Instant Pot Steel Cut Oats – 8 Flavors

December 8, 2018 (Updated: December 20, 2019) By Aneesha |

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If you love a bowl of soft and creamy steel-cut oats for breakfast, you will enjoy this easy dump-and-start recipe for Instant Pot Steel Cut Oats!  No more standing by the stove and stirring the pot.  Simply pour in the ingredients, press start, and sit back and enjoy your coffee!

Steel cut oats cooked in Instant Pot and topped with blueberries and almonds

What are Steel Cut Oats

If you look in the breakfast aisle of your grocery store, you will typically find the following varieties of oats to choose from:

Steel Cut Oats, also called Irish oatmeal, are groats of whole oats which have been chopped with a steel blade into fine grains.  They retain their shape after cooking and have a chewy texture.  This variety is minimally processed, which is why they take the longest to cook as compared to other varieties.

Rolled Oats, also called Old Fashioned Oats, are oat groats that are steamed and then rolled into flat flakes.  Since they are thin and flat, rolled oats cook much faster than steel-cut oats.  Because they cook quickly, rolled oats are a popular choice for baking cookies and cakes along with being a breakfast staple.

Instant Oats– As the name suggests, these are the quickest cooking oats.  These oats are similar in cut to rolled oats, but cut smaller and rolled thinner.  They cook in minutes, which is why they’re not a good choice for the Instant Pot, as they would turn into mush.  I cook Instant oats in the microwave for a minute or so.

What is the difference between Steel cut oats and Rolled oats

Tips for Making the Perfect Pressure Cooker Steel Cut Oats

  • Grease the Pot: Steel cut oats have a tendency to stick to the bottom, irrespective of how much liquid you add.  So, to avoid the burn message, I would recommend that you grease the pot using any cooking oil or spray, like Pam.
  • Smaller Quantity using PIP method:  If you’re cooking a small batch of oatmeal, like 1/2 cup, I would recommend cooking it using the pot-in-pot cooking method.  This avoids the burn message.  You can cook individual portions in mason jars or any oven safe bowl.
  • Natural Release of Pressure: This is one of those recipes where patience really pays.  If you quickly release the pressure, the oats might stick to the bottom.  Also, you don’t want the frothy liquid to squirt out from the valve.
  • Choose your Cook time: This will totally depend on the texture you like.  If you like slightly chewy steel-cut oats, go for 10 minutes of cooking time. But if you’re like me, and like your oats creamy and soft, 15 minutes of pressure cooking time should be perfect.
  • Choose your liquid: In this recipe, I cook my oats in milk, because that’s how we like it in my home.  If you like, you can cook your oats in water and top them with a milk of your choice later.   This recipe can also be used to cook oats in Almond Milk.

This is the Easiest Steel Cut Oats Recipe Ever!

Cooking Steel Cut Oats in the Instant Pot trumps the stove-top recipe any day!  No more standing by the stove and stirring the pot.  I get soft and creamy oats in about 40 minutes, but most of that time is hands-free cooking.  That is a huge plus for me.  Here’s how I make Instant Pot Oatmeal:

Step#1: Add oats and milk, or water, to the Instant Pot.

A step by step process explaining how to make steel cut oats in Instant Pot

Step#2: Stir, close lid.

A step by step process explaining how to make steel cut oats in Instant Pot

Step#3: Turn to Sealing (DUO model), and set preferred time on Porridge mode. (I set 15 mins for a creamier texture)

A step by step process explaining how to make steel cut oats in Instant Pot

Step:4 Open after natural release of pressure.  Add honey/agave/maple (optional)

A step by step process explaining how to make steel cut oats in Instant Pot

How to Prevent a BURN Message

If your Instant Pot tends to give you the dreaded burn message from time to time, I would recommend the following:

  • Use Pot-in-Pot cooing method (PIP).  This is a 100% burn-proof way of making steel cut oats in your Instant Pot.  It is now my preferred way of making oats. Refer to the recipe card for the detailed recipe.
  • Grease the inner pot with oil or a cooking spray like Pam.
  • Use the ceramic non-stick inner pot.

