Oatmeal is one of my favorite winter meals and Instant Pot Steel Cut Oats make it easier to have them every day. You can set them up the night before and wake up to a steaming hot bowl of oats. Plus, you can make them sweet or savory depending on how you choose to top them.
My recipe makes the oats nice and chewy, but I give you info on how to make them soft and creamy if that’s what you prefer.
What’s Your Favorite – Sweet or Savory Oats?
Today’s recipe is for plain Instant Pot Steel-cut Oats. That means you can top it with fruit, cinnamon, and your favorite sweetener for a sweet morning treat or cook up some kale mixed with other veggies and call it dinner.
How Can Steel Cut Oats be Controversial?
In the age of the internet, I think everything gets passionately argued over. If you look at my Instant Pot Apple Spice Steel Cut Oats for 2 and Instant Pot Pumpkin Coffeecake Steel-cut Oatmeal over on HealthySlowCooking.com you will see so many comments that completely contradict each other.
I even have a comment about why are there so many contradicting comments. My only answer is people feel passionate about their oats and if they are chewy or creamy.
To me, there’s no one right answer or recipe that will satisfy everyone. My recipe times are taken from Jill Nussinow, so I know there are a few of us out there that like a little bite to our oats.
What Do They Look Like Once They Are Cooked?
They look similar to the photo below. A little clumpy and with some extra liquid on top. This is NOT a sign to cook more.
Make sure to stir them and see if the liquid integrates well. The photo below is the same batch of oats as above, only stirred.
That looks better, doesn’t it? After you stir them take a bite. Are they too chewy for you? If your answer is yes, then that’s a great reason to cook them a few minutes longer next time.
You can make this batch creamier right now by adding some liquid and cooking on saute until they are as soft as you’d like them to be.
You could try to pressure cook them for a couple more minutes, but once super thick foods are cooked once it can stick and you’ll probably get the burn message. I’ve had this happen on my split pea soup in the past. Remember you need at least 1/2 cup of water to come to pressure in the 6-quart Instant Pot.
How Can I Make Steel Cut Oats They Way I Like Them?
If you are super picky about your oats, you can look at Amy & Jacky’s post here where they try 6 different times and liquid amounts. Then you can eyeball the one that seems best for you.
In addition to my 1 to 3 method that cooks 3 minutes, I also tried their method #4 which cooks with less water, but for 10 minutes. They were more similar in chewiness than I expected.
If you like your oats soft try cooking my recipe for 10 minutes and see if that gets closer to your preference.
Why Make Instant Pot Steel Cut Oats for 2?
Personally, I love setting the timer on my Instant Pot and set up my oats to be ready to eat or put in a thermos before I leave the house. If you are a small household or don’t want to use a microwave once you get to work, making just enough is nice and not very hard.
How Do I Set the Delay Timer on My Instant Pot?
One of my favorite features of the Instant Pot is its delay timer. Add the water and steel-cut oats to your IP. Set the timer to start cooking about 20 minutes before you leave the house. That will leave you enough time to put it into your thermos and dash out to work.
Here are the step by steps:
- First select a cooking method, manual/pressure cook. You can’t set the time before you do this step.
- Adjust cook time in minutes with the + and – buttons
- The timer button must be pushed within 10 seconds of setting your cooking program’s time or you will have to press cancel and start over.
- Adjust delay time in minutes with the + and – buttons
- 8 hours is 480 minutes
Warning: Do not put perishable food in the pot without heat for long period of times. This is best for doing a plain water and grain mixture if it will be in the pot overnight.
Can I Cook Rolled Oats in the Instant Pot?
You can cook rolled oats, but you need to use different measurements and even a different method. I recommend cooking them in a pot in pot method. I’m working on a post about this with a recipe.
More Recipes to Try
- Instant Pot Vegan Tomato Soup Made Creamy with a Surprise Ingredient!
- The Only Instant Pot Gift Guide You Need!
- Easy Instant Pot Corn Chowder
Instant Pot Steel Cut Oats
- 1 1/2 cups water
- 1/2 cup steel-cut oats
- Add the water and oats to your Instant Pot. Put your lid on and make sure the vent is closed.
- Plug it in and select the manual setting and set to cook on high pressure for 3 minutes.
- The Instant Pot timer will begin counting down the time once it gets up to pressure.
- Allow the pressure to release naturally. You’ll know when it’s ready because the round silver pressure gauge will drop down. This will take about 5 to 10 minutes.
thank you for all the information, kathy! i tried some steel-cut oats a few weeks ago from a recipe i found on google and loed it; used a different online recipe this week and didn’t like it at all — so it’s definitely subjective. i didn’t see you mention it in this blog post, so sorry if i make you repeat: do you have any ideas on how cooking steel cut oats pot in pot would affect (or not) the cooking time?
Kathy Hester says
You will need to cook them longer for sure. Maybe try 6 minutes to start with?
If you double the recipe would you increase the time?
Kathy Hester says
No, I would cook for the same time.