Instant Pot Steel Cut Oatmeal

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.

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