Savory Salmon Oatmeal Hash

Ryan and I have been all about one-pot dinners this week. Last night we dug into my favorite butternut squash wheat berry mock risotto. The night before that was a homemade chicken noodle soup kind of night.

Tonight the one-pot meal theme continued as I set out to recreate the trout oatmeal hash dish that I liked so much from last year.

Before trying that recipe, I was incredibly skeptical about savory oatmeal, but I ended up loving it! When you think about it, steel cut oats arenโ€™t that far off from barley, wheat berries or quinoa and, like these healthy favorites, also picks up other flavors very well.

I wanted to be sure to use the vegetables I had on hand and while I broiled a large salmon filet, I got to work on the stove top, cooking the base of the hash.

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The end result was fantastic! It was packed with flavor and I gobbled up my bowl in no time at all.

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Savory Salmon Oatmeal Hash


  • 8 ounces cooked salmon
  • 1/4 cup uncooked steel cut oats
  • 1/2 yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1 large zucchini, chopped
  • 1 cup finely chopped cauliflower florets
  • Dried dill, to taste
  • Salt, to taste


  1. Spray large saucepan with cooking spray and cook onion and oats for approximately two minutes on medium heat, stirring repeatedly.
  2. Pour boiling water into the oat and onion mix, add zucchini and cauliflower, and simmer for approximately 15 minutes, until mixture has thickened a bit and the oats are chewy and no longer hard.
  3. Remove oats from heat and let stand for about two minutes to thicken.
  4. Stir in salmon, dill and salt and divide into two servings. Enjoy!

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As Ryan and I were eating this at the dinner table, we agreed that it would also be a great dish to serve at a brunch if you wanted to triple the recipe to serve to a large group. People might be a little uneasy about savory oatmeal, but just tell them itโ€™s salmon hash and leave out the fact that thereโ€™s oatmeal in it to keep their skepticism at bay. (Or you could always bribe them with homemade doughnut munchkins if they are troopers and try it!)

If you like salmon and vegetables, I think youโ€™ll enjoy this dish! The servings are pretty substantial and packed with healthy fats from the salmon, whole grains and nutrient-rich vegetables. A winner in my book!


  1. says

    Whoa. That is one blog post title that caught me off guard. I don’t know if I’m adventurous enough to try this one…but it’s definitely intriguing! Haha.


  2. Jaime says

    I just discovered savory oatmeal too. I think it was women’s health mag a few months ago that had oatmeal, with spinach. parmesan cheese all topped with a fried egg. It was my breakfast for weeks!


  3. says

    I love the idea of serving this for brunch! I never would have thought to pair salmon and oatmeal together, but it looks delicious! Definitely going to give this a try the next time we have company over for breakfast.


  4. Julie says

    Awesome! I’ve been wanting to try savory gluten-free oats, so thanks for sharing. I will have to make this soon. Also, your date balls the other day looked good and kind of similar to the larabars I eat. Do you think they are similar?


  5. says

    Question time – In one of your first posts (Sept 15, 2009 Cake Batter for Breakfast) you said “This morning I did a 10 minute warm-up on the elliptical, followed by a spin class”.

    OK, so my question is, how did you start to get up early and workout? Have you always enjoyed the morning workout or did you used to workout at night? I was wondering if you could point me to a post you may have already done on this or if you don’t have one, would you please consider writing one?

    I back read your blog when I have a little time to kill – it really brightens my day, even the posts you wrote back in 2009 ๐Ÿ™‚


  6. says

    Hi Julie,

    I asked you a question in comment 14, but I just wanted to let you know that I found your How to Workout in the Morning post in your FAQs section – it is exactly what I was looking for. You certainly know what your readers want ๐Ÿ™‚


  7. says

    love this idea! i’ve never tried savory oatmeal before just because it’s never really appealed to me. but you’re so right, oatmeal isn’t far off from barley or quinoa, which makes it really not weird at all. and i absolutely love salmon and veggies, so i need to try this! i’m always looking for new dinner ideas!


  8. Mary says

    I have been making a turkey,salsa meatloaf that I found on food buzz that has oatmeal in it. You would never know and it makes the meatloaf slice up so well. You should try it, very healthy, have a great day.


  9. says

    This definitely didn’t sound like my thing as I read the title but by the end of the post, I’m convinced girly! I cannot wait to try this for us! I’ll let you know what we both think of it! Thanks for sharing ๐Ÿ˜€


  10. Katie says

    This looks so yummy!! I came across this and last night I actually made something similiar. I live alone so Im always looking for quick and healthy meals. I mixed up some cauliflower, spinach, a little bit of fat free sour cream and cream cheese, garlic powder, and a can of tuna! It was great, cant wait to try with salmon.


  11. says

    hi! i just found your blog a few days ago and i love it! i made my own version of this tonight- i added organic corn and spinach to the oatmeal and lots of black pepper before adding the salmon. delish! even my husband loved it and he was pretty skeptical about trying savory oatmeal :o)



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