Oatmeal for One (Single Serving)

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Make ultra-creamy and simple Instant Pot Oatmeal for One for a fast breakfast with any of your favorite toppings, no stirring or microwaving necessary. (And it’s easy to double if you’re cooking for two!)

Close up shot of Instant Pot oatmeal for one topped with brown sugar, blueberries, and raspberries, with a bowl of brown sugar to the side.

❤️ Why You’ll Love This Recipe: This oatmeal recipe is super simple, and the best part is that you can eat it right out of the bowl you cook it in!

We’re Instant Pot experts and love a simple breakfast on busy mornings, so you can bet that we’ve tested this single-serving oatmeal countless times so it comes out perfectly. 

I like to start it in the morning, go shower, then eat my oatmeal while my hair dries. By using the pressure cooker, this oatmeal will still be hot whenever you’re ready to eat!

You can’t beat this simple oatmeal recipe! It’s one of the best Instant Pot breakfast recipes for busy mornings.

Overhead picture of ingredients for Instant Pot oatmeal for one, including rolled oats, water, and salt.


Really, this is almost a single-ingredient recipe. Here’s what you need to make oatmeal for one in an Instant Pot:

  • Oats. We use old-fashioned oats, which cook up thick and creamy. Don’t use quick-cooking oats in this recipe. The timing is for old-fashioned oats.
  • Water. Make sure you add some to the cooking pot as well as to the bowl you’re cooking the oats in.
  • Salt. Don’t worry, your oatmeal won’t taste salty, this is just a subtle flavor enhancer. 
Removing the trivet with oatmeal for one from an Instant Pot.

How to Make Oatmeal in an Instant Pot

This easy recipe will work in any brand of electric pressure cooker, including the Instant Pot, Ninja Foodi, or Power Pressure Cooker XL.

It couldn’t be easier to make this oatmeal recipe. Start with a heatproof serving bowl. Simply stir together the oats, water, and salt. Then place a trivet in the bottom of the pressure cooking pot. Pour a cup of water into the pot, then carefully place the bowl of oats on your trivet. 

Cook on high pressure for 2 minutes, wait 5 minutes, then finish with a quick pressure release. Remove the lid when the valve drops, use a hot pad or mini mitt to get the bowl out of the cooking pot, add your toppings, and enjoy!

Overhead shot of oatmeal for one being cooked inside an instant pot

Important Tips for Making Instant Pot Oatmeal

The most important thing when making oatmeal for one is to use a large enough bowl. The oats may rise up and expand as they cook, so leave plenty of headroom at the top of the bowl to prevent any overflow.

And don’t forget to add water to your Instant Pot. This creates hot steam under pressure to cook your oats. Otherwise, you’ll get a burn notice on the pressure cooker. 


You can use the trivet that came with your Instant Pot, and a heat-proof serving bowl to make this oatmeal. We have an old ramekin set we’ve been using since our wedding, but this ramekin set is similar.

Overhead shot of Instant Pot oatmeal for one in a white bowl topped with brown sugar, raspberries, and blueberries.

Frequently Asked Questions about Instant Pot Oatmeal for One 

Can I double the recipe?

Yes. To make more than one serving, repeat the recipe in a second bowl. Then stack the bowls using a second trivet. There’s no need to change the cook time.

Will the oats foam?

While they may foam a little in the bowl you cook them in, they shouldn’t foam enough to come out of the pressure release valve. (Another benefit of pot-in-pot cooking.)

Can I overcook the oats?

Unlike making oatmeal in the microwave or on the stovetop, this is a very forgiving recipe with no chance of a mess on your counter. So you can set it up, then walk away. And if you take a little longer than expected, since it’s such a small portion, the pressure will release fairly quickly so the cooking will stop on its own.

Instant Pot oat meal for one in a white bowl topped with brown sugar, blueberries and raspberries, with another bowl in the background topped with granola, banana, and blueberries, with an Instant Pot in the background.

Flavor Suggestions for Oatmeal

My favorite oatmeal topping is frozen berries! When you stir frozen berries into your oats, they flavor your breakfast *and* cool it off so you can eat sooner.

We also love serving oatmeal with a fresh homemade fruit compote. Try it with Instant Pot Fresh Berry Compote or Lemon Curd. We also love to top it with fresh-cut strawberries and a dollop of whipped cream. (I nearly always make homemade whipped cream for desserts, but I keep a can in the fridge for quick breakfasts.)

But there are so many other ways to add flavor and texture to your oatmeal! Try a drizzle of maple syrup or a sprinkle of brown sugar for sweetness. My kids feel extra fancy when I add chocolate chips to their oatmeal. (I prefer the mini kind so they don’t eat as many chocolate chips per bite.)

For crunch, top your oatmeal with chopped nuts, seeds, or granola. You also can’t go wrong with a spoonful of nut butter.

Close up shot of an Instant Pot oatmeal for one in a white bowl topped with granola, blueberries, and bananas.

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Close up shot of an Instant Pot oatmeal for one in a white bowl topped with granola, blueberries, and bananas.

Oatmeal for One | Instant Pot recipe

Yield: 1 serving
Cook Time: 2 minutes
Additional Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

This is the easiest breakfast of Instant Pot Oatmeal for One with old-fashioned oats and your favorite toppings. Best of all, you cook it pot-in-pot in the bowl you'll eat it in.


  • 1/2 cup old-fashioned oats
  • 1 cup water
  • Pinch salt
  • Desired toppings, such as berries, brown sugar,


  1. In a small, deep, ovenproof bowl with at least a 2-cup capacity, stir together the oats, water, and salt. Put a trivet in the pressure cooking pot and add 1 cup water. Place the bowl on the trivet. Lock the lid in place. Select High Pressure and 2 minutes cook time.
  2. When the cook time ends, turn off the pressure cooker. Let the pressure release naturally for 5 minutes and finish with a quick pressure release. When the valve drops, carefully remove the lid. Stir the oatmeal and serve hot with your choice of toppings.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 1 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 230Total Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 146mgCarbohydrates: 46gFiber: 10gSugar: 12gProtein: 7g

Nutrition information is calculated by Nutritionix and may not always be accurate.


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