How to Make Delicious Steel Cut Oats in the Instant Pot


Today we are sharing our favorite steel cut oats instant pot recipe. I made this for our kids this morning and realized I hadn’t shared this on the blog. That had to change! 

If you are looking for an easy breakfast idea for kids, or for the whole family – here you go. I love this breakfast Instant Pot recipe because I can put it on, do some chores and then BAM – it’s DONE.

Family Breakfast Everyone Likes!

The REAL BONUS is that everyone in the family can eat this. The kid with sensory issues and the husband who has a limited diet all can enjoy. Well, if I am on KETO – I can’t, but meh – we aren’t talking KETO today, we are talking family breakfast and these steel cut oats are a win. 

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I am sharing the basic recipe here and then I am sharing how we make our Instant Pot steel cut oats. I know a lot of people enjoy steel cut oats for the nutrition value (I’ll talk about that more below) but our kids just love it so that isn’t the reason we make it. How we make it isn’t that nutritious but it is YUMMY. But all that said, it starts with the base recipe. So let’s start there.

How to Make Steel Cut Oats in the Instant Pot

We have a family of 6 and it never fails that these kids want seconds when we make Instant Pot steel cut oats for breakfast. So make plenty, you can always save the breakfast leftovers for later!


Steel Cut Oats Instant Pot Recipe

Prep Time: 1 minute
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Additional Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 36 minutes

Yummy steel cut oats instant pot recipe is a great family breakfast idea. It's a set and forget meal that is filling and delicious.


Let's make a delicious family breakfast. Here is how to make steel cut oats in the Instant Pot!

  1. Spray coconut oil spray on the Instant Pot inner pan. Believe me you will appreciate this.
  2. Dump steel cut oats into Instant Pot
  3. Dump water into steel cut oats and stir
  4. A sprinkle of salt won't hurt!
  5. Put lid on the Instant Pot and make sure your valve is on sealed!
  6. Set the Instant Pot manually to cook high pressure 13 minutes or if you like a little more chewy 11 minutes.
  7. Wait for your Instant Pot to natural release after it is complete. (More on this below!)


I wrote cook time of 20 minutes because the pressure cooker does take a while to pressurize.

Instant Pot natural release is when you let the pressure cooker decompress on it's own.

Make sure to check out our add-in suggestions, while this is how to make steel cut oats in the Instant Pot, the real win is when you add-in the yumminess after you Instant Pot this breakfast meal idea!

Steel cut oats make great left overs! If you over make or have leftovers, just store in a bowl, cover and save in the refrigerator. You may need to add a little milk to rehydrate the oats, but these make great breakfast leftovers!

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 cup

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 150Total Fat: 2.5ggSaturated Fat: .5ggTrans Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgmgCarbohydrates: 27ggFiber: 4ggSugar: 1ggProtein: 5gg

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Favorite Steel Cut Oats Add-Ins

So the steel cut oats are great and healthy by themselves, but kind of boring. I don’t like boring so here are several ways to spice up your oats, both healthy and unhealthy style. 

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Healthy Additions

Use honey to sweeten up your oats.  Add your favorite fruit – dehydrated fruits work as well. 

easy steel cut oats instant pot recipe

Kale! Just kidding, I have no idea how kale in steel cut oats would taste but I am imagine it would be gross. But everyone thinks kale = healthy, so if you are inclined – knock yourself out. 

Unhealthy Additions (But Taste Amazing)

This is the steel cut oats stir ins that we suggested in the video. This also works great with oatmeal or rolled oats. 

Best Steel Cut Oats Recipe

We are kind of bias but this is the best steel cuts oat recipe, why? SUGAR AND APPLES. This cinnamon apple oats mix is absolutely delicious!

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Our favorite is to include apple pie filling, cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice, vanilla, brown sugar and a tad bit of butter. Again, this is the unhealthy version so don’t judge. 

Another delicious add-in for these oats is caramelized bananas and walnuts. You can do this but roasted bananas and nuts with butter, sugar and vanilla. We also add-in cinnamon because why not. 

Steel Cut Oats Nutrition

Why are steel cut oats a favorite over rolled oats? It’s all about the nutrition factor. Here is are the details I dug up on steel cut oats nutrition, just in case you are into that.

Steel cut oats are low in calories. 1/4 cup of dry oats is only 100 calories, contains 2.5g of fat and is low in saturated fat. It contains no cholesterol and no sodium.

Fiber, Steel cut oats contain fiber! That 1/4 cup of dry oats also provides 5g of fiber, which is about double the amount of fiber you can get from rolled oats.

They also provide 238g of carbs and provides a healthy amount of calcium, magnesium, iron, antioxidants, and B vitamins. 

I will say – the steel cut oats Instant Pot recipe I am sharing here does not really fall into the healthy category. But it does fall into the MY 4 KIDS ATE THIS FOR BREAKFAST, ASKED FOR SECONDS AND DID NOT COMPLAIN category – which for me, is a total WIN. 

We Love Bob’s Red Mill 

This isn’t sponsored, we just are huge fans of Bob’s Red Mill – who just happens to make Steel Cut Oats. Why do we love Bob’s? I heard Bob on How I Built This and his story is just amazing. BONUS, their steel cut oats are amazing.  

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A little on why we love this company – on his 81st birthday, Bob’s Red Mill founder Bob Moore gave his company to the people who helped him build it—his employees. How many companies do that? Not many. 

If you love a good podcast listen, check out NPR’s How I Built This featuring Bob Moore of Bob’s Red Mill. 

Delicious Family Breakfast

Well there you have it. Our steel cut oats Instant Pot recipe with our favorite add-ins. If you aren’t counting calories – make sure to try the apple cinnamon add-ins for your family breakfast. Hoping it becomes a fam fave! 

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