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Instant Pot Steel Cut Oats is a creamy, healthy, and delicious healthy breakfast meal for busy mornings. Set the night before, then just season and top with your favorite fruit and berries in the morning!

We love oatmeal for breakfast, whether it’s overnight oats, healthy granola, or baked oatmeal bars. So healthy, and so good!

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Table of Contents

  • Why Make Instant Pot Oatmeal?
  • Ingredients for Instant Pot Steel Cut Oats Recipe
  • What Are Steel Cut Oats?
  • How to Cook Steel Cut Oats in Instant Pot
  • Optional Add-Ins and Variations
  • Tips for Best Oatmeal in Instant Pot
  • FAQs
  • How to Serve
  • How to Store and Reheat
  • More Favorite Oatmeal Recipes
  • Instant Pot Steel Cut Oats Recipe

I’m sharing my recipe for Instant Pot steel cut oats tested multiple times until I perfected it to the ultimate consistency just like my dad used to make in Ukraine. Just the right amount of creamy with a bite and in a fraction of the time as cooking it on the stove!

Enjoying a complete breakfast like Instant Pot eggs and Instant Pot egg bites, or even Instant Pot yogurt with quinoa granola is now even easier thanks to the Instant Pot, an electric pressure cooker extraordinaire. Steel cut oatmeal Instant Pot is a healthy breakfast, high in protein, and fibre that will keep you fuller for longer.

You may also love syrniki recipe, cheese pancakes that I also grew up eating in the Ukraine!

Why Make Instant Pot Oatmeal?

  • Keeps you full: Because of their higher fiber and density, steel cut oats keeps you fuller for much longer than old fashioned rolled or instant oats.
  • Healthy: Less processed than rolled oats and loaded with vitamins, like vitamin B, minerals like iron, high in fibre, and antioxidants.
  • Customizable: On their own oats are a little nutty, but also bland, so it’s a great blank slate to add all of your favorite add-ins, toppings, and flavours.
  • Easy and hands off:With just 12 minutes of cook time, some water, and oats, it’s the pressure cooker that does the work!
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Ingredients for Instant Pot Steel Cut Oats Recipe

  • Steel cut oats: Steel cut oats are the healthiest oats because they are the least processed. Buy organic, if possible. I also included notes for quick cooking steel cut oats which we buy at Costco often.
  • Water and milk: Water is for cooking oats because the pressure cooker needs liquid to create steam. The milk is added afterward to add richness and creamy consistency.
  • Butter: Melted butter also adds creaminess to porridge. You could replace the butter with coconut oil if preferred!
  • Sweetener:I like to use maple syrup just because the maple flavor in oats is amazing. Honey, sugar, agave, erythritol, stevia, etc. will also work.
  • Seasonings: Pure vanilla extract, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Amounts used are merely to add subtle flavor. For more prominent flavors, see suggestions below.
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What Are Steel Cut Oats?

As much as we all love a warm bowl of oatmeal in the morning to get us going, it’s important to know that not all oatmeal is created equal! A healthy oat breakfast can quickly go south once you start adding a ton of sugar, or use the prepackaged oats that come with an incredible amount of dessert like sugar. The oats themselves all have a lot of nutrients in them, and each is considered a part of a healthy choice, it’s just what we do with the oats that can alter the benefits.

Steel cut oats are the least processed of the bunch, which essentially makes them the healthiest of all the oats. Just in terms of how much of the vitamins and minerals are retained after processing. They almost look like quinoa or chopped up rice. It’s cut from the oat groat rather than made into rolled (more processed) oats. This makes them much more coarse in texture, even after cooking. They’ve got a chewy bite to them, which can be tricky to overcome if not cooked properly, and because of this, the cooking time is longer than rolled oats- but that is where the magic of steel cut oatmeal Instant Pot comes in!

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How to Cook Steel Cut Oats in Instant Pot

  • Cook oats in water: In the Instant Pot, add 2 cups steel cut oats and 4 cups water. Cook for 12 minutes on High Pressure.

For overnight steel cut oats: This cool feature is totally optional but so handy! Press delay at night for -25 minutes before your breakfast time. Wake up to freshly cooked steel cut oats.

