If you are looking for perfect steel cut oats in the Instant Pot, this recipe is for you! I will show you how to cook steel cut oats perfectly in the instant pot along with providing ideas for toppings, and flavor combinations as well. Instant Pot Steel Cut Oats will become a staple recipe at your house!
Steel Cut Oatmeal is a delicious hearty breakfast that had a reputation of being a recipe reserved for weekends. Steel Cut Oats just took too long to make on a busy weekday!
However, with an electric pressure cooker Steel Cut Oats are a perfect quick cooking breakfast! Instant Pot Steel Cut Oats are even possible on the busiest of mornings!
Instant Pot Steel Cut Oats
While waking up to a slow cooker full of steel cut oats is dreamy, and grabbing a jar of overnight oatmeal from the refrigerator is a great start to a hot summer morning, I am in love with Instant Pot Steel Cut Oatmeal for a few reasons.
- Instant Pot Steel Cut Oats only take 30 minutes of hands off time to make from start to finish.
- Steel Cut Oatmeal is full of texture, fiber, and nutrients.
- Instant Pot Steel Cut Oats can be flavored anyway you like.
- Steel Cut Oatmeal is a great recipe to meal prep for the week ahead!
Now I know that 30 minutes may seem like a long time for busy mornings, but hear me out. Because cooking the Instant Pot is hands-off, you can wake up, start these steel cut oats in your electric pressure cooker and by the time you blow dry your hair, or drag your kids out of bed, breakfast is ready for you.
Better yet, you can set everything up for steel cut oats in the pressure cooker, set the timer button to delay cook time, and wake up to piping hot steel cut oats ready to be served.
How to Cook Steel Cut Oats in the Instant Pot
Making steel cut oats in the Instant Pot is incredibly simple, and as I mentions hands-off!!
There are two methods for making steel cut oats in a pressure cooker.
- Pot-in-Pot (my preferred method)
- Directly in Pan
Cooking Steel Cut Oats Pot-In-Pot
Step One: Prepare Your Instant Pot
- Place your trivet in your inner pot of your pressure cooker.
- Pour in 1 cup cold water (or 1 1/2 cups cold water if using an 8 quart instant pot.)
Step Two: Mix together Oats and Liquid
- In a heat safe bowl (I use a 7 cup pyrex glass dish), mix your oats and liquid together with a bit of flax seed.
- The flax seed is optional but adds omega fatty acids and fiber.
- I choose to use part water and part dairy of any kind (coconut milk, cows milk, almond milk, etc). You can use all water or all dairy. In my experience all water is incredibly bland and using all dairy/non-dairy as your liquid doesn’t result in oats breaking down into a creamy texture.
- It is important to note if you are using a high fat dairy (like coconut cream or whole milk) you MUST use only half full fat dairy product with half water so the fat in your dairy will not separate.
Step Three: Cook the Steel Cut Oats
- Put the lid on your instant pot, turn your valve to “seal.”
- Set your pressure cooker to cook on high pressure for 6 minutes.
- I have found it takes anywhere from 5-10 minutes to come to pressure.
Step Four: Let Pressure Release
- Allow the instant pot to release pressure naturally (about 15-20 minutes).
- I would not recommend doing a quick release when cooking Steel Cut Oats in your pressure cooker, because this may cause your oatmeal to spill out of your pot in pot or liquid to clog your instant pot valve. Plus, one trick to making the BEST Steel Cut Oatmeal is allowing the oats to absorb the liquid and become tender.
- Serve warm with any desired toppings.
Cooking Steel Cut Oats without Pot In Pot Method
Do you have to cook steel cut oatmeal using the pot in pot method?
No, as long as you do NOT use dairy products, as the dairy may very well cause your pressure cooker to give you a burn notice.
Instant Pot Steel Cut Oats in Inner Pot
- Grease your inner pot with butter or coconut oil
- Pour in 1 cup of steel cut oats and 3 cups water, alternatively you can cook 2 cups steel cut oats with 6 cups water for a double batch.)
- Cook on High Pressure for 6 minutes and allow pressure to release naturally.
