If you’ve never woken up legitimately craving a bowl of oatmeal for breakfast, then I’m convinced you haven’t tried steel cut oats yet. The easiest way to cook them? Today’s method for Instant Pot Steel Cut Oats!

Instant Pot steel cut oats with banana, blueberries, and pecans

Arguably one of the most healthy, budget-friendly, and versatile breakfasts in existence, oatmeal is a nutritional super star that, for reasons both just and unjust, doesn’t receive the kind of universal enthusiasm it deserves.

Reasons you might *think* you don’t like oatmeal: It’s bland. It’s mushy. It tastes like something you’d be better off scraping into your dog’s bowl.

I hear you. Many bowls of oatmeal I have had in the past qualify this statement. My hunch is that if you still feel this way, you likely are microwaving quick oats or even worse, instant oatmeal packets. Guess what? Oatmeal does not (and should not!) taste like mush.

ENTER STEEL CUT OATS.

Steel cut oats are chewy, nutty, great for you, and a pleasure to eat. Making them in the Instant Pot (this is the Instant Pot model I have owned for years and love) makes the entire process hands free.

Steel cut oatmeal also reheats beautifully, meaning you can make a big batch, then enjoy healthy leftovers all week long.

Read on below for more about steel cut oats, as well as the best way to cook oatmeal in your Instant Pot. I’ve eaten steel cut oats for years, and the Instant Pot is my favorite way to prepare them, because it’s easy, fool proof, and results in perfectly cooked steel cut oats every time.

A bowl of easy and healthy oatmeal topped with fruit and nuts

What Are Steel Cut Oats (and Why They Taste Better Than Other Oats)

Steel cut oats are a less processed version of rolled, quick, or instant oats. To make them cook more quickly, rolled, quick, and instant oats are steamed, flattened, and pulverized to varying degrees, with rolled oats being the least processed and instant oatmeal being very processed and pulverized.

Steel cut oats are cut with steel blades (hence the name “steel-cut”) and more closely resemble a whole oat in its original state.

Because they are more intact and less processed, steel cut oats take longer to cook than rolled, quick, and instant oats. The benefit of the wait: their texture is a delight! The trade off between time and texture is well worth it, especially since the Instant Pot makes cooking steel cut oats so easy.

A measuring spoon full of steel cut oats for making oatmeal

Steel Cut Oats vs. Rolled Oats – Which is Better?

Both rolled oats and steel cut oats are high in protein, fiber, and nutrients and are a healthy choice. Because they are less processed, however, steel cut oats are better than rolled oats in several ways.

  • While both types of oats contain fiber with cholesterol-lowering properties (beta glucan), steel cut oats have a higher level of fiber than rolled oats. Each serving of steel cut oats has about 5 grams of fiber and 7 grams of protein.
  • Steel cut oats rank lower on the glycemic index than rolled oats, meaning the body will digest and turn them into sugar more slowly.
  • Steel cut oats are minimally processed and naturally gluten free, making them ideal for people with gluten sensitivities.

I’m super hurried and need a fast bowl of oatmeal, I’ll make rolled oats, which are the second best option behind steel cut oats. For a meal, I avoid quick oats, which are more processed and have an inferior texture to rolled oats or steel cut oats. Always avoid instant oats which have a gummy, unpleasant texture once cooked and offer fewer health benefits.

The only downside of steel cut oats compared to rolled oats is that they take longer to cook. That’s where the Instant Pot comes in!

A wooden spoon in an Instant Pot with steel cut oats

Instant Pot Steel Cut Oats – A Handsfree Way to Cook Oatmeal

Steel cut oats can be cooked on the stove top, in the slow cooker, and in the Instant Pot.

  • Stovetop. See my original Steel Cut Oats. It includes everything you need to cook the perfect bowl. This method requires nothing but a pot and a spoon, but you do have to keep an eye on it, so it’s not a “set it and forget it” situation, the way the Instant Pot is.
  • Slow Cooker. These Slow Cooker Steel Cut Oats cook in the crock pot while you sleep. They’re hands free but take hours, compared to the 25 minutes you’ll need for the Instant Pot.
  • Instant Pot. The best of all words! They taste like stovetop steel cut oats, but the cooking method is completely hands free.

You also can prepare steel cut oats by making these Overnight Steel Cut Oats, which soak in the refrigerator to soften up. These are served cold, and while I adore them, today I’m focusing on hot steel cut oatmeal, which is a cozier option in cooler months, or for those who haven’t quite hopped aboard the overnight oats train yet.

Easy Instant Pot steel cut oats served in a bowl with fresh fruit and chopped nuts

Instant Pot Steel Cut Oats Cooking Time – How Long It Really Takes

  • The cooking time to which you set your Instant Pot for steel cut oats is 4 minutes on high pressure.
  • The actual total cooking time for Instant Pot steel cut oatmeal from start to finish is 25 minutes. This breaks out to 10 minutes for the pressure to build, 4 minutes cooking, and 10 minutes of natural release.

Stovetop steel cut oatmeal and Instant Pot steel cut oatmeal cook in about the same amount of total time. The benefit of the Instant Pot is that it is COMPLETELY hands-free.

You can start your oats when you wake up, walk away to get ready for work, then return to a hot, healthy breakfast that’s waiting for you.

Healthy Instant Pot oatmeal with honey, fresh fruit, and nuts

How to Make Instant Pot Steel Cut Oats

Preparing these steel cut oats is so simple, and you’ll love how they taste!

The Ingredients

  • Milk + Water. I like to make my steel cut oats with a mix of milk and water, though feel free to use just one or the other. As long as you keep the liquid ratios the same, you are set. NOTE: Some readers have reported burn warnings with dairy milk. To be 100% safe, I suggest using almond milk.
  • Steel Cut Oats. As I discussed, steel cut oats are my favorite type of oats to cook and eat for breakfast. They have numerous health benefits, delicious texture, and the best flavor.
  • Salt. Critical when cooking oatmeal to make its flavor pop. The oatmeal doesn’t taste salty, but without the salt, it will taste flat.
  • Cinnamon. My favorite in oatmeal! Feel free to personalize your oats with your favorite spices.
  • Maple Syrup or Honey. I love my oats with a touch of sweetness. Both maple syrup and honey add a rich, sweet flavor to my oats without using any refined sugar. These oats are very, very lightly sweet. Feel free to add more to taste, or omit it if you prefer to top individual bowls instead.
  • Toppings. The possibilities are endless here! I suggest trying a few variations to see what you like best. I’ve listed some ideas below.

