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Instant Pot Oatmeal (yes, it’s that easy!)

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Learn to make Instant Pot oatmeal in no time! It’s as easy as pouring in the oatmeal and water, and pressing a button. The Instant Pot can transform your mornings, giving you more time to enjoy this delicious breakfast/snack.

Bowl of steel cut oatmeal topped with dates, strawberries and coconut.

So I have to admit that for the majority of my life, I didn’t like oatmeal. Or at least, I didn’t “think” I liked it. I tried it many times, but the texture never did it for me. But I finally realized that I never had oatmeal MY way (more firm with tons of toppings). This was a game changer for me.

So if you aren’t an oatmeal lover (not sure why you’d be reading this post if not haha, but you never know!) I implore you to give it another shot and experiment with what may work for you.

Pressure Cooker vs. On the Stove:

After realizing that I actually liked oatmeal, I made it on the stove and it boiled over. Have you ever had this happen? If so, you can understand how ridiculously messy, gross, and frustrating it can be to clean it up. UGH. And this is why the Instant Pot/pressure cooker is a dream come true for oatmeal!

Yes, while the Instant Pot may not be “instant” (it does take time to build and release pressure), I find a lot of joy in the fact I can “set it and forget it”, with no possibility of the pot boiling over! No dirty stove- just fresh, hot oatmeal ready to top with your favorites and enjoy.

Steel cut oatmeal topped with berries, dates, brown sugar and coconut flakes.

Pro tips for perfect oatmeal every time:

  • This recipe calls for 2 1/2 to 3 cups water. For this amount, it will all depend on how thick/thin you like your oatmeal. If you’re not sure, err on the side of less with 2 1/2 cups water (you can always add a bit more plant-based milk later to thin it out).
  • Some 8-quart Instant Pots may give a “burn” message. If you have any issues, I highly recommend checking out this blog post—> Instant Pot Burn Message– which can help you troubleshoot the issue. And if you do have an 8-quart, I’d recommend adding at least 3 cups water to avoid getting that burn message.
  • Make sure that your Instant Pot lid is properly sealed (meaning the sealing ring is properly in place and clean) before securing the lid. If not sealed properly, the oatmeal may burn and stick to the bottom of the pot.
  • To double the recipe, use the same cooking time (6 minutes). 
  • Generally, I made this recipe using water. But I also recommend trying out organic apple juice for a tart/sweet twist!

How to make Instant Pot Steel Cut Oats:

First, add the steel cut oats and the water to the Instant Pot.

Place the lid on the Instant Pot and lock. Then press the “Porridge” button (you can also use Manual/Pressure Cook) and set to 6 minutes. Turn the knob on the top of the lid to ‘Sealing’ (not venting).

The Instant Pot will turn on and start to build pressure. After about 10 minutes, the timer will automatically set to 6 minutes.

When the 6 minutes are done, it will need to sit for an additional 8-10 minutes to release the pressure (you will see the L0:02, etc. on the screen which means it is releasing pressure).

After the the pressure is released, remove the lid. (Note: If the pressure is not released, you won’t be able to open it).

Front view of an instant pot, full of steel cut oatmeal.

Stir and add the oatmeal to a bowl, and add toppings of choice (see below for topping ideas). Store this oatmeal in an airtight container in the fridge for 5-6 days. Note: the oatmeal will thicken more as is sits. 

Topping ideas:

  • I love using chopped medjool dates, but you can also use this easy Date Paste for a smoother sweet addition. Stir in the date paste to the cooked oatmeal.
  • strawberries, flax seed, chopped medjool dates, unsweetened coconut flakes and cinnamon (in the photo shown below)
  • dates, pecans, apples, cinnamon, nutmeg and brown sugar
  • bananas, blueberries, walnuts, and maple syrup
  • blackberries, dates, and almond butter
  • vegan chocolate chips, unsweetened coconut flakes, and peanut butter (a great dessert option!)
  • Serve this oatmeal with a glass of Homemade Almond Milk. YUM!

This recipe makes a total of 2 1/2 cups cooked oatmeal (if using 2 1/2 cups water), which is roughly 2/3 cup per serving. If you use more water, it may change the serving size. 

