With an Instant Pot and about 30 minutes, you can make PERFECT, creamy steel cut oats every time! Let us show you how.
Instant Pot Steel Cut Oats
Cooking steel cut oats in the Instant Pot is quick, easy, and yields perfectly creamy oats!
Here’s what you need to know:
- Ratio = 1 part steel cut oats : 2 ½ parts liquid (water and/or dairy-free milk)
- Cook Time = 10-20 minutes (see instructions)
- Release = 10 minute natural release, then release any remaining pressure
Oats make a delicious porridge, especially topped with fresh or frozen fruit, nuts and/or seeds, brown sugar or maple syrup, nut butter, cacao nibs, cinnamon, or your favorite toppings!
This recipe uses steel cut oats, but rolled oats also work (and are faster) — you can find instructions here.
Benefits of Instant Pot Oats
30 minutes may not sound like a major reduction in cook time compared to stovetop, and you’re right! That’s because the Instant Pot takes ~8 minutes to pressurize, 10-20 minutes to cook, and a 10 minute natural release is recommended.
The real benefits?
- No Soaking – One of the benefits of pressure cooking is it eliminates the need for soaking (with the exception of a handful of varieties of beans).
- Hands-Free – The Instant Pot allows for set it and forget it. No stirring, no worries about burning oats. Perfect for busy mornings!
- Meal Prep – It’s perfect for batch cooking. Make a large batch of oats and store little jars in the fridge to enjoy throughout the week.
- Big Batch – The Instant Pot has a large capacity, so you can cook oats for a crowd and then keep them on “warm” until serving (no burning, no drying out). Perfect for hosting and feeding a house full of guests!
Did you find this helpful? If so, be sure to check out our Instant Pot Cooking Times Guide for perfectly cooked grains and beans every time!
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Instant Pot Steel Cut Oats (Fast, Creamy, Perfect!)
- 1 cup steel cut oats (ensure gluten-free, if needed)
- 2 ½ cups water (or sub dairy-free milk for more flavor)
- Fresh or frozen fruit
- Nut butter
- Dairy-free milk
- Sweetener (such as coconut sugar or maple syrup)
- Cacao nibs
- Add steel cut oats and water (or dairy-free milk) to the Instant Pot and stir to prevent sticking. Pressure cook on high for 10 minutes for chewy oats, 15 minutes for slightly softer oats, or 20 minutes for creamy oats (it will take about 8 minutes for the Instant Pot to pressurize before cooking begins).
- Once the timer goes off, allow to naturally release for 10 minutes, then release any remaining pressure. Carefully remove lid once steam has fully escaped.
- Enjoy immediately with toppings of choice. Store cooled leftovers in the refrigerator up to 5 days or in the freezer up to 1 month. Reheat on the stovetop, stirring frequently and adding more liquid, if needed, to thin.
*Total time includes active cook time, release time, and the time it takes for the Instant Pot to heat up (~8 minutes).
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