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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 a delicious breakfast (or snack).

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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:

  • strawberries, flax seed, chopped dates, coconut flakes and cinnamon (shown below)
  • vegan chocolate chips, coconut flakes, and peanut butter
  • dates, pecans, apples, cinnamon, nutmeg and brown sugar
  • bananas, blueberries, and maple syrup

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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.

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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.

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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

Ingredients

  • 1 cup steel cut oats (or regular oats)
  • 2 1/2 to 3 cups water, depending how how thick you like your oatmeal
  • Topping choices: strawberries, bananas, blueberries, apples, pears, chopped dates, cinnamon, flax seed, flax seed, coconut flakes, peanut butter, maple syrup or agave, all kinds of nuts, vegan chocolate chips, etc.

Instructions

Add steel cut oats and water to the Instant Pot. Place the lid on the Instant Pot and press the “Porridge” button (or Manual/Pressure Cook). Make sure it’s 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. 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

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.

 

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48 Comments

  • What is the instal-pot time setting for doubling the oatmeal recipe? I’m still cooking at 9 minutes.

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    • Hi James, to double the recipe, I set it for the same time as a single recipe and it still cooks the same. =)

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  • Hi I’m sorry it didn’t work out. I think soaking the pot will get it off, at least that has always worked for me. Different brands/temperatures of pressure cookers might give different results, but this recipe always works perfectly for me. Maybe try more water next time. 🙂

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  • Could you put cut-up apple chincks in with oatmeal and water?

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    • I haven’t tried that. They may end up being a bit mushy, but it’s worth a try! =)

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      • I add two peeled/cored apples (whole) and 1 tsp Cinnamon to the pot. This makes sure we each get a full apple and it is perfectly cooked. The added Cinnamon is enough flavor that no sweetening is needed.

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        • Hi Penny, this is great! Thanks for the tip. Hopefully other readers will try it (and I will too). =)

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  • Yum! Am enjoying my oatmeal right now! My IP Porridge setting goes for 20 minutes. I added 1 cup of water to the pot, set a wire rack in the pot and put my oatmeal ingredients in a glass bowl to cook.

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    • That’s an interesting way to cook the oatmeal. Thanks for sharing Sue! =)

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    • Do you cover bowl? I had oatmeal stuck to bowl and think if it were covered this would not be an issue.

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      • Hi Judy, I’m not sure what you mean. I used an Instant Pot so I tightly closed the lid and set it to “Sealing”. So it was covered. =) Thanks!

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    • So you basically steamed dry oatmeal? This is an idiotic way to cook oatmeal.

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      • Hi Jane, no you cook it in water in a pressure cooker. And it works!

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  • Hi! Using my instapot for first time with this recipe. Thank you! Question…I doubled the recipe and kept the time at 6 like you said. Everything went as you said excepted the releasing of the pressure. My pot is now up to 20 minutes (LO:20). What did I do wrong?

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    • Hi Laura, I just made it again this morning to double check and it did release the pressure by 20 minutes. What size Instant Pot do you have? I hope it worked out. =)

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  • I am going to try this recipe today. Could I use almond milk instead of water for the recipe?
    One of my favorite combos for oatmeal is berries, natural pb, and cinnamon 🙂

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    • Hi Astrid, I’m sure almond milk would work great! And that is a good combo- I LOVE peanut butter! =)

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  • I read your recipe today and immediately made it (that doesn’t happen very often but I found myself craving oatmeal!). This is the first time I’ve used the Instant Pot to make oatmeal; I wasn’t sure it’d turn out as thick as I like it, but your recipe is perfect (I used 2-1/2 cups water)! The timing is spot on too.

    I’m so glad to have this recipe because I’ve been missing oatmeal ever since I got tired of cleaning my stove’s glass top after many crusted, messy spillovers.

    Now I have another IP recipe I consider a “keeper” in my files. Thank you! I love this pressure cooker SO much; it helps make vegan cooking an interesting adventure with awesome results 🙂

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    • YAY!! I’m so glad you love this recipe. I too had a bunch of spillovers on my oven and oatmeal is the WORST to clean up cause it’s so sticky! The Instant Pot is a lifesaver. =) Thanks so much for letting me know.

