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Instant Pot Steel Cut Oats: the mouthwatering recipe for a hearty breakfast

Total time: 10 Min
Difficulty: Low
Serves: 2 people
By Cookist
3 cups
Milk, or non-dairy milk or water
1 cup
Steel cut oats
2 cups
Kosher Salt
1/2 teaspoon
Ground cinnamon
1/2 cinnamon
Preferred sweetener
1 to 3 tbsp
Preferred toppings

Starting the day off with a hearty, nutritious breakfast sets you up for the day. Simplify your morning routine by making Instant Pot steel cut oats. It's a phenomenally healthy breakfast that's oh-so-versatile and easy to customize. The best part is that you can prepare Instant Pot steel cut oats in virtually no time at all, or make them in advance to streamline your mornings. For a nourishing breakfast that is as tasty as it is nutritious, you'll definitely want to cook up a batch of steel cut oats.

What are Steel Cut Oats?

Steel cut oats are as close as it gets to whole oats. They're less processed than rolled versions and have exceptional flavor and a wonderful texture.

Why You Should Eat Steel Cut Oats

Because steel cut oats are less processed compared to rolled oats and boast more fiber to boot. If you're looking for simple swaps to get more fiber in your diet, steel cut oats are a great option. They're also protein-rich and contain essential nutrients like vitamin B, iron, and zinc.

What's the Difference Between Steel Cut Oats and Rolled Oats?

Steel cut oats have a lower glycemic index than rolled oats, making them a better choice if you're keeping an eye on your sugar intake. They're naturally gluten-free as well. However, they take a little longer to cook.


Why You Should Make Steel Cut Oats in an Instant Pot

Using your Instant Pot to cook your steel cut oats is one of the easiest ways to prepare this wholesome, nutritious breakfast. This method is just as delicious as making oatmeal on a stovetop, but with far less work involved. If you don't own an Instant Pot, you can cook steel cut oats on the stove, in a microwave, or make overnight oats.

Instant Pot Steel Cut Oat Variations to Try

Experiment with different toppings. Fresh fruit, dried fruit, and frozen fruit are superb toppings. Nuts and seeds make tasty additions as well. You can also add a drizzle of honey, agave, or maple syrup for a touch of sweetness or if you want to get a major kick of protein, add a dollop of your favorite nut butter.

How to Store Instant Pot Steel Cut Oats

One of the many benefits of Instant Pot steel cut oats is that you can make them ahead of time. Just follow the recipe and store the oatmeal. Once cooked, let the oats cool down and divide it equally among a few airtight containers then put it in the fridge or freezer. In the fridge, cooked steel cut oats last up to 4 days, while they'll be good for 6 months in the freezer.

How to Make Steel Cut Oats


Pour the water, milk, oats, salt, and sweetener of your choice into your Instant Pot. Stir to combine.


Cover the pot and set it to High for 4 minutes, followed by a 10-minute natural release.


Stir the oats, serve into bowls, and garnish with your favorite toppings.


  • If you have a larger Instant Pot (8 quarts and up), cook the oats for 3 minutes.
  • The oatmeal will thicken as it cools.
  • After removing the lid and stirring the oats, taste them and make any adjustments they might need. You may want an extra dash of cinnamon or spoonful of honey.
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