The Directions

A wooden spoon in an Instant Pot full of steel cut oats

  1. Add all the ingredients to your Instant Pot and stir. Cover and seal the pot. Cook on HIGH pressure for 4 minutes. The pressure will build for about 10 minutes, then the timer will begin. Once the timer elapses, let the pressure release naturally for 10 minutes. Vent, then carefully open the lid. They oats will look a bit liquidy at first, but will thicken as they cool.

    A pressure cooker full of oatmeal for a healthy and easy breakfast

    A spoon with quick and healthy oatmeal

  2. Give the steel cut oatmeal a big stir. Scoop into your bowl, add desired toppings, and ENJOY!

A note on the Instant Pot porridge setting: The porridge button on your Instant Pot is designed to be a quick method for cooking your oatmeal, rice pudding, or similar grains. In order to keep the cooking consistent across all models and guarantee best results, I recommend keeping it simple by cooking with high pressure as directed in this recipe. It’s fun to use the bells and whistles of your appliances, but it’s not necessary for this recipe. The 4 minutes of cook time for the steel cut oats I’ve listed works every single time.

A bowl of oatmeal made with steel cut oats in the Instant Pot

Adapting this Recipe for a 3-quart or 8-quart Instant Pot

This recipe is written for a standard 6-quart Instant Pot like this one. That said, you can easily adapt it to different sizes.

  • To make steel cut oats in an 8-quart Instant Pot: Reduce the pressuring cooking time to 3 minutes on high. Keep the natural release at 10 minutes. You can double the ingredients if you like, though you do not need to.
  • To make steel cut oats in a 3-quart Instant Pot: Cut the recipe ingredients in half (no other changes are necessary).
  • To make steel cut oats in a 6-quart Instant Pot: Follow the recipe as directed below. 

Steel Cut Oatmeal Toppings Ideas and Recipe Variations

Once your oats are cooked, you can customize your bowl with a rainbow of mix-ins and toppings to create the oatmeal of your dreams!

  • Fresh Fruit. Top your oats with your favorite fresh fruit. Blueberry and banana are two of our favorites. Drizzle honey on top for added sweetness.
  • Frozen Fruit. You can also cook Instant Pot steel cut oats with frozen fruit! Frozen strawberries or raspberries would be delicious. Add a drizzle of honey for more sweetness.
  • Dried Fruit. Stir ¾ cup dried fruit, such as dried cherries or golden raisins, into the Instant Pot before cooking. Top with a drizzle of honey for added sweetness.
    Honey dripping over a bowl of quick steel cut oats with fruit
  • Pumpkin. Stir in 1 cup pumpkin puree into the Instant Pot before cooking. This version would be delicious with 1 teaspoon vanilla and 1 teaspoon of cinnamon and nutmeg. For a slow cooker pumpkin version, check out my Pumpkin Overnight Oats.
  • Apple. Chop 1 or 2 apples into small pieces, and stir them into the Instant Pot before cooking. If you love apples in your oatmeal, you’ll love my Apple Cinnamon Overnight Oats.
  • Banana Bread. Slice a ripe banana, and stir it into the Instant Pot before cooking. The end result will taste just like banana bread. YUM!
  • Super Food. Stir chia seeds or flaxseed meal into your cooked steel cut oatmeal. You can add these to individual bowls, or to the entire Instant Pot, either before or after cooking. 
  • Nut Butter. Stir a tablespoon of your favorite nut butter into your bowl of cooked oats. Peanut butter, almond butter, or cashew butter would all be delicious.

To Make Ahead

Steel cut oatmeal reheats well so it’s great for meal prep. You can even freeze portions if you like.

  • Refrigerator Method. Prepare the oats as directed, and let cool. Place equal portions of your oats in separate airtight storage containers and refrigerate. You can also add fruit into each container. Reheat one portion at a time throughout the week. If your oats become too thick, add a little milk or water when reheating. The oatmeal can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.
  • Freezer Method. If you prefer to freeze your portions, cook the oatmeal as directed and pour it into the cups of a muffin pan. Set the muffin pan in the freezer until oatmeal is frozen solid. Once frozen, place oatmeal cups in an airtight freezer-safe storage container or ziptop bag. Let thaw overnight in the refrigerator before reheating. Reheat in a microwave-safe bowl with a splash of milk or water. The oatmeal can be frozen for up to 6 months.

Recommended Tools for Making Oatmeal

  • Instant Pot. For making delicious oatmeal in no time!
  • Measuring Spoons. These are ideal for measuring your oatmeal ingredients.
  • Ladle. Easily transport your oatmeal to bowls and storage containers.

Healthy steel cut oatmeal served in a bowl with fresh fruit and nuts

A warm bowl of filling, cozy steel cut oatmeal has been just the morning fix I’ve needed to get (and keep!) me going lately. I hope it hits the spot for you too. If you try this recipe, please leave a comment. I love hearing from you!

A bowl of steel cut oatmeal with fruit

Instant Pot Steel Cut Oats

4.5 from 94 votes
Easy Instant Pot Steel Cut Oats that are foolproof. Just 4 minutes of cook time and completely hands-free. Add your favorite toppings for healthy breakfasts!

Prep: 5 mins
Cook: 4 mins
Total: 25 mins

Servings: 4 servings

Ingredients
  

  • 3 cups water
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk or water*
  • 2 cups steel cut oats do not use any other kind of oats
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3 tablespoons pure maple syrup or honey optional; add more to taste
  • Toppings of choice fresh fruit, chopped toasted nuts, chia seeds or flaxseeds, additional maple syrup or honey, splash of milk

Instructions
 

  • In a 6-quart Instant Pot, stir together the water, almond milk, oats, salt, cinnamon, and maple syrup. Cover and seal. Cook on HIGH pressure (manual) for 4 minutes. Let the pressure release naturally for 10 minutes. Carefully remove lid.
  • Give the oats a big stir. Carefully taste (they will be hot!) and add additional cinnamon and/or maple syrup to taste. The oats will continue to thicken as they cool. Ladle into serving bowls and serve hot with any desired toppings.

Notes

  • *UPDATE on 3/10/21: Some readers have reported seeing "burn" warnings when using dairy milk. I have not had this issue personally, but to be safe, I recommend using almond milk or water.
  • If using an 8-quart Instant Pot, reduce the pressure cook time to 3 minutes. If using a 3-quart Instant Pot, cut the recipe in half.
  • TO STORE: Place oatmeal in an airtight storage container and store in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. 

