Instant Pot Steel Cut Oats

5 from 2 votes
These Instant Pot Steel Cut Oats cook in 4 minutes! It's a completely hands-free recipe with perfect consistency every time! Expect creamy and nutty oatmeal with sweet maple and cinnamon flavour.
Prep Time: 2 mins
Cook Time: 4 mins
Resting Time: 18 mins
Total Time: 24 mins
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Mar 17, 2022 (Last updated May 14, 2022) by Hannah Sunderani

Instant Pot Steel Cut Oats

Hiya friends! I am SO excited to share this recipe for perfect instant pot steel cut oats. This recipe is totally hands free, cooks in just 4 minutes, and gives perfect consistency every time! The end result is ultra creamy, nutty, perfectly sweet oatmeal.

Of all the types of oats, I often hear that steel cut oats are the most intimidating to cook. They are the least processed type of oat, and therefore require a long cooking time (typically 30 minutes).

But what if I told you that you can make deliciously creamy and soft steel cut oatmeal in just 4 MINUTES!? Making them in the Instant Pot cuts down the cook time significantly and it’s totally hands free. No stirring or watching over the pot.

This instant pot steel cut oats has quickly become a popular favourite in our household. Now, let me tell you exactly how to make this instant pot steel cut oats recipe so that you can enjoy them pronto!

Instant Pot Steel Cut Oats

Instant Pot Steel Cut Oats

These instant pot steel cut oats are:

  • Vegan
  • Gluten-free
  • Creamy
  • Nutty
  • Comforting
  • soft and pleasantly chewy
  • A completely hands-free recipe!
  • Cooked to perfection is just 4 minutes!

I am confident that you are going to love this easy recipe as much as we do! Certainly, I won’t be cooking steel cut oats any other way than in my instant pot from here on in.

Table of Contents:

What are steel cut oats?

Steel cut oats (also known as “Irish Oats” or “Scottish Oats”) are the least processed type of oats, which has resulted in their growing popularity.

Steel cut oats have a nuttier taste than other oat types. The texture is pleasantly chewy and its creamy when cooked.

Steel Cut Oats

How long should you cook steel cut oats?

Steel cut oats have so many health benefits and are incredibly tasty too. However, the downside is that steel cut oats take longer to cook; 20 to 30 minutes on the stove top.

Fortunately, using the instant pot cuts down the cook time significantly. This recipe pressure cooks the oats to be the perfect consistency in just 4 minutes!

Now, contrary to popular belief, steel cut oats can actually be used to make overnight oats with no cook time at all! Using my special method for Overnight Steel Cut Oats! They are a little chewier in texture, but so oh-so-delicious and perfect for the summer time.

And, if you’re used to cooking steel cut oats on the stovetop, and are a fan of this type of oatmeal then I highly encourage you to try my recipe for Fried Banana and Almond Maple Porridge. It’s heaven in a bowl!

How to cook steel cut oats in the Instant Pot

It is so easy to make steel cut oats in the Instant Pot. In fact, it’s easier than doing it on the stove top because the cooking process is completely hands free.

To make Instant pot steel cut oats you will add all your ingredients to the instant pot. Cover and seal with the lid.

Set the Instant Pot to Pressure Cook for 4 minutes. (The Instant Pot takes about 10 minutes to heat up and turn on. It will beep once started).

When finished, let the pressure release naturally for 10 minutes. Turn the toggle at the top to release any additional steam, then carefully remove the lid.

Give everything a good stir to combine. Scoop into bowls and add your favourite toppings.

Instant Pot Steel Cut Oats

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What’s the ratio of water to steel cut oats in the instant pot?

The ratio of liquid to oats in the Instant Pot is 3:1 (liquid to oats).

Now, I like to use both almond milk and water as it make the steel cut oats ultra creamy.

So, the exact ratios are (3 cups almond milk + 3 cups water) + 2 cups steel cut oats.

instant pot overnight oats

Allowing time for pressure build and release

It’s important to note that although this recipe has a 4 minute cook time, it takes a bit of time for the pressure cooker to build heat and some time after for a natural release. In total, the recipe takes closer to 20 to 25 minutes.

The benefit to using an Instant Pot for making steel cut oats is:

  1. completely hands free
  2. texture/consistency is perfect every time! (No guess work!)

I am certainly am convert to making steel cut oats in the Instant Pot. No watching over the oats, no frequent stirring, and no wondering whether the consistency is okay. Simply add the ingredients to the Instant Pot, turn it on, and leave it be.

