Instant Pot Oatmeal

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My love affair with my Instant Pot isn’t confined to dinner. No, my morning rendezvous with my Instant Pot are a common occurrence.

Instant Pot Oatmeal Recipe that is plant-based, vegan, dairy-free and gluten-free oats

I love steel cut oats (I usually buy these that are gluten-free) but the standard 10-20 minutes of stove top cooking most packages recommend seemed to take me longer. Instead, I use my Instant Pot!

I got the idea from Jill Nussinow on her blog The Veggie Queen. I tell people, she isn’t only the Veggie Queen she is queen of pressure cooking. Her blog mentions the instructions for using a regular pressure cooker but it’s easily adapted for Instant Pot Cooking. By the way, her newest book Vegan Under Pressure was just released. I don’t have it yet but I’m sure it is going to be great!

Oatmeal recipe using the Instant Pot that is plant-based, dairy-free and gluten-free. (Vegan)

Instant Pot Oatmeal

Instant Pot Oatmeal
Recipe type: Breakfast
  • 1 cup steel cut oats
  • 3 cups water
  • optional spices (cinnamon shown)
  • toppings of your choice (apples shown)
  1. Dump oats into the Instant Pot followed by the water.
  2. Close the lid and close the vent.
  3. Press manual and use the arrow buttons to go down to 3 minutes.
  4. After the oats finish cooing, press the off button or unplug the Instant Pot so the pressure will release naturally.
  5. After the pressure releases, open the lid and give the oatmeal a good stir. It will probably have extra liquid, this will absorb as it cools.
  6. Add cinnamon or other additions and allow to cool slightly before serving.
  7. Top oatmeal with fresh fruit of your choice, apples are shown.

This recipe makes about 2-3 servings depending on how hungry you are and how much fruit you add for the toppings.

You can easily double this recipe and store it for easy breakfasts all week.

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  1. oooo I want to get an instant pot!

  2. Sounds so easy! What a great breakfast!

  3. Wow, three minutes? That’s crazy. Someday I’ll get an instant pot and give it a try. :)

  4. You and your love of your Instant Pot :)

  5. The instant pot seems like a versatile kitchen tool and this looks cozy!

  6. Melissa King says:

    I’m on a huge oatmeal kick lately! Love this variation!

  7. I want an instant pot so bad!!

  8. I just purchased a pressure cooker xl (recommended by a friend) and I came along your post! You mentioned storing for the week, do you just store them in the fridge in a Tupperware and heat up on the go? Very interested in how it tastes and works out!

    • Hi Glory,
      That is exactly what I do. I cook a large batch and refrigerate the leftovers portions to enjoy all week.
      I usually will store the cooked oats without adding cinnamon or fruit. Then when I reheat I add what ever I want. If it gets dry just add a little plant-milk.

      • Bonnie Knight says:

        Making oatmeal in my I P for the first time. I will refrigerate in “canning jars” for daily use, adding spices and toppings as suggested. Heat, eat, and go!

  9. How long after unplugging the instant pot does the pressure release naturally? It’s been five minutes and nothing. Pressure has still not released. What would happen if I just QR it?

    • As long as your IP isn’t extremely full you could QR it.
      Sometimes I’ll wait 10 minutes the QR and it’s fine.
      Occasionally, pressure does release but the little silver indicator is stuck. If that happens just push it with a wooden spoon and it will go down.

  10. Agnes Cleary says:

    Add me to the IP fan club! I’ve had it for months, but just now getting around to using it for breakfast. But I’m puzzled about the discrepancy between your recipe and the directions that cam with my IP. The booklet calls for 1 2/3 c. water per cup of oats and 10 minutes cooking time vs. 3 cups of water per cup of oats and 3 minutes cooking time in your recipe. I use steel cut oats just as in your recipe. What accounts for the significantly different ratios and cooking time?

    • The instant pot book that came with it is notorious for being “off” with measurements and times. I’ve heard they are working on it but you can find better information online. Veggie Queen, Hip Pressure Cooking and JL Fields have great recipes with better times and ratios.
      I’m glad you love your Instant Pot!

    • I just cooked McCann’s steel cut oats for 15 minutes and natural cool and it probably could have gone a little longer or maybe a little more water. I used the 1 cup oats to 1 2/3 cups of water and high pressure.

    • Paula Nalley says:

      The instant pot recipe book horribly overcooks everything. Through it away.

  11. Linda Oliver says:

    If I double this recipe, do I have to adjust the time? Thanks

  12. Is it still three minutes if you double the recipe for the whole week?

  13. I just got my instant pot in the mail and the manual says NOT to cook oatmeal in it because of foaming and sputtering that can occur? What’s the deal?

    • Here is the thing, if you cook a lot of oatmeal (especially instant oats) and fill it up you may have some foaming out the top. It hasn’t happened to me with oatmeal (only with soup). It was a little mess to clean up but not a big deal. I’ve cooked up to 2 cups of steel cut oats at a time and it’s been fine. Two cups of oats with 6 cups of liquid will not cause a problem. I’d like it wait for 10 minutes before releasing the pressure though.

  14. Sue Parlatore says:

    I’d also like to know—if I double the recipe, should the time change?

    • Hi Sue, In the Instant Pot you don’t have the change the time. Whether you cook a little or a lot the time doesn’t really change. :) Enjoy your Instant Pot!

  15. My husband wakes up at 4:30 for work, I’d love to be able to have steel cut oats ready when he’s up for breakfast without getting up that early! Have you done a delay time on your oats yet? If so, what are your tips?

  16. I made oats this morning. Glad there is the overflow reservoir on the IP! No big deal deal though and the oats were creamy and delicious. I think the pressure cooking may make the oats easier on the gut. Thanks so much.

    • Hi Julie,
      I’ve never had steel cut oats overflow. Maybe my IP is bigger than yours. I have the 7 qt. and hadn’t thought about it being an issue.
      I love how creamy they turn out!

  17. Could you leave the oats on Keep Warm mode if you cooked them overnight?

  18. Tried this recipe today, doubled, but had a ton of extra water at the end. Followed the directions exactly. What did I do wrong? Should I just try less water next time?

    • Hi Mikayla,
      I made this today as well. I waited an hour before opening the lid and noticed more liquid in it than normal. After I gave it a quick stir it was absorbed. I recommend stirring and if there is still too much decrease it by half a cup.
      Normally, I open it immediately and notice there is extra liquid but it’s still bubbly. I stir it and it all gets incorporated.

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