by Olena

Instant Pot Steel Cut Oats

by Olena

5 from 5 reviews

Make Easy Instant Pot Steel Cut Oats with any oats. You can set timer for overnight oatmeal and wake up to a healthy hot breakfast.

instant pot steel cut oats

You better believe me when I say I have tested these 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. Just like the photo suggests.

I’m not the biggest oatmeal or breakfast fan. It’s truly “my way or highway” when it comes to oats. I turn into a true 5 year old. My oats gotta be cooked soft with a crunch. Alex can’t cook me oatmeal. True fact. And I’m not picky.

If your inner self is 5 years young like me, then my easy recipe is for you!

What Are Steel Cut Oats?

Steel cut oats are the healthiest out of all types of oats because they are least processed. Oat groats are harvested and then cut into smaller pieces using steel blades, hence the name. A bowl of steel cut oatmeal will keep you full much longer than a bowl of oatmeal made with quick or rolled oats. After eating processed oats, I’m hungry an hour later, just like after a bowl of cereal.

instant pot steel cut oats overnight

Tips for Best Instant Pot Steel Cut Oats

  • Pressure cooker steel cut oats total cooking time is 20-25 minutes. Factor that in during morning rush hour.
  • So, Instant Pot isn’t that instant. But you turn it on and walk away.
  • You can prepare Instant Pot steel cut oats overnight by setting timer (see below).
  • If you plan to use Keep Warm, add extra 1/2 cup water to prevent sticking.
  • You can use quick cooking steel cut oats require only 6 minutes vs. 12 minutes.
  • It’s important to add regular milk after cooking oats. Don’t cook it. It will cause “burn”.
  • However, you can replace water with almond milk 1:1 ratio. Just coat the pot with oil before adding ingredients.
  • Add all flavors and toppings after oats are cooked. Anything you like!
  • I love to replace butter with coconut oil in Instant Pot steel cut oatmeal.
  • Adding frozen fruit to hot porridge cools off the oatmeal and melts the fruits to almost fresh like experience. Win-win.

How to Make Instant Pot Steel Cut 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.

Got one? Check out my most popular collection of 30 healthy Instant Pot recipes.

pressure cooker steel cut oats

1. Cook Oats in Water

  1. In Instant Pot, add 2 cups steel cut oats + 4 cups water. For overnight oatmeal, press Delay at night for “-25 minutes your breakfast time”. And wake up to freshly cooked steel cut oats. Cook for 12 minutes.
  2. You can also use quick cooking steel cut oats with ratios 2 cups oats : 3 cups water and cook for 6 minutes.

how to make instant pot steel cut oats

2. Add Milk and Flavors

  1. Release pressure if float valve is up. Add butter and stir until melted.
  2. Add almond milk or regular milk and stir again. I also like to add maple syrup, pure vanilla extract, cinnamon and nutmeg.

You will end up with the best your inner self 5 year old’s pressure cooker steel cut oats – creamy with a crunch.

More Healthy Breakfast Ideas with Oats:

And may I suggest Instant Pot yogurt to go with the oats?! Or that’s too much?:)


Instant Pot Steel Cut Oats

5 from 5 reviews

Make Easy Instant Pot Steel Cut Oats with any oats. You can set timer for overnight oatmeal and wake up to a healthy hot breakfast.

  • Author: Olena of
  • Prep Time: 1 minute
  • Cook Time: 12 minutes
  • Total Time: 13 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Instant Pot
  • Cuisine: North American


  • 2 cups steel cut oats*
  • 4 cups water
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1 cup milk


  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

 Did you make this recipe? Please give it a star rating in the comments.

olena osipov in the studio

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.

What You Will Find Here

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.

A Little More About Me

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.

14 comments on “Instant Pot Steel Cut Oats

Our “happiness” software deletes rude comments without publishing, so we can keep on happily cooking delicious recipes for you. Please see our full comment policy:).

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

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

  2. 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!

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. Thank you for Olena for such an easy and tasty oats recipe! I love using Instant pot, thank you for easy instructions.

The information on this website is for educational purposes only. It has not been evaluated by the FDA and is not intended to diagnose, treat, prevent, or cure any disease. You assume full responsibility and liability for your own actions.

This page may contain affiliate links. is a participant of Amazon Services LLC Associates Program. If you make a purchase, we will receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. It helps keep iFOODreal recipes free. Thanks for your support!