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  • Christin, this recipe looks great. I’m making it this morning. Do you have a serving measurement for cooked oats? I’m on a wellness plan and counting macros.

    Thanks,

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    • This is tricky because it all depends on how much water you use. For 2 1/2 cups dried, I generally end up with about 3-4 cups of cooked oatmeal, but I will have to make it again to measure out exactly how much. Not sure if that really helps you! =)

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  • I only used 1 cup dry oatmeal because a serving is shown as 1/4 cup and covered with about 1 1/2 inch of water. I divided it into 4 servings, It worked for me. I appreciate your response.

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    • Great feedback, thanks for letting me know! =)

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  • What happens if you put in whatever sweetener you use before cooking rather than after?

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    • Hi Gary, I don’t think it matters. I’ve added cinnamon in there before it cooks, and I’m sure it would be equally as good with the addition of sweetener. =)

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  • I made steel cut oatmeal in my Instant Pot last week. The instructions stated to avoid sticking use a cooking spray. I used an organic canola spray and it worked great for no stick and easy cleaning. I made them with 2 cups unsweetened organic almond milk plus a cup of filtered water and 1 cup of Bob’s Red mill organic steel cut oats. After pressude released I stirred in cinnamon and I was set with breakfast all week. Each morning I re-warmed a single portion added a banana and a dollop of Nuttzo butter. Heaven! Thanks for your take as well – I want to try the porridge setting so this is great information. It’s going on a Pinterest board!

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    • YAY!! Thanks Melanie, so happy you loved it. =) =) =)

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  • This worked great! Do you have tips for reheating? I’ve tried to make large batches in the past to have for the week but reheating seems like a Herculean effort with it getting so dense in the fridge.

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    • I hear you on the reheating! It does getting pretty thick in the fridge. I usually just add a bit of unsweetened almond milk and smash it down with my fork, then throw in the microwave. Seems to work for me. =) Thanks!

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  • I have an 8 quart Instant Pot. Does the size of the Instant Pot change anything?

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    • I think an 8 quart would work great. I would be more worried about a 4 quart, that it could boil over. =)

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  • Help! I keep getting ‘burn’ message on the instant pot. What am I doing wrong????

    Was I suppose to prep the pot before adding oats and water??? The oats are stuck to the bottom of the pot. Very difficult to clean up!

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    • Hi Cathie, I’m so sorry to hear this. I’m not sure why it would burn. As long as the water covers the oatmeal in the pot, it should not burn. I’ve never had an issue with burning and I don’t do anything to prep the pot. Do you set the pot to “Sealing”?

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  • Hi! You stated an option to use the manual button. The default for that is hihh pressure whereas the porridge button is normal. Do I lower the pressure to normal if I use the manual button? Thanks.

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  • Hi again. Just ignore my question. Both are at high pressure! Blame it on lack of sleep! Oatmeal in IP now. Can’t wait!

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    • Oh good, glad it’s working. 😊👍

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  • I had the same experience as the first person, got a Burn message after a few minutes and followed every step of instruction….

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    • Hi Fanny, that’s so strange. How much water did you use? I wonder if different Instant Pots yield different results? It always works perfectly for me. =(

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  • If I triple the recipe will I still use the same time? I imagine it will take longer to get up to pressure, but the 6 min cook time still good?

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    • Hi Leslie, I have doubled the recipe and it works great using the same time, 6 minutes. I would say tripling the recipe depends on how big your instant pot is. Just be careful about overflowing it. 🙂

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  • Thank You! I was making it to take to a breakfast so I just doubled it…using 3 cups of water/cup of oats. It turned out perfectly….was about 20 minutes natural release.

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    • Awesome, thanks Leslie! Glad you like it. =)

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  • I always buy oatmeal at work because I love how it comes out fluffy, but I’ve never been able to duplicate that til now. So easy, and I make a double batch to eat throughout the week. I’m saving $3/day!! Thanks for perfect oatmeal.

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    • Hi Angelica, yay for saving $$$! That’s awesome. So happy you found this recipe useful. =)

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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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    • Hi Ann, that is strange. That’s roughly the amount of water I use, sometimes even a little less and I’ve definitely used Costco steel cut oatmeal. What is the size of your Instant Pot? Maybe that could have something to do with it? Or maybe stirring the oatmeal in the water would help.

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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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