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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 a delicious breakfast (or 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 did. I tried it every time my husband made it, but the texture never did it for me. But one day, as I was rushing to do a video shoot, I stopped at Panera Bread and oatmeal was literally all I could find to eat. So I tried it, and from that point I was hooked!

If you don’t like oatmeal, maybe you just haven’t found it YOUR way yet. I learned that I like my oatmeal more firm, as my husband likes his more watered down. I also found that I like steel cut oats way better than regular oats. And I love to add strawberries, dates, cinnamon, coconut flakes and flax seed. Yum!

When I first started eating oatmeal, I made it on the stove. But after forgetting about it, having it boil over and cleaning the stove a few too many times, I made the switch to the Instant Pot and I’m glad I did. It’s SO easy. In just 6-8 minutes, you’ll have fresh, hot oatmeal ready to top with your favorites and enjoy. This also helps a lot when you’re getting ready for work in the morning!

Here are a few of my favorite combos for Instant Pot Oatmeal:

Close up of bowl of steel cut oatmeal topped with berries, dates, brown sugar and coconut flakes.

To make this recipe for Instant Pot Oatmeal:

First, add the steel cut oats and the water to the Instant Pot. Place the lid on the Instant Pot, press the “Porridge” button (or Manual) and make sure it’s 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.

After the 6 minutes are done, it will need to sit for an additional 6-8 minutes to release the pressure (you will see the L0:02, etc. on the screen which means it is releasing pressure). When the pressure is released, remove the lid. (Note: If the pressure is not released, you won’t be able to open it). Alternatively, instead of using the Porridge function, you can set it on Manual mode (or Pressure Cook for some models) and set it for 6 minutes.

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

That’s it! Stir the oatmeal and add it to a bowl, then add toppings of your choice. My favorite is chopped up strawberries and dates, with flax seed or coconut flakes and cinnamon. Yum!

This recipe makes 2-3 servings, depending on the amount of toppings you add. You can easily double the recipe and use the same cooking time. I usually make double or triple the batch and eat it for breakfast every day throughout the work week. It will store in an airtight container in the fridge for 5-6 days.

Bird's eye view of a bowl of steel cut oatmeal with strawberries, dates and brown sugar in a white bowl with toppings on the side.
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Instant Pot Oatmeal (yes, it’s that easy!)

Learn to make Instant Pot oatmeal in no time! This amazing piece of kitchen equipment can transform your mornings, giving you more time for a delicious breakfast (or snack).

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

Instructions

  1. Add steel cut oats and water to the Instant Pot. Place the lid on the Instant Pot (*see important tip below) and press the “Porridge” button (or Manual/Pressure Cook). Set to 6 minutes, and turn 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.
  2. After the 6 minutes are done, it will need to sit for an additional 6-8 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). Add the oatmeal to a bowl, and add toppings of choice. It will store in an airtight container in the fridge for 5-6 days.

Notes

*Make sure that your Instant Pot lid is properly sealed (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. Note: You may need to experiment to see how you prefer your oatmeal consistency. 3 cups of water will lend to a more watery oatmeal, but 2 1/2 cups water (or even a little less) will result in a firmer oatmeal. This recipe makes 2-3 servings, depending on the amount of toppings you add. You can easily double the recipe and use the same cooking time. I usually make double or triple the batch and eat it for breakfast every day.

Important: I’ve heard from some readers that the Instant Pot gives them a “burn” warning. After doing a lot of research, I’ve seen this mostly applies to newer Instant Pots, and more specifically, 8 quart. If you have any issues, I highly recommend this blog post—> Instant Pot Burn Message– which can help troubleshoot your issue. =) 

Nutrition information below is for oatmeal only, and does not include any toppings.

Nutrition

  • 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

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77 Comments

  • 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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  • 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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