Nutrition

Serving: 1(of 4)Calories: 359kcalCarbohydrates: 63gProtein: 13gFat: 6gSaturated Fat: 1gPotassium: 34mgFiber: 9gSugar: 9gCalcium: 137mgIron: 3mg

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  1. We have found cooking, Pot in Pot, a great advantage both in results and cleanup. Our personal tastes require 10 minutes cooking and NR. Love the cinnamon and maple syrup. Our  additional favorite is Craisons. Love steel cut oats. 
    (I use both 3qt and 5qt  instant pots.)5 stars

  2. My husband loves steel cut oats, and I used to make them more frequently, using a slow cooker or on top of the stove. He happened to request them the day after I saw your recipe, so I made it that evening and then stored in the refrigerator for him to enjoy the next morning. Before he left for work, he walked into the bedroom and without prompting, said “those were darn good oats, best I’ve ever had.” I said “I’m glad you enjoyed them. I’ll let Erin know.” “Who’s Erin?” “Erin of Well-Plated food blog.” “Oh.” Then after he came home that afternoon, again unprompted, he says, “Those oats were like bliss as soon as I put them in my mouth.” Obviously, they made quite the impression on him. So thanks again, on behalf of my husband and myself, for an easy recipe that is also healthy AND delish! It was everything you said it to be.5 stars

    1. Beverly, this MADE my day! Thank you so much for taking the time to share this kind review! I’m so happy these were a hit!

      1. I saw this comment and had to chuckle, for I’m also on a first name basis with you in our house! Lol. I talked to my husband about “Erin’s recipes” often!

    2. Hey so idk if anyone knows how to do this but I made these this morning and I have aN almost-burnt crust on the bottom… what did I do wrong? 4 stars

      1. Hi Janessa! I’m so sorry to hear that you had trouble with this recipe. I haven’t heard of this happening before, so I’m not sure what might’ve gone wrong. Did you stir the ingredients before sealing the Instant Pot? I hope this recipe goes better for you next time!

        1. Hi Mindy! I’m so sorry to hear that this happened. I’m not sure what might’ve gone wrong, as I have not had this issue before. I hope you were still able to enjoy the oatmeal!

      2. I’m not sure that this will help, but making sure that the pot doesn’t have an residual built up might help?    For some reason, as clean as I try to be, sometimes there is built up in my pot.   I occasionally use Bar Keeper’s Friend, and it brings back that natural beautiful and smooth surface on the stainless steel.

      3. Hi Janessa,

        I made
        these last night and I used pot in pot method. Take a glass bowl and use 1/2 cups steel cut oats (or more), 1 1/2 cups water and a splash or 2 of milk. I like mine creamy so I add more water. Ratio about 1:3 or 4. I sprinkled with a little bit of brown sugar, a small pinch of salt and cinnamon and stir all together. I then add 1 cup of water to the main pot and put in the trivet that came with the instant pot and put the bowl of oats on top. Close lid and use High pressure for 5 mins and Natural Release for 20 mins. I forgot to check the timer and when I went to check the pot the timer was at 40 minutes, but the oats were creamy and delicious. Once the oats are cooled in the glass bowl I put a lid on it and take it to work and have that for breakfast for 2 or 3 days. No burnt crust on the bottom and no pot to wash.

  3. Erin- thank you so very much for this recipe. It was delicious, filling , nutritious and so simple to make. My family love it ! Again, thanks. – Sandra5 stars

      1. I have a 6qt instant pot. It made more than I was able to eat, so could I simply halve the recipe or will that not work?

          1. Yes, I loved it! I have never had steel cut oats before. The texture is great. I also love your other blog recipes that I’ve tried and pre-ordered your cookbook! Excited to get that. :)5 stars

  4. Hi Erin!
    I’m looking to make this for a large group of people. If I double or triple the recipe, should I add more cooking time?   Btw, I love your recipe. I’ve been making your Peanut butter oatmeal breakfast bars for a few years now. 
    Thanks!

    1. Hi Jenn! If you’re doubling this recipe for an 8-quart Instant Pot, then you should reduce the pressure cooking time to 3 minutes on high, and keep the natural release at 10 minutes. I hope it’s a hit!

  5. Thank you for the recipe. However I think your yield is way off. 4 servings? More like 8 I would say with two cups of steel cut oats

  6. Hi Erin,
    I’ve always loved the taste of oatmeal but hated the slimy texture so I wouldn’t eat it.
    I remember, when I was a child, a neighbor making oatmeal that wasn’t slimy. I’ve tried to make it that way but it never worked.
    A couple of years ago my cousin, Elsa, told me about steal cut oats and I’ve been enjoying them ever since. Now, with your instant pot recipe, I can make them without having to watch them so closely and enjoy even more of them. Thank you.

  7. This is soooo good!  Made it with instant steel cut oats(that’s all I had) and a few chopped dates and it was amazing!5 stars

    1. Hi Alice! I haven’t tried doubling this recipe before, but I’m afraid it might not fit in a 6-quart Instant Pot. However, as long as the contents don’t go over the max fill line, it should work fine. I hope you enjoy the recipe if you try it!

  8. I’m excited about this recipe. Came out perfect the first time (and I even let it sit for too long!) How many cups would you say is one serving (for the 359 calories you have listed)? It makes a big batch so I’m trying to figure out how much I can eat for that much (or less). Thanks!

    1. Hi Jen, I’m so happy to hear that this recipe was a hit! Unfortunately, I didn’t measure cup for cup the yield of this recipe, but you can give it an eyeball to portion it out into 4 once it is cooked. I hope this helps!

    1. Hi Tyler, I’m sorry to hear that the oats didn’t turn out as you’d hoped. This timing has worked well for other readers, and it’s so hard to say what might’ve happened without being in the kitchen with you. I hope you were still able to enjoy them!

    1. I’m so happy that you’ve enjoyed the recipe, Austin! Thank you for sharing this kind review!

    2. Just made this recipe. First time making steel cut oats and they came out perfectly! Followed the recipe exactly. I did lose track of time so they sat in the Instant Pot for over 20 min. No biggie. To my bowl of chewy goodness, I added a spoonful of mixed nut butter and a tiny drizzle of maple syrup. Yummy!5 stars

  9. This was fantastic!  A FIRST time ever successfully making steel cut oats without my IP yelling at me that it’s burning!  Thanks so much?5 stars

  10. Thank you so much for posting this recipe. I love steel cut oats, but hate how long it takes. While the instant pot does take SOME time, it’s certainly a lot less, and a lot more hands off!

