Instant Pot steel cut oats in less than 20 minutes! Learn how to make the creamiest Instant Pot steel cut oats with just 3 simple ingredients + get inspiration on how to flavor and top your bowl of oats.
We Love Instant Pot Steel Cut Oats
We are big fans of oatmeal here at Fit Foodie Finds. Some of our all-time favorite and most popular recipes on FFF are our peanut butter banana overnight oats or our crock-pot maple cinnamon steel cut oats. We just love the endless combinations of toppings, mix-ins, and varieties of oats!
We especially love steel cut oats because of its glorious texture and the nutrition that it packs in.
We’re excited to share this Instant Pot steel cut oats recipe because your oats come out so creamy, it’s easy to make, and you can easily serve a crowd!
Steel cut oats nutrition
What are steel cut oats? Steel cut oats are whole oat groats cut into 3 or 4 pieces to create smaller oat groats. Steel cut oats are also referred to as Irish or Scottish Oats.
They feel like thick pieces of rice when uncooked and their cooked texture has a chewy bite to it. A typical bowl of stovetop steel-cut oats can take around 40 minutes to cook because it is less processed than rolled or quick-cooking oats.
Nutrition per 1/4 cup, uncooked: 170 calories | 3.5g fat | 31g carb | 4g fiber | 1g sugar | 4g protein
Best Steel Cut Oats
This is the best set it and forget it steel cut oats recipe on the internet! Combine steel cut oats, almond milk, water, mashed banana, and spices in your slow cooker before bed and breakfast will be ready in the morning!
Instant Pot Steel Cut Oats less than 20 Minutes!
Today’s steel cut oatmeal recipe takes a fraction of the amount of time it does in the slow cooker and takes less than half the amount of time than the stovetop. But how you ask? The Instant Pot AKA a pressure cooker!
Instant Pot Steel Cut Oats pressure cook so fast that the cooking time only takes 10 minutes to make the creamiest, most delicious oats ever. I do want to note that your Instant Pot will take up to 10 minutes to build pressure before it starts to count down, but that is still way less time than 40+ minutes on the stovetop!
What does steel cut oatmeal Instant Pot taste like? Instant Pot Steel Cut Oats are creamy and a bit chewy. They’re meant to be eaten warm and make for a healthy breakfast idea!
kitchen accessories you need
While the most important kitchen accessory you need for this pressure cooker steel cut oats recipe is the Instant Pot, there are a few other things that will make your life so much easier!
- Instant Pot
- Measuring Cups
- Storage Containers
3-Ingredient Steel Cut Oatmeal Instant Pot
We thought we’d keep this Instant Pot steel cut oats recipe as basic as possible so that you can deviate and flavor it as you wish! Here’s what you need to get started:
- Steel Cut Oats – make sure you buy original steel cut oats and NOT the quick-cooking kind. Our favorite brand is Bob’s Red Mill.
- Milk – we used unsweetened almond milk in this Instant Pot steel cut oats recipe, but you can use any kind of milk or liquid your heart desires.
- Salt – a pinch of salt goes a long way!
Can you use rolled oats?
Want to make Instant Pot Oatmeal with rolled oats? Check out our Instant Pot Oatmeal with Rolled Oats recipe.
Can you use quick-cooking steel cut oats?
The short answer to this is yes, but the long answer is that the liquid to oats ratio will change. You need less liquid for quick cooking steel cut oats.
Can you use any kind of milk?
Good news! Use whatever liquid your heart desires. The only requirement is a 1:3 ratio of steel cut oats to liquid. Here are some liquid suggestions to test out:
- coconut milk
- cows milk
- soy milk
- oat milk
- almond milk
How to Make Instant Pot Steel Cut Oats
- Place steel cut oats, your choice of liquid, and salt into the Instant Pot. Mix.
- Close Instant Pot, turn the valve to seal, and set your Instant Pot to manual > high pressure > and set the timer to 10 minutes. It will take a few minutes to build up enough pressure, but it will count down from 10.
- When the timer goes off, quick release your Instant Pot and let the steam pour out. Open your pressure cooker and stir the steel cut oats. There may be some liquid on top, but this is normal. Just stir to combine.
- Serve immediately with your favorite toppings!
You already know that this is as basic as it gets with Instant Pot steel cut oats and that’s why we’re here to give you some epic flavor variations to really make this recipe your own!
- Apple Cinnamon: grate a medium apple before cooking your oats and add it to the Instant Pot. Then add a teaspoon of cinnamon and cook as directed.
- Maple Pecan: Add in 2 tablespoons of maple syrup before cooking and then top your cooked steel cut oats with a few tablespoons of pecans before serving.
- Blueberry Cream Pie: Add in a cup of fresh blueberries before cooking and then top with your favorite granola.
- Chocolate Protein: Once the oats are done cooking, stir in a few tablespoons of chocolate protein powder and a splash of milk.
- Peanut Butter and Jelly: once the oats are done cooking stir in a tablespoon peanut butter and your favorite jam.