Flavor Options for Instant Pot Steel Cut Oats

Here are some of the most enjoyed flavors of steel-cut oats in my home:

  1. Cinnamon Apple– Chopped or grated apple with a sprinkle of cinnamon
  2. Maple Pecan– Chopped pecans with a drizzle of maple syrup
  3. Blueberry Almond– Fresh blueberries with almond chips, sweetened with honey
  4. Cranberry Pistachio– Dried cranberries with chopped shelled pistachio
  5. Cardamom Pistachio– Freshly crushed green cardamom seeds with chopped pistachio, drizzled with a touch of honey
  6. Saffron Almond– A few strands of saffron stirred in warm oatmeal, topped with slivered almonds, with agave nectar
  7. Oatmeal Raisin– All the delish flavors of an oatmeal raisin cookie.  Add brown sugar, raisins and chopped walnuts
  8. Raspberry Delight– Fresh Raspberries with a drizzle of honey

Steel cut oats cooked in Instant Pot and topped with cinnamon and apples

Customize your Instant Pot Oatmeal

Oatmeal is such a blank canvas that you can customize it the way you want, by choosing your favorite toppings.  The two super hit flavors in my home are listed in the recipe card.

I like to dress up mine with crushed cardamom, chopped pistachios, and a touch of honey.  My mother-in-law used to make this flavor a lot, and I just loved it.

Nuts: You can chopped nuts of your choice;  almonds, pistachios, pecans, etc.

Fruit: A friend of mine likes fresh-cut banana with her oats, one of my daughter loves fresh sliced apple, the other one loves raspberries with her oatmeal, you get the idea 🙂

Sweeteners:  Adding sweeteners is totally optional.  Some popular choices to sweeten your oatmeal are honey, agave nectar, maple syrup, brown sugar etc.

A bowl of Instant Pot steel Cut Oats topped with blueberries and almond chips

Steel cut oats in a bowl sprinkled with cinnamon


Other Popular Instant Pot Breakfast Ideas

Here are a some more popular breakfast recipes from the blog:

French Toast Casserole

Egg Bites | Egg Frittata Muffins

Hard Boiled Eggs

Quinoa Poha (Popular Indian breakfast)

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Two bowls of steel cut oats with assorted toppings

Instant Pot Steel Cut Oats

Enjoy a bowl of soft and creamy steel cut oats with this easy dump-and-start Instant Pot Steel Cut Oats recipe! Just add ingredients & press start!
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Cook Time: 15 minutes
NPR: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories: 160kcal
Author: Spice Cravings


Add after cooking (optional)

  • 3 tbsp Agave (or honey/maple/brown sugar/sugar)


Cooking Steel Cut Oats Pot-in-Pot (read above to see why this is recommended)

  • Add 1 cup water in the inner pot for 6 qt, 2 cups for 8 qt.  Place the trivet.  Assemble oats and milk (or water) in an oven safe bowl that fits easily in the Instant Pot, and place on top of the trivet.
  • Close lid.  If using a DUO, turn the vent to sealing position. Set Porridge mode and adjust the time to 15 mins. For a more firm and chewy texture, set 10 mins.
  • Wait for natural pressure release (NPR). This prevents the oats from sticking to the bottom. Open lid and stir. Add agave, or the sweetener of your choice. Adding sweetener is optional. 

Cooking in Main Pot

  • Add oats and milk (or water).  Stir and close lid.  If using a DUO, turn the vent to sealing position.  Set Porridge mode and adjust the time to 15 mins.  For a more firm and chewy texture, set 10 mins. 
  • Wait for natural pressure release (NPR).  This prevents the oats from sticking to the bottom.  Open lid and stir.  Add agave, or the sweetener of your choice. Adding sweetener is optional. 


If you are new to the Instant Pot, please read my FAQ on Instant Pot Terminology and Accessories to learn more.
Note: The nutrition facts below are based on using 2% milk in this recipe, and are my estimates.  If you are following any diet plan, I recommend cross-checking with your preferred nutrition calculator.


Calories: 160kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 9mg | Sodium: 55mg | Potassium: 165mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 120IU | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 152mg | Iron: 0.8mg
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American, Indian
Keyword: instant pot breakfast recipes, oatmeal, steel cut oats
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Aneesha holding a glass of white wine Hi, I'm Aneesha, a foodie by birth and the mind, body and soul behind Spice Cravings. Here I share quick, easy & healthy Indian & global recipes that are low in effort and big on taste! A recipe doesn't make it on the blog unless it is tested multiple times and gets a thumbs-up from my taster-in-chief, my husband, and my teen-chefs, my twin girls!

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