    I do have some tips after trying it in my Instant Pot Lux MIni (3qt). I tried just halving the recipe as recommended, but I found that the oats turned out too dry. I used 1 cup of water and 1 cup of low-fat milk, and 1 cup of oats. I added some cinnamon. I didn’t add any sweetener until after, since I’m not always sure how much sweetness I want, and I need to taste it as I add (hard to do with uncooked oats!). Perhaps because I didn’t add any liquid sweetener, that was part of the reason it turned out crumbly and dry. I tried adding milk after the fact, but it just made it more gummy, and less of a porridge. :(

    However, I made a few modifications this morning, and it turned out great! I did two cups water and 1 cup milk, 1 cup of oats, and some cinnamon and sugar. At first, I thought it was a little too liquidy, but after letting it rest for a moment (aka: cool off so I could eat it), it was the perfect consistency. There was slightly more of a chew than when I make it on the stove. I did add more sugar after for sweetness, but it didn’t change the consistency.

    So, my recommendation is to increase the amount of liquid to 3:1. You might also have success with 2.5:1 for steel cut oats, depending on how much like porridge you like your oats!5 stars

    1. Hi Raven, I’m so happy that you’ve enjoyed the oatmeal! Thank you for taking the time to share your tips for halving the recipe!

  11. Great recipe. Leftovers are easily heated by adding a little milk. I used 2% milk with the water. 5 stars

    1. I’m so happy that you enjoyed the recipe, Debby! Thank you for sharing this kind review!

  12. This looks delicious and I will be making it tomorrow. In the video, there is steam and it looks like the liquid is starting to boil. Do you use the sauté function while preparing it?

    1. Hi Jamie! No, you do not need to use the saute function while adding the ingredients. I’m sorry that the video is confusing for this part. I hope you enjoy the recipe!

    1. Hi Eugenia, I’m so sorry to hear that you had trouble with this recipe. Did you stir the ingredients before sealing the Instant Pot? I hope you were still able to enjoy it!

  13. You said to cut the recipe in half for the 3 quart IP
    How many minutes (4 minutes for a 6 qt. 3 minutes for an 8 qt) for cooking?‍♀️? 
    I made this recipe in my 8 qt. as instructed. It turned out Fabulously!! 
    I want to try this in my little 3 qt. 
    Thx!!??

    1. Hi Bonnie, I’m so happy that you’ve enjoyed this recipe! You only need to cut the recipe in half, then cook as directed. I hope you enjoy!

  14. Hi,
    I have a 6qt instapot, I recently started ti use it. I added ecerything, gave a stir and set high presure for 4min, but before the 4 min started it gave a burn alert! The bottom was a bit burnt. Do you have any idea why? Should I try low heat pressure? Or any suggestions to prevent the burn?
    PS: the smell was still amazing ?
    Thanks,
    Hande

    1. Hi Hande, I’m sorry to hear that you had trouble with the burn warning for this recipe. My biggest tip is to make sure no pieces of food are stuck to the bottom before you seal it. I hope you were still able to enjoy it!

  15. This turned out great! I cut the recipe in half, doing 1 cup water + 1 cup almond milk for 1 cup oats and it came out perfect! I like mine a bit chewy, so if you want it creamier I’d recommend a splash more liquid5 stars

  16. Excellent! I needed to add about 1 cup of milk because the oatmeal was very dry. I added some flax seeds, dotted with butter. Excellent chewiness and flavor. I live at high altitude, may account for needing extra liquid. Will make it again!5 stars

  17. Tried 1 cup steel cut oats in my instant pot. Added 2 cups water. And 2 cups fresh blueberries.  Set for 5 minutes. Came out perfect. Added honey before eating. Yummy ?5 stars

  18. Hi. thank you for this I haven’t made it yet but Its exactly what I was looking for. Question; soaking for 10 hours previous to cooking, Is not necessary? In the video they looked dry when you poured them in the pot. 

    1. Hi Caroline! This recipe does not require any soaking prior to cooking, so you can add the oats dry. I hope you enjoy the recipe if you try it!

    2. For those that are having trouble with burning and foaming, I’m wondering if they used dairy milk. Any time I make oats with regular milk, they foam, scorch, and make a horrible mess!
      I love that your recipe uses almond milk. I was tempted to use 2 cups of almond milk but I stuck to the recipe with 1 cup almond milk and 3 cups cups of water. I’m so glad I did! Thicker liquids can be a problem too. And I used the 6 qt Instant Pot with no problems.5 stars

  19. Just made it. It’s perfect! I added  oat milk, cinnamon, dried cranberries and dried cherries and then sprinkled pecans and maple syrup and flax seed before serving. Just delicious!5 stars

  20. This sounded so easy. I forgot that both oats and milk have a tendency to foam up. Together they foam up a LOT as soon as the pressure built! Not good in my 6-qt. InstantPot. I had to unplug and wait for the pressure to drop and finish cooking on the stove. So disappointed.

    1. Larriann, do you mean foam was coming out of the Instant Pot? It sounds like you might have an issue with your sealing ring. That happened to me once, and it turned out that the ring needed to be swapped out. Once I did that, the oats cooked perfectly. Here’s an example. I’m sorry this didn’t turn out but I hope the ring might help.

  21. I can’t even get my instant pot up to pressure before I get the “burn” warning. Opened it up, added more water and scraped the bottom. Tried again. Same thing. I stirred all of the ingredients prior to cooking it too. So disappointing. ??‍♀️1 star

    1. I’m so sorry that you had trouble with the burn warning, Erin. I (and many other readers) have really enjoyed this recipe, so I wish it would’ve been a hit for you too!

    1. Hi Diana, I’m sorry to hear that you had trouble with this recipe. Did you stir the ingredients before sealing the Instant Pot? I hope you were still able to enjoy it!

  22. Hello and thanks for the recipe! I usually make your regular recipe and have also tried the banana version and they’ve been great. I am trying your pumpkin recipe now and my pot simply will not come to pressure. I have only had it and used it about 10 times all perfectly, so I know the seal is fine. I’m wondering if the liquid proportion makes it much harder to come to pressure? It’s been about 30 minutes….I hope there’s still a chance for it to turn out okay!

    1. Hi Jessica, I’m sorry to hear that you had trouble with this latest version. It’s so hard for me to say what might be happening without being in the kitchen with you. I hope you were still able to enjoy them!

  23. Turned out perfect! Loved it. I have never tried steel cut oats before. Made exactly as recipe in 6qt instant pot. Thank you!5 stars

    1. Hi Julia! This is how I tested the recipe, and it worked great for me. I hope you enjoy the recipe if you try it!

  24. I’ve never cooked steel cut oats until this recipe. and now I’m hooked! I made a few minor changes. I toasted the oats in the IP in a couple of tablespoons of butter till it started smelling a bit nutty. I used 2 cups water and 2 cups plus a big splash more, of Fairlife milk.
    Came out creamy and delicious! Thanks for the recipe5 stars

  25. This is the best instant pot recipe for steel cut oats. I followed the recipe exactly and my oats came out perfect; soft with texture and chewiness. The total time was spot on. I set my timer for 25 min and when I came back it was exactly 10 minutes after. Thank you!!!5 stars

  26. I questioned if milk was ok even with equal part water and stirred 1 cup pumpkin but it burned so I shut off pressure cook!

