up close bowl of oatmeal with sliced banana

Instant Pot Oatmeal

How to cook old fashioned oats in your pressure cooker for creamy, perfectly cooked oatmeal. 
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Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Instant Pot Oatmeal
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 160kcal
Author: Kristen Chidsey


  • 2 cups old fashioned oats
  • 1 cup water plus water for inside pressure cooker
  • 2 cups milk any kind
  • 1 tablespoon flaxseed


  • Insert the trivet into the Instant Pot. Pour in 1 cup cold water inside the inner pot for a 3 or 6 quart instant pot and 1.5 cups of cold water into an 8 quart instant pot.
  • Inside a 7 cup heat safe bowl, mix together the oats, 1 cup water, and 2 cups milk, and flax seed.
  • Place bowl on top of trivet and put lid on Instant pot. 
  • Set Valve to "sealed" and set manual or time to 8 minutes on high pressure.
  • Allow to naturally release for 5 minutes before carefully releasing any additional steam by using a wooden spoon to turn valve to vent. 
  • Remove bowl carefully from pressure cooker and then serve with desired toppings or allow to cool and store in fridge to reheat as needed. 


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
Total Time: 10 minutes to come to pressure + 8 Minutes Cooking Time + 5 Minutes Release= 22 total minutes. 
You need a total of 3 cups liquid to 2 cups oats for oats to cook properly. I use 2 cups dairy and 1 cup water. You will also need additional water in under the trivet for the Instant Pot to come to pressure. 
Nutrition Facts
Instant Pot Oatmeal
Amount Per Serving
Calories 160 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Fat 5g8%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 8mg3%
Sodium 41mg2%
Potassium 218mg6%
Carbohydrates 22g7%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 6g12%
Vitamin A 130IU3%
Calcium 113mg11%
Iron 1.2mg7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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