You don’t. It’s okay. I didn’t know either, until I worked it out by mistake. Turns out all you need is oats, water, milk and a bit of patience.

It’s not your fault that you’ve been doing it wrong. Just look at what they say you’re meant to do on the packet.  


3-4 minutes on the hob. Bring to the boil. If that fails, they even suggest you microwave it. 

No no no.

Here’s how it should be done.

Use whatever measurement you like, that’s the first thing to note. I tend to use a 3/4 cup for two people. Pop that amount of oats into the pan. Add that same measurement of water. Then that same measurement of milk

So, for me for two people it’s a 3/4 cup of oats, a 3/4 cup of water and a 3/4 cup of milk.

Oats, water, milk. Simple.

Pop your pan on a medium heat. Not too intense; you certainly don’t want it boiling. That way wallpaper paste lies. I really can’t stress enough the mediumness of this heat, okay? Not medium-hot, not the high-end of medium. Just honest-to-goodness medium heat

Let it sit there, your pan of oats and water and milk, and let the medium heat do its work. It may feel like slow work, but it is vital. After about 4-5 minutes, give it a little stir, just to loosen things up. About now you might like to add a pinch of salt

And then settle in. Watch the magic happen. It’ll come together beautifully over the next 7-10 minutes. You don’t need to stir it too often; you don’t, after all, want to disturb the integrity of those lovely oats. Stir it gently and occasionally. Coax it. Love it.

Your mileage may vary as to how thick you like it. Let your eyes guide you as it slides off the spoon. If you want it thicker, you’ll just have to wait a little longer.

What you will have, though, is a lovely, creamy, unctuous porridge, with character and flavour.


These things just take a bit of time.

Top it with whatever you want. I usually go for some kind of seed, some kind of fruit, and some kind of sauce/drizzle. Just for a mix of flavours and textures. Go wild. Find your own dream combos, and let us know!