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Pressure Cooker Steel Cut Oats

This pressure cooker steel cut oats recipe produces the most creamy oatmeal I’ve ever had! Plus, thanks to the pressure cooker, it’s a “set it and forget it” type of recipe that you will want to make every single morning.

I’m pretty obsessed with my pressure cooker – if you are too, you’ll enjoy making these fluffy Instant Pot mashed potatoes, this French dip sandwich, and this soothing Instant Pot chicken noodle soup.

Creamy pressure cooker steel cut oats in a blue bowl

Pressure Cooker Oatmeal

Do you like oatmeal, but hate the need to sit there and stir as it cooks? Then, this recipe is for you! I bought an Instant Pot Multi-Cooker a while ago and I have been making this pressure cooker oatmeal in it ever since.

Sometimes the recipes are so simple that I am hesitant to post them, but this Pressure Cooker Oatmeal is so creamy, so good, so comforting that I just couldn’t not post this recipe.

I shared this recipe on my Instagram some time ago and a lot of you asked for a printed version of this recipe on the website, so here you go – your wish is my command!

This pressure cooker oatmeal is undoubtedly easier to make than the stovetop version, but how is the taste? You’ll be happy to learn that this version, in my humble opinion, blows the other out of the water. This pressure cooker oatmeal is incredibly creamy and flavorful. There’s no trace of the gritty, hard pieces that sometimes come with steel cut oats.

Super simple, super delicious, and super easy to make, there’s no better way to make Oatmeal.

Aside from setting the multi-cooker to the appropriate setting, a 5-year-old can probably make it with no problem.

A spoonful of creamy pressure cooker oatmeal.

Tips for Making Steel Cut Oatmeal in a Pressure Cooker

To get that perfect creamy texture, here are a few quick tips for making the best steel cut oatmeal in a pressure cooker:

  • Use whole milk for best results. You’re probably not shocked to know that oatmeal made with whole milk is a lot more creamy than if you had made it with water. While you can use water in this recipe, I highly encourage you to use milk, or at least do a 50-50 split of milk and water.
  • Purchase quick-cooking steel cut oats. There are a lot of different types of oatmeal out there, and it can get confusing. But for this recipe, you want steel cut oats that are the quick cooking kind. It’s essentially the same oatmeal as the traditional version, but chopped into smaller pieces so they cook faster. If you use traditional steel cut oats, you will need a lot more liquid and time as they are larger and more absorbent.
  • Let the pressure cooker release steam naturally. Rather than crank the quick-steam valve, you want to let the oats continue to cook as the machine de-pressureizes. This will take about 30 minutes.
  • Experiment with your toppings. Part of the fun of making oatmeal is enjoying all the different toppings. To enjoy a sweet oatmeal, you can serve drizzled with honey, butter, jam, berries, fruit, and/or nuts. For something different, try savory oats made with peas and cheddar cheese (just don’t forget to omit the sugar in the recipe!)

Steel cut oatmeal from a pressure cooker in bowl with honey next to a metal spoon.

Recipe at a Glance: How to Make Pressure Cooker Steel Cut Oats

For detailed recipe instructions, see the recipe card at the bottom of the post.

  • Fill the pressure cooker with the ingredients, except for the vanilla, and stir them together.
  • Pressure cook for 30 minutes, then allow it to naturally decrease before opening the lid.
  • Once you are able, open and add the vanilla extract. Stir together.
  • Serve with your favorite toppings and enjoy!

Scroll to the bottom for the full recipe with precise ingredient amounts.

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Pressure Cooker Oatmeal

Pressure Cooker Oatmeal - creamy oatmeal with "set it and forget it" type of instructions that you will want to make every single morning! | By Let the Baking Begin!
5 from 1 vote

A simple and sweet oatmeal recipe made from the pressure cooker! A quick and easy breakfast recipe for busy mornings.

Author: Marina | Let the Baking Begin
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: oatmeal, oatmeal recipe
Calories: 162 kcal
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 12 servings


  • 10 cups whole milk or water, or 50% water & 50% milk - your choice
  • 3 cups quick cooking steel cut oats
  • ½ cups granulated sugar or brown sugar
  • 2 Tbsp vanilla extract


  1. Fill the pot with 10 cups of whole milk, add 3 cups of quick-cooking steel cut oats, ½ cup of granulated sugar (or brown sugar) and give a quick stir.

  2. Cook on "Pressure Cooker" setting for 30 minutes. Allow the pressure to naturally decrease until you're able to open the pressure valve with no splattering, about 30 minutes.
  3. Open lid, add 2 tbsp of vanilla extract and stir without scratching the bottom.

  4. Serve hot as is, or with a dollop of jam, butter, fruits, berries or nuts.
Nutrition Facts
Pressure Cooker Oatmeal
Amount Per Serving
Calories 162 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Fat 6g9%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 20mg7%
Sodium 87mg4%
Potassium 271mg8%
Carbohydrates 18g6%
Sugar 18g20%
Protein 6g12%
Vitamin A 330IU7%
Calcium 230mg23%
Iron 0.1mg1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  • Rochelle Scott

    Hey thanks for the recipe, I never know how much water/milk to add to the steamer pot. We add everything to ours from flax seed chia and sunflower along with 3 fruits frozen and fresh and pressure cook, quick and easy. Will try your method as often we do not add enough liquids and turns out gluggy. Thanks

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    • I like the idea of adding nuts and fruits into the oatmeal, must be so good! Hope you like my recipe once you try it!

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  • Julie

    Hello Marina!
    This was amazing! My kids ate it up like no other kasha before…☺️
    But I was really surprised that it burned on the bottom? And it actually lit up as BURN…any ideas what I did wrong? Thanks so much..

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    • Hi Julie,
      When I made and posted this recipe I was using the Fagor brand pressure cooker, and that pressure cooker never had the “burn” light go off. With Instant Pot, it is more sensitive and can show burn even at the slightest sticking to the pot.

      That being said, there’s not a workaround method for using whole milk to make this oatmeal in the pressure cooker and not get that message. So when I make it with a 100% milk, I just cook it and try not to disturb the bottom when I mix it, that way I am not getting any of the scorched oatmeal from the bottom into the rest of the kasha.

      The only way not to get it to burn is to cook it with water.

      Sometimes I will cook the oatmeal with water in ratio of 1 cup oatmeal to 2 cups water and then once it’s cooked I will add 2 more cups of whole milk and mix. It does not stick this way but then it’s not as good as it would’ve been if you made it with 100% milk.

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  • Lisa

    Does this stick to the pot or burn? I really want to try it, but it’s one concern I have… Thanks!

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  • Vera

    Hi, Thank you for this recipe, I love my instant pot, and would love more recipes. Can i cut this recipe in half, it sounds like alot of oatmeal.

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  • Marina

    Thank you for this recipe, I’ll be the first to try it!
    Do you know if I can use old-fashioned oats in place of steel cut?

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    • I think old-fashioned oats are rolled and therefore are steamed before rolling. This means that they they will need less cooking time. I have not done it so can not tell you for sure, but I think 15-20 minutes could be enough for old fashioned oats.

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