Porridge recipe

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Porridge is a great breakfast for any time of the year. Choose the topping of your choice for an energy-packed start to the day...

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  • healthy
Preparation Time2 mins
Cooking Time5 mins
Cost RangeCheap
Nutrition Per PortionRDA
Calories248 Kcal12%
Sugar6 g7%
Fat6.2 g9%
Saturated Fat2 g10%
Salt0.39 gRow 4 - Cell 2
Protein9.8 g20%
Carbohydrates41.2 g16%
Salt0.39 gRow 7 - Cell 2

Healthy, cheap, and delicious when topped with fruit and honey, you can't beat a good bowl of porridge oats for breakfast.

Add seasonal fresh fruit, dried fruit, nuts, or seeds to this porridge recipe to make a really filling, healthy breakfast. Simply stir the fruit in once the porridge is cooked. Thanks to the slow energy-releasing carbohydrates in porridge, eating a bowl of these warming oats for breakfast should keep you going until lunchtime - and help you resist the urge to reach for a mid-morning snack. This recipe serves two. 


  • 100g porridge oats
  • 200ml semi-skimmed milk
  • Pinch of salt
  • Extra milk to serve

Choice of toppings:

  • Toasted nuts and seeds with golden syrup
  • Bananas and maple syrup
  • Stewed fruits




  1. Place the oats, milk, 300ml water and salt into a pan. Bring slowly to the boil, stirring frequently with a wooden spoon. Cook the porridge slowly for a couple of minutes, then pour into warm bowls (which will prevent it setting instantly).
  2. Pour extra milk around the edge, then add the topping of your choice and serve immediately.

Top tips for making porridge

This recipe instructs you how to cook porridge the traditional way on the hob but if you're short on time, you could make it in the microwave instead on medium heat. Portion out the ingredients though and cook in individual bowls for 1 minute at a time stirring until the oats have absorbed the liquid in the bowl. 

How can you make porridge dairy-free?

Following a dairy-free diet? Just replace the semi-skimmed milk in the recipe for a dairy-free alternative such as almond milk or coconut milk. The overall taste of the porridge might be slightly different, but still delicious. Half the amount of porridge oats and milk if you are making porridge for one.

Is porridge healthy?

Oats contain a soluble fibre which has been suggested to help lower cholesterol. Oats also contain magnesium, iron and zinc as well as B vitamins which are great for the body. Some studies suggest that porridge is also good for weight loss as the oats help to keep you fuller for longer meaning you’re less likely to snack between breakfast and lunch.

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Jessica Dady
Food Editor

Jessica Dady is Food Editor at GoodtoKnow and has over 11 years of experience as a digital editor, specialising in all things food, recipes, and SEO. From the must-buy seasonal food hampers and advent calendars for Christmas to the family-friendly air fryers that’ll make dinner time a breeze, Jessica loves trying and testing various food products to find the best of the best for the busy parents among us. Over the years of working with GoodtoKnow, Jessica has had the privilege of working alongside Future’s Test Kitchen to create exclusive videos - as well as writing, testing, and shooting her own recipes. When she’s not embracing the great outdoors with her family at the weekends, Jessica enjoys baking up a storm in the kitchen with her favourite bakes being chocolate chip cookies, cupcakes, and a tray of gooey chocolate brownies