Toppings for Steel Cut Oats
Oats aren’t oats without the toppings! While we kept things classic with nut butter, hemp seeds, and raspberries, you can absolutely go wild with the toppings!
- milk/coconut milk
- chia seeds
- chocolate chips
Let steel cut oats cool completely. Then, store in an airtight glass container in the refrigerator for up to 3-5 days.
To reheat: transfer into a microwave-safe bowl and then microwave on high for 60-90 seconds.
Let steel-cut oats cool completely. Then, transfer oats into a freezer-safe gallon-size bag and remove as much air as possible. Seal and freeze for up to 3 months. Follow a more robust tutorial HERE.
Instant Pot Steel Cut Oats
- 1 cup steel cut oatmeal
- 3 cups plain, unsweetened almond milk or any kind of milk
- pinch of salt
- Place steel cut oatmeal, almond milk, and salt into your Instant Pot and mix.
- Close Instant Pot and turn the valve to seal. Set Instant Pot to manual >> high pressure >> and set the timer to 10 minutes. It will take a few minutes for the pressure to build up enough to start counting down from 10 minutes.
- Once the timer goes off, quick release the pressure by opening the valve to let the steam out.
- Once you remove the lid from your Instant Pot, you may notice that there is still some liquid on top of your steel cut oats. This is normal! Simply stir to combine everything together.
- Serve oats with desired toppings such as nut butter, fruit, and hemp hearts.
Tips & Notes
- Storage: store steel cut oats in a glass air-tight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
- If it still seems like there is too much liquid, put the lid back on the Instant Pot and let it sit for 5 minutes.
This was delicious, but I wanted to post a warning. My foodi has a high and low setting, use the low setting for this one. I’m glad I saw it and was able to stop it before things got bad. But I was able to recover and will have yummy steel cut oats with my homemade apple butter all week, Yum!
I rub the very bottom of my inner instapot pan with a little butter to avoid ‘sticking’. Use 2 cups low fat milk, 6 cups water, 2 cups SC oats..cook 10 mins..let cool until able to open lid…store in frig in covered container
Love the butter idea!
Do NOT us cow milk or dairy! It will curdle and go sour under pressure!
Thanks for the tip!
This was very good but I would most definitely add a 10 min natural release. You could also spray the inner pot with some oil to make sure the oats don’t stick. For a nice holiday twist, add a half a cup of pureed pumpkin, a couple TBSP of brown sugar and some cinnamon. Delish
You can totally do a natural release! We try hard to omit that step because it’s just a time suck. You can also let it sit for 5-10 minutes too instead of a natural release, whatever your preference!
This is such an easy recipe to follow. The oats come out so creamy!!
Yum! I recently bought a pressure cooker for my college kitchen, and this was a fantastic recipe to help me tinker around/experiment with the new appliance. Thanks!!
Yay! So glad you loved it!
Thank you! Such a great, fast, and easy recipe!
I used 2 cups of 2% milk, 1 cup water and 1 cup steel cut oatmeal. I let the pressure off naturally and the result was a creamy and chewy delight without all the work. I served it with a bit of pure maple syrup and mmm mmm, delicious! Thanks so much!
Love steal cut oats cooked in the Instant Pot. I loved my Instant Pot so much I bought another one and use both at the same time weekly. Great for meal prep on the weekends. With fall approaching, nothing better than a bowl of steal cut oats.
It tastes awesome and is really fast to prepare! Thank you for this one!
Can you double the recipe and is it the same time for cooking?
Yes you can double the recipe and the same cook time, yes!
I normally make a big batch of steel cut oats and add amrath. I use 2 cups steel cut oats and 1 cup amrath 11 cups of water. I just purchased an instapot can you please tell me how much water or milk I would use?
This sounds so delicious. So you can make it ahead of time and just reheat for a few minutes each morning? Or, is this recipe meant to be eaten cold?
Yes you can! Or you can put your Instant Pot on a timer! Either works.
Can I use regular milk and follow the same directions?
If I add apples and nuts after cooking, do you think I could freeze this and it would still taste okay?
Hi! I think you should be fine if you do that!
What a delight to enjoy with family and so have a splendid day with those who want more
We are so glad that you enjoyed this recipe!!
Love using my pressure cooker. Oats were great. I love adding different things to them, I whipped in an egg white to one portion, ( cooked again a bit in micro) 2 tabs silk unsweetened cashew milk and then arranged baked acorn squash, raspberries, pistachios arranged on top, So many options. Great way to use leftovers creatively. I did just use water this time, as I like to all sort of additions.
Anyone else get the burn message while making this?
Sometimes I get a burn message with my new Instant Pot Duo 🙁 I add a bit more liquid than a recipe asks for or I use a glass bowl for recipes that call for putting ingredients right into the bottom of my Instant Pot! It works great. I hope this helps!
A quick release of oats in the Instant Pot = a mess all over the kitchen and a clogged release valve.
Who this recipe work with old fashioned oats too? I too prefer them over steel oats.