Instant Pot steel cut oats recipe makes it easy to prepare steel cut oatmeal! This simple pressure cooker recipe is the simplest way to cook steel cut oats.
Now that the weather is cooling down, I like to start the day with a warm breakfast.
Steel cut oats make a great hearty breakfast, but they can be time-consuming to make. This steel cut oats recipe takes a lot of work out of the process by letting the Instant Pot do a lot of the work.
These oats still take a little while to make, but since they’re cooking in the pressure cooker, you don’t have to stand at the stove while they cook.
This oatmeal also reheats well, so it’s a great make-ahead option that you can just reheat on busy mornings.
How to cook steel cut oats
There are a number of ways to cook steel cut oats. You can cook them on the stovetop, in a crock pot, or in a pressure cooker.
This recipe starts with toasting the oats in a little butter before cooking them. So, why toast steel cut oats? It adds more flavor and makes the oats nuttier.
Next, stir in the milk and water. Then, just close the lid, and cook!
This oatmeal comes out on the thicker side, so feel free to add more water if you like thinner oatmeal.
Do I have to toast the steel cut oats?
No, you can skip that step if you prefer. Toasting the oats makes the oatmeal richer and nuttier, but it isn’t necessary.
Can I use only water?
You can! A little bit of evaporated or nondairy milk makes the oatmeal a little creamier, but you can use all water if you prefer.
What to serve with steel cut oatmeal
I like my oatmeal to be a little more on the dessert-y side. So I serve it as carrot cake oatmeal or banana bread oatmeal.
Or I just top it with a little bit of dried fruit, nuts, brown sugar, and milk.
How to store leftover oatmeal
I store the leftover oatmeal covered in the fridge.
How long will the oatmeal keep?
This oatmeal will keep, covered, in the fridge for up to 4 days.
Reheating leftover oatmeal
The oatmeal is thick after sitting in the fridge. I add a little milk to help soften it up before reheating, and I just reheat it in the microwave.
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Instant Pot Steel Cut Oats
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 2 cup steel cut oats
- 3 cups water
- 2 cups evaporated milk or nondairy milk*
- Turn Instant Pot to SAUTE and melt butter.
- Add steel cut oats, and toast, stirring regularly, for 5 minutes.
- Stir in the water and milk. Using 2 cups of milk will give you thicker oats, and using 3 cups of milk will give you thinner oats.
- Cover and turn the vent at the top to SEALING.
- Press the MANUAL button and then decrease the time to 10 minutes on HIGH pressure.
- After the Instant Pot has finished cooking, allow the pressure to naturally release for 20 minutes.
- Turn the vent to the VENTING position to release any remaining pressure.
- Remove the lid, and stir the oats.
- Store leftovers covered in the fridge for up to 4 days.
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Comments & Reviews
Added diced granny Smith and pumpkin spice yummy
All other recipes call for a 4 min cook time. I love your butter browning trick so I am going to do your 10 minutes .. just wondering why yours is so high compared to all others. Everybody seems to agree on the 20 min release
Hi! I googled some other recipe after you asked, and I saw times ranging anywhere from 3-10 minutes for the cook time. I based my cook time on the time and consistency that I found to be the most appealing. I’m not sure whether others preferred a different consistency or whether it was another factor that led to their cook time.
This recipe is so easy! I love that it’s healthy, but also has that fancy toasted nutty taste!
Thank you so much! So glad that you liked it! =) Thank you for commenting.