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How to Cook Steel Cut Oats: Instant Pot + Stovetop

  • Author: Vanessa | Maple + Mango
  • Prep Time: 5 min
  • Cook Time: 30 min
  • Total Time: 35 min
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Instant Pot, Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American

Description

Learn how to make steel cut oats using two different cooking methods: Instant Pot (pressure cooker) and stovetop. They are a warm, healthy breakfast option that is perfect for meal prep and can be customized with countless topping options.


Ingredients

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Stovetop Method:

  • 2 cups water
  • 2 cups milk of choice
  • 1 tbsp butter, ghee or coconut oil
  • 1 cup steel cut oats
  • 1/4 tsp Himalayan or sea salt
  • Toppings: your choice (see list in post for ideas)

Instant Pot Method:

  • 1 tbsp butter, ghee or coconut oil
  • 1 cup steel cut oats
  • 3 cups water
  • 1/4 tsp Himalayan or sea salt
  • Splash of cream, coconut cream or milk of choice
  • Toppings: your choice (see list in post for ideas)

Instructions

Stovetop Method:

  1. Place water and milk of choice in a pot and bring to a simmer over medium heat.
  2. Meanwhile, melt the butter, ghee or coconut oil in a small pan over medium heat.  Add the steel cut oats and stir for a couple of minutes until toasted with an amazing, nutty fragrance.
  3. Add the steel cut oats and salt to the water/milk mixture.
  4. Simmer over low heat for 20-30 minutes or until liquid is absorbed and desired consistency is reached.  Stir occasionally to prevent oats from sticking to the bottom of the pot.
  5. Top your oatmeal with your favourite toppings.  Dig in and enjoy!

Instant Pot Method:

  1. Select the “Sauté” function and add the butter, ghee or coconut oil to the Instant Pot.  Once melted, add the steel cut oats and stir for a few minutes until toasted with a delicious, nutty fragrance.  Press the Cancel button.
  2. Add the water and salt to the oats.  Secure the lid and set the steam release valve to the “Sealing” position.  Set to pressure cook for 10 minutes (high pressure) followed by a natural release.
  3. Open the lid and stir together (there will be liquid sitting on top which just needs to be stirred in).  Stir in a splash of cream, coconut cream or milk of choice to add some creaminess.  For thicker oatmeal, just allow it to sit for a few minutes since it will thicken as it starts to cool down.
  4. Top your oatmeal with your favourite toppings and enjoy!

Notes

  • Make sure to use regular steel cut oats in this recipe.  There are also quick cooking steel cut oats but since these are cut into smaller pieces they would require a different cooking time.
  • Steel cut oats are perfect for meal prep.  Refrigerate for up to 1 week or freeze for up to 3 months.  Reheat over low heat with a splash of water or milk to loosen it back up.  See tips in post for more details.
  • See post for additional info such as a list of topping ideas, steel cut oats questions and tips and possible dietary variations.
  • I have the 6-Quart Instant Pot Duo.  If you are new to the Instant Pot, check out “10 Instant Pot Tips For Beginners”.
  • I usually double the quantity when using the Instant Pot method – breakfast for the family the morning I make it and store the rest in the fridge for another breakfast.

Keywords: steel cut oats, breakfast recipe, instant pot steel cut oats, stovetop steel cut oats