The Instant Pot is the secret ingredient to making steel cut oats creamy, rich, quick, and easy! I’ll never make them any other way. With only two simple steps, this Instant Pot recipe turns steel cut oats into an everyday breakfast!
Why These Instant Pot Steel Cut Oats Are So Good
- Bland, mushy oatmeal is so over! Steel cut oats cooked in the Instant Pot are rich, creamy, buttery, and all the things breakfast should be.
- Steel cut oats are nuttier and chewier than other types of oats. They’re super nutritious, won’t cause a huge blood sugar spike (and subsequent crash), can help lower your risk of heart disease, and are loaded with vitamins and minerals. So basically the best breakfast ever!
- These steel cut oats are delicious on their own, but we especially love them with fruit, nuts, or other toppings. Check out our list below for some ideas. Who knows? Your kids may start begging for oats, too!
How To Make Steel Cut Oats in the Instant Pot
- Heat the butter on sauté mode in the Instant Pot.
- Add the oats, and toast until the butter is absorbed and becomes fragrant.
- Add the water or almond milk and cover. Cook Manual High Pressure 6 minutes.
- Naturally release 10 to 15 minutes.
Top Tips For Making
- Don’t skip sautéing the oats in butter! This really helps add a rich flavor to your steel cut oats.
- For extra rich, creamy oats, top with a couple tablespoons of heavy cream or half and half.
- Be sure to buy regular steel cut oats, not the quick cooking type.
Steel Cut Oat Toppings
You can really top your oats with anything, but here are a few of our favorites.
- walnuts or pecans
- slices of bananas
- honey or maple syrup
- toasted or shredded coconut
- cacao nibs or chocolate chips
- dried cranberries
- jelly or jam
- chia seeds
- almond or peanut butter
- sliced almonds
What Are Steel Cut Oats?
All oats begin as what is called an “oat groat,” which is just the unbroken, whole grain. The type of oat, like steel cut, rolled, and instant, depends on how it was processed.
Steel cut oats, also called Irish oats, are the least processed, which is why they take longer to cook. They are cut in two or three pieces (hence the name “steel cut”) whereas rolled oats, for instance, are husked and rolled into flat disks.
Steel cut oats are thicker, absorb less liquid, and have more fiber than their rolled counterparts. They also have a lower glycemic index, which is how much a food will raise your blood sugar. They also have a nuttier, chewier flavor that we love!
More Breakfast Recipes
- Crockpot Breakfast Casserole
- Peanut Butter Overnight Oats
- Blueberry Baked Oatmeal
- Whole30 Hash Brown and Sausage Breakfast Casserole (Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free)
- Sweet Potato Whole30 Breakfast Bowl
- Freezer Breakfast Burritos
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Instant Pot Steel Cut Oats
- Instant Pot or pressure cooker
- 1 cup oats
- 3 cups water or almond milk
- salt large pinch
- 2 tablespoons butter
- Heat butter on sauté mode in Instant Pot. Add oats and toast until butter is absorbed and fragrant.
- Add water or almond milk and cover. Cook Manual High Pressure 6 minutes. Naturally release 10-15 minutes, then Quick Release.
- Divide into bowls, add any toppings (optional), and serve.
- Sautéing in butter: Important to add flavor to oats.
- Extra rich, creamy oats: Top with a couple tablespoons of heavy cream or half and half.
- Buy regular steel cut oats, not the quick cooking type.
Cheryl Malik is the recipe developer, writer, and photographer behind the healthy, flavorful, family friendly recipes at 40 Aprons. She’s been a blogger for 10+ years and is known for her delicious recipes and detailed recipe instructions. Cheryl is a mom of three who lives in Memphis, TN.