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Steel Cut Oats Recipe for the Instant Pot

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I was looking for a simple steel cut oats recipe for the Instant Pot because I have been totally enamored with this latest addition to my kitchen.

This steel cut oats recipe for the Instant Pot is made with water and makes for an easy breakfast.

Over half my family (4 out of 6 to be exact) love steel cut oats for breakfast.

But we like them really simple – lots of texture, made with water, and served salted with a dab of butter.

Before I bought the Instant Pot, I made my steel cut oats recipe on the stove top. This involved lots of stirring, and hawk-like monitoring so the stuff wouldn't burn. (I can't tell you how many times how many times I've gotten distracted and burned breakfast beyond recognition).

So, I have been looking for a good way to make a steel cut oats recipe that is virtually burn free. And I found it by way of the instant pot.

How Do You Like Your Steel Cut Oats?

I knew I would have to modify my steel cut oats recipe to work in the Instant Pot - but I wasn't quite sure what the right settings would be.

After some experimentation, I found the perfect proportions of water to oats and the right cooking time for us.

Use this steel cut oats recipe as a starting point for yourself. If you like your steel cut oats a little creamier, you may want to increase the cooking time and/or the cooking liquid.

What You Need to Make Steel Cut Oatmeal in the Instant Pot

This steel cut oats recipe for the Instant Pot is made with water and makes for an easy breakfast.

To make about 3 to 4 servings, I put the following into my Instant Pot

  • 1 cup steel cut oats
  • 3 cups water
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

How to Prepare Instant Pot Steel Cut Oatmeal

I then use the manual setting on the Instant Pot and set it to cook at high pressure for 3 minutes.

When the time is up, I turn off the Keep Warm setting and let the pressure drop naturally.

This is very !! important !! DO NOT use the quick release! You will have thick, hot, oatmeal water spray everywhere - spoken from the voice of experience.

Once the pressure drops, carefully open the lid, stir your steel cut oats, and serve.

I usually add a bit more salt to taste and a dab of butter on top.

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Steel Cut Oats Recipe for the Instant Pot

Yield: 3 to 4 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 cup steel cut oats
  • 3 cups water
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Instructions

  1. Put steel cut oats, water, and salt in the Instant Pot.
  2. Using the manual mode, set the Instant Pot to 3 minutes on high pressure.
  3. When time is up, turn off the Keep Warm function and let the pressure drop naturally. (Very IMPORTANT - DO NOT use the quick release because hot cooking liquid will spray out of the Instant Pot all over your kitchen.)
  4. When pressure has released, open the Instant Pot carefully.
  5. Serve steel cut oats with additional salt to taste and a dab of butter.
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