Instant Pot Steel Cut Oats Recipe

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Make perfect oatmeal every time with our Instant Pot steel cut oats recipe! Use your pressure cooker to create a hearty dish with your favorite toppings.

As we move closer to October, temperatures will start to drop. As a result, you’ll probably start craving warm meals.

Why not start your day with hearty, filling breakfast? For today’s recipe, we decided to share Kim’s pressure cooker steel cut oatmeal.

The best part of this recipe is how it can be changed to fit your tastes. Don’t like apples, then try berries instead.

So, shall we get started?

Two bowls of instant pot steel cut oats with apples.

How to make Instant Pot steel cut oats?

This is another super simple recipe that only takes a few minutes to put together.

First, start by washing, peeling, coring, and dicing the apple. Next, place the liner into the cooker.

The apples, oats, and other ingredients placed into the liner.

Then, toss in the oats, water, apple pieces, vanilla extract, cinnamon, and salt.

After that, put on the lid, seal the valve, and press the manual or high pressure cook button.

The dish has cooked and is ready to be served.

Set the steel cut oats to cook for four (4) minutes. When it’s done, allow for a ten (10) minute natural release before releasing the pressure manually.

Last, open the lid, stir the steel cut oats, and serve the dish. You can put any toppings you like on the oatmeal.

That’s it, your Instant Pot steel cut oats recipe is done! Kim and I hope you enjoy the meal and wish you all the best 🙂

The finished steel cut oats topped with sliced apples.

Do steel cut oats need to be soaked?

Technically, no, they don’t need to be soaked. If soaked for an extended period of time, then they’ll cook faster.

However, as you can see from our post, they’ll still cook in ten (10) to fifteen (15) minutes in a pressure cooker. So, why soak them for twenty (20) minutes?

The finished steel cut oats topped with sliced apples.

Instant Pot Steel Cut Oats Recipe

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Author: Kimberly
Prep Time: 7 minutes
Cook Time: 4 minutes
Come to Pressure and Release: 15 minutes
Total Time: 26 minutes
Servings: 4 Servings



  • Place the oats, water, apple pieces, vanilla, cinnamon, and salt into the Instant Pot. Stir to combine the ingredients.
    1 apple
    1 cup steel cut oats
    2 ½ cups water
    1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
    ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Close the lid, and make sure the valve is set to sealing. Use the manual (pressure cook) button, and adjust the time to 4 minutes. After the time is up, allow a 10 minute natural release before opening the valve to release any remaining pressure.
  • Carefully open the lid, and stir the oats.
  • Serve hot and add your favorite toppings like additional apples, sprinkled cinnamon, freshly ground nutmeg, peanut butter or almond butter, maple syrup, honey, or milk.

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The calories listed are an approximation based on the ingredients and a serving size of 1 cup. Also, the calorie count does NOT include the sliced apples seen (as toppings) in the photos. Actual calories will vary. Storage of leftovers is not recommended.


Serving: 1cup | Calories: 182kcal | Carbohydrates: 33g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 0.4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.02g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.003g | Sodium: 8mg | Potassium: 51mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 25IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 30mg | Iron: 2mg

Nutrition Disclaimer

Kim and John Vargo of Berly’s Kitchen and its affiliates are not dieticians or nutritionists. Any nutritional information shared is an estimate. If preferred, use your favorite online nutrition calculator to double check the amounts. Calories and other nutritional values can vary based on brand and serving size.

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  1. I always double the recipe without any issues. I have a 6 qt instapot. I also portion out and freeze several days worth in zip lock bags. I remove from freezer to frig as needed. I then reheat in microwave and add topppings. I do not add apples to the cooked portion (but sometimes add craisins) of this recipe but instead used fresh apples on top once i have reheated the oatmeal. It is delicious!! Also add toasted walnuts once reheated. I do not know why they state that they do not reccomend leftovers.

    1. Good Morning Paula, that’s great to hear. I believe Kim also reheats the leftovers. However, I wrote the post and I don’t care for the texture of leftover oatmeal lol! So, that’s why I don’t recommend storing the leftovers. But, if it works for you, go for it. Thank you for commenting and providing storage tips. Have a lovely day 🙂

  2. I doubled the recipe and my instant pot gave me the dreaded “burn” message, not sure what happened? Have you tried this recipe doubled?

    1. Hi Laura!

      I’m so sorry about! We have not tried to double the recipe. However, I have made it in the 3-quart a handful of times. It worked great except for 1 time. That time it actually boiled over. Makes me wonder if it’s the oats. Maybe some have more starch than others depending on brand and how close to the bottom of the bag/canister they are (settling of the small pieces). Just a thought, but I’m not 100% sure about the burn except to say we have not tested doubling the ingredients.

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