  • Season oatmeal: Release the pressure right away and add butter, milk, maple syrup, vanilla extract, cinnamon, nutmeg, and stir. Let the steel cut oatmeal Instant Pot sit for 2 minutes to thicken and absorb the flavours.
  • Serve with your favorite toppings: Fresh in season or frozen fruit and berries, nuts, chia seeds, peanut butter, other types of nut butter, or jam are all great options.

Quick cooking steel cut oats: This is pre-cooked steel cut oatmeal, so it needs less cook time. Use a ratio of 2 cups of oats to 3 1/2 cups water, and cook for 6 minutes.

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Optional Add-Ins and Variations

  • Apple pie: Stir in 1/2 cup applesauce, 1/2 tsp cinnamon, and a pinch of nutmeg.
  • Vanilla maple: Add 1/4 cup maple syrup and 1 tsp pure vanilla extract.
  • Savory oatmeal: Use plant based milk and serve with a fried or poached egg, bacon, avocado, and salsa.
  • Raisin nut: Add 1/2 cup raisins, 1/2 cup chopped almonds or pecans and let sit for 5 minutes for raisins to swell.
  • Yogurt and berries: Add 1 cup of plain yogurt or strawberry yogurt and 1 cup of fresh or frozen berries. You may also love to use leftover healthy fruit salad!
  • Pumpkin: Stir in 1 cup of pumpkin puree, 1 tsp cinnamon, and 1/2 tsp nutmeg before cooking. Or just use 2 tsp pumpkin pie spice.
  • Banana bread: Add sliced ripe banana before cooking. If you prefer them to be uncooked and a little more firm, add them after.

Tips for Best Oatmeal in Instant Pot

  • Size of Instant Pot you can use:Any! 3, 6, 8 or 10 quarts will fit the original recipe as written. The double volume will work in all sizes except the 3 quarts one.
  • Total cook time is 20-25 minutes:Factor that in during morning rush hour. So, it isn’t that instant but you turn it on and walk away.
  • Double the recipe:Double all ingredients but keep the same cook time.
  • Make less:Cut ingredients in half but keep the same cook time. You can also try to makeovernight steel cut oatsin individual jars if feeding one or two people.
  • Keep Warm:If you plan on using this function, add extra 1/2 cup water to prevent oatmeal from sticking and burning to the pot.
  • Don’t add dairy milk before cooking:It’s important to add dairy milk after cooking oats otherwise it will cause“Burn”.
  • Non-dairy milk:However, you can replace water with any plant-based milk from a carton like almond milk at a 1:1 ratio. Just coat the pot with oil before adding the ingredients.
  • Don’t use the porridge button:It is a pre-programmed function for quick oats. I learned through multiple testing methods, custom times (manual/high-pressure cook time) work the best with Instant Pot.

FAQs

Are steel cut oats gluten free?

Naturally, steel cut oats are a gluten free whole grain that is easily digestible by most people. However, the issue lies in that many places that process oats, also process items that do contain gluten. This is where cross-contamination can be a problem, especially for those with celiac disease, intolerance, or allergy.

The only way to be sure if your steel cut oats are certified gluten free is to make sure to read the label. It will say if it is made in a gluten free facility.

Are steel cut oats better for you than rolled oats?

Don’t get me wrong, rolled oats are awesome and I use them in everything from cookies to even pizza crust. They too come with a slew of vitamins and minerals. However, just based on the fact that steel cut oats are less processed than rolled oats, it means less of their benefits get lost along the way. So, naturally, they contain more of the good stuff.

Should I rinse steel cut oats before cooking?

You certainly can, if you prefer, but you don’t have to. Some people who don’t use the Instant Pot may want to soak them for a bit and then drain. Using the Instant Pot eliminates the need for any of that.

Can I use quick cooking steel cut oats?


This is a great option if you want to get breakfast on the table in a hurry! Use 2 cups of oats for 3 1/2 cups of water and cook for just 6 minutes.

Why are my steel cut oatmeal oats chewy?

Steel cut oats have a different texture than rolled oats if that is what you’re used to. Having them a bit chewy (with a little bit of a bite) is very normal. If you find that they are gluey and goopy, it might just be a matter of you not leaving them alone and stirring a little too much. When you activate the starch, it can change the texture of the oats.

Should I add salt to steel cut oats?

