Creamy, tender steel cut oats can be made in less than 30 minutes right in the Instant Pot. Steel Cut Oatmeal makes a great gluten-free breakfast that is full of protein and fiber and can be made dairy-free.
Insert steamer rack inside the 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, a dash of salt, and flaxseed if using. Please note that Pyrex is NO longer approved for using inside and instant pot.
Place the bowl on top of trivet/rack and put the lid on Instant Pot.
Set Valve to "sealed" and set manual or time to 8 minutes on high pressure.
Allow pressure to naturally release.
Remove the bowl carefully from the pressure cooker and then serve with desired toppings or allow to cool and store in the fridge to reheat as needed.
Use gluten-free steel cut oats for gluten free oatmeal.
Use non-dairy milk like coconut milk, almond milk, or soy milk for dairy-free/vegan steel cut oatmeal.
It is important to note if you are using a high fat dairy (like coconut cream or whole milk), use no more than 1 cup of of the full fat dairy product and 2 cups of water. This will prevent the dairy from separating in the instant pot.
This recipe can easily be doubled as long as it fits inside your heat safe bowl.
If you are cooking steel cut oats with just water, you can make right in the inner pot--no need for using pot in pot method. The only adjustment is to change the cook time to 6 minutes on high pressure, instead of 8 minutes.
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.
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.