EVOO…O – The Original Savory Oatmeal

Savory Oatmeal with Olive Oil, Salt, and Cracked Black Pepper[The Oatmeal Project, Day 23: Olive Oil, Salt and Cracker Black Pepper]

We were so excited about eating savory oatmeal that we dove into the slightly more unusual “flavors” rather quickly. We went from the usual fruit and nut toppings right into… canned tuna. And curry. And nachos.

Penny de los Santos' Sexed Up Savory Oatmeal
But when we came across Penny de los Santos’ “Sexed Up Savory Oatmeal,” we suddenly realized that we had forgotten one of the simplest, yet most stunningly delicious ways to eat oatmeal — a decadent drizzle of bright, sparkling extra virgin olive oil, a sprinkle of giant sea salt flakes, and a couple of gentle turns on the pepper mill.

The oats are so perfectly neutral in flavor that we really got to appreciate this insane olive oil that’s so good, we’ve been eating it straight, with a teaspoon, for the last few weeks. And something about having to chew the oats let us really feel the crunch of the sea salt.

Penny also added a few shavings of cheese and an egg, but we kept ours down to the bare minimum, just so we could really appreciate the olive oil. And the $8 box of Maldon sea salt.
Savory Oatmeal - Olive Oil, Salt, Pepper
When this Oatmeal Project completes, we may not venture back into the realm of say, roast butternut squash and sage, but you can bet that there will be more of our curling up with a bowl of steaming steel cut oats in the crook of our L-shaped couch, olive oil, salt and pepper all within reach.
Savory Oatmeal - Olive Oil, Salt, Pepper

Savory Oatmeal with Olive Oil, Salt, and Pepper

This isn’t so much a recipe as it is a gentle nudge for you to make a bowl of oatmeal like this tomorrow morning and eat it.


one bowl of cooked oats
extra virgin olive oil
sea salt flakes (we used Maldon)
cracked black pepper


Drizzle oats with olive oil. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.

Bliss out in the simplicity.

by Sarah J. Gim on February 23, 2011 · 6 comments

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Rosa February 28, 2011 at 11:51 am

My simple favorite


Angela February 28, 2011 at 8:23 pm

Gorgeous! I can’t wait to try this.


Jean April 9, 2011 at 4:29 pm

This combination of simple ingredients is a great example of something being greater than the sum of its parts, and I’ve incorporated it into my regular rotation ever since you posted it. Thank you. What a wonderful way to use the Maldon sea salt I’ve been hoarding from my trips to London.


Dax January 16, 2013 at 12:40 pm

Just made this for lunch. Amazing comfort food.


Christina March 9, 2013 at 7:34 am

I added parsley along with the other ingredients. Absolutely delicious!


Linda July 25, 2013 at 4:24 pm

Looks yummy, I’m going to eat this for dinner. I eat savory oatmeal often and one of my favorites is using your butternut squash and sage recipe I also add bacon and blue cheese crumbles, so amazing!


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