You can! The salt, as it does in any recipe, helps to bring out the natural flavors of the oats. They are quite nutty and slightly bland, so a little salt won’t hurt!

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How to Serve

  • Flavor: Swirl in some homemade Instant Pot applesauce or top with strawberry yogurt.
  • Serve a crowd a special brunch: Include this sweet potato egg casserole, a basket of fresh healthy cranberry orange muffins, or a stack of almond flour pancakes.
  • Relaxed weekend mornings: I love to enjoy a bowl of overnight steel cut oats and Instant Pot egg bites.
  • During the holidays: Indulge a little with these healthy cinnamon rolls, a loaf of moist and delicious healthy banana bread or healthy gingerbread loaf.

How to Store and Reheat

Storing: Refrigerate oats in an airtight container for up to 5 days.

Batch cook and double the recipe to quickly grab and reheat on busy mornings.

Reheating: Oatmeal thickens in the fridge. Add a splash of milk and simmer on the stovetop for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally until warmed through.

Freezing: You can also freeze oatmeal in portions in an airtight container for up to 3 months. Then thaw in the fridge and reheat.

Meal prep: You can divide cooked oatmeal with toppings between containers and refrigerate for up to 5 days. When ready to eat, stir your overnight steel cut oats to prevent toppings from scorching, and microwave until warmed through.

More Favorite Oatmeal Recipes

  • Brown rice pudding
  • Healthy oatmeal muffins
  • Healthy banana oat bars
  • Healthy cereal
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Instant Pot Steel Cut Oats

Instant Pot Steel Cut Oats is a creamy, healthy, and delicious breakfast for busy mornings. Set the night before, then just season and top with your favorite fruit and berries in the morning!

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Servings 4 servings

Calories 402

Prep Time 1 minute minute

Cook Time 12 minutes minutes

Total Time 13 minutes minutes

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Ingredients

Instructions

  • In Instant Pot, add steel cut oats and water.

  • Close the lid, turn pressure valve to Sealing, press Pressure Cook on High or Manual for 12 minutes and cancel/don't turn on Keep Warm. Display will say ON, Instant Pot will take about 10 minutes to come to pressure, then float valve will rise and countdown from 12 minutes will begin.

  • When oatmeal is ready, display will say OFF. Turn pressure valve to Venting position immediately to release the pressure.

  • When float valve is down, open the lid (some water is fine), add butter, milk, maple syrup, vanilla extract, cinnamon, nutmeg, and stir. Let oatmeal sit for 2 minutes to thicken and absorb flavors.

  • Serve topped with fresh in season or frozen fruit or berries, nuts, coconut flakes etc.

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Notes

  • Store: Refrigerate up to 5 days in an airtight container. Simmer with a splash of milk or water covered in a small pot on low heat, stirring occasionally. Or microwave in increments.
  • Freeze: In an airtight container for up to 3 months. Thaw in the fridge overnight or on the counter for a few hours. Reheat as per instructions above.
  • Size of Instant Pot you can use: Any 3, 6, 8 or 10 quart will fit original recipe as written. Double volume will work in all sizes except the 3 quart one.
  • Quick cooking steel cut oats: Use ratio of 2 cups oats and 3 1/2 cups water, cook for 6 minutes.
  • Make ahead the night before: You can use Delay function, set oatmeal at night for “- 25 minutes” your breakfast time, and wake up to freshly cooked steel cut oats.
  • Amount: Double all ingredients but keep same cook time. Cut ingredients in half but keep same cook time.
  • Keep Warm: If you plan on using this function, add extra 1/2 cup water to prevent oatmeal from sticking and burning to the pot.
  • Don’t use porridge button: It is pre-programmed function for quick oats. I learnt for best outcome, custom tested times work the best with Instant Pot.

See recipe post for more notes and FAQs.

Nutrition

Serving: 1.5cups | Calories: 402kcal | Carbohydrates: 62g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 15mg | Sodium: 144mg | Fiber: 9g | Sugar: 9g

Course: Breakfast

Cuisine: North American

Author: Olena Osipov

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FAQs

Is instant oatmeal the same as steel cut oats? ›

Steel-cut oats have a chewy texture and nutty flavor, while rolled and instant oats are milder with a softer texture. Steel-cut oats are the least processed of the three.