    1. Hi Joni, I’m sorry to hear that you had trouble with this recipe. I (and many other readers) have had success with it as written, so I wish it would’ve been a hit for you too!

  27. Delicious. Followed exactly except used 1 cup of coconut milk (left over from last nights dinner recipe). Added blueberries, 1 chopped apple and honey. So nice to have some left for another breakfast. Hubby LOVES it. ❤️5 stars

  28. This recipe is amazing! I make it each week and leave the extra in the fridge for subsequent breakfasts. I have a 3qt insta so I just half the recipe. I use soy milk. One of my favs – thanks!!5 stars

  29. I was beginning to give up on steel cut oats with my 2 year old, but this recipe helped us a lot! I finished with hemp, chia, blueberries, and my homemade dairy kefir which was delicious!5 stars

  30. I followed the recipe to the letter using 1 cup of whole milk. The oatmeal was perfect. Added more milk, a teaspoon of sugar and blueberries to my serving.5 stars

  31. Just got my IP today…have already used it twice in less than 3 hours!

    Question…can I cut this recipe in half for a 6 qt OP and still have it come out okay? Would I need to reduce the cook time if I did? Thanks!

  32. My 8 quart Instant Pot has no timer setting but lists porridge, Rice, Poultry, etc. Which setting should I use for your recipe?

    1. Hi Max! Do you have a manual pressure button? I haven’t experimented with using any of the preset buttons for this recipe, so it would be a complete experiment. I hope you enjoy the recipe if you try it!

  33. Hi Erin! Would you adjust the measurements and/or cook time if using quick cook steel cut oats? It’s what I have an enormous amount of on hand. Lol

    1. Hi Julz! I’ve only tested the recipe with regular steel cut oats, so it would be an experiment. I’m afraid the quick-cooking kind could get mushy, so you may want to try shortening the cooking time. If you decide to try it, I’d love to hear how it goes!

  34. Second recipe I tried in our brand new Instant Pot. Wow — nailed it on the first go! Wonderful flavor and texture, and (speaking as someone who’s made steel-cut oats for years, variously in double boilers and — overnight — in crock pots) cooking it in the Instant Pot was a breeze! Thank you!5 stars

  35. Not enough water or cooking time for Mccann’s Irish steel cut when tried with 1/3 cup oats and 1 cup of water + butter in both a Duo Plus and an Evo Plus. It was edible, sort of but lacked the creaminess when properly prepared.

    1. I’m sorry to hear that this recipe didn’t turn out for you, Harlitta. I (and many other readers) really enjoyed the recipe, so I truly wish it would’ve been a hit for you too!

  36. To set the record straight, steel cut oats have the SAME nutritional and gluten free properties as rolled oats. The information about glycemic index is acurate.5 stars

  37. I had the sane experience as the other reviewers with food burn warning. I have instant pot duo nova. Followed exactly and within couple minutes got warning and my pot bottom is covered in caked on burned oats.1 star

    1. I’m so sorry to hear that you had trouble with this recipe, Sarah. Did you make sure no bits of food were stuck to the bottom before sealing it? I know it can be frustrating to try a new recipe and not have it turn out, so I really wish you would’ve enjoyed it!

    1. I’m so sorry that you had trouble with this recipe sticking, Erin. Did you give it a good stir before sealing the pot? I hope you were still able to enjoy some of it!

  38. Got the burn warning on my Instapot. I did give it a good stir before starting. I just emptied the pot out, scraped the food off, added water and put it back in for about 1 min. Also, decreased to low pressure. Then they turned out wonderful!3 stars

    1. I’m sorry that you had trouble with the burn warning, Alissa. I’m so happy that you enjoyed them though!

  39. I got a burn warning on mine as well, but that may have been my fault.

    I added part of a clove, the cinnamon, shaved some fresh nutmeg (not much–a pinch) and brown sugar. Then I put all that in to the pot, put it on sauté and added butter. I really dislike it when cinnamon refuses to disperse in a liquid and that is why I did this. Adding the butter turned out to be a great idea and I added a touch more when eating.

    However, I think having the pot already warm when I put the lid on, added the oats and swapped to pressure cook may have contributed to my burning.

    It wasn’t terrible burnt, but I will have to put some elbow grease in to cleaning the pot now.5 stars

    1. I’m sorry you had trouble with the burn warning, Adam. I’m happy to hear that you enjoyed the recipe otherwise though!

  40. This is the first recipe I tried in an Instant Pot. It was a fail. The “food burn” warning came on before it finished preheating. Indeed, the oatmeal was burned on the bottom and the remainder of it was still crunchy. :-(1 star

    1. I’m so sorry that you had trouble with this recipe, Rose. Did you give it a good stir before sealing the pot? I hope you were still able to enjoy some of it!

    2. Hey!
      Try spraying the instant pot with a non-stick cooking spray before you cook it. It keeps things from sticking so well.

  41. These turned out super. I made a large batch and froze as you directed.
    The portion my husband and I ate was delicious. Thanks for your hard work putting all this information together.5 stars

  42. I made the Instant Pot Steel Cut Oats for the first time today in my 6 qt. Instant Pot. They turned out perfectly! I will refrigerate some and freeze some and see how the frozen ones work out. If they thaw well and taste good, I will try the 12 serving recipe. Thanks for this recipe! It will be saving me a lot of time and a lot less “pot watching”.5 stars

  43. I mix dry first, water, milk, honey, stir, insta pot 3 minutes (8 qt), fantastic!!! microwave am, tablespoon heavy cream, pomegranate seeds, great way to start the day!5 stars

  44. These oats turned out perfect! This was my first recipe from your site and now I’m excited to try more! The oats are definitely going to become a weekly meal prep for me to have delicious breakfast each morning.5 stars

  45. Absolutely perfect. Changed the liquid to two cups of whole milk and two cups water and added 1/2 tsp of cardamom, other than that followed this to the letter. Best oatmeal ever!5 stars

    1. Hi Jade! I haven’t tried doubling this recipe before, but I’m afraid it might not fit in a 6-quart Instant Pot. However, as long as the contents don’t go over the max fill line, it should work fine. I hope you enjoy the recipe if you try it!

