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Steel Cut Oats in a dark grey bowl topped with blueberries with a pressure cooker in the background

Instant Pot Steel Cut Oats

Instant Pot Steel Cut Oats are easy and creamy, with a bit of texture. Add in your favorite flavors for a tasty breakfast!

Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Keyword pressure cooker steel cut oats
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 27 minutes
Servings 2 servings
Calories 150 kcal
Author Sandy Clifton

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup Steel Cut Oats* Regular, not the Quick type.
  • 1 1/4 cup Water
  • 1 tsp Butter
  • Pinch of Salt

Optional - Any or All of These (Whatever you would normally cook with the oats)

  • 1 tsp Vanilla
  • 1/4 cup Raisins
  • 1/2 Chopped Apple
  • 1/2 tsp Cinnamon

Instructions

Cooking Directly in Inner Liner

  1. Add all ingredients to the Instant Pot and stir.

  2. Close the lid and set the steam release knob to the Sealing position.

  3. Press the Pressure Cook (or Manual) button, then the +/- button to select 10 minutes.

  4. After cooking cycle ends, let naturally release pressure for 10 minutes. Let sit for 12 minutes for a bit creamier result.

Top with your favorite toppings: berries, nuts, brown sugar, maple syrup, honey, milk, etc.

Optional Cooking Method: Toasting the Oats Before Pressure Cooking

  1. Add 2 Tbsp butter to the pot on Sauté mode and brown the dry oats for a few minutes prior to pressure cooking them. Proceed by adding the liquid and other ingredients and pressure cooking after toasting/browning. This brings out a nutty flavor that many people really like!

Pot-in-Pot Method (Better for making a single serving, or when there's not enough liquid to bring the pressure cooker to pressure)

  1. Add oatmeal, water, salt, and any other ingredients to an oven safe stainless steel or baking dish/bowl (I have a 1 quart size oven safe round baking dish that I use, and sometimes I use a 1 quart stainless steel bowl).

  2. Add one cup of water to the Instant Pot's inner liner.

  3. Place the trivet or rack that came with the pot in the inner liner (if you don't have that one, use a rack without tall legs as the bowl may sit up too high).

  4. Set the bowl of oats on the rack (You may need to use a sling to do this if your dish or rack doesn't have handles). Leave bowl uncovered.

  5. Close the lid of the Instant Pot and set the steam release knob to the Sealing position.

  6. Press the Manual (or Pressure Cook) button, then the + or - button to select 10 minutes.

  7. After cooking cycle ends, let naturally release pressure for 10 minutes. Let sit for 12 minutes for a bit creamier result.

Cook Times for Different Types of Oats (10 minute Natural Release on all types)

  1. Steel Cut Oats - 10 minutes

    Steel Cut Oats (Quick) - 5 minutes

    Old Fashioned Oats (Rolled Oats ) - 2 minutes

    Quick Oats - 1 minute

    Oat Groats (Whole Oats) - 20 minutes

Recipe Notes

*This recipe is easy to double: 1 cup of dry steel cut oats to 2 1/2 cups of water, 2 tsp butter. Same cooking time as the recipe states.

Your results may vary. Oats differ by brand, and by region/conditions that they were grown in.

Once you test a batch out, you will have a good idea of what will work for you and the type of oats you are making.

Your results may vary, as mine did. Consider the age of your oats, your altitude, and the model of pressure cooker you have.