How do you keep oatmeal from burning in the Instant Pot? ›

Cooking your oatmeal in a separate bowl is a fool-proof way to make sure you don't get a burn error during the cooking cycle, and it's perfect when you want to cook a single serving of oats. With this method, you'll start by pouring 1 cup of water into the bottom of your Instant Pot. Set a trivet on top of that.

What is the ratio of water to steel cut oats when cooking? ›

For every 1 cup of steel cut oats, you'll need 3 1/2 to 4 cups of liquid, depending upon how thick you'd like them to be (less liquid = thicker steel cut oatmeal). I like to do a mix of water and milk to make the steel cut oats extra creamy. The ratio is flexible.

Should I rinse my steel cut oats before I cook them? ›

It's not necessary to wash oats before cooking, as they are typically processed and cleaned during production. If you're using steel-cut oats, rinsing is a personal preference, but for rolled or instant oats, it's generally not required.

Is it OK to eat steel-cut oats everyday? ›

Steel cut oats are a good source of fiber. This is about 20% of your recommended daily intake. Because the American diet today can be so deficient in many ways, eating steel cut oats on a regular basis can help you meet your body's daily fiber requirements and help keep your body healthy and functioning at its best.

Are steel-cut oats better for you than rolled oats? ›

Rolled oats and steel-cut oats are two minimally processed forms of oats. They have similar nutritional values and health benefits. Steel-cut oats may take longer to digest and therefore help a person feel full for longer. They also have a slightly lower impact on blood sugar.

Why are steel-cut oats healthier than regular oatmeal? ›

Due to their density, steel-cut oats are cooked with a higher ratio of liquid than rolled oats. They yield a larger portion, meaning you can eat less oats and consume fewer calories. Steel-cut oats take longer to digest, helping you to stay full longer and causing less of a rise in blood sugar.

Are quick cook steel-cut oats still healthy? ›

Note: You may have seen quick cooking steel cut oats - they are simply cut smaller, so they cook faster. Like rolled oats, these are still good, but may have a lesser effect than the longer cooking steel cut oats. Keep them all on hand, if you like.

Is there such a thing as instant steel-cut oats? ›

Quick Cooking Steel Cut Oats are created much like our regular steel cut oats: they're just cut into smaller pieces, so they're ready to eat in 5–7 minutes instead of 15–20.

What is the best oatmeal to eat for weight loss? ›

If you want to lose weight sustainably, try making oatmeal with steel-cut or rolled oats, Nikolakopoulos says. "Steel-cut oats can absorb more water than instant oats, and they're also superior to instant oatmeal because they are less processed and have a better nutrient profile,” she says.

Why is my instant oatmeal slimy? ›

Oats naturally contain a type of starch called beta-glucan, which can give them a slimy texture if it is not washed off properly. Another possible reason is that the oats were soaked for too long, which can cause the oats to release more starch and become slimy.

Why do you add salt to oatmeal when boiling water? ›

"Salt really brings the flavor of oats to life so don't skip this step when cooking and don't wait [until] the oatmeal is done to just sprinkle it on top," says Michalcyzk. Instead, stir in a pinch while you cook the oats, this way you can monitor as you go and get the right amount of salt.

Is there a quicker way to cook steel-cut oats? ›

Steel-cut oats generally have a longer cooking time than several other types of oats, but you can cut down the time significantly if you prepare them in the microwave. Although it is quicker to make steel-cut oats in the microwave, it is definitely a more “hands-on” technique.

How long does it take to cook quick cooking steel-cut oats? ›

Stove-top Instructions

Cover and cook for 5–7 minutes (depending on how thick and chewy you like your cereal), stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and let stand, covered, for two minutes. Makes enough for four hungry folks.

Can I use quick cooking steel-cut oats instead of rolled oats? ›

If quick-cooking oats are used in a recipe in place of old-fashioned rolled oats, the texture will be different, but that will probably matter very little in most recipes.

How do you cook steel-cut oats vs rolled oats? ›

Water ratio: Since steel cut oats are unprocessed, they require more liquid to cook. A 1/4 cup of steel cut oats requires 3/4 to 1 cup of water whereas a 1/4 cup of rolled oats needs 1/2 cup of water. Cook time: Steel cut oats also take much longer to cook than rolled oats (or any other type of oat).

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