  46. Hi Erin,

    I love this recipe and make a big batch every couple of weeks. One thing i do first is saute the oats first (using the saute function) in a couple of tablespoons of butter, before adding the liquid and cooking. Gives them a nice toasty flavour.5 stars

  47. This is my “Go To” recipe. I actually 1/2 this recipe 1 cup of oats to 2 cups of liquid (usually 1c of water & 1c of almond milk) because the recipe amount was to much. Now I just read about freezing it.. game changer.. I will have to do that next time.5 stars

  48. I have an 8 quart IP and so I doubled the recipe and lowered the cooking time to 3 minutes. I had heard in the comments someone said they had a food burn message when using this recipe and you suggested they may not have given a good stir. I made sure I did that but I too got a food burn message before the cook time even appeared (the steam vent did close before the message appeared). In hindsight I can speculate why my food burned. I took filtered water and milk out of the fridge. Since the liquid was so cold it took a long time for the liquid to heat up to produce steam meanwhile the food lying at the bottom of the pot got the brunt of the extended heat time, hence burnt food. Perhaps the temperature of the liquid is a crucial factor. I should attempt this recipe again at a later date with warmer water to see if that fix’s the problem.

      1. Great recipe, but there seems to be an error in the amount of steel cut oats. If made as stated the instant pot gives a burn error. I think it call for 1 cup instead of 2. Did anyone else have this problem?3 stars

        1. Thanks for trying the recipe, Leeann! I (and other readers) have had success with the recipe as written, but you can certainly adjust the amount of oatmeal as needed. I hope you enjoyed the recipe!

    1. I have a 3 qt. Used organic steel cut oats, cold filtered water from the fridge/2% milk, honey, along with the other ingredients as described. Came out perfectly both times. I’m so glad to have found this recipe. ?5 stars

  49. Hello – you mention that 1/4 cup of steel cut oats is a portion – yet in the recipe it calls for 2 cups of oats and you state it serves 4 – which is 1/2 cup. Please advise – is it 1/4 or 1/2 cup of oats for each serving?

    Thx

      1. It really makes a big difference if you are Irish! I made it as directed. Barely enough for four! I made with real milk. No burn. I did mix very well. I also used the alternative liner, the ceramic liner. Something like that. Easy clean up.

  50. I’ve been making steel cut oats for years and half the time I would get distracted and the water boiled over, making a mess.

    This is the only way I’ll make them from now on! Super easy to make a big batch (eating a ton of oats while breastfeeding) and no mess. The texture is perfect with these the oat/liquid ratio and cook time. Thanks!!5 stars

  51. I just found the recipe and cut it in half as I am single and that is a lot of oatmeal (2 cups) but I love to steal cut oats and don’t cook them because of the time so this is a great recipe, thank you!5 stars

  52. I think your recipe needs more water. I got a burn notice using the recommended 4c liquid and 2 c steel cut oats.

    1. I’m sorry to hear that you had trouble with this recipe, BC. Did you make sure no bits of food were stuck to the bottom before sealing it? I hope you still enjoyed the recipe!

  53. Use these ratios but I’m a fan of savory oats. This week I made them a veggie broth and I will mix them with roasted veg. Try it sometime

  54. Burned. I followed the instructions. ? divided the recipe in half and used unsweetened almond milk as directed.2 stars

    1. I’m so sorry to hear that you had trouble with this recipe, Barbara. Did you make sure no bits of food were stuck to the bottom of the pot before sealing it? I hope you were still able to enjoy some of it!

  55. This is the best instant pot steel cut oats recipe I’ve found yet. No burn notice with dairy milk, but there’s so much liquid that that doesn’t surprise me. I find 5 minutes pressure plus 10 minutes nr gives me exactly the texture I’m looking for. Thanks for the great recipe.5 stars

  56. For my first go at these, I made them exactly as I you specified. These are the best steel cut oats I’ve ever made! And, so easy. I use a silicon muffin tin to freeze portions- they pop out easily when frozen. I won’t make steel t oats any other way from now on. Thanks for a great recipe!5 stars

  57. Love love love this recipe! Perfect consistency and the flavor is amazing! Makes the prefect meal prep amount for the week too! I served with frozen wild blueberries, walnuts and a light drizzle of pure maple syrup when serving. Highly recommend!5 stars

  58. This will be my third time making this recipe, and every time I have been so pleased with the results! The oats come out perfectly cooked every time, and absolutely delicious. My one year old daughter and I eat eat these every morning with fresh berries and some extra milk. No burn notice over here, and I’ve been using whole grass fed dairy milk. Just make sure to stir all your ingredients once you’ve added them, before you start the instant pot. Highly recommend you try this easy and delicious recipe!5 stars

  59. Made this today using 2 cups water, 2 cups oatmilk. I like to first saute my oats in a bit of butter, then continued on as recipe is posted. Sooo good, perfect texture! Never cooking steel cut any other way from this day forward. Ty ty. Love the perfect sweetness the maple syrup added during the cooking process.5 stars

  60. The oatmeal was wonderful for the part that didn’t burn. I used almond milk (1c plus 3 c water) but still got the FOOD BURN message and it did burn on the bottom. I stirred everything well before closing the lid. Any ideas?

    1. I’m so sorry you had trouble with the burn warning, Mary. Unfortunately, it’s so hard to say what might’ve happened without being in the kitchen with you. I’m happy you were still able to enjoy part of the oats!

  61. I used this exact recipie added some unsalted butter once it was finish. The maple was a GREAT idea because the oats absorb the sweetness so well all it needed was some fruit on top. I just had a 2nd bowl thank you 🙏🏾 ! I’m def ready to nap 😴5 stars

  62. Tried to make this for lunch today and got the “burn” warning. Made with 3cur water 1 cup 1% dairy milk – may not have stirred it up enough before sealing. Will try again soon.

    1. I’m sorry you had trouble with the burn warning, Angie. I definitely recommend stirring the pot well before sealing to make sure nothing is stuck to the bottom. I hope your next attempt goes well!

  63. Tried it today and achieved perfect results using oat milk (funny, I know.. but I honestly thought I was reaching for the almond milk. Divided into 12 portions and froze in a muffin tin!5 stars

    1. I’m so happy that you enjoyed the recipe, Lucia! Thank you for sharing this kind review!

  64. I’ve tried this with cracked oats as well and it worked! I do have a question — what is the difference between cracked and steel cut? 😊5 stars

    1. Hi Lu, I’ve only used steel cut oats for this recipes. I am not sure what cracked oats are. Will definitely need to Google that! So glad it worked for you!

