Some people despise oats, but to them I say, "you just haven't made it right yet."
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.
Measure out 1/2 c. of oats, leaving a little room at the top of the cup (about a 1/4 inch). Then, scoop out a rounded (table)spoonful of brown sugar. Add them both to your bowl, then mix them together.
Step 2: Soak It.
Next, add 1/2 c. of milk to your oats, making sure to submerge all of it. If they don't all get soaked, gently shake the bowl side-to-side to vibrate the oats down under. Then, allow the oats to soak further for a moment or two.
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.
Microwave on high for two minutes. Afterward, check for any uncooked oats. If there are a few, fold some of the neighboring cooked oats on top of the uncooked ones, pour in a splash of milk, and microwave again for 30 seconds.
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.
Lastly, add any garnishes to the bowl if you so desire.
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.