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Steel Cut Oatmeal (Instant Pot and Slow Cooker Recipe)

Steel Cut Oatmeal takes only 4 minutes to pressure cook. Treat yourself to a hearty bowl of healthy and deliciously satisfying steel cut oats, without the fuss. Add your favorite toppings for the ultimate breakfast. Slow cooker instructions included.

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How to make Steel Cut Oatmeal in the Instant Pot

I’m so not complaining about finally seeing London and Paris for the first time. It did not hurt to have Nutella crepes made fresh from no-nonsense street vendors. There’s nothing painful about buttery, flaky, super-soft croissants made by French bakers first thing in the morning.

I did the cliché thing and fell in love with Paris. I even got all wanna-be and donned a Parisian floral scarf while carrying a baguette around.

I only missed 2 things from home: flip flops (apparently nobody in Paris shows their toes in spring) and my daily ritual of Instant Pot Steel Cut Oatmeal.

Despite the abundant Pain au Chocolåt available at every corner, I occasionally longed for my morning hot bowl of hearty steel cut oatmeal topped with pure honey or maple syrup and juicy berries.

Once you try this fast and fail-proof strategy of cooking steel cut oats in your pressure cooker or Instant Pot, you’ll ditch all other methods to your favorite steel cut oatmeal.

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Two Ingredients for the Perfect Instant Pot Steel Cut Oatmeal

It couldn’t be easier. You only need 2 ingredients to make tender, creamy steel cut oatmeal in the Instant Pot. Other ingredients are optional and can be varied according to taste.

  • steel cut oats (not the quick cooking kind)
  • water or milk: I prefer water, since milk can be added later if desired. That said, if you love that extra  creaminess, feel free to cook your steel cut oats using your favorite kind of milk. Cow’s milk, almond milk, coconut milk – it’s your choice.

The trick to having perfectly cooked steel cut oatmeal is being sure you have the correct liquid to oats proportion. The 3:1 proportion is super easy to remember. You generally want 3 cups of liquid to 1 cup of steel cut oats when using your pressure cooker.

The below recipe includes vanilla extract, cinnamon, and a pinch of salt. Feel free to omit those if you want plain oatmeal as your starting point.

Once your oatmeal is cooked to perfection, you can take it from there – mix in any toppings you love. My personal favorites include raw honey, sometimes chopped apples, and always berries.

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Steel Cut Oatmeal takes just 4 minutes in the Instant Pot

How can I adapt for slow cooker steel cut oats?

The slow cooker requires more liquid. You’ll need 4 parts liquid to 1 part steel cut oats. Cook on Low setting for no longer than 6-7 hours.

If your slow cooker tends to run hot, you may need to cut the time down in order to prevent sticking/browning on the bottom of pot. It’s even better if you’re able to give it a quick stir during cooking. You can also stir in some milk once the oatmeal is done, to soften up the bottom and get your oatmeal to a creamy consistency.

You may also like this Cinnamon Baked Oatmeal:

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Instant Pot Steel Cut Oatmeal (Slow Cooker Option included)

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Instant Pot Steel Cut Oatmeal takes only 4 minutes to pressure cook. Treat yourself to a hearty bowl of healthy and deliciously satisfying steel cut oats, without the fuss. Add your favorite toppings for the ultimate breakfast.
Prep Time: 2 mins
Cook Time: 4 mins
Servings: 4

Ingredients  

  • 3 cups water or milk of your choice, plus more milk for serving
  • 1 cup regular steel cut oats, not quick cooking
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon

Instructions

  • Add all ingredients into Instant Pot. Set to Pressure Cook high, for 4 minutes. Allow pressure cooker to do its own natural release after cook time. Do not move lid or try to release pressure yourself, as the oats need the natural release time to cook properly. You don't have to remove lid immediately once natural pressure is done; if desired, you can leave the finished oatmeal alone for an hour or so.
  • Carefully remove the lid and stir. If desired, add milk of your choice to your preferred consistency and stir well.
  • Serve warm steel cut oatmeal with your choice of honey, maple syrup, fruit, or nuts.

Notes

You can use half water and half milk of your choice, if desired. However, we've found that simply mixing in the milk after the oatmeal is finished works even better.
I've made big batches of steel cut oatmeal to last several days. Leftover oatmeal can keep well covered airtight in fridge for up to 3 days. When ready to re-heat, be prepared to stir in extra water/milk, as the leftover oatmeal will likely have thickened up.
The slow cooker requires more liquid. You'll need 4 parts liquid to 1 part steel cut oats. Cook on Low setting for no longer than 6-7 hours.
Slow Cooker option:  As slow cookers can tend to run hot on the bottom, you may need to cut the time down in order to prevent sticking/browning on the bottom of pot. It's even better if you're able to give it a quick stir during cooking. You can also stir in some milk once the oatmeal is done, to soften up the bottom and get your oatmeal to a creamy consistency.
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Nutrition

Calories: 75kcal | Carbohydrates: 13.5g | Protein: 2.5g | Saturated Fat: 0.3g | Sodium: 7.1mg | Fiber: 2g
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Diet: Gluten Free
Method: Instant Pot

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37 comments

    • Owen G.

    Oh I really love discovering more recipes for oats, I really love this product, not only that it’s healthy. I really love how it taste like and fill me like I don’t have to eat another meal for the day

    • Ana

    I love oatmeal and these look healthy and delicious! I’d love to give it a try!

    • clairebeary94

    I’ve been eating oatmeal lately and I like it so far. I have to try it with berries too next time. I love it with bananas or peaches!

    • Samar

    Never thought an oatmeal can be so yummy. Great job!

    • hawkandquill

    I haven’t had a good bowl of oatmeal in a while now and looking at your pictures, and seemingly easy recipe, I think I have a hankering for some oatmeal now! Thanks for sharing. I have to try this out!

    • Rosey A

    I love steel cut oats. I never thought to make them in the instapot.

    • mommysup

    My family loves oatmeal! Instant Pot is a great idea, I love how your turned out! Delicious!

    • Melissa Dixon

    I love the flavor and consistency of oatmeal! I love all of the flavors you can add in, I need to add it to my grocery list!

    • healthy habitually

    So genius to make these in the Instant Pot!!!

    • stephsocial.com

    Steel cut are way better than instant but I often can’t be bothered! This is great!

    • monidipa51

    So ultimately this is not only tasty but healthy too. I think it is truly worth a try…

    • arun

    Thank you for your wonderful recipe. Oats are one of the soothing food in my list. I will try them this weekend.

    • Lisa

    A great porridge recipe! I eat this pretty much every morning

    • Cristina Petrini

    You know I think it’s great to eat in the morning for breakfast because in short it’s really very healthy and full of energy as well as tasty!

    • Jackie

    I absolutely love oatmeal in the mornings!! I have never made my own before! I will have to try this out

    • Wren LaPorte

    I have been looking for more reasons to get an Instant pot. That looks amazing and I LOOOOVE Oatmeal!

    • GiGi Eats Celebrities

    That looks so so so so so good! Something so perfect to wake up to! 🙂 I would need a little more cinnamon though – ha ha!

    • Huda

    This looks delicious and super easy to make. Thanks for sharing!

    • Britney The Busy Boy Mama

    Our whole family eats oatmeal for breakfast! This would be great to do once we get an instant pot.

    • kumamonjeng

    It is very hard for me to get steel cut oatmeal here but I do have the roll oatmeal daily for my breakfast. Love your healthy choice recipe and it is quite colorful too with added strawberries and blue berries.

      • chewoutloud

      Thank you!

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