  65. When to put the cinnamon in is missing. I’m assuming it gets added at the same time as everything else. Other than that, I loved it! Perfectly cooked and sweetened. I used unsweetened, plain soy milk and added fresh cherries and chopped peanuts. Yum! 😋4 stars

    1. Hi Erin, thank you for letting me know. We will updated the recipe. You definitely add it in with the other ingredients in Step 1. Also you’ll find a video that shows when, for a visual reference. Hope this helps! Thank you for this kind review!

    1. Hi Joyce, Yes you can make fewer than four servings. There is a slider button in the recipe card that allows you to change the serving size. No need to adjust the cook time. Hope you enjoy them!

  66. I ADDED AN APPLE CUT UP, HEMP HEARTS, CHIA SEEDS, VANILLA, SHREDDED COCONUT, WHEN COOKED I PUT FRESH BLUEBERRIES, STRAWBERRIES.. WAS SOOO YUMMY5 stars

    1. Hi Melissa! I haven’t tried doubling this recipe before, but I’m afraid it might not fit in a 6-quart Instant Pot. However, as long as the contents don’t go over the max fill line, it should work fine. I hope you enjoy the recipe if you try it!

      1. I have doubled the recipe in an 8 qt pressure cooker with no change to the listed time with no issues.
        As a precaution though, I stir the oatmeal after the rest time. (Making sure to scrape the bottom)
        I’m just cautious about it settling and getting too dense as it cools.5 stars

  67. I am giving this a try for freezer. I did not add any toppings to instant pot thought I would when I warmed up. I used 3 cups water, one cup oatmilk. Hope it works out.

    1. I freeze prepared steel cut oatmeal often, using muffin tins. Once frozen, transfer to gallon freezer bag (dipping bottom of tin in hot water to loosen). Then I can easily reheat however many ‘pucks’ I need.

  68. I don’t think the nutrition info is correct.
    My steel cut oats list 1 serving , 1/4cup dry oats as 170 calories and 31 g carbohydrate. 1/4 cup of unsweetened almond milk is 7.5 calories.
    I did not use the syrup.
    Thanks for the recipe.5 stars

    1. Hi Michele! Nutritional values will always be different depending on which specific ingredient that was used. Mine include the syrup as well. Hope you enjoyed them!

  69. I used only water and got a burn notice. First time ever. I’ve used other sites recipes and found they used too much liquid to oat, this one maybe too little. Next time I will add 1/4 cut water.3 stars

    1. Hi Betty, I’m so sorry to hear that you got the burn notice. It seems some pressure cooker models tend to do this versus others. I’ve made it successfully (as have other readers) without any problem. Let me know how it goes with the additional 1/4 cup water, if you make it again!

  70. I tried this recipe for Instant Pot Steel Cut Oats rolling exactly as written and before my Instant Pot reached pressure it was giving a burn alert. I canceled, stirred, and tried again with same results. I did note that the oats were already very thick but not yet done. I had to transfer to a pot and complete the stovetop method. I guess the next time I’ll try the slow cooker method. I do love the taste!2 stars

    1. Hi Connie! I’m so sorry to hear that you got the burn notice. It seems some pressure cooker models tend to do this versus others. I’ve made it successfully (as have other readers) without any problem. I wished it would of been a success for you.

    1. Hi Jenny! I’ve only tested the recipe with regular steel cut oats, so it would be an experiment. I’m afraid the quick-cooking kind could get mushy, so you may want to try shortening the cooking time. If you decide to try it, I’d love to hear how it goes!

  71. Since we are few in our household, I followed a suggestion I found online to keep the oats fresh longer: oil a 12-cup muffin tin, then fill each to the top, leveled off, with the cooked oats. Cover with plastic wrap and freeze till solid (a couple of hours). Remove the “oat pucks”, place in ziploc bags, and freeze. To serve, place two “pucks” in a bowl, add a sprinkle of water, and heat on high for about 45 seconds. Stir and serve. Perfect.5 stars

  72. Just wondering steel cut oats are hard to find here in France so I will use whole groats that I have soaked for 12hrs as recommended on packet; however do I double cooking time as the grain is whole and not cut?
    I made a test batch but it seems very al denté to me is that right ?

    1. Hi Elizabeth! I’m sorry to say but I have no idea on the cooking time. I’ve only tested this recipe with steel cut oats. If you figure out the correct cooking time with your whole groats, let me know!

  73. I keep getting a burn notice with this recipe. I have been using 4 cups almond milk. A mix of steel cut oats and 7 grain oats. The first couple of times I did this recipe it worked now it’s not working.

    1. Hi Ruthie! I’m sorry I don’t know why that is! This recipe is for only steel cut oats so not sure how the 7 grain oats works.

    1. I’m so sorry you had trouble with this recipe, Amanda. It’s hard to say what went wrong without being in the kitchen with you.
      I know it’s frustrating to try a new recipe and not have it turn out. I (and many other readers) have enjoyed them, so I really wish they would’ve been a hit for you too!

  74. My instant pot never reached pressure after waiting 1.5 hours. It wasn’t sealed apparently. However, I guess it cooked on the “keep warm” setting as it was the best oatmeal I’ve ever had. Maybe I slow cooked it? lol5 stars

  75. Couldn’t find the measurements. Have to keep reading to try to find a simple recipe. Just want to find the directions or recipe and I have to read how much fiber is in the food?!

    1. Hi Stephanie! Did you see the “jump to recipe” button at the top right side of the page? This is located on every single recipe of mine to get you to the measurements and directions quickly if you are not in need of my suggestions, tips, etc. Hope this helps!

  76. Trying to make healthier choices for my family and I must say this was delicious! We are an instant oatmeal family with a very picky 2 year old and he cleaned his bowl! I tried to take his bowl to take a picture and he told me he wanted or back! Anyway personal I had to get a little used to the texture because I’ve eaten instant my whole life. It wasn’t terrible but wouldn’t have minded a bit less chew. Also topped with apples it was delicious! Oh and I used Ripple Pea milk with no burning or anything. Thank you for this easy quick healthy breakfast!5 stars

  77. I followed the directions exactly but this didn’t turn out well for me. Four minutes didn’t seem enough. They were still gritty/chewy and I expected them to be soft. I would add a minute or two. I also thought that they tasted too salty. They were also too runny until they were practically cold.2 stars

    1. Hi Michelle! I’m sorry this didn’t turn out as you hoped. Did you use kosher salt or table salt? That will make a difference, but I know we all have different taste so feel free to adjust it to your liking. Also steel cut oats have a different texture and they are supposed to be chewy and is very different than rolled or instant oats.

  78. There is not enough liquid for this to cook properly, having (any) milk with low liquid leads excess burning. Having made steel cut oats in the instapot for a few years this is the first time it’s actually burned.

