How to Toast Oats in a Skillet

Rolled oats are created from oat groats that are rolled into flat flakes and steamed. When you toast oats, it gives them a golden brown hue and a crispy texture. Toasting the oats also can enhance the flavor, which makes them taste better in recipes. The oats are typically toasted in a dry skillet on the stovetop because you can monitor them carefully to prevent the oats from burning.

Things You'll Need

  • Rolled oats

  • Bowl

Step 1

Place a skillet over medium heat on the stovetop.

Step 2

Add the desired amount of oats to the skillet.

Step 3

Stir the oats frequently while they heat in the skillet.

Step 4

Remove the oats when they are light brown and have a nut-like aroma.

Step 5

Set the oats off to the side in a bowl. Allow them to cool completely.


Toast the oats with almonds on the stove top to create a crunchy oatmeal topping.


Watch the oats carefully while they toast on the stovetop; do not leave them unattended because they will burn easily.

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