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Top view of six steel cut oats bowls with different toppings on a grey background and napkins

Instant Pot Steel Cut Oats

This easy Instant Pot Steel Cut Oats recipe makes perfectly creamy oatmeal every time. It's a healthy and delicious gluten-free breakfast that comes together in less than 30 minutes! 

Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Keyword cooking steel cut oats, easy overnight oats, how to cook steel cut oats, how to make oatmeal, instant pot oatmeal, instant pot steel cut oats, steel cut oatmeal
Prep Time 1 minute
Cook Time 4 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 2
Calories 246 kcal
Author Kelly


  • 1 cup gluten-free steel cut oats
  • 3 cups unsweetened almond milk , may also use water if you prefer
  • Optional: cinnamon , preferred sweetener (date syrup, maple syrup, coconut nectar syrup, sugar-free maple syrup, Yacon syrup etc.) vanilla extract, pinch of salt
  • Toppings of your choice: berries chia seeds, nut butter, splash of milk




  1. To avoid sticking, lightly coat the inner pot of your Instant Pot with coconut oil or cooking spray.
  2. Add oats into the Instant Pot followed by milk.
    Steel Cut Oats Inside a Large Metal Bowl on a Granite Countertop
  3. Secure the lid and close the vent.
  4. Press the MANUAL (or PRESSURE COOKER for newer Instant Pot models) button and set to 4 minutes.
    An Instant Pot Set to 4 Minutes of Cook Time
  5. After the oats finish cooking, allow the pressure to release naturally (about 10-15 minutes).
  6. After the pressure releases, open the lid and give the oatmeal a good stir. Any extra liquid will absorb as it cools.
  7. Add cinnamon, sweetener or other additions you like.
  8. Top oatmeal with fresh fruit, nut butter, a splash of milk, or any other toppings you like.
    A Bowl Filled with Instant Pot Oatmeal and Fresh Fruit on a Countertop

To Double the Recipe

  1. I use 2 cups of Steel Cut Oats and 5 cups of milk or water and set the cook time to 5 minutes. I do NOT recommend making a larger batch at once, as it caused the outer parts to burn when I tried.

For Instant Pot Rolled Oats

  1. Grease the inner pot as usual.

  2. Add 3 cups of rolled oats, 5 1/2 cups of water and set for 4 minutes on HIGH Pressure.

  3. Release steam naturally for 15 minutes after it's done.

  4. Stir. Add sweeteners, flavorings, toppings and enjoy!

    Top view of six oatmeal bowls with different toppings on a grey background with a spoon and napkins

Recipe Video

Recipe Notes

It takes time for the Instant Pot to come to pressure and also to let the steam release naturally. I would plan for 30 minutes start to finish for this oatmeal to be on your table.

We use a 6 quart Duo Instant Pot.

Nutrition Facts
Instant Pot Steel Cut Oats
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 246 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Fat 7g11%
Carbohydrates 21g7%
Fiber 9g36%
Protein 8g16%
* Nutrition facts are provided as a courtesy using the WPRM recipe calculator. It is best to make your own calculations to ensure accuracy. We expressly disclaim any and all liability of any kind with respect to any act or omission wholly or in part in reliance on anything contained in this website. Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.