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Making steel cut oatmeal in the Instant Pot is a breeze. Learn all about steel cut oats and use our top 5 recipes to make your own! You can even freeze individual portions for later.
What are Steel Cut Oats?
Steel cut oats are similar but processed differently and have more benefits. Check this out…
Steel cut oats come from the same plant as rolled oats. The difference is how they are processed. Steel cut oats are never cooked and start from the whole grain that is then passed through slender blades that cut the oat kernel into thin slices.
Keeping them in this form helps them retain more fiber and protein.
Are Steel Cut Oats Healthier?
Yes! However, it’s important to note that all oats are an excellent source of fiber, and the variation in fiber content between steel cut, rolled and quick oats is slight.
Here are some of the ways steel cut oats are a touch healthier:
- Steel cut oats are higher in fiber. The fiber found in steel-cut oats is beneficial for digestive health, fueling the good bacteria in the intestines, and promoting regular bowel movements. Cue the 11-year-old boy jokes…
- Steel cut oats are lower on the glycemic index. That means the body digests and absorbs them more slowly, leading to a slower rise in blood sugar.
How to Cook Steel Cut Oats in Instant Pot
There are a variety of ways to cook steel cut oats. This post is focused on cooking steel cut oats in the Instant Pot. Because we have an entire cookbook filled with Instant Pot recipes, we feel confident that our method is the best!
I highly recommend giving your steel cut oats a toast before pressure cooking them. To do this, set the Instant Pot to “Sauté” and add the butter.
If you avoid dairy, you can use vegan butter, coconut oil, or a neutral cooking oil like avocado oil for this step.
Toast the Oats
When the butter has melted, add the oats and cook, stirring often, for about 5 minutes, until fragrant. Press “Cancel.”
Stir in Liquid and Add-Ins
Stir in water or milk and any seasoning (like cinnamon and salt) or add-ins (like sweetener, chopped fruit, nuts).
Pressure Cook the Oats
Lock and seal the lid. Set the cooking time for 12 minutes at high pressure. After cooking, let the oats naturally release pressure for 10 minutes. Move the pressure release valve to venting to release any remaining steam.
Stir & Enjoy
When you first remove the lid and see your Instant Pot Oatmeal, you’ll notice a lot of liquid on the top. Fear not! Just give it a stir and the liquid will incorporate very easily.
Serve warm with your favorite toppings. Or, after it cools, you can freeze the oatmeal in individual servings using directions below.
Can You Freeze Steel Cut Oatmeal?
As you may (or may not) know, we are big fans of freezer meals. When you can prep a meal ahead of time you save your future self time, sanity, and money!
When we discovered how easy it was to freeze cooked Instant Pot steel cut oatmeal, we were pumped. It’s a great make-ahead breakfast that reheats quickly on busy mornings.
How to Freeze Steel Cut Oatmeal
Freeze for Later: Fully cook the oatmeal as directed. Let the oatmeal cool, then divide it evenly among two 6-cup jumbo muffin tins that have been greased (or 12 jumbo) to create single-serving portions. Freeze until frozen solid, then pop out the oatmeal portions and transfer them to a gallon-size freezer bag or container. Seal and freeze.
Prepare from Frozen: Place a serving of frozen oatmeal in a microwave-safe bowl. Add about 1/3 cup milk and microwave in 30-second intervals, stirring between each, until warmed through.
5 Best Instant Pot Steel Cut Oats Recipes
Here are 5 well-tested, delicious Instant Pot Oatmeal recipes to start with…
Brown Sugar & Cinnamon
We’ve included this recipe below but we have an entire post for it as well. It’s simple and delicious!
Peanut Butter Cup
Peanut Butter Cup Oatmeal is a fun twist on steel cut oatmeal and even works beautifully to prep ahead for the freezer.
Apple Cinnamon Steel Cut Oatmeal delivers classic fall flavors into every bite. We love a recipe that makes both adults and kids happy.
This combination has a base of creamy chocolate oats (thanks to cacao and coconut milk) and then is topped with toasted coconut chips and chocolate chips. It’s just divine!
Peaches and Cream
This creamy and easy recipe to make Peaches and Cream Steel Cut Oats will help you start your day off right!
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- 2–3 tablespoons butter (sub: ghee, coconut oil, or avocado oil)
- 1 1/2 cups steel cut oats
- 4 1/2 cups water (or milk or almond milk)
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup brown sugar (can easily cut this half and add more at the end)
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
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Make It Now:
- Select the Sauté function on the Instant Pot and melt the butter. Add the oats and sauté, stirring often, for about 5 minutes. Cancel the Saute function.
- Stir in the water, salt, brown sugar, and cinnamon. Make sure all the oats are submerged in the liquid.
- Lock and seal the lid. Set the cooking time for 12 minutes at high pressure. After cooking, let the oats naturally release pressure for 10 minutes. Move the pressure release valve to venting to release any remaining steam.
- When you open the pot you’ll notice there is excess liquid. Give it a stir to incorporate. (Freezing instructions begin here.)
- Serve warm. Top with any additional toppings you might want (i.e. milk, fresh fruit, more sugar or cinnamon, etc.).
Freeze For Later:
After the oatmeal has fully cooked and cooled slightly, portion it out into jumbo muffin tins (or smaller tins will work). Place in the freezer until frozen solid (about an hour). Pop the individual portions out into a gallon-sized freezer bag and seal tightly.
Prepare From Frozen:
Place one frozen serving of oatmeal in a microwave-safe bowl. Add about 1/3 cup milk and microwave in 45-second intervals, stirring between each, until warmed through. Add more milk to reach desired consistency.
To Make in the Slow Cooker: Add 6 cups of liquid (instead of 4 1/2) and cook on low for 6-8 hours.