Instant Pot Easy Steel Cut Oatmeal

Instant Pot Easy Steel Cut Oatmeal

It has been driving me NUTS not being able to get recipe posts up!  This whole diet change has thrown everything out of whack.  Not that I’m complaining, because I absolutely think it is a move in the right direction for our family.  But holy cow, the learning curve…and the time involved…and the counters full of huge piles of dirty dishes EVERY night…


So because I’m tired of leaving you hanging, I’m going to throw up a recipe.  It’s nothing fancy.  But it IS good!  🙂


One of the things we (ha ha, I should say “I”) have decided to change, is no commercial cereal for breakfast.  It just did not keep my kids full for long enough.  They would eat an entire bowl and then 2 minutes later scream about how hungry they were.  Totally empty calories.


Enter the Instant Pot Easy Steel Cut Oatmeal!  I have been SO lucky, even since they were little, my kids have always loved oatmeal.  Because of dairy allergies and a tendency to get backed up, we couldn’t do the standard rice cereal when they were babies.  So we did baby oatmeal.


This steel cut oatmeal is super easy!  It is fast and is a cinch to throw into the Instant Pot.  No babysitting it on the stovetop.


With coming to pressure and cook time, you should be ready to eat in about 20-25 minutes.


Bowl of steel cut oatmeal on marble background with cut fresh fruit


One word of caution: Oatmeal can tend to get VERY foamy in the Instant Pot (or any pressure cooker).  So you do have to be a little careful.  It means you can’t fill your IP very full.  And you’ll have to make sure you clean your vents out VERY thoroughly after each use.  It’s also a little random – some days our oatmeal foams a lot, and sometimes hardly at all.  I haven’t figured out what the difference is – yet.


We add a half to 1 cup of fresh fruit after cooking and just gently stir it in.  You can add fruit before cooking, but it basically just disintegrates into the oatmeal.  Which still gives it great extra flavor, and makes for some nice colored oatmeal…  😉  But I recommend just adding it after cooking.


Instant Pot Easy Steel Cut Oatmeal
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
15 mins

Hearty and filling, with a hint of nutty flavor, this Instant Pot Easy Steel Cut Oatmeal is a breakfast staple at our house! It is super easy to make and doesn't use refined sugars. Toss a batch in, go take a shower, and when you're done, breakfast is ready and waiting for you!

Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6 people
Author: Make-Ahead Meal Mom
  • 2 cups steel cut oats
  • 5 cups water
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup (the real stuff, not the fake kind)
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup fresh fruit (can use frozen)
  1. Add all ingredients to Instant Pot.  Stir to combine.

  2. Place lid on Instant Pot, close vent, and set to Manual/Pressure Cook on HIGH for 10 minutes.

  3. When time is up, vent using Quick Release method.

  4. When pressure has released, open lid and gently stir in fresh fruit (berries, bananas, peaches, etc.).  Serve and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

If using frozen fruit, allow the oatmeal to sit on Keep Warm in the Instant Pot for a few minutes to thaw the frozen berries before serving. 

Hearty and filling, this Instant Pot Easy Steel Cut Oatmeal is a great healthy breakfast option! No refined sugars!! Gluten-free, dairy-free and soy-free.

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