Instant Pot Steel Cut Oats is a hearty and delicious breakfast option, and it's great for meal prep too! Ready in less than 30 minutes, it's a great healthy breakfast idea, served with fresh fruit on top!
Start your day with a delicious bowl of oatmeal with a side of chopped berries and a drizzle of maple syrup!
Having oatmeal for breakfast is a great way to keep your blood sugar in check right through lunch.
Maybe you've tried making oatmeal before, and it's always stuck to the bottom of the pot!
I've been there. It's not fun. But enter this easy recipe for cooking steel-cut oats with only 4 minutes of cooking time, and you're on your way to a great day!
Made with only 3 simple ingredients, 3 simple steps, and less than 5 minutes of hands-on time, it's also the perfect breakfast for lazy weekends and holidays!
It's the easiest way I've found to cook oatmeal, and it's pretty foolproof too.
Oatmeal is so versatile, everyone can make this dish their own by adding their favorite flavorings and toppings!
Ingredients Needed for Instant Pot Steel Cut Oats
- Steel-Cut Oats. You can find them easily at the grocery store, just make sure they are Steel-Cut Oats, and not Rolled Oats or Quick Oats.
- Almond Extract. Adds a subtle almond flavor, you use Vanilla Extract for a warm flavor, or another extract if you prefer.
How to Make Instant Pot Steel Cut Oatmeal
In the Instant Pot add Oats, Water, and Almond Extract. Combine ingredients together and stir.
Place the lid on Instant Pot. Close it and make sure the pressure release valve is in a closed and locked position.
Set to Pressure Cook for 4 minutes.
Allow a 20-minute Natural Pressure Release before releasing the remaining pressure and opening the lid.
Give the mixture a good stir, and serve hot with your favorite toppings!
There are different types of oats out there, but steel-cut oats are one of the best for making oatmeal and are also more nutritionally dense as they are the least processed type of oat. Also known as pinhead oats or Irish oatmeal, steel-cut oats are groats of whole oats that have been cut into 2 or 3 tiny pieces. You can buy them like this, or they might be rolled into oat flakes like rolled oats and sold like that.
Store cooked steel-cut oats in an airtight container or in a container covered in plastic wrap in the refrigerator for up to a week. Reheat in a microwave-safe bowl in the microwave or on the stove top in a pan. Add water or milk until you get a perfect consistency.
Yes! Cooked oats can also be frozen for up to 3 months. It is best if frozen in individual servings in freezer-safe containers after it has completely cooled.
Substitutions & Variations
- Milk. Add a splash of almond milk, regular milk, or even oat milk to cooked oats to thin the mixture a bit and add flavor if you wish.
- Flavors. Change the flavor of extract in your Instant Pot oats to change the flavor, or top your portion with cinnamon, brown sugar, pure maple syrup, or mix in some peanut butter or Nutella!
- Toppings. Top your oatmeal with any kind of fresh fruit you wish. Try berries like chopped strawberries, and blueberries, dried fruit like raisins or mango, or crushed nuts like pecans, peanuts, or walnuts.
- Add protein. Try adding your favorite flavored Protein Powder into the mix for extra flavor and extra protein for a healthy start to your day!
- Big batch. Double or triple this recipe to make a big batch of oats for the whole family!
- Instant Pot. Any kind of Instant Pot or electric pressure cooker will work for this recipe. You don't need the 'porridge' setting either, we'll just be cooking it on high.
- Ladel. You'll want a ladle or long spoon to portion out your porridge easily.
Let's Talk Protein Powders
I love Clean Simple Eats Protein Powder. I've been enjoying a protien filled shake daily for over a year. It helps curb my appetite and get me through the day. And I have LOVED adding this protein powder to just about everything. Including in my oats!
Try adding Coconut Cream Protein to sweeten up this recipe of Steel Cut Oats or even Maple Donut Flavor. It's delicious and so simple!
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Instant Pot Steel Cut Oats
- 1 cup Steel Cut Oats
- 3 cups Water
- 1 teaspoon Almond Extract - *or Vanilla Extract
- Toppings - (optional) Cinnamon, Brown Sugar, Fruit Berries, Bananas, Apples, Nuts *or Nut Butters, Protein Powder
- In the Instant Pot add Oats, Water, and Almond Extract. Combine ingredients together and stir.
- Place the lid on Instant Pot. Close it and make sure the pressure release valve is in a closed and locked position.
- Set to Pressure Cook for 4 minutes.
- Allow a 20-minute Natural Pressure Release before releasing the remaining pressure and opening the lid.
- Give the mixture a good stir, and serve hot with your favorite toppings!
- Store: Store cooked steel-cut oats in an airtight container or in a container covered in plastic wrap in the refrigerator for up to a week.
- Freeze: Cooked oats can also be frozen for up to 3 months. It is best to freeze in individual servings in freezer-safe containers after completely cooling.
All nutrition values are approximate and calculated by a plugin and are provided as a courtesy. Adding or subtracting ingredients will change the nutritional value.