Instant Pot Steel Cut Oats

Instant Pot Steel Cut Oatmeal

Let me just begin by telling you I’m not a fan of Instant or regular oatmeal. I’ve really, really tried to like it over the years. It’s never been a flavor thing, but rather the TEXTURE that turned me off. Thankfully, I decided to give steel-cut oats a try recently, and guess what??! I’m a total convert….possibly even a steel-cut oatmeal freak!

Here’s why I love steel-cut oats: 

  1. The nutty, yet creamy, texture. It cannot be explained – you have to experience it for yourself.
  2. It’s so convenient to cook steel-cut oats in large batches in my electric pressure cooker!  A batch (or even a double batch) only takes 10 minutes under high pressure to cook, followed by a 10 minute natural-release rest before you remove EPC lid.
  3. Leftover cooked steel-cut oatmeal stores beautifully in the fridge, reheating like a charm in the microwave whenever I need a speedy snack or light meal.Instant Pot Steel Cut Oats

Step-By-Step Guide to Perfectly Textured Steel Cut Oats in Your Instant Pot!

Here’s my step-by-step guide to making perfectly cooked and textured steel cut oats in your Electric Pressure Cooker

Steel Cut Oats in the Electric Pressure Cooker | Chef Alli's Farm Fresh Kitchen

The first thing you will do is toast your oats. Throw your oats, butter, and cinnamon sticks in the bottom of your EPC pot and turn to “brown.” Toast until the butter has melted.

Steel Cut Oats in the Electric Pressure Cooker | Chef Alli's Farm Fresh Kitchen

As you can see here, the butter has melted into the oats. Your nose will know when they’re done!!! (Ooohhh so yummy) Now it’s time to add the water.

When the Oats and Water are all nestled in your pot, put the lid on and set it for 10 minutes! Once it comes up to pressure, that ten minutes will start counting down. After the ten minutes is up, these oats will want a THREE MINUTE REST during the natural release, so don’t get anxious.

Steel Cut Oats in the Electric Pressure Cooker | Chef Alli's Farm Fresh Kitchen

After three minutes, you can do a quick release. You’ll open the pot and see liquid standing on top. Give it a stir and all that will become incorporated into your oats! It’s a beautiful thing.

 Printable Recipe for Making Instant Pot Steel Cut Oats

Instant Pot Steel Cut Oatmeal
5 from 1 vote

Instant Pot Steel Cut Oats

Not an oatmeal fan due to the texture? Me too....until I gave steel-cut oats a try. Now I'm totally an oatmeal convert! I also appreciate how quickly I can make them in my Instant Pot.

Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Keyword instant pot, steel cut oats
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4 servings


  • 1 cup regular steel-cut oats (not instant steel-cut oats)
  • 1 Tbs. unsalted butter
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 3 1/2 cups water
  • 1 generous pinch of kosher salt
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract


  1. Using the sauté setting on the Instant Pot, add the oats, butter, and cinnamon stick, stirring and cooking for 2-3 minutes until the oats give off a nice, nutty aroma; stir in the water and salt.

  2. Lock the Instant Pot lid into place. Using the manual button, choose the high pressure setting for 10 minutes, bringing the Instant Pot to full pressure. When the timer sounds, completely unplug the Instant Pot, then use a natural pressure release for 10 minutes. If any pressure remains in the Instant Pot, preform a quick release.

  3. Unlock and remove the Instant Pot lid; remove the cinnamon stick, then stir the oatmeal to incorporate any liquid that may be sitting on top. When the oatmeal has cooled just a bit, stir in the vanilla extract; taste the oatmeal and adjust the seasonings as needed.

  4. Serve oatmeal at once, as desired, with your favorite toppings, or transfer the oatmeal to a storage container. When the oatmeal has cooled, cover and refrigerate for up to one week.

  5. To reheat the cooked oatmeal, transfer the desired amount to a serving bowl and stir in 1-2 Tbs. milk, then microwave on high for 30-60 seconds, stirring half way through.

Recipe Notes 

Let’s Get You Cookin’,
Chef Alli


Chef Alli

Chef Alli is a home-grown Kansas girl on a mission to strengthen families through enabling kitchen confidence, educating the family cook, and encouraging better food relationships. She believes with her whole heart that time spent with our loved ones and our overall quality of life is greatly enhanced by nutritious food made at home with simple, wholesome ingredients. She loves being able to connect and share this passion with others through her website, her social media presence, and her coveted speaking engagements.

Blog Comments

5 stars
I haven’t tried this recipe but make steel cut oats in my Breville PC and can tell this is a winner which I’ll try in a couple of days. My PC is a 6 quart and I attempted to make a double batch with 6 cups almond milk and 2 cups oats and had an utter mess. The oatmeal foamed up and impeded the pressure cooking and spewed sticky watery oatmeal everywhere. I’ve never had a problem with a single batch and now figure a double in a 6 quart is a no no, any thoughts? Thanks, Cheryll

Hi Cheryll –
I’ve had the same luck and realized that doubling recipes in the 6 quart is typically not going to work. However, if you get an 8 quart, you can double most recipes and the foaming isn’t an issue. Love the steel cut oats in the electric pressure cooker and I’m like you – love to make a super big batch and store the extra in the fridge to warm up as needed – works great. Thanks for your comment!
Chef Alli

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