This is for Old Fashioned Whole Grain Rolled Oats(different brands will use some variation of that - Rolled Oats, Old Fashioned Oats, Whole Oats, etc.) Do not use Instant or Quick Oats. They will cook mushy using this technique. All microwaves cook differently even if they are of the same size and wattage. You might need to adjust your cooking time. After you cooked your first batch, you’ll know what time is best for your specific microwave and personal taste.
Add the oats, water, and salt in a microwave safe bowl. Stir to combine.
Microwave on High for 2 minutes. Let stand for another 2 minutes (if you need to remove the bowl from the microwave while it it standing - cover to allow the steam to continue cooking). Stir to fluff the oatmeal. If the oats are drier then you prefer, add a tablespoon of water or so and microwave for another 30 seconds.
Finish with any desired toppings.
Refer to Your Microwave Manual for Safety & Cooking GuidelinesGeneral microwave cooking time notes:
600-800w - Lower Wattage Microwaves: More time often needed
900-1100w - Average Wattage Microwaves
1200-1300w - High Wattage Microwaves: Less time often needed
Microwave Safe Containers & Lids
Microwave safe glass (particularly borosilicate glass) & ceramic containers are the recommended choice. *Do not use cracked or otherwise damaged containers.
Never use plastics (containers, bags, wrap, etc.) that are not labeled microwave safe. Never use styrofoam, metal, or aluminum foil.
Lids - microwave safe glass, ceramic or silicone is best. A microwave safe plate works great as a lid. Parchment paper, wax paper, or paper towels work fine, but may not hold the steam in as much (many recipes benefits from the steam retention). Microwave safe plastic lids are considered acceptable. Usually we prefer to use a lid from glass, ceramic, or silicone and just use the microwave safe plastic lids that come with the containers for storing.