How to Make Steel-Cut Oats in the Instant Pot

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I’m a big fan of eating a filling breakfast to start the day off right. When we have oatmeal, steel-cut oats are my go-to choice. They’re less processed than rolled oats and keep you feeling full longer.

We like to try different add-ins to the oats for interest and variety after getting them out of the Instant Pot. Think fresh fruit, soaked nuts, and coconut flakes… yum!

Steel-Cut Oats in the Instant Pot

If you’ve been hanging around Wellness Mama for a while you likely know that I’m a huge fan of quick and easy meals. With a large family to care for and a business to run, I need to simplify where I can.

The Instant Pot is one of my favorite tools for creating quick and easy meals. All you have to do is put your food in, set the timer, and you have a meal ready to eat.

For this steel-cut oats recipe, I like to throw it in the Instant Pot before I jump in the shower. By the time I’m ready to serve breakfast, the oats are finished and ready to eat. And I can move on to my daily routine!

Should I Soak My Oats?

There is a lot of discussion and disagreement in the healthy eating community about whether grains are healthy and if we should eat them at all. In my view (and research backs this up), variations in gut health and genetics mean that we don’t all handle grains the same way.

Grains, like animals, have protective mechanisms to ensure their survival and reproduction. Grains contain gluten, lectins, enzyme inhibitors, and phytic acid which allow them to pass through digestive systems without harm to the seed. The grain seed can then emerge from the other side ready to grow (and is even pre-fertilized!).

Soaking, sprouting, and fermenting grains is a great way to break down the protective compounds in grains and make them more bioavailable and reduce the possibility of harm. If possible, I recommend soaking oats before eating them.

How to Soak Oats

Oats are very low in phytase, an enzyme that breaks down phytic acid, so it’s important to add a bit of grain that does contain phytase. I add 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar and 1 tablespoon buckwheat groats to my oats, cover with filtered water, and let sit overnight. If you choose to soak oats before cooking them, reduce the water in the cooking phase.

Instant Pot Steel-Cut Oats Recipe

A simple, hands-off, breakfast recipe that will keep you feeling full all morning.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 28 minutes
Calories 156.56kcal
Author Katie Wells


8 cups



  • In the Instant Pot, mix together the water, oats, salt, and cinnamon sticks if using.
  • Put on the lid and set the vent to sealing.
  • Cook at high pressure for 3 minutes.
  • Let pressure release naturally and serve.


Nutrition Facts
Instant Pot Steel-Cut Oats Recipe
Amount Per Serving (1 cup)
Calories 156.56 Calories from Fat 25
% Daily Value*
Fat 2.81g4%
Saturated Fat 0.4g3%
Sodium 300.15mg13%
Carbohydrates 27.1g9%
Fiber 4.87g20%
Sugar 0.02g0%
Protein 6.44g13%
Calcium 34.39mg3%
Iron 1.73mg10%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


I sometimes add 2 peeled and chopped apples to the oats before cooking for additional flavor.

Looking for More Simple Breakfast Ideas?

Here are some of my favorites easy and healthy favorites:

  • Breakfast Casserole – This one-pan breakfast recipe uses cottage cheese to create a protein-packed (and delicious!) breakfast perfect for a crowd.
  • Vegetable Frittata – Easy to adjust to tastes or what’s in the fridge, this frittata recipe is a favorite for a quick, protein-packed breakfast. It’s so simple I often make it for dinner on busy nights too!
  • Sweet Potato Hash – This recipe isn’t fancy, but it’s sure delicious! It’s so simple to make (and is packed with nutrition) I’m happy to serve it whenever my kids want it.
  • Breakfast Pizza – Made with healthy ingredients, this breakfast pizza is a Saturday morning favorite. It’s easy to adjust and reinvent, so we never get tired of it.
  • 5-Ingredient Breakfast Hash – I’m a huge fan of one-pan meals, so I’m excited to try this simple egg-free hash of sausage, sweet potatoes, and kale.

Bonus: Many of these recipes make a great easy lunch or dinner!

Have you ever made oatmeal in the Instant Pot? Do you prefer it over the stove-top method?

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About Katie Wells

Katie Wells, CTNC, MCHC, Founder of Wellness Mama and Co-founder of Wellnesse, has a background in research, journalism, and nutrition. As a mom of six, she turned to research and took health into her own hands to find answers to her health problems. WellnessMama.com is the culmination of her thousands of hours of research and all posts are medically reviewed and verified by the Wellness Mama research team. Katie is also the author of the bestselling books The Wellness Mama Cookbook and The Wellness Mama 5-Step Lifestyle Detox.


10 responses to “How to Make Steel-Cut Oats in the Instant Pot”

  1. Maddie Avatar

    I’m reading around on the internet and am so confused about soaking oats: after you soak overnight, do you strain out the oats the next day and toss the soaking water and cook in fresh water again, or do you cook in the soaking water? It seems counterintuitive to cook in the soaking water but most websites do it this way! Can you please help explain?

  2. Cory C Avatar

    Wait, so this recipe doesn’t say anything about soaking the last first. Is that necessary or not?

  3. Erika White Avatar
    Erika White

    This is the first helpful information I’ve read about soaking oats, thank you so much for that! My kids LOVE oatmeal and I always feel guilty giving it to them because of everything I’ve read about their high physic acid content and how they are even referred to as an anti nutrient (Westin a Price literature). Soaking with a teaspoon of buckwheat groats to up the phytase is such a great suggestion! Just wondering how much to reduce the water to after soaking and cooking in the insta pot. Thanks again! Can’t wait to try this out and feel better about eating oatmeal for breakfast : )

  4. Lisa Avatar

    Can I soak with just the ACV? Will it do anything? My son has many allergies and we’ve never tried buckwheat. If not, what options other than buckwheat are there?

    1. Chelsea Kissiah Avatar
      Chelsea Kissiah

      Hi. Can you point me to an article or something you’ve written that discusses whether oats are healthy or not? Oats do not contain gluten so I’m comfortable eating them from that standpoint but I read another comment that said they’re an anti nutrient?
      Can you point me to something that gives info on that!



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