by Olena

Instant Pot Steel Cut Oats

by Olena

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 steel cut oats

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.

 steel cut oats in a bag

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.

water and oats in instant pot

  • 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.

butter and milk added to the pot with oats

Still on a fence about Instant Pot? Check out which one I recommend to buy from my experience. Own one but still not 100% confident around it? Read my Instant Pot guide. Lot of tips and tricks.

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.

a bowl with instant pot steel cut oats, banana and blueberries

Flavor Ideas

  • 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.

More Instant Pot Recipes

Instant Pot Steel Cut Oats

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.
5 from 11 votes
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Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: North American
Prep Time: 1 minute
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 13 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Olena


  • 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!


*You can also use quick cooking steel cut oats with ratios 2 cups oats:3 cups water and cook for 6 minutes.
You can use Delay function, set oatmeal at night for -25 minutes your breakfast time, and wake up to freshly cooked steel cut oats.
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Hello and welcome to iFOODreal.

My name is Olena Osipov. I'm a mom to 2 boys and a wife to Alex. And this is our healthy family recipes blog. I grew up in Ukraine on real food. As an adult, I tried many diets without results. Now for over 10 years, I cook quick and easy healthy meals for my family. I can help you with “What’s for dinner?” too.

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Healthy family recipes with simple ingredients. Many are inspired by my Ukrainian heritage. I share mostly dinner recipes because it just never ends... I’m obsessed with healthy freezer meals. And more than in love with my Instant Pot.

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Originally from Ukraine, I now reside on magic Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada with my family. I started this blog in 2012 when I ended up at home with 2 small kids unemployed and a wee bit chubby.

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  1. 5 stars
    I have tried different recipes for Steel Cut Oatmeal. I purchased the Irish brand. I liked this recipe. It was easy and fast to put together and so far it is the best recipe I have tried. I will definitely fix this again.

  2. 5 stars
    Hello, I thought you had an instant pot recipe for black bean brownie bites? Thieve were cooked in a silicon mold on the instant pot. I can’t find the recipe now. Please let me know. Thanks

  3. 5 stars
    Delicious! Finally! A steel cut recipe that doesn’t have to be continually stirred and watched in fear of boiling over and turning to mush! The chewiness is perfect and this is so easy on busy mornings. I added a bit of vanilla and cinnamon too. Cut up some fresh fruit and berries for a wonderful breakfast!

  4. 5 stars
    I love steel cut oats and especially how easy and quick it is to make these in the instant pot. Thanks ! ~Joyce

  5. Hi, how much of maple syrup, pure vanilla extract, cinnamon and nutmeg do you usually add? I want to try this recipe this weekend, looks amazing!

    1. I will try as I really eye ball for this one haha. 3 tbsp maple syrup, 1 cup milk, 2-3 tbsp butter or coconut oil, 1/2 tsp each cinnamon and vanilla, 1/4 tsp nutmeg. Enjoy!

  6. 5 stars
    Excellent, less messy and easiest steel cut oats I have run across. I changed nothing except when to add butter, milk and spices. I made 2 servings instead of 4 listed. I added all ingredients [including milk, butter and spices] before I set pressure to 6 minutes. Before adding anything, I sprayed with olive oil all over instant pot bowl. Once done, I did a quick release and mixed it up. I had no problem with a burn warning although some oats did stick to bottom. I soaked it and there was no problem getting it spic and span again in a jiffy. Since I only needed high pressure for 6 minutes, perhaps this is why it worked without burning? I have the 7-1 6-Qt duo instant pot and have never found a recipe that causes the burn notification, thankfully. I liked your add-in ingredients too. I added about 2 tbsp maple syrup, about 1/2 tsp each of nutmeg and cinammon and 1 tsp vanilla extract. It was not too sweet but sweet enough which is the way I like it. Excellent recipe. I gave it 5 stars.

  7. 5 stars
    Perfectly easy and yummy recipe that my whole family loved! Making mornings easier and with all the things you could possible mix in it won’t get stale on my menu! Thank you.

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