Steel cut oatmeal with strawberries, dates and brown sugar with toppings.

Helpful Tools:

  • Instant Pot– If you don’t have an Instant Pot or pressure cooker, this is a good one.
  • Measuring Cups– I love to have a variety of different sizes.

If you try this recipe, please let me know! Leave a comment, rate it, and tag your photo with #veggie__chick on Instagram. I just love to see my recipes being made in YOUR kitchen!

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Instant Pot Oatmeal (yes, it’s that easy!)

Learn to make Instant Pot Oatmeal in no time! It’s as easy as pouring in the oatmeal and water, and pressing a button. The Instant Pot can transform your mornings, giving you more time to enjoy this delicious breakfast/snack.

  • Author: Christin McKamey
  • Prep Time: 5
  • Cook Time: 25
  • Total Time: 25
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Instant Pot/Pressure Cooker
  • Cuisine: Porridge
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Ingredients

  • 1 cup steel cut oat (or regular old-fashioned oats)- gluten free if desired
  • 2 1/2 to 3 cups water, depending how how thick you like your oatmeal
  • Topping ideas: Date Paste, strawberries, bananas, blueberries, blackberries, apples, pears, golden raisins, chopped medjool dates, cinnamon, flax seed, coconut flakes, peanut or almond butter, maple syrup or agave, brown sugar, all kinds of nut, vegan chocolate chips, etc.

Instructions

  1. Add the steel cut oats and water to the Instant Pot. Place the lid on the Instant Pot and lock. Press the “Porridge” button if your pressure cooker has one (or you can also use Manual/Pressure Cook). Set to 6 minutes, and turn the knob on the top of the lid to ‘Sealing’ (not venting). The Instant Pot will automatically turn on and start to build pressure. After about 10 minutes, the timer will set to 6 minutes and it will begin to cook.
  2. After the 6 minutes are done, let it sit for an additional 8-10 minutes to release the pressure (you will see the L0:02, etc. on the screen which means it is releasing pressure on low heat). When the pressure is released, remove the lid. (Note: If the pressure is not released, you won’t be able to open it).
  3. Stir and add the cooked oatmeal to a bowl, and add toppings of choice. Store in an airtight container in the fridge for 5-6 days. Note: the oatmeal will thicken more as is sits. See more important tips below…

Notes

  • This recipe calls for 2 1/2 to 3 cups water. For this amount, it will all depend on how thick/thin you like your oatmeal. If you’re not sure, err on the side of less with 2 1/2 cups water  (you can always add a bit more plant-based milk later to thin it out).
  • Some 8-quart Instant Pots may give a “burn” message. If you have any issues, I highly recommend checking out this blog post—> Instant Pot Burn Message– which can help you troubleshoot the issue. And if you do have an 8-quart, I’d recommend adding at least 3 cups water to avoid getting that burn message.
  • Make sure that your Instant Pot lid is properly sealed (meaning the sealing ring is properly in place and clean) before securing the lid. If not sealed properly, the oatmeal may burn and stick to the bottom of the pot.
  • To double the recipe, use the same cooking time (6 minutes). 
  • Generally, I made this recipe using water. But I also recommend trying out organic apple juice for a tart/sweet twist!
  • Serve this oatmeal with my Homemade Almond Milk. Yum.
  • This recipe makes a total of 2 1/2 cups cooked oatmeal (if using 2 1/2 cups water), which is roughly 2/3 cup per serving. If you use more water, it may change the serving size. 
  • Nutrition information below is for cooked steel cut oatmeal only, and does not include any toppings.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: about 2/3 cup
  • Calories: 180
  • Sugar: 5.9
  • Sodium: 1.7
  • Fat: 2.8
  • Carbohydrates: 33
  • Protein: 7.2

Keywords: instant pot oatmeal, pressure cooker oatmeal, instant pot steel cut oatmeal

Update Notes: This post was originally published in June 2017, but was republished with new photos, step by step instructions, tips, and FAQs in September 2019.

