Single Serving Instant Pot Steel Cut Oatmeal Recipe–make one serving of chewy and hearty steel cuts oats easily in your Instant Pot in 15 minutes from start to finish.
Single Serving Instant Pot Steel Cut Oatmeal Recipe
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I love steel cut oats! But I don’t eat them very often because I’m too busy in the morning to let them cook on the stove top for 30 minutes. However, now that I have an Instant Pot I can cook them in 15 minutes from start to finish. I usually eat breakfast by myself in the morning because I get my kids off to school and then I exercise and then I eat breakfast. So I only really need to make one serving of steel cut oats.
I tried several times to get this recipe exactly right in the Instant Pot. What I found out was that steel cut oats like to stick to the bottom of the pot. By simply lightly spraying the bottom of the pot with non-stick cooking spray I was able to eliminate that problem. I also learned that the ratio of oats to water/milk is a little off compared to what it would be if you were making a big batch. As I adjusted the ratio, they turned out perfectly creamy and cooked through. This is the perfect breakfast to throw in the Instant Pot right before getting into the shower in the morning. Then when you’re out of the shower, your breakfast will be waiting for you.
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For this Single Serving Instant Pot Steel Cut Oatmeal Recipe I used this Instant Pot IP-LUX60 V3 Programmable Electric Pressure Cooker. It’s 6 quarts, so the same size as most slow cookers. It cost me around $80 on Amazon.
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Single Serving Instant Pot Steel Cut Oatmeal Recipe
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Cook Time: 10 minutes
- Total Time: 15 minutes
- Yield: 1 serving 1x
Make one serving of chewy and hearty steel cuts oats easily in your Instant Pot in 15 minutes from start to finish.
- 1/3 cup steel cut oats (not the quick cooking kind)
- 1/3 cup milk
- 1/2 cup water
- 1 1/2 tsp brown sugar
- Lightly spray the bottom of your Instant Pot with non-stick cooking spray.
- Add in the oats, milk, water and brown sugar. Stir.
- Cover the pressure cooker and make sure the valve is on “sealing.” Push the manual button and set the timer for 10 minutes.
- Once the timer beeps turn the valve from sealing to “venting.” As soon as the pressure is released you can open the Instant Pot and spoon your oatmeal into a bowl. I like to eat mine with sliced bananas and a splash of milk.
This recipe took 15 minutes from start to finish. My Instant Pot took about 5 minutes to come to pressure and then 10 minutes of cooking time.
I used this 6 quart Instant Pot for this recipe.
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I was so unhappy until I found this recipe! I kept making the Steelcut Oats in my 3 Qt pot but it was too much for only me and lasted too many days. This is the perfect amount!!! Thanks so much. I didn’t have vegetable oil so I used my peanut oil instead. That works with higher heats too :D. Thanks it’s delicious!
Update… I left the above reply but mine when opened had burned slightly on the bottom. I would either reduce to low pressure or would do all water no milk. I have the 3 Qt. size It didn’t ruin the taste it just left a layer on the bottom that wasn’t edible. Still yummy!
So glad you found it helpful!
Came out nice and creamy.
This is a slight twist I added the second time I made it. I omitted the brown sugar and added peanut butter and strawberry jam.
Yum I love that idea 👏👏👏
Hi Karen, do you have a recipe for a larger batch? If you do, how can I properly store the food and then re-prepare it out of storage?
1 cup steel cut oats
3 cups water
Place the oats and water in your Instant Pot. Pressure cook for 4 minutes with a 10 minute natural pressure release.
Then if you’d like to rewarm I would stick it in the microwave or follow my pot in pot instructions for reheating leftovers: https://youtu.be/J1nO15i43-E
Why is the cook time so long? I usually make one cup of steel cut oats at a time, and that only takes 4 minutes to cook. It seems like they’d be completely disintegrated after 10 minutes.
MARY F HOLLEY says
Could you post the nutritional values for this, please?
Came out nice and creamy!
Glad to hear it!
Thank you for posting a single serve…that was my hope because I am the single person in this house who finds the chewy texture of steel cut nice. I note that my box of oats suggest 1/4 cup as a single serving, but hey, more can be better, right? I used two chopped dates in place of the brown sugar and my oats had quite a bit of chew in them. I may try with the brown sugar as sugar can serve to soften texture in bread recipes. Thank you again for the post!
You’re welcome Jane! Glad it was helpful to you.
I used skim milk and Splenda brown sugar blend. It was excellent! Thank you.
You’re welcome! Thanks for your comment Lauren.
Can I make the oats in a bowl set in the instant pot—-trying to minimize cleanup
yes you could. I would play around with the time though. It may need a few more minutes to cook.
I tried that. Milk curdled and oats were rock hard with 12 minutes.
Do you think this recipe would work if I coated the bottom with oil or ghee?
yes I think it would work perfect.
I have the 3Qt mini duo and THIS has been my go to recipe for breakfast. Thanks you so much!
awesome! I want a mini!!
Maureen Jewell says
I was thinking about getting the 8 quart instant pot. Do you think the oatmeal recipe would work int that too? Was concerned that there wouldn’t be enough water, etc for it to come to pressure.
I think that it would work but I haven’t tried it myself so I can’t be sure. Let me know how it turns out.
Elaine Tsai says
I’ve been making this now several times and I love it. So often there just aren’t any single serve recipes, so thank you for posting this. It’s really good!
I’m so happy to hear this Elaine! I love this recipe too 🙂