    Erin, you have some good recipes but this was a flop for a lot of people, you should really modify it more than the disclaimer you put in about almond milk. That’s not the problem.

    Very disappointing for a recipe that *should be* impossible to screw up.1 star

    1. I’m sorry to hear you had trouble with this recipe, Jeff. I test my recipes out multiple times before they ever hit the website and it works for myself (and others). There are lots of variables as to why it may not work for one person versus another. Unfortunately I can not be in the kitchen with everyone to understand why they are having issues with the recipe versus the ones who clearly do not have a problem with it.

    2. No need to be so rude! Anyone that cooks and/or bakes (even a little), realizes that appliance heat can vary between them. I hope all of your future IP meals turn out swimmingly and…you gain some internet comment manners…bc what goes around, comes back around, friend – cheers! 😊
      PS – Erin love your perfect recipe!! 💜💚💙5 stars

  79. Thanks for the Recipe. It was right on spot. No hassles at all. Amazing chef quality like steel cut oats made in just 25 mins as you said. Thanks again.5 stars

  80. Thank you for sharing this recipe! I used 4 cups of water, followed the recipe exactly, and it turned out perfectly. I can’t wait to see how the frozen portions turn out!
    Thank you!5 stars

    1. Hi Jessica,
      Was that 4 cups of water in addition to a cup of almond milk, or just 4 cups of water in place of the three cups of water and one cup of almond milk in the original recipe? In other words, did you just add an extra cup of water to Erin’s recipe?

    1. Hi Diana! I haven’t tested this out in a 12 qt before so you would be experimenting. My only thoughts are that because it is a bigger size instant pot it may take a little longer for it to come to pressure, so keep that in mind if you decide to try it out!

  81. Hi Erin. I’m loving my new (3 day old) 8qrt IP, and have tried this simple recipe twice now and absolutely LOVE it! No burning, just perfect! Chucked a cut up apple in todays effort, with some extra cinnamon, then topped with blueberries and banana, and date syrup as opposed to the maple syrup. Delicious!5 stars

  82. We made this over Christmas while staying in a Cabin with electricity, but no plumbing, in the UP. Great, served with extra maple syrup, vanilla Greek yogurt,and nuts. Filled us up for all the UP biking fun.5 stars

  83. I LOVE this recipe! Thank you Erin! I made it exactly how you instructed (which I think is the only way to fairly review a recipe) and they are the BEST steel cut oats ever! I make this several times a week now, as it’s so easy to do while getting ready for work. The only thing I do differently now is as per other readers comments, I add in about 2-3 cups of frozen fruit, depending on batch size, with the other ingredients. YUM! Thank you again. Am definitely going to make more of your recipes. So glad I found your page!5 stars

  84. Once a week I make this for my boys before I leave for work. They wake up to the wonderful smell of cinnamon and love the oats! Thank you for sharing your recipe.5 stars

    1. Hi Eleanor! I have multiple post on the site that prepare them differently. Here you go: https://www.wellplated.com/?s=steel+cut+oats

  85. give savory oats a try. cook the same [only water, still creamy finish tho]. a teaspoon of knorrs, bit of grated cheese and butter. kinda like risotto breakfast.

  86. Excellent!!!! I have really been struggling with getting steel cut oats creamy and soft and this is perfect! Love how easy it is and that it makes a big batch to last a few breakfasts.5 stars

  87. I’ve enjoyed this recipe in the past. One note for those who are getting a burn notice. Might want to coat your instant pot with a little olive oil first. Rainbow plant life has a similar steel cut oats recipe and she recommends that you use oil to coat it first.5 stars

  88. Holy cow, so tasty! I only had 1 cup of oats left so I made 1/2 recipe with 50/50 almond milk and water. Added a sliced banana to the pot before cooking and some toasted walnuts to my bowl. Absolutely delicious, filling and healthy.5 stars

  89. This recipe is AMAZING! Five starts for the recipe itself! We have a huge family, so I did 3x the recipe. Thought it would be fine in my 8qt instant pot because it wasn’t even to the half-fill line, but it overflowed when we quick released it. Maybe I should’ve done the slow release method. I’m going to try it in the crock pot for breakfast tomorrow to see how that cooking method works.5 stars

  90. Oatmeal came out perfectly and was nice that I could go walk the dogs and come back to a hot meal. Only disadvantage here is you’re using twice the oats compared to the stovetop directions, so twice the calories and, ahem, fiber. Time-wise it’s only a little faster than stovetop.4 stars

  91. Didn’t work for me. Seems like there wasn’t enough liquid to fully soften the oats or they weren’t under pressure long enough. I’m trying to salvage it by letting is slow cook for a while. I chose this recipe to follow due to all the great reviews so I’m a lil bummed. Don’t know why my end result was different as I followed the instructions.2 stars

    1. I’m so sorry you had trouble with this recipe, Dee. It’s hard to say what went wrong without being in the kitchen with you.
      I know it’s frustrating to try a new recipe and not have it turn out. I (and many other readers) have enjoyed them, so I really wish they would’ve been a hit for you too!

  92. Just wondering if you made this overnight. Heard people do it with oats and water. Keep it in IP overnight with a delay timer and you wake up to ready breakfast in the morning. I am not sure if that would cook as only half the amount of liquid is in it. Milk would go bad if added at night

  93. I followed the recipe to the letter and they turned out awesome! The almond milk with water ratio made a perfectly creamy, not too wet, not too dry mix. And maple syrup is super good for you, so I loved being able to incorporate it for a nice subtle sweetness. Thank you for a great new recipe and WAY easier way to do this!5 stars

  94. I love steel cut oats and this method of cooking them. Thanks much for sharing your recipe! I will share that my instant pot has a ‘keep warm’ feature that will cause the oats to burn. I just make sure that’s off and the oats are perfect each time.5 stars

  95. 5 starts for easy and delicious. I have the 3 qt IP so halved the recipe and it came out perfect. I had almost given up on oatmeal (steel cut and otherwise), glad I came across this recipe. Thank you!5 stars

  96. Hi Lauren, I’m so sorry to hear that you had trouble with this recipe. I’ve never had this happen before, so I’m not sure what might’ve gone wrong. Did you stir the ingredients before sealing the Instant Pot? I hope you were still able to enjoy it!

  97. Oh my gosh, I have been trying to replicate this oatmeal I had in Puerto Rico a year ago that blew my mind and have failed countless times. This is it!!!! So good and so easy in the insta pot. Mine usually turn out very gooey like glue and I toss them. I am almost in tears because these turned out just right and so delicious. I followed your recipe except used 2 tablespoons of maple syrup because I like things to be barely sweet and I topped with walnuts and blueberries. So delicious!!5 stars