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Instant Pot Steel Cut Oatmeal

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You can easily make this simple and delicious Instant Pot Steel Cut Oatmeal in minutes, add any toppings of your choice, or serve it plain. This recipe is dairy free, vegan, vegetarian, and gluten free if you use certified oats!

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Instant Pot Steel Cut Oatmeal in a small bowl topped with walnuts and dried cranberries.

There is a cute little cookbook that comes with my new Instant Pot, and the Three Minute Steel Cut Oats by Jill Nussinow, MS, RDN {theveggiequeen.com} caught my eye immediately.

Then I read through the instructions…they cook for 3 minutes, but you have to wait for the Instant Pot to heat up, then you have to wait for it to cool down enough to release the pressure so you can take the lid off. So the three minute oats are actually more like 15 to 20 minutes!! I thought this thing was supposed to be fast!

So I decided to give it a try, and I am so glad that I did! I’ll explain later, first let’s make some breakfast!

Top 10 Instant Pot Recipes Ebook optin graphic.

How to make Instant Pot Steel Cut Oatmeal

Add the water, milk, salt, and oats to to the Instant Pot.

Milk in a pressure cooker.

Twist the lid to lock into place. Select the Manual function and press the arrows to cook 3 minutes.

Instant Pot® pressure cooker.

When the Instant Pot beeps, allow it to sit until the pressure drops and the lid opens easily. {this can take 10 to 15 minutes}

Cooked steel cut oats and milk in a pressure cooker.

They look a little bit “wet” at first, but don’t panic…keep going. 😉

Stir in the vanilla, cinnamon, agave nectar, walnuts, and cranberries. Adjust the sweetness as needed.

Cooked oatmeal in a pressure cooker with cinnamon, walnuts, cranberries. and agave nectar on top.

Serve with additional cranberries and walnuts.

Looking down on a bowl of oatmeal topped with walnuts and cranberries.

Store leftovers in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. Reheat in the microwave.

So why did I like this Instant Pot® Steel Cut Oatmeal even thought it takes much longer than three minutes? Because I don’t have to stand over the stove and stir it for 20 minutes like regular steel cut oatmeal! I can turn it on and go check my email, or go get dressed and it cooks itself.

Recipes Notes & Tips:

  • If you do not like dried cranberries substitute raisins or any other dried fruit of your choosing.
  • Stir in Instant Pot Apple Butter and toasted pecans for a delicious fall-flavored breakfast.
  • I chose toasted walnuts, but any nuts will work.
  • Do not use regular milk! Apparently it will scorch so you must use a non-dairy milk.
  • If you are in the market for a cool new kitchen appliance, this is the Instant Pot that I have {affiliate link}.

More delicious oatmeal recipes

And yes, you can swap the pistachios for the walnuts, honey for the agave, and leave out the cranberries and make it in your Instant Pot as well….I have done it several times already, lol

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Instant Pot Steel Cut Oatmeal in a small bowl topped with walnuts and dried cranberries.

Instant Pot Steel Cut Oatmeal

This Instant Pot Steel Cut Oatmeal is super easy to make and turns out perfectly every time!
5 from 5 votes
Print Rate
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: instant pot, pressure cooker, oatmeal, steel cut oats, recipe
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 3 minutes
Pressure Release: 15 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 4 Servings
Calories: 259kcal
Author: Lisa Johnson

Ingredients

  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup unsweetened CashewMilk
  • .06 teaspoon sea salt (a pinch)
  • 1 cup steel cut oats
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon agave nectar (or honey – add 2 tablespoons for additional sweetness)
  • .33 cup dried cranberries (diced)
  • .25 cup toasted walnuts (chopped)

Instructions

  • Add the water, milk, salt, and oats to to the Instant Pot.
  • Twist the lid to lock into place. Select the Manual function and press the + and – to adjust the time to 3 minutes.
  • When the Instant Pot beeps, allow it to sit until the pressure drops and the lid opens easily. {this can take 10 to 15 minutes}
  • Stir in the vanilla, cinnamon, agave nectar, walnuts, and cranberries. Adjust the sweetness as needed.
  • Serve with additional cranberries and walnuts.
  • Store leftovers in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. Reheat in the microwave.

Notes

  • If you do not like dried cranberries substitute raisins or any other dried fruit of your choosing.
  • I chose toasted walnuts, but any nuts will work.
  • Do not use regular milk!  Apparently it will scorch so you must use a non-dairy milk.
Recipe adapted from The New Fast Food Cookbook by Jill Nussinow, MS, RDN at TheVeggieQueen

Nutrition

Calories: 259kcal | Carbohydrates: 40g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 8g | Sodium: 83mg | Potassium: 32mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 10g | Calcium: 36mg | Iron: 1.9mg

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11 Comments

  1. OK, so I’ll probably never own an Instant Pot, simply because I have a pressure cooker that essentially does the same thing. But don’t think for one minute that not owning an IP will stop me from making this delicious steel cut oatmeal for breakfast! I love your addition of dried cranberries… I have a stash of them in my pantry! 🙂

    1. And I have never used a pressure cooker before, so I had no idea if they would work the same way or not, lol Thank you Becca, now I can just call the recipes pressure cooker (insert food) 😉

  2. I didn’t find anything I couldn’t live without on Prime Day. I must have missed the Insta Pot deal. What a score! Thanks for sharing the oatmeal recie iwth us on #TastyTuesdays

  3. Honestly it works so much better to cook steel cut oats on the 10 to 11 minute time as suggested by the InstantPot site!

  4. I make this for my wife. She loves it. I use brown sugar instead of Honey, almonds instead of walnuts and almomond milk instead of cashew.

  5. This is a simple and delicious recipe! I usually add an additional cup of almond milk because the leftovers really thicken in the refrigerator. I add 2 peeled, diced apples at the beginning and they cook perfectly with the oats. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

  6. Just made this! Did you use regular liquid measuring cups for the liquid or the small plastic cup that comes with it? I used regular liquid measuring cups and the oatmeal was perfectly cooked through (after about 20 mins of releasing the pressure naturally) but it was a bit liquid-y. As it cools, I see it solidifying, but I was just wondering.

    Thanks for all your instant pot recipes & 101s! Love them!

  7. 5 stars
    I also bought my Instant Pot on Prime Day, so glad I did, all 3 of my daughters now have one as well! Everything I have tried, including your steel cut oats, has been a success and yummy!

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