How to Make Pressure Cooker Steel Cut Oats

According to my social media, apparently kids are going back to school. I also know this because, in addition to trying to “like” hundreds of back to school pics, my own kids have gone back. Somehow, my oldest is in his first year of junior high, my middle is in her last year of elementary, and my youngest is in kindergarten and I feel like I’m about due for senior citizen discounts or something (and also probably due for some therapy. This is harder than I anticipated, and also really wonderful.)

Anyway. Enough feelings. Back to food. I don’t know about you guys, but breakfasts (and, let’s face it, dinner) these days are stressful. We’ve gone from lazy summer mornings where someone grabs a hotdog bun at 9:30 to trying to get out the door by 7:30. Don’t get me wrong. We have plenty of quick, non-hot (read: cold cereal) breakfasts around my house, but I love having something a little more hearty and healthy. I’m a huge fan of steel cut oats, but, unlike rolled oats, they take a long time to cook. Enter the Instant Pot (or other electric pressure cooker.) I try to get up at least 30 minutes before my kids, so if I throw this into the Instant Pot as soon as I get up, it’s done and on the warm setting by the time my kids are ready to eat, without all the swear words of making a pot of oatmeal on the stovetop when it boils over. Because it happens every. Damn. Time.

You’ll need some oil (I like coconut oil for lots of reasons–it’s solid, which is perfect for coating the pot, plus it tastes good), water, salt, and steel cut oats.

If you’ve never cooked with and/or seen steel cut oats, they aren’t like regular rolled oats that you’re probably more familiar with. They look kind of like rice or grains of wheat.

They’re a little chewier and heartier than traditional rolled oats, but they take much more time to cook.

This method will not work with rolled or instant oats. You’ll cook them much too long. Y’all know I love you, but if you send an angry email or comment about how you ruined your super expensive Instant Pot because you followed the recipe exactly except that you used instant oats instead of steel cut oats, I might steel cut my eyeballs. I’m not saying this to be mean. I’m not saying this to incite riots among the keyboard warriors. I’m saying it because sometimes, someone needs to say, “Not today. Not those oats.” This is one of those times.

Using a paper towel, grab some coconut oil and rub it around the inside of the pot of the pressure cooker, all the way to the top.

Add the oats,

water,

and salt.

Cook 12-14 minutes (use the manual setting; if you have the option of high or low, choose high.) When it’s done cooking, use the natural release (don’t manually release the pressure) for 10 minutes, then release the remaining pressure (if any) and open the pot. Stir the liquid into the oats until combined and serve immediately with desired toppings or mix-ins–for this bowl, I used fresh raspberries, orange zest, a sprinkle of ground ginger, some toasted, sliced almonds, and brown sugar. And a splash of milk.

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Pressure Cooker Steel Cut Oats


Description

Steel cut oats are hearty and delicious, but they need a lot of time and attention. Cooking them in an electric pressure cooker results in creamy, perfectly cooked oats much more quickly without having to bother with them on the stovetop!


Ingredients

  • Coconut Oil
  • 4.5 cups water
  • 1.5 cups steel cut oats
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

Instructions

  1. Using a paper towel, grab some coconut oil and rub it around the inside of the pot of the pressure cooker, all the way to the top. Add the water, oats, and salt. Cook 12-14 minutes (use the manual setting; if you have the option of high or low, choose high. 12 minutes will have chewier oats, 14 minutes will be more creamy. If you live at a high altitude, add 1-2 minutes to your desired cook time.) When it’s done cooking, use the natural release (don’t manually release the pressure) for 10 minutes, then release the remaining pressure (if any) and open the pot. Stir the liquid into the oats until combined and serve immediately.

41 comments

  1. Mmm! We love steel cut oats! Can’t wait to try this recipe. On a somewhat unrelated note, I’m packing school lunch for the first time this year and I’ve been checking out your lunch posts. I see you use those cute reusable silicone molds. I would like to get some as well, but I’m unsure of which ones to get. Ive been poking around on Amazon, but everything seems to have such mixed reviews. I wondered if you could maybe share with me what brand you like?

    1. Okay, here’s what I’ve got! 🙂 Like I said, handwashing them will solve a lot of problems like them losing their shape or smelling funny.

      Rectangular: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00JK2S2KE/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o06_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

      Square: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00JK2UK5O/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o07_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

      Cupcake: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00COWLXJ4/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o07_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

      Hope that helps!

      1. Thank you so much, Kate! It was super sweet of you to go to so much effort. I’m headed to amazon to buy all three! Thanks again! ?

  2. Thanks for the recipe! I love the texture of steel cut oats. How much would you say this yields? I tried to read it on the recipe, but maybe my pregnant brain missed it. Also, do you rinse your steel cut oats first ever? Thanks!

  3. If your pot has it, you can set a delayed start. Then you have one less task in the morning. I’ve done this successfully with my instant pot.

    1. Actually, I was wondering about this. If I do prep it the night before and set for a delayed start, would I change the time for cooking, since it’s been soaking all night?

      1. I do this all the time! I’ve done 1 cup oats to 3 or 3.5 cups water. So I would just try the ratio here and see if it works. Then adjust to your liking. I love that my oatmeal is done when I wake up!!

  4. Yay, thanks for this recipe! I get the huge bag of steel cut oats from Costco, but it’s the quick cook version. I’ll have to experiement with this recipe but probably for a shorter cooking time.

  5. I’ve been trying to get up the nerve to try cooking steel cut oats. Thanks for a simple method that doesn’t scare me!

  6. I’m so excited to learn that I can make steel cut oats in a pressure cooker because I love oatmeal! But my pressure cooker doesn’t have a choice of high or medium setting so do I push the setting that says rice? I’m so looking forward to making it!!

  7. Looks delicious!! My steel cut oats are from Bob’s Red Mill and say “quick cooking steel cut oats”. Do you think those will work using these same cooking times?

      1. Kathy ! Thanks so much. I just used this ratio and it worked perfectly ! 3 minutes was the perfect time on the quick cook bobs red mill! I love to cook these in the pressure cooker because it never fails they boil over on the stove ?

    1. No need to cook quick cooking steel cut oats in a pressure cooker. These will cook up quickly in a sauce pan on your stove. Follow pkg directions.

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