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86 Comments

  • What is the smallest amount if steel cut oats can you use in IP

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    • I have made 1/4 cup of steel cut oats and it worked for me. However, for the time involved, I think it’s much better to use at least 1 cup, as 1/4 will not make much. Hope that helps. =)

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  • I have tried both Steel Cut Oats and Old Fashion Rolled Oats. Both times it spewed all over. My valve is seated just fine — with no problems on any other IP recipes. The first two times I used “Pressure Cook” button and toggled to Low. The recipes that I used said Instant release. That was probably the big problem why it spewed up the into the top and all over the place. THIS TIME I selected the “Porridge” button and toggled to make sure I had “Less” (pressure) and “Low” (Pressure Level) buttons selected.. I also halved the recipe (fearing the boiling over problem). On rolled oats I used 2.5 cups water and 1 cup oats. Made 2 generous servings for two persons. I pressure cooked my rolled oats 4 minutes and then did a manual release for 7 minutes. Perfect! No mess, creamy oats, and not too much left over. I find saving and reheating leftover oats not good. I have to add so much water (or milk) when reheating because it has firmed up like a wad of glue. The leftovers are just never as creamy good as when first made. So I prefer to make less and consume fresh.

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    • Thanks for sharing your experience! I’ve seen that some 8-quart models tend to burn quite easily so it’s good you found a workaround. I do have an 8 quart AND a 6 quart and follow the recipe exactly and it works every time, so it’s really a mystery! But I’m glad you found a solution that works for you. =)

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  • 3qt Instant Pot –2.5C water, 1C Steel Cut Oats and I added a dribble of EVO. Followed directions of Pressure cook 6 mins, L:009…
    PERFECT. Stirred in Plain Greek Yogurt, MonkFruit and a drizzle of Maple Extract.
    Thank you for sharing this recipe. LOVE it!!

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    • Yay, thanks Deb!! Thank you for adding in the exact details; that’s helpful for others! =)

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  • What about halving the recipe? Alternatively, any recommendations for reheating the leftovers? (I am very new to IP).

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    • Hi Carl, it would work fine halving the recipe. For me, if I’m going to go through the effort of making it, I usually just make a bigger batch so I can eat it for a few days. =) For leftovers, you can add a bit more water so it doesn’t stick and heat in a stovetop. Or you could microwave. Thanks!

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  • hi! Yes, it was sealed properly. I made it again the next day and double the recipe. But I made sure to let it sit longer – maybe 25 minutes? And it was totally fine! Thank you so much 🙂

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    • Oh YAY! So happy to hear that! Glad you like the recipe and it’s helpful to you. =)

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  • Hi! I just made this (2 C oats 6 C water) and it was perfect! However, I waited 15 minutes to release pressure and so much stuff spewed out of the valve. Your directions said to wait 8 min & I waited 15 just to be safe but it was such a mess on the top.
    The oats were just perfect so I’ll definitely make it again, just wondering how much longer I should wait next time. Thanks!

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    • Hi Farah, there shouldn’t be anything spewing out of the valve. Every Instant Pot seems to be a little different so I’d suggest waiting for around 20=25 minutes or so until all the pressure is gone. But honestly, the fact it’s coming out of the valve is a bit strange. Did you make sure the valve was securely clipped to the lid? I had another reader that had a similar issue and it was a valve problem. Once she got it fixed, it worked great. Either way, glad you liked the recipe! =)

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  • I also got a burn message, and burn at the bottom of the pot. I doubled the recipe. And added cinnamon and apple pieces. It smells good but I don’t think I’ll make the recipe again because of the issues with the burning… Not sure how to change this

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    • Hi there. It seems there is an issue with newer model Instant Pots and burning. I’ve done a lot of research and I think this article sums it up pretty well. I hope this helps! =) https://www.paintthekitchenred.com/instant-pot-burn-message/?fbclid=IwAR3782NPmrO4JZKwLBHqIGPt9ZsCN3224oB3c7m3Mdi6MBRi_n2MTqaQfuw

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      • Hiya! Love this recipe thank you! Using it whilst weaning my baby. Can I use cows milk instead of water however? Thank you

      • Hi there! I know you can use any type of plant milk (almond, etc), but I don’t drink cow’s milk so I’m not sure! =)

      • I doubled the recipe the 2nd time and got the burn message. I won’t double again. I also think using hot water would help.

