Pressure Cooker Steel Cut Oats

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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.

Making Steel Cut Oats in an Instant Pot

An Instant Pot is one of the most popular brands of electric pressure cookers. They are easy to use and your Instant Pot can help you create these delicious Steel Cut Oats!

Pressure Cooker (Instant Pot) Steel Cut Oats

Steel Cut Oats


  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 cup steel cut oats
  • 3 1/2 cups water
  • Dash of salt
  • Fruit, splash of cream, brown sugar, for serving


  1. Select Saute and melt butter in the pressure cooking pot. Add the oats and toast for about 3 minutes, stirring constalntly, until they smell nutty.
  2. Add water and salt. Lock the lid in place. Select High Pressure and 10 minute cook time.
  3. When the cook time ends, turn off the pressure cooker and allow pressure to release naturally for 10 minutes, then finish with a quick pressure release. When the valve drops carefully remove lid.
  4. Stir the oats well. If you prefer thicker oats, allow them to sit for a few minutes until they reach desired consistency.
  5. Top with milk or cream, fresh or dried fruit, chopped nuts or granola, and your favorite sweetener—brown or white sugar, or maple syrup. This time I chose dried blueberries, strawberries, granola and brown sugar.


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