Basic Golden Oats

When I discovered this recipe some years ago, I just couldn't have imagined that oatmeal can do this! Use it with any rice, pasta or potatoes with your meal. It also isn't much longer to make it than instant rice. It has more protein in it because of the egg. It is whole grain, and also very tasty, too.



  • 1 1/2 cups oatmeal (quick or old fashioned) uncooked
  • 1 egg beaten
  • 3 Tbsp. butter or margarine
  • 3/4 cup water, broth, or orange juice
  • 1/4 tsp. salt (optional)


Start heating a 10 inch pan with the butter on medium. Put the oatmeal into a med. bowl, and add the beaten egg, and stir it well, just make sure that the oats are very well coated. If not, you may get mushy oatmeal.

When the butter is bubbling, scrape the oatmeal/egg mixture into the pan, and start stirring it constantly for anywhere from 3-5 minutes, you'll be looking for the oats are separate, dry, and lightly browned.

Then, add the liquid (broth, water or orange juice) and salt in the pan, and just let it cook, occasionally stir it only, until the liquid is evaporated, about 2-3 minutes.


When I put orange juice in it, I added dried cranberries, raisins, or dried cherries, whatever I happened to have. Herbs and spices work well too, whatever is your favorites, or will go with the rest of the meal.

It's then ready to serve.

I had lost my cookbook, and I just found it last week. I used to know how to make the oat pilaf in my head, but couldn't find anything online because I only called it "oat pilaf".

When I found the cookbook, it was called "Basic Golden Oats". Others can probably find more information about it online, because that is just the basic recipe. There are other variations, like apple cinnamon golden oats, and once you know how to make the basic recipe, go wild with experimenting and creating.

There must be free recipes from Quaker Oats still, and they have updated for other uses for golden oats. I looked just last night, it said to bake the golden oats to dry them and can use it for putting on desserts, granolas, muffins etc. so, that was news to me.


I have never tried making it with an egg substitute, but, I'm going to try it soon, since it is mostly made of egg whites, I would think it would work too. I'm an experimenter. ;)

Servings: 4
Time:2 Minutes Preparation Time
5-8 Minutes Cooking Time

Source: The Quaker Oats Wholegrain Cookbook. I bought it some years ago at a thrift store, and it probably was originally a free cookbook from Quaker Oats.

By kas2 from Rockford, MI

October 16, 20090 found this helpful

I love this recipe. In fact, I love all the recipes in this booklet called The Quaker Oats Wholegrain Cookbook. And you are correct, it was a freebie sometime in 1982. There was another one put out about the same time called Stretching Food Dollars with Quaker Oats. Both of them were free and are excellent and I use them constantly. Susan in Omaha

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October 17, 20090 found this helpful

Susan, at the end of the recipe in the list of ingredients, you say 1/4 tsp...a 1/4 tsp. of what?

<b>Editor's Note:</b> salt

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October 18, 20090 found this helpful

Yes, I'm glad that you love it too Susan, and you are right too, looking through the recipe book, it has some doosies, wonderful looking recipes.

I wonder if Quaker Oats can reissue the recipe books, I suppose if they get enough people asking them. I think I'm going to write to them and see if I can get a hold of the Stretching Food Dollars with Quaker Oats recipe books, and I found there are a lot more recipe books from them, however, I did see that some are now being sold. :( I hope they can send some of these recipe books back, we want low cost, and lot's of different ways to make foods rather than oatmeal. :)

Here is a link I found that has the Basic Golden Oats with various ingredients to change the flavors of the basic recipe, some looks really good. I do love mushrooms in it, and onions, and green pepper, a little red wine in the liquid. Yum, perhaps use olive oil instead of butter, yeah!

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October 18, 20090 found this helpful

No, apparently they don't have any free promotional cookbooks, they do sell them though :( Quaker Oats is also running a contest, and if you win 1st prize, I guess you can get all of their cookbooks. ;) Just a photo of eating their products. . .heh heh. Hey grand prize is two chefs cooking a whole menu for a week! I think the 2nd prize is their foods. It's in the Quaker Oats site.

Is there anyway we can get a hold of the recipes somewhere else?

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