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Instant Pot Steel Cut Oats

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Olena Osipov
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Instant Pot Steel Cut Oats is creamy, healthy and absolutely delicious breakfast 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.

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 oatmeal  – perfectly creamy with a bite. This is exactly how my dad made oatmeal for me growing up in Ukraine. We always serve any breakfast porridge with butter, milk and sugar. I took his recipe and adapted to Instant Pot.

Overall, your electric pressure cooker is a workhorse for a healthy breakfast. Whether it’s Instant Pot eggs, Instant Pot egg bites or Instant Pot yogurt that you can enjoy with quinoa granola, most of these recipes can be made ahead. And poached eggs in Instant Pot come out perfect every time too – easy and affordable Sunday brunch!

A bowl of Instant Pot 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 their long cook time. Not with Instant Pot though.

Instant Pot Steel Cut Oats with fruit and nuts

Ingredients for Instant Pot Steel Cut Oats

  • Steel cut oats: Steel cut oats are the healthiest oats because they are 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 and then milk added for creaminess after.
  • Butter: Melted butter adds creaminess to porridge. Also coconut oil is great!
  • Sweetener: I like to use maple syrup. Honey, sugar, agave, erythritol, stevia etc. will work.
  • Seasonings: Pure vanilla extract, cinnamon and nutmeg. Amounts used are merely to add subtle flavor. For more prominent flavors, see suggestions below.
 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.
  • Season oatmeal: Release pressure right away and add butter, milk, maple syrup, vanilla extract, cinnamon, nutmeg, and stir. Let oatmeal sit for 2 minutes to thicken and absorb flavors.
  • Serve with your favorite toppings: Fresh in season or frozen fruit and berries, nuts, chia seeds, peanut butter and jam.

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 Oatmeal in Instant Pot

  • 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: This is pre-cooked steel cut oatmeal, so it needs less cook time. Use ratio of 2 cups of oats to 3 1/2 cups water, and 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.
  • Double the recipe: Double all ingredients but keep same cook time.
  • Make less: Cut ingredients in half but keep same cook time. You can also try to make overnight steel cut oats in 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 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.
Instant Pot Steel Cut Oats with fruit in a bowl

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.

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Instant Pot Steel Cut Oats
Instant Pot Steel Cut Oats

Instant Pot Steel Cut Oats {Dad’s Ukrainian Recipe}

Instant Pot Steel Cut Oats is creamy, healthy and absolutely delicious breakfast for busy mornings. Set the night before, then just season and top with your favorite fruit and berries in the morning.
5 from 18 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
Calories: 402kcal
Author: Olena Osipov

Ingredients

  • 2 cups steel cut oats
  • 4 cups water
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1 cup any milk
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup or honey
  • 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp nutmeg
  • Fresh in season or frozen fruit or berries, nuts, coconut flakes for serving

Instructions

  • In Instant Pot, add steel cut oats and water.
    Instant Pot Steel Cut Oats
  • 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.
    Instant Pot Steel Cut Oats
  • When oatmeal is ready, display will say OFF. Turn pressure valve to Venting position immediately to release the pressure.
    Instant Pot Steel Cut Oats
  • 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.
    Instant Pot Steel Cut Oats
  • Serve topped with fresh in season or frozen fruit or berries, nuts, coconut flakes etc.
    Instant Pot Steel Cut Oats

Store: Refrigerate leftovers for up to 5 days in an airtight container.

    Reheat: Simmer with a splash of milk or water covered in a small pot on low heat, stirring occasionally. SHould take about 3-5 minutes. 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.

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        Notes

        • 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.
        • Double the recipe: Double all ingredients but keep same cook time.
        • Make less: 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 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 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.
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        Nutrition

        Serving: 1.5cups | Calories: 402kcal | Carbohydrates: 62g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 15mg | Sodium: 144mg | Fiber: 9g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 175IU | Calcium: 122mg | Iron: 3mg
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