Instant Pot Steel Cut Oats is healthy, creamy and perfect oatmeal waiting for you in the morning. It is hands off breakfast solution for busy mornings.
Instant Pot Oatmeal
You better believe me when I say I have tested Instant Pot steel cut oats about 7 times. Until I found a perfect method the way I like my steel cut oats – perfectly creamy with a bite.
Steel cut oats are the healthiest oats because they are least processed. A bowl of steel cut oatmeal will keep you full much longer than a bowl made with quick or rolled oats.
But they are a weekend luxury because of long cook time. Not with Instant Pot though.
How to Make Instant Pot Steel Cut Oats
- Cook oats in water: In Instant Pot, add 2 cups steel cut oats and 4 cups water. Cook for 12 minutes on High Pressure.
- For overnight oatmeal (optional): Press Delay at night for “-25 minutes your breakfast time”. And wake up to freshly cooked steel cut oats.
- Add butter and milk: Release pressure right away and stir in butter or coconut oil while oats are still hot. Then add any milk and you favorite seasoning like sweetener, pure vanilla extract, cinnamon, nutmeg etc.
- Toppings: Fresh or frozen fruit, nuts, chia seeds, peanut butter and jam.
Tips for Best Instant Pot Steel Cut Oats
- Quick cooking steel cut oats: This is pre-cooked steel cut oatmeal, so it needs less cooking. Use ratio of 2 cups oats to 3 cups water, cook for 6 minutes.
- 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.
- 3 quart Instant Pot: Cut ingredients in half but keep same cook time.
- Keep Warm function: If you plan using it, add extra 1/2 cup water to prevent sticking.
- Don’t add cow’s 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 1:1 ratio. Just coat the pot with oil before adding ingredients.
- 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.
- 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 vanilla.
- Savory oatmeal: Use plant-based milk and serve with a fried 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 yogurt and 1 cup of fresh or frozen berries.
- 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.
Storing and Reheating
Storing: Refrigerate oats in an airtight container for up to 5 days. Double the recipe to reheat on busy mornings.
Reheating: Oatmeal thickens in the fridge. Add a splash of milk and simmer on stovetop for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally and 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 to prevent toppings from scorching, and microwave until warmed through.
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Instant Pot Steel Cut Oats
- 2 cups steel cut oats*
- 4 cups water
- 2 tbsp butter
- 1 cup milk
- In Instant Pot, add oats and water. Close the lid, set pressure vent to Sealing, press Pressure Cooking on High 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 to let pressure out. It will take 1-2 minutes and the process isn’t that smelly or messy.
- When float valve is down, open the lid, add butter and stir until melted. Add milk, stir and serve however you like it. That was easy!
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