Instant Pot Steel Cut Oatmeal – an easy recipe for light and fluffy steel cut oats cooked in an electric pressure cooker. Best of all, it’s gluten free, vegan and you can customize it with your favorite fruit or berries!
I’m a big fan of oatmeal and thankfully so are my kiddos. While we love classic steel cut and rolled oats cooked on the stovetop, it’s fun to switch things up here and there by making variations of overnight oats or baked oatmeal.
I’ve already made a TON of Instant Pot recipes HERE.
And here are some more oatmeal and breakfast recipes HERE
If you’ve got kiddos and they are early risers that wake up hangry like mine, making steel cut oatmeal (and rice) in the Instant Pot is a total. GAME. changer! SO easy!!
Instant Pot Steel Cut Oatmeal
To make steel cut oatmeal in an Instant Pot, you literally just toss in the ingredients and it takes ONLY 4 minutes of cooking time.
The best part of all is that you don’t need to stir your oatmeal at 6 in the morning. It’s totally hands off! To avoid sticking, I usually lightly coat the inner pot with coconut oil (or you can use any other oil or butter if you prefer).
Now if you are familiar with an Instant Pot, you do have to keep in mind that it takes the cooker some time to come up to pressure.
This can take about 5 minutes. Plus you need to factor in the additional time it takes for the pressure to release naturally – about 12 minutes. So I would plan for 30 minutes start to finish for this oatmeal to be on your table.
But the end results are totally worth it! You’ll get oatmeal that cooks up perfectly light and fluffy.
And while you can totally jazz up your oatmeal with sweeteners or any spices you like, this simple recipe contains just two main ingredients – almond milk and steel cut oats.
Just add your favorite toppings and you’re good to go!
HOW TO DOUBLE OR TRIPLE THE RECIPE
**As per many readers’ request – I have also included instructions for doubling and tripling the recipe.
Please note that when you triple the batch, there is a tiny bit of crust that forms at the sides of the pot. I recommend making smaller batches if you want to avoid any crusting at all.
HOW TO MAKE ROLLED OATS (LARGE FLAKE) IN THE INSTANT POT
I’ve also included instructions for making Rolled Oats in the Instant Pot.
- Grease the inner pot as usual, add 3 cups of rolled oats, 5 1/2 cups of water and set for 4 minutes on HIGH Pressure and release naturally for 15 minutes after it’s done.
This is not a sponsored post, but thank you to Instant Pot for sending me product to make this recipe!
Instant Pot Steel Cut Oats (Oatmeal)
Instant Pot Steel Cut Oatmeal – light and fluffy steel cut oats cooked in an electric pressure cooker. Totally hands off cooking process and from start to finish takes about 30 minutes - see note below.
- 1 cup steel cut oats (use gluten free as needed)
- 3 cups water or almond milk (DO not use dairy milk as it will burn)
- Optional: pinch of salt
- Toppings and mix-ins of your choice: cinnamon, sweetener (honey, maple syrup), vanilla extract, berries, chia seeds, nut butter, splash of milk
- To avoid sticking, lightly coat the inner pot of your Instant Pot with coconut oil or cooking spray.
- Add oats into the Instant Pot followed by salt (if using), water or almond milk (do NOT use dairy milk).
- Secure the lid and close the vent to Sealing.
- Press the MANUAL (or PRESSURE COOKER on HIGH for newer Instant Pot models) button and set to 4 minutes. The Instant Pot will take about 7-8 minutes to come to pressure before it starts to cook.
- After the oats finish cooking and the Instant Pot beeps, allow the pressure to release naturally (takes about 10-12 minutes).
- After the pressure releases, open the lid and give the oatmeal a couple of good stirrings until fully combined. Allow to cool if you want the oatmeal thicker - any extra liquid will absorb as it cools.
- Add cinnamon, sweetener, vanilla extract or other additions you like.
- Top oatmeal with fresh fruit, nut butter, a splash of milk, or any other toppings.
- TO DOUBLE THE RECIPE: Grease Instant Pot with coconut oil, then add 2 cups of Steel Cut Oats + 5 cups of water. Set to 4 minutes with 15 minutes natural release.
- TO TRIPLE THE RECIPE: Grease Instant Pot with coconut oil, then add 3 cups of Steel Cut Oats + 8 1/4 cups of water. Set to 4 minutes with 15 minutes natural release. I do NOT recommend making a larger batch at once since the outer rim tends to burn and form a crust.
- TO MAKE ROLLED OATS: 3 cups of rolled oats + 5 1/2 cups of water - set for 4 minutes and allow to naturally release for 15-20 minutes. Stir.
***COOK TIME: Totally hands off 4 minutes of cooking process but it takes time for the pressure cooker to come up to pressure and to let the instant pot release naturally for at least 12 minutes. I would plan for 30 minutes start to finish for this oatmeal to be on your table.
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