Instant pot steel cut oats are one of my favorite healthy breakfast recipes. They’re rich and creamy and practically foolproof! Steel cut oats are higher in fiber than rolled oats and have a coarse, chewy texture that I love!
Instant pot oatmeal is a great way to get your morning started on the right foot. Making oats in a pressure cooker doesn’t save much time, but you can set it and forget it. That means you don’t need to fuss over the stove or worry about the oats boiling over.
It also means you can start them and let them do their thing while you get dressed and take care of your other morning tasks. If you aren’t ready when they’re done, they’ll stay warm in the pot without overcooking. I love a breakfast that waits for me!
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How to make Instant Pot steel cut oats
To make steel cut oats in your instant pot, start by combining 5 cups of liquid and 2 cups of steel cut oats. They come out deliciously creamy when made with all water but, if you prefer, you can use 3 cups of water and 2 cups of milk or nondairy milk.
For the best flavor, I also stir in a half teaspoon of kosher salt and a teaspoon of vanilla.
Lock the lid in place (make sure the vent is set to sealing!) and cook on high pressure for 4 minutes. Then, let the pressure release naturally. This whole process will take about 30 minutes, about the same amount of time it takes to cook them on the stove top.
Finally, remove the lid and stir in a pat or two of butter. Enjoy your oats plain or get creative and mix things up with fun toppings to fit your mood!
Topping ideas for Instant Pot oatmeal
- Diced Apples, Cinnamon, and Brown Sugar
- Instant Pot Apple Butter
- Pumpkin Puree and Walnuts
- Bananas and Chocolate Chips
- Homemade Lemon Curd and Toasted Walnuts
- Peanut Butter and Jelly
- Gingerbread Oats (Molasses, Grated Ginger, Cinnamon, Cloves, and Nutmeg)
Meal prep oatmeal
Instant pot steel cut oats are great right away, but they’re also awesome for meal prep!
Double this recipe and divide the oatmeal into single-serving containers. I like these Glad containers (affiliate link). It will keep in the refrigerator for about 5 days. For longer term storage, you can also freeze oatmeal in airtight containers. You can add toppings at this stage, or keep the oats plain for now and decide what toppings your in the mood for later on. But keep in mind that some toppings, like bananas or jelly, will break down if you reheat them.
Add a splash of milk or water to loosen the oats up and pop them in the microwave for about 30 seconds. Give them a good stir and microwave another 30 seconds or so until they’re warm.
Of course, they’re also delicious straight from the fridge! If you like them this way, be sure to check out my overnight oats recipe too!
For another grab-and-go breakfast idea, try these nut butter and jelly baked oatmeal cups!
Instant Pot Steel Cut Oats
- 5 cups water
- 2 cups steel cut oats
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- ½ teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 Tablespoon butter
- Add the water, oats, vanilla, and salt to your Instant Pot.
- Lock on the lid (make sure the vent is set to sealing!) and cook on high pressure for 4 minutes.
- Let the pressure release naturally.
- Stir in the butter and top as desired.