And it's actually pretty darn easy, too. For the most part, the method for perfect oatmeal is (loosely) based on the instructions on the box. After I experimented with alterations to the recipe, my oatmeal became tastier, more edible(temperature-wise), and more predictable than the original recipe.
First, you will need few key ingredients and supplies:
1/2 c. instant oats
1/2 c. milk
1/2 c. more milk (optional)
1 tb. brown sugar (large spoon will do)
1/4 c. dried fruit or desired garnish (optional/not pictured)
1 wide, semi-deep microwave-able bowl (important shape for oatmeal-nuking)
Step 1: Mix It.
Step 2: Soak It.
It's important that you use a large bowl like the one pictured and that your oats are spread flatly among the bowl. Otherwise, the milk will boil over the bowl, creating an oozy mess in your microwave and leaving your oats improperly cooked.
Step 3: Nuke It.
After pulling your bowl out of the microwave (careful: hot), add the other 1/2 c. of milk to the dish and stir to mix. If you don't want as much milk, a 1/4 cup will do. For more pasty oatmeal, omit the 1/2 c. of milk altogether. Your choice! Personally, I like to add at least a 1/4 c. of milk to cool off the oatmeal so that I can eat it right away.
Step 4: Garnish It. Eat It.
I decided to add pineapple slices from a fruit cup (drained) at the last minute. It was tasty; however, dried fruits make the better oatmeal garnishes.