Steel Cut Oats

The pressure cooker is great for making Steel Cut Oats because they’re softer than when cooked on the stove. I like the slightly crunchy texture of Steel Cut Oats, but I usually ended up cooking them twice as long as the package directions suggested. Some people recommend soaking Steel Cut Oats overnight to soften them before cooking, but with a pressure cooker that isn’t necessary.

Another big advantage of making them in the pressure cooker is that they’re worry free. You can just press the start button and walk away, no having to worry about stirring them so they don’t burn on the bottom, or that they’ll boil over.

Steel Cut Oats

Yield: 2 - 3 Servings

Steel Cut Oats


  • 1/2 cup Steel Cut Oats
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • Dash of salt


  1. Combine ingredients in pressure cooker pot, select high pressure and set 10 minutes cook time.
  2. When beep sounds, turn off pressure cooker and use a natural pressure release for 10 minutes and then do a quick pressure release to release any remaining pressure. When valve drops carefully remove lid. (A quick release is not recommended with grains.) Stir oats and let sit a minute to absorb the water.
  3. Top with milk, fresh or dried fruit, chopped nuts or granola, and your favorite sweetener—brown or white sugar, maple syrup, or agave syrup. This time I chose dried blueberries, strawberries, granola and brown sugar.


Don't miss out on a new recipe. Subscribe to Pressure Cooking Today by Email

Some of the links in my posts may be “affiliate links.” This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission. Thank you for supporting Pressure Cooking Today when you shop!

If you make this recipe, please let me know! Leave a comment below or take a photo and tag me on Instagram or Twitter with #PressureCookingToday.


    Leave a Comment:

  1. Cecilia Long says

    I like to make my Oatmeal with all milk versus water. Could I do that in the pressure cooker or does it have to be water?

  2. Georgy says

    Great recipe! I stumbled upon your blog looking for a steel cut oat pressure cooker recipe and this was perfect. For my own batch, I added a chopped apple (skin left on) in the very beginning, then topped it with maple syrup.

    • Barbara Schieving says

      Thanks Georgy! I love mixing fruit with my steel cut oats. Love the idea of cooking the apple with the oats. I may have to try it tomorrow morning.