The absolute EASIEST Instant Pot Steel Cut Oats! Perfect steel cut oats every time, with only 5 minutes of effort required.
For the longest time, I wasn’t an ‘oatmeal person’. I thought oatmeal was mushy and just had the MOST unappetizing texture.
Then I found steel cut oatmeal and became slightly obsessed, because the texture is so different from ‘normal’ oatmeal. More chewy and it holds up perfectly for meal prep.
Not only that, but because steel cut oats are the least refined of all the types of oatmeal, they retain more nutrients and are so even better for you than ‘traditional oatmeal’.
The downside to steel cut oats has always been the cook time, and the fact that you have to babysit them while cooking on the stove (or they may burn). Enter the Instant Pot: set it and forget it! So so easy, no risk of the oats burning, and the perfect chewy texture every time.
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We love these Instant Pot steel cut oats because
- you can cook breakfast for the whole family for 3-4 days with only 5 minutes of effort
- you can forget your oats in the Instant Pot for 2 hours and they will still taste amazing
- there are only 4 ingredients necessary, and you can customize this Instant Pot oatmeal recipe with your favorite flavors!
How to cook steel cut oats in the Instant Pot
It’s so so simple to cook steel cut oats in your Instant Pot, making it one of my favorite breakfast recipes to cook for the family!
How to cook steel cut oats in the Instant Pot:
- Add your steel cut oatmeal, water, cinnamon and vanilla to an Instant Pot.
- Cook on high pressure for 4 minutes.
- Release pressure naturally (20 ish min).
- Stir in the maple syrup and portion out.
after cooking in the Instant Pot, the steel cut oats will look very ‘liquidy’, however they set up and thicken as they cool
What about sauteeing your oats first? I tried this and could not taste any difference in flavor. I skip this in favor of faster prep 😉
Can I use almond milk instead of water? Sure, if you’d like, although in my experience it doesn’t add any flavor or make your Instant Pot oatmeal any creamier. You will still have super creamy steel cut oats without the almond milk and can save some money by just using water.
Do I have to do a natural pressure release? I would HIGHLY recommend it. The risk with a quick pressure release is that oats become quite frothy when they cook. If you release the pressure immediately, it could clog the valve with frothy oatmeal liquid. Your oats may not be cooked through as well.
What if I forget about my Instant Pot oatmeal for 2 hours? Not a problem! I say this from experience (distracted mom problems)…after 2 hours naturally releasing, my oats were still nice and chewy!
Steel cut oatmeal for meal prep
I cook steel cut oats in my Instant Pot at least once a week, because it’s an easy meal prep breakfast, and the whole family loves them!
- After cooking, I stir in the maple syrup, allow to cool a few minutes, and portion out.
- I then add 3/4 cup- 1 cup fruit. My go-to is frozen berries: economical and they thaw in the fridge so you have an easy breakfast ready to go the next day.
- To re-heat, simply add a small splash of almond milk and heat in the microwave. Stir up slightly. The juices from the frozen berries or almond milk helps loosen them up the next day
How long do these Instant Pot steel cut oats last for? I keep them in the fridge for up to 4 days. You can also freeze them in portions for up to 3 months!
- to freeze: you can either freeze in muffin trays (then pop them out and store in bags), or you can freeze right in meal prep containers. Make sure you wait until everything is cool before freezing, and thaw overnight in the fridge before microwaving.
How can I change up the flavor of these steel cut oats? Check out this post with 7 Steel Cut Oats Recipes, there are a ton of ideas!
- you can add different spices such as nutmeg, cardamom or ginger
- you can add in pumpkin puree or applesauce; I recommend stirring in anything ‘thick’ after cooking, as they could potentially give you a ‘burn’ notification on your Instant Pot.
- change up the fruit; add in some apples, pears, kiwis, bananas, really anything you can think of!
- add in some citrus zest: you can do this before cooking so the oats infuse with tons of citrussy flavor
- stir in some nut butter: I would do 2-4 tablespoons for 1 cup of steel cut oats. I also love drizzling with peanut butter before serving
- add some cocoa powder: try adding 1 tablespoon per 1 cup of steel cut oats, and add before cooking. Sprinkle with chocolate chips for a double dose of chocolatey flavor!
Tips & equipment for Instant Pot steel cut oats
- this is my 6 quart Instant Pot; this recipe also works in the 8 quart Instant Pot!
- you can also make Overnight Steel Cut Oats, although it’s quite different in texture from these creamy Instant Pot steel cut oats
- we double this recipe and cook in the 6 quart IP all the time!
- looking for more oatmeal recipes? Try this Baked Oatmeal Recipe, these Baked Oatmeal Muffins, these Spiced Pumpkin Steel Cut Oats and these Maple Apple Steel Cut Oats. You may also like this Chocolate Chia Pudding!
Easiest Instant Pot Steel Cut Oats
- 1 cup steel cut oats
- 3 cups water
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 2 tablespoons maple syrup (or honey)
- Place all ingredients into the inner pot of an Instant Pot.
- Put the lid on, set valve to 'sealed', and pressure cook (high pressure) for 4 minutes.
- Allow pressure to naturally release (roughly 20 minutes; if you forget about it for a few hours, that's OK too!)
- Stir in the maple syrup, then serve or portion out.
- Steel cut oats keep in the fridge for up to 4 days, or in the freezer for up to 3 months.
- To freeze- you can freeze directly in meal prep containers (make sure everything is cool before placing in the freezer), or in muffin trays before portioning out in freezer bags.