Flavor Varieties for Instant Pot Steel Cut Oatmeal
One of the main reasons I love to make a big batch of plain Instant Pot Steel Cut Oatmeal is so that each person can flavor their oatmeal exactly as they desire.
Here are a few of my favorite Instant Pot Steel Cut Oatmeal serving ideas. Each recipe is for one serving of oatmeal.
- Vanilla Maple: 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract and 1/2 tablespoon maple syrup
- Chocolate Peanut Butter: 1 tablespoon cocoa powder, 1 tablespoons peanut butter, and 1/2 tablespoon maple syrup.
- Almond Joy: use coconut milk as your dairy or top cooked oatmeal with a bit of coconut milk before serving and top with mini chocolate chips, shredded coconut and toasted almonds
- Pumpkin Pie: mix in 2-3 tablespoons pumpkin puree, 1/2 tablespoon maple syrup, 1/2 teaspoon each of cinnamon, nutmeg and 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger.
- Raisin Nut: top steel cut oatmeal with a dash of cinnamon and 1-2 tablespoons each of raisins and chopped walnuts.
- Apple Pie: top steel cut oats with chopped fresh apple, cinnamon, and honey or maple syrup.
- Honey Nut: stir in 1 tablespoon honey and top with toasted nuts of any variety.
- Pina Colada: top steel cut oats with pineapple chunks, toasted coconut and sliced bananas. Serve with a splash of coconut milk.
- Savory Sausage and Cheese: add in 1/4 cup cooked crumbled sausage and 1/4 cup shredded cheese.
- Savory Bacon and Egg: top steel cut oatmeal crumbled bacon and a fried egg
- Berries and Cream: stir in 1/4 cup fresh berries. 1/2 teaspoon vanilla and 1/4 cup yogurt
- Banana Chia Almond (pictured): top steel cut oats with sliced banana, 2 teaspoons chia seeds, and chopped almonds.
Tips on Instant Pot Steel Cut Oatmeal:
- In order to make gluten-free steel cut oatmeal be sure to use certified gluten-free steel cut oats.
- In order to make these Instant Pot Steel Cut Oats vegan use non-dairy milk or water.
- Leftover steel cut oats can be stored in the fridge for up to a week.
- Cooked steel cut oats can also be frozen in individual containers for up to 3 months, and reheated as needed.
- Another important thing to remember when cooking oats in your instant pot, much like rice, you will NOT need as much liquid as you do when cooking on the stove top. This is because, when you cook oats on the stove, liquid is evaporated (even if your pan has a tight fitting lid, but in the pressure cooker, no liquid is evaporated.
More Steel Cut Oat Recipes
- Strawberries and Cream Steel Cut Oats
- Maple Cinnamon Steel Cut Oats
- Carrot Cake Steel Cut Oats
- Peanut Butter and Jelly Oatmeal
Instant Pot Steel Cut Oatmeal
- 1 cups steel cut oats
- 1 cup water plus more for the inner pot
- 2 cups milk your favorite variety
- dash salt
- 1/4 cup ground flax seed optional
- Insert steamer rack inside inner pot of Instant Pot. Add in 1 cup of cold/room temperature water to a 6 or 8 quart Instant Pot and 1.5 cups in an 8 quart instant pot.
- Inside a 7 cup heat safe bowl, mix together the oats, 1 cup water, 2 cups dairy of choice, and flax seed.
- Place bowl on top of steaming rack and put lid on Instant pot.
- Set Valve to "sealed" and set manual or time to 6 minutes on high pressure.
- Allow pressure to naturally release.
- Remove bowl carefully from pressure cooker and then serve with desired toppings or allow to cool and store in fridge to reheat as needed.
- Use gluten-free steel cut oats for gluten free oatmeal.
- Coconut milk, almond milk, or soy milk for vegan steel cut oatmeal.
- This recipe can easily be doubled as long as it fits inside your heat safe bowl.
- When I first wrote this post, I suggested using an oven safe glass dish, since then Pyrex has come out to say that their dishes are not safe in the Instant Pot, therefore I recommend this stainless steel bowl.
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