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Instant Pot Oatmeal (steel-cut oats)

Instant Pot oatmeal made with steel-cut oats is a great way to start your day. Creamy nutritious oatmeal is so simple to cook in an Instant Pot, and there is no need to stand and stir like traditional methods of making oatmeal.

Instant Pot Oatmeal
Instant Pot Oatmeal.

How to Cook Steel-Cut Oats in an Instant Pot

One of the things I love about fall and winter is starting my day with oatmeal. It is so warming and nutritious and I feel that it really sets me up for the day during the cold time of year.

I find it also helps to keep me feeling fuller for longer so I don’t turn to snacks mid-morning to get me through to lunch.

Steel-cut oats are highly nutritious and low in calories, but cooking them with the traditional method (standing over a pot stirring) is time consuming, and not what I want to be doing with my morning (especially before I have even had breakfast!).

Thanks goodness for Instant Pot! You can cook oatmeal in an Instant Pot in no time at all, without needing to stand, and stir, and watch it cook.

I usually add the ingredients, and set it going in the mornings before I jump in the shower. That way it is cooked and keeping warm for me as soon as I am ready.

Instant Pot Oatmeal
Instant Pot oatmeal topped with dates, walnuts and honey.

One of the things I love about oatmeal is that you can switch it up every day by adding different toppings. Some of my favorites are:

  • Chopped walnuts, dates and a drizzle of honey
  • Sliced banana and a drizzle of honey
  • Fresh blueberries and natural yogurt
  • Shredded apple, sultanas and a sprinkle of brown sugar
  • Chopped pecans and maple syrup

Steel-Cut Oatmeal Instant Pot Recipe Card

Instant Pot Oatmeal
Yield: 4 Servings

Instant Pot Oatmeal

Prep Time: 1 minute
Cook Time: 3 minutes
Pressure release: 10 minutes
Total Time: 14 minutes

How to cook oatmeal in an Instant Pot using steel-cut oats.


  • 1½ cups steel cut oats
  • 2 cups milk, (dairy or plant milk)
  • 1½ cups water
  • toppings, (e.g. fresh fruit, dates, nuts, honey, maple syrup)


  1. Place steel cut oats in Instant Pot.
  2. Add milk and water to the Instant Pot. If you prefer your oatmeal thicker then reduce the amount of water you add.
  3. Close and lock the lid of the Instant Pot.
  4. Set the Instant Pot to pressure cook for 3 minutes at high pressure, by pressing ‘pressure cook’, and selecting 4 minutes using the ‘+-‘ buttons.
  5. When the time is up, allow the Instant Pot to depressurize naturally for 10 minutes (using the keep warm function). After this time you can press cancel and use quick release to finish depressurizing before opening the Instant Pot.
  6. Serve oatmeal into bowls and top with your favourite toppings.


For a lighter version of this Instant Pot oatmeal, you can switch out the milk for water. 

Nutrition Information:



Amount Per Serving: Calories: 306Total Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 3gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 12mgSodium: 57mgCarbohydrates: 45gFiber: 7gSugar: 6gProtein: 13g

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