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How to Cook Steel-Cut Oats in Instant Pot

If You Love Steel-Cut Oats, You Need to Know This Hack

Did you know you could use your Instant Pot to make breakfast? The I Love My Instant Pot Recipe Book ($17) by Michelle Fagone, out April 1, includes a recipe for steel-cut oats that cook up in 10 minutes. Given that steel oats usually take at least 30 minutes to cook on the stovetop, this is a huge time saver. There's no excuse to skip breakfast! Michelle suggests sweetening the oats with orange juice, dried fruit, and maple syrup. Mmm!

On another note, if you're on the lookout for more ways to use your Instant Pot, take a look at these breakfast, dinner, and dessert recipes. I've been experimenting with all of Instant Pot's features with the following recipes: slow-cooked barbecue chicken, "sautéed" cheese sauce, and pressure-cooked garlicky soup.

Trail Mix Oatmeal

From The I Love My Instant Pot Recipe Book by Michelle Fagone


This oatmeal, packed full of nuts, fruit, and flavor, will get you ready for the hiking trail. It will also see you out the door with some serious nutritional benefits even if you're heading to the office and not the woods. So breathe in that fresh air and enjoy the beautiful morning. And don't worry; this breakfast is hearty and will keep you full until lunch. Feel free to top this oatmeal with milk, additional sweetener, and blackberries and raspberries if desired.

How to Cook Steel-Cut Oats in Instant Pot


  1. 1 cup steel-cut oats
    1 1/2 cups water
    2 teaspoons butter
    1 cup (from 1 large orange) freshly squeezed orange juice
    1 tablespoon dried cranberries
    1 tablespoon raisins
    1 tablespoon chopped dried apricots
    2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
    1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    2 tablespoons chopped pecans
    Pinch of salt


  1. Add all ingredients to the Instant Pot bowl and stir to combine. Lock lid.
  2. Press the Manual button and adjust time to 10 minutes. When timer beeps, quick-release pressure until float valve drops and then unlock lid.
  3. Stir oatmeal. Spoon the cooked oats into two bowls. Serve warm.

Excerpted from The I Love My Instant Pot© Recipe Book: From Trail Mix Oatmeal to Mongolian Beef BBQ, 175 Easy and Delicious Recipes by Michelle Fagone ( Used by permission of the publisher, Adams Media, a division of Simon & Schuster. All rights reserved. Photography by James Stefiuk.

Image Source: James Stefiuk
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