Easiest Instant Pot Steel Cut Oats


  • 1 cup steel cut oats
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

After cooking

  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup (or honey)


  1. Place all ingredients the base of an Instant Pot.

  2. Put the lid on, set valve to ‘sealed’, and pressure cook (high pressure) for 4 minutes.

  3. Allow pressure to naturally release (roughly 20 minutes; if you forget about it for a few hours, that’s OK too!)

  4. Stir in the maple syrup, then serve or portion out.


  1. Steel cut oats keep in the fridge for up to 4 days, or in the freezer for up to 3 months.

  2. To freeze- you can freeze directly in meal prep containers (make sure everything is cool before placing in the freezer), or in muffin trays before portioning out in freezer bags.

    How can I change up the flavor of these steel cut oats? Check out this post with 7 Steel Cut Oats Recipes, there are a ton of ideas!

    • you can add different spices such as nutmeg, cardamom or ginger
    • you can add in pumpkin puree or applesauce; I recommend stirring in anything ‘thick’ after cooking, as they could potentially give you a ‘burn’ notification on your Instant Pot.
    • change up the fruit; add in some apples, pears, kiwis, bananas, really anything you can think of!
    • add in some citrus zest: you can do this before cooking so the oats infuse with tons of citrus flavor
    • stir in some nut butter: I would do 2-4 tablespoons for 1 cup of steel cut oats. I also love drizzling with peanut butter before serving
    • add some cocoa powder: try adding 1 tablespoon per 1 cup of steel cut oats, and add before cooking. Sprinkle with chocolate chips for a double dose of chocolate flavor!