Overnight Steel Cut Oats in the Instant Pot

I have spent a long time practicing how to make oatmeal, and want to pass along the easiest and best way I have found! I use this method almost every day, and it has really changed my way of life.

The best oatmeal for its health benefits, taste, texture, and versatility is steel cut oats. Many people, however, have never tried steel cut oats because it takes 30 minutes to cook on the stovetop!

Imagine waking up to a warm bowl of delicious steel cut oats, as though a personal chef had prepared your breakfast. This is now possible! (without the personal chef, of course!)

With the Instant Pot electric pressure cooker, there is no need to babysit the stovetop anymore! Making overnight steel cut oats is incredibly simple to work into a daily routine. Easy Oatmeal!

The Instant Pot is an amazing tool for anyone’s kitchen. Its versatility is unlike any kitchen appliance I have ever seen. But let me be clear–the Instant Pot is worth it just for making oatmeal!

The night before, prepare the oatmeal and Instant Pot as follows. This takes less than 2 minutes!

  • Put 1.5 cups of water in the pot
  • Put 1/3 cup of dry steel cut oats in a bowl (Pyrex is preferred)
  • Put 1 cup of water in the bowl with the oats
  • Place the bowl onto the trivet inside the pot
  • Seal the lid (make sure the knob is in pressure mode)
  • Program to cook at high pressure for 25 minutes
  • Set the cooking delay timer to begin cooking 1 hour before you want to eat

That is it! When you wake up, your oats will be perfectly cooked and ready to eat!

And the best part? The only dish you need to clean is the bowl you eat from! Because this is a pot-in-pot method, you only need to empty the water from the Instant Pot, and it is ready for the next day!

Pressure cookers are capable of cooking steel cut oats in just a few minutes, but there are several reasons not to do this:

  1. Safety! Oatmeal will foam when cooked in the pot, potentially clogging the pressure valve.
  2. To cook quickly, the oats and water must be put in the main pot. This is problematic because the oats will soak up the water as they are cooked, but the pressure cooker needs free water to operate properly! It is too difficult to cook the oats with any degree of consistency.
  3. Cooking in the pan will leave you with a pot that needs to be washed! Ugh!