Let me show you 4 ways to enjoy the best Instant Pot Steel Cut Oats ever! Add any milk you want to make it high fat, low fat, vegan, vegetarian, whichever way you like. Strawberry, hazelnut, dark chocolate. Almond butter, cherry. Raspberry, white chocolate, chia. And peach, blueberry, pecan.
I coudn’t be happier with the result of multiple recipe tests. I LOVE LOVE LOVE steel cut oats, just as much as I love whole grain rice. Both taste so much better than their more processed cousins. They are obviously also healthier than their cousins. However, they have one disadvantage that is so dominant, that I don’t make them much. That has changed now though. Ever since I own an Instant Pot* I can’t get enough of whole grain rice and steel cut oats. YUM!!!
This amazing pot does ALL the work without assistance or supervision and it does the work much faster than a regular pot. ALSO, it just cooks stuff so much better. When I made Instant Pot Quinoa for the first time I couldn’t believe how much BETTER the quinoa comes out cooked under pressure. I’ve been eating quinoa for YEARS. (Literally! My mom is Peruvian and quinoa was already in my baby food). I never believed there could be a better way of cooking quinoa than the traditional way but there IS! In the Instant Pot you don’t need as much water for grains. Quinoa, rice, steel cut oats, they can all be cooked in less water and thus cook differently. They absorb all the water without getting mushy and without staying too hard. They simply come out perrrrfect!
How to cook the best Instant Pot Steel Cut Oats
I’ve tried all kinds of combinations of high pressure, low pressure, long cooking with manual pressure release, short cooking with natural pressure release, cow’s milk, almond milk, loads of water, very little water and the magical formula in my opinion is this:
1 part oats to 2 parts water (e.g. 1.5 cups oats to 3 cups water) + a pinch of salt
3 minutes on high pressure
natural pressure release until the pin drops (between 16-18 minutes in my case)
add milk of choice (and sweetener of choice) and stir well
Best ways to top the best Instant Pot Steel Cut Oats
How does strawberry, hazelnut and dark chocolate sound? I thought so. This one was gobbled up in less than 3 seconds by my daughter. She’s inherited the nuts and chocolate love from her dad. She literally couldn’t believe her luck when I served her this bowl for dinner. Haha! Yes, for dinner because that’s when I was finally finished photographing these gorgeous bowls :P
This almond butter and cherry bowl I chose for myself because the combination of nut butter + cheery is UNBEATABLE in my opinion. It’s absolutely amazing and I’m always looking for ways to add healthy fats into my diet. Nut butters are an extraordinary healthy fat and taste soooo good mixed into steel cut oats!
My son immediately pointed at the raspberry, white chocolate, chia bowl. He’s not a chocolate fan with exception of white chocolate and how couldn’t he? It’s the best tasting chocolate ever :P Raspberries mixed into steel cut oats taste uh-mazing. The slight sourness and at the same time sweetness offer a feast for your senses.
It was super hard to leave the peach, pecan, blueberry bowl for my husband. We saved it for his breakfast the best day but only after each of us giving it a small (ok, who am I kidding?) BIG bite to try how it tastes. OMG!!! Sooooo goood!!! Pecans and peaches and instant oats were probably married in their past life. Seriously!
Now tell me, which Instant Pot Steel Cut Oats Bowl will you try first? Which one do you think will be your favorite and which one ended up really being your favorite? You know what? I tried them all and I can’t make up my mind!!!
Best liquid to add to Instant Pot Steel Cut Oats
Hands down water!! For many reasons. Cooking milk under high pressure kind of end ups super weird. The best advantage of cooking steel cut oats in water however is that they will be “neutral”. They are low fat, vegan and basically tasteless. They just have an amazing texture with which you can now work to transform into your favorite breakfast bowl. Besides, if you add cold milk it helps speeding up the cooling process. There is no harder thing to do in life than sit in front of a boiling hot bowl of oats unable to eat them despite blowing and blowing on them until you feel like you’ve got to faint. Add ice cold milk, give it a quick stir and it’s ready to eat!
Instant Pot Steel Cut Oats Video
Instant Pot Steel Cut Oats 4 Ways
Preheat instant pot by pressing the "saute" button. Once hot, add coconut oil and once melted steel cut oats in order to toast them for a little (about 2 minutes) while constantly stirring.
Add a pinch of salt and water, give it a quick stir and cover with lid and seal.
Press, "cancel" then "manual" and adjust time to 3 minutes and pressure to "high pressure".
Go take a shower or do whatever else you have to do for the next 20-ish minutes. The pot will take about 3-5 minutest to get to pressure, 3 minutes for cooking and 16-18 minutes for natural pressure release).
Once the pin dropped (if it doesn't drop after 20 minutes manually release left over pressure, there should be close to nothing in it anymore), open the lid, add maple syrup and your milk of choice a little at a time while stirring until you reach desired consistency and wetness of your oats. Some like it drier others swimming in milk.
Top with your favorite topping combo (see notes or photos) and dig in!