Simple Instant Pot Steel Cut Oatmeal


If you’re all about simple but yummy breakfasts, this simple instant pot steel-cut oatmeal is right up your alley!

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Last Cyber Monday, my husband indulged in an Instant Pot, and for a while, I didn’t even touch it. Then I used it to cook brown rice in twelve minutes, and since then, I’ve been obsessed.

So be warned, if you don’t have an Instant Pot, once you do get one, your life will be completely changed.

But since you’re here reading an article about making steel-cut oats in your Instant Pot, I’m guessing you already have one or at least are thinking about getting one.

Image shows a bowl of Instant Pot steel-cut oatmeal sitting on a checkered napkin on a wood table.

What makes it so good?

So here you go. This recipe is very simple and basic. But isn’t that the best way to go sometimes? I think so, especially for breakfast when you don’t really feel like hanging out over the stove cooking anything elaborate. A simple oatmeal recipe allows everybody to customize it to their liking with very minimal effort from you. The only thing simpler might be two-ingredient breakfast popsicles.

We like honey and cinnamon or butter and brown sugar most of the time, but I also like to use coconut oil (an extra version, of course!) and chocolate chips for a breakfast version of almond joy—as if almond joy no-bake cookies don’t cut the mustard.

Of course, we’d probably eat fruit with our oatmeal more often if the kids didn’t eat it all between meals. 😉

Over the summer, our mornings have been a little wonky. Gabe and I get up first and do our morning routine, then the kids, and eventually, my younger brother who’s spending his summer with us (and when we DO all get up at the same time, it’s so we can go work on our new house).

So it’s nice for me to be able to throw the ingredients into the pot, set the timer, and then go out for my morning run without having to worry about anything. That way, when I get back, I’m ready to feed whoever’s up.

Image shows a white bowl sitting on a checkered napkin on a table, full of Instant Pot steel-cut oatmeal sprinkled in cinnamon.

This recipe takes literally 30 seconds to prepare and three unattended minutes to cook. It doesn’t get much better than that!


Simple Instant Pot Steel Cut Oatmeal

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A delicious and quick breakfast option that your whole family will love.

  • Author: Elise
  • Prep Time: 2 minutes
  • Cook Time: 3-5 minutes
  • Total Time: >10 minutes
  • Yield: Varies


  • 1 cup steel-cut oats
  • 1 cup milk (dairy or other – or just use water)
  • 2 cups water
  • pinch of salt



  1. Combine oats, milk, water, and salt in instant pot
  2. Lock lid on
  3. Select “Manual” and toggle to 3 minutes
  4. Let cook
  5. Allow to depressurize on its own, OR if you’re in a hurry, cook for 4 minutes and depressurize manually.
  6. Enjoy!

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  1. Hubby just bought me a Instant Pot yesterday????. A surprise for all my hard work following Whole 30 for 3 months & losing 40lbs. Wow how it’s changed my life!!! He will benefit from this recipe he loves cooked oats????. So this morning that’s what he will have!! Lol

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