  • I made porridge yesterday, using the manual setting, but it threw a ‘burn’ error. Today, I used the recipe on the ‘porridge’ button and left it to naturally release for about three minutes, then slowly let out the rest of the steam. It was slightly caught on the bottom, but no ‘burn’ error was given and it completed the time. I have read that the Duo pots are more prone to the burn error, which is what I have. On this occasion, I didn’t stir the oatmeal in; I put the water/almond milk in first then just sprinkled it on top. I don’t have an issue with cleaning the pot; it’s stainless steel, so quite easy. Lovely recipe and my husband thoroughly enjoyed it too, thank you.

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    • Thanks for the update Victoria! That’s interesting that the Duo pots are more prone to error. I don’t have one; maybe that’s why others have experienced it. I generally use the porridge setting as well. Actually I just made some this morning and it worked like a charm. So glad you enjoyed the recipe! =)

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  • I too have had the “burn” come up but I stay close and have been able to stop it before it made a big mess. I’ve used several different receipts and use the pressure setting. Thinking of using the porridge setting next. I’m not giving up! I use cinnamon dried cranberries chopped walnuts and a quarter cup of milled flax seed. One cup extra water. No sugar although there is a little on the cranberries.

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  • Thanks for posting this. Tripled the batch and it worked perfect in the 8qt instant pot. Very creamy.

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    • Awesome, thank you Keith!! =)

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  • Burned!! Got a burn sign on my instapot that I’ve never seen before. Hopefully I can get it clean. I tried it and it’s a gooey mess. I’m going to try another recipe and then go back to stove or microwave. I think some milk would help and definitely need to look at timings.

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    • Hi Bob, I’ve had a lot of people try this recipe with success so I’m not sure what happened. Did you have the Instant Pot set to Sealing? I’ve heard of a couple other people burning it and this was always the problem. One person pulled the Sealing knob out and it caused the oatmeal to burn because it was not properly sealed while cooking. Thanks.

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    • Hi again! It seems there is an issue with newer model Instant Pots and burning. I’ve done a lot of research and found many reasons for it, but I think this article sums it up pretty well. I hope this helps! =) https://www.paintthekitchenred.com/instant-pot-burn-message/?fbclid=IwAR3782NPmrO4JZKwLBHqIGPt9ZsCN3224oB3c7m3Mdi6MBRi_n2MTqaQfuw

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  • I doubled the recipe and added cinnamon, cut up apples, fresh nutmeg, and a tablespoon of brown sugar. At the end of the cook cycle it was still bit watery so I turned on the brown/sear setting of my IP and let it bubble for a few minutes. The result was super fluffy, creamy oatmeal. I’ll be making my oatmeal in my IP from now on.

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    • Yay thanks Liz! So happy it worked well for you. Yes, it can be a bit watery but it will thicken a lot over time. Thanks! =)

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  • Is this really any faster than doing it on the hob? I use a double boiler so I don’t have to stir it and nothing ever sticks. It takes about 30 minutes total, which sounds like it’s about the same as using the Instant Pot. When I remember, I just add the porridge and boiling water to a thermos flask the night before and it’s ready to eat in the morning without any further cooking at all. I have no objection to using the Instant Pot if that really is better–it’s just a lot of trouble to get it out of the pantry and set it up when the kitchen stove is sitting right there. If it tastes better in the IP, or something like that, I’ll certainly try it.

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    • Hi Helen, it sounds like your way is working for you nicely so I would just stick to that. I think it’s honestly about the same time, but for me, it’s a convenience thing. I pull out the Instant Pot, set it up, then take a shower in the morning and by the time I’m ready to eat the oatmeal is ready for me. So I can just “set it and forget it”. I’ve boiled over my oatmeal one too many times so this helps. =)

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  • Ok I was sceptical….it’s absolutely perfect!! Need more recipes!

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    • Haha thanks Jessica! =)

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  • I used Costco Coach Steelcut oatmeal. After a few min on porridge my IP said burn. I used 3 cup water for 1 cup oats. Am I using the wrong steel cut oats for this recipe? Thank you

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