Instant Pot Steel Cut Oats

Steel Cut Oatmeal Toppings Ideas:

Once your steel cut oats are cooked you can scoop into bowls and add your favourite toppings.

Here are some of my favourites:

  1. Fresh fruit: Top with your favourite fresh fruits, I like banana and berries like raspberries, strawberries, and blueberries.
  2. Frozen fruit: This is great in the winter time when fruits aren’t in season. I especially love frozen raspberries.
  3. Apple and pears: Delicious either cooked or raw. If you like them cooked you can chop 1 or 2 apples/pears into bite sized pieces and add it to the instant pot with the other ingredients. If you love apples you’ll love my recipe for Fried Apple and Almond Butter Oatmeal.
  4. Nut butters: My favourites are a drizzle of peanut butter or almond butter!
  5. Other favourite toppings: Chocolate chips, coconut flakes, walnuts, almonds, hemp hearts, cacao nibs
Instant Pot Steel Cut Oats

Do ahead/Storage Tips:

This recipe can be made in advance. It will keep in the fridge for up to 5 days. Store in an air-tight container. It’s helpful to portion out the oatmeal into containers for storing.

When ready to eat, reheat the oatmeal in the microwave for 1 to 2 minutes. Optional to add a splash of almond milk to thin if consistency is too thick. Mix well.

Can you freeze this recipe?

This recipe can be frozen! Portion out the oatmeal into air-tight containers and store in the freezer for up to 3 months. Let thaw in the fridge overnight before eating.

When ready to eat, reheat the oatmeal in the microwave for 1 to 2 minutes. Optional to add a splash of almond milk to thin if consistency is too thick. Mix well.

So there we have it! A simple and delicious recipe for Instant Pot Steel Cut Oats. This recipe is totally hands free and gives perfect taste and consistency every time. I know you’re going to love this recipe as much as we do!

If you do make this recipe please let me know in the comments below what you think! I truly love hearing from you, and I’m always here to answer any questions you might have.

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Instant Pot Steel Cut Oats

5 from 2 votes
These Instant Pot Steel Cut Oats cook in 4 minutes! It's a completely hands-free recipe with perfect consistency every time! Expect creamy and nutty oatmeal with sweet maple and cinnamon flavour.
Instant Pot Steel Cut Oats
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 4 minutes
Resting Time 18 minutes
Total Time 24 minutes
Serves 6 people

Ingredients

  • 2 cups gluten-free steel cut oats
  • 3 cups water
  • 3 cups unsweetened almond milk
  • 5 tbsp maple syrup
  • 3/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp fine sea salt

Instructions

  • In a 6-quart instant pot, add the oats, water, almond milk, maple syrup, cinnamon and salt. Stir together to combine. Cover and seal with the lid.
  • Set the Instant Pot to Pressure Cook for 4 minutes. (The Instant Pot takes about 10 minutes to heat up and turn on. It will beep once started). When finished, let the pressure release naturally for 10 minutes. Turn the toggle at the top to release any additional steam, then carefully remove the lid.
  • Give everything a good stir to combine. Scoop into bowls and add your favourite toppings.

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Notes

This recipe can be made in advance. It will keep in the fridge for up to 5 days. Store in an air-tight container. It’s helpful to portion out the oatmeal into containers for storing.
When ready to eat, reheat the oatmeal in the microwave for 1 to 2 minutes. Optional to add a splash of almond milk to thin if consistency is too thick. Mix well.

Freeze tips:

This recipe can be frozen! Portion out the oatmeal into air-tight containers and store in the freezer for up to 3 months. Let thaw in the fridge overnight before eating.
When ready to eat, reheat the oatmeal in the microwave for 1 to 2 minutes. Optional to add a splash of almond milk to thin if consistency is too thick. Mix well.

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Nutrition

Calories: 269kcal | Carbohydrates: 47g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 364mg | Potassium: 39mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 1IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 201mg | Iron: 2mg
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  1. Thanks for this. I make SC oats in the Instant Pot too but in a smaller portion. To make it incredibly easier, I place the ingredients in a IP-safe bowl and insert in IP. The method requires a bit of more IP time (15-20mins) but you can actually release the pressure as soon as it’s done and serve. So ultimately it takes as much time as and not more than the method described here. OH, to save time, I add boiling water both in IP and in the bowl.

  2. I made this recipe this morning. I’ve only ever had steel cut oats once before and wasn’t really a fan, so I halved the recipe in case it was not to my liking. WOW! This recipe did not disappoint! So delicious – I topped it with banana slices and a drizzle of almond butter. Alongside a warm matcha latte and I’d say this was the perfect breakfast. Thanks for another great recipe Hannah!