Hearty and healthy, steel cut oatmeal in the Instant Pot is the weekday breakfast winner. Creamy, perfectly cooked steel cut oats are ready in minutes without much hands on time at all. The perfect way to start your day.

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Instant Pot Steel Cut Oats

I’ve been a steel cut oatmeal fan for decades. I love how something so granular and crunchy can be transformed into a creamy, hearty bowl of comfort with a bit of time and patience. But patience is always my downside when it comes to whipping up a batch of my favorite oats. They do take time to cook and who has a spare hour on a weekday morning.

So, I started making my steel cut oatmeal in the slow cooker with excellent results but I don’t really love sleeping when the crock pot is plugged in all night. But that’s just me, lots of you LOVE this slow cooker oatmeal recipe and, honestly, I do still make it.

And while I love grabbing a jar of overnight oats out of the fridge in the morning, there’s nothing better than a hot bowl of oatmeal to get the day started.

NOW, I have an Instant Pot (this is the one I own and LOVE!) and, in an effort to use it more often, I gave Instant Pot Steel Cut Oats a try. And BOY am I glad I did! In a fraction of the time it takes to cook them on the stovetop, you can have perfectly cooked oats read to go in an Instant. (Pun totally intended, here.)

Steel cut oatmeal in a blue and white bowl with blueberries, bananas and almonds.

Health Benefits of Steel Cut Oatmeal

Steel cut oats are considered a super food (in my book, anyway) because they are an excellent source of protein, soluble and insoluble fiber and a variety of vitamins and minerals. The benefits of steel cut oats exceed the benefits of rolled oats because of the way they are processed.

Because steel cut oats are minimally processed, and because they contain more fiber and density than other oat varieties, steel cut oats are one of the healthiest grains available to eat. This alone makes Steel Cut Oats a much better choice than quick oats or rolled oats.

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How to Make Them

I’ve made oatmeal a number of ways over the years but this Instant Pot Oatmeal recipe is so insanely easy to make with just two ingredients….and one of them is water. The other is steel cut oats. It doesn’t get easier than that.

Simply dump the oats in the Instant Pot and stir in the water. Seal the lid and cook on high pressure. That’s it!!! Pressure Cooker oatmeal in about 10 minutes.

Now, I love my steel cut oatmeal but you can also make this recipe using rolled oats, as well. I just love the nutty bite of a steel cut oat. You can also make a big batch of oatmeal to freeze in a muffin tin for an even EASIER weekday breakfast. I love to top the oats with different toppings like nuts, chocolate or fruit before freezing so it’s an all in one grab and go breakfast.

steel cut oats in a measuring cup.

How To Cook Oatmeal In The Instant Pot

This is one of the easiest oatmeal recipes you’ll ever make. Seriously.

Add the oats to the Instant Pot and pour in the water. Give it a little stir. You can use half water and half milk or almond milk, if you wish but I prefer to use all water and flavor the oatmeal after it’s done cooking. 

Steel cut oats in an Instant Pot

If you’re making a big batch for easy weekday breakfasts, you’ll need to add a little liquid when reheat it since the oats absorb the moisture. That’s when I like to add a bit of milk, cream, coconut milk or almond milk.

Water being poured into an Instant Pot

Once you’ve added your liquid, lock the lid and place the valve to sealed. Cook the oats on high pressure and allow the pressure to release naturally when done cooking. 

Instant Pot being programmed.

And done. See how easy that is?!?!

Steel Cut Oats vs. Rolled Oats

Steel cut and old fashioned rolled oats are made from the same whole grain cereal oat, and carry the same nutritional value, they’re just processed differently. They’re both:

  • High in soluble fiber for healthy digestion
  • Naturally gluten free (unless processed in a plant that also processes gluten containing products, check your labels.)
  • Nutrient dense
  • Help in lowering cholesterol
Steel cut oatmeal in an Instant Pot.

Here’s what’s different:

Rolled oats (also called old fashioned oats) are oat kernels (groats) that are steamed and then rolled into flakes, then toasted, creating a flatter surface area so they cook faster.

Steel cut oats (also called Irish Oatmeal) are cut by steel blades, making them chunkier and taking 3-4 times as long to cook as old fashioned oats.

But when you cook them in the slow cooker, they’re done in about the same amount of time….give or take a minute.

You can add flavoring to your Instant Pot Oatmeal if you’d like by tossing in a cinnamon stick, star anise or a pinch of salt. 

cream being poured into a bowl of steel cut oatmeal.

Topping Ideas

You can make this a savory oatmeal or a sweet oatmeal just by the toppings. Here are a few of my favorites:


  • Cheddar and Chives
  • Kale, Parmesan and Toasted Pine Nuts
  • Sundried Tomatoes, Spinach and Mozzarella


  • Cinnamon, Chocolate and Raspberries
  • Banana, Peanut Butter and Chopped Peanuts
  • Strawberries, Blueberries and Honey

If you’re reheating your oatmeal after making it in advance, stir in a bit of milk or almond milk until the desired consistency before adding your toppings.

Steel Cut Oatmeal in a bowl with blueberries, bananas and almonds.

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Get the Recipe: Instant Pot Steel Cut Oatmeal

Creamy, hearty Steel Cut Oatmeal made in the slow cooker in half the time it takes to make it on the stove top. Easy, mess free!
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  • 2 cups steel cut oats
  • 6 cups water


  • Pressure Cooker
  • Instant Pot


  • Combine the steel cut oats and water in the bowl of a 6-quart Instant Pot and stir. (If using a smaller machine, I recommend cutting the recipe ingredients in half.)
  • Secure the lid and turn the steam release valve at the top to sealing.
  • Press the Manual or Pressure Cook button, then set the cook time to 6 minutes on high pressure. The Instant Pot will read “ON” as it comes to pressure, approximately 10 minutes.
  • When the oats are finished cooking, allow the pressure to naturally release, approximately 15 minutes.
  • Once the pressure has released, turn the steam release valve to “venting” to release any remaining pressure.
  • Carefully remove the lid and stir the oats to incorporate any water that is sitting on the top. Your oats may seem a little loose but will thicken up as they sit.
  • Serve warm with your favorite toppings, if desired.
  • Leftover oats can be stored in individual containers in the fridge for up to a week or frozen for up to 2 months.


Recipe can be made up to a week in advance and stored in the refrigerator in an airtight container.
Calories: 206kcal, Carbohydrates: 35g, Protein: 9g, Fat: 4g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Sodium: 13mg, Fiber: 6g, Calcium: 34mg, Iron: 2mg