Pressure Cooker Steel Cut Oats

I’m in love with my new pressure cooker. I’d been wanting one for quite a while and when Frieda, Frieda Loves Bread, posted two great tutorials on using the Cuisinart 6 quart electric pressure cooker, and she told me they were selling at Costco for $69, I knew the time had come to buy one.

Frieda described the electric pressure cooker as a crockpot on steroids, which is a perfect description. You get the results of a tender, slow cooked meal without the long cooking time.

This pressure cooker is great for making Steel Cut Oats because they’re softer than when cooked on the stove. I like the slightly crunchy texture of Steel Cut Oats, but I usually ended up cooking them twice as long as the package directions suggested. Some people recommend soaking Steel Cut Oats overnight to soften them before cooking, but with a pressure cooker that isn’t necessary.

Another big advantage of making them in the pressure cooker is that they’re worry free. You can just press the start button and walk away, no having to worry about stirring them so they don’t burn on the bottom, or that they’ll boil over.

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Pressure Cooker Steel Cut Oats

Yield: 2 -3 servings

Pressure Cooker Steel Cut Oats


  • 1/2 cup Steel Cut Oats
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • Dash of salt


Combine ingredients in pressure cooker pot, select high pressure and set 10  minutes cook time. (It took the pressure cooker 10 minutes to come up to pressure and 20 minutes for a natural pressure release after the cook time, for a total prep time of 40 minutes. A quick release is not recommended with grains.)

Top with milk, fresh or dried fruit, chopped nuts or granola, and your favorite sweetener - brown or white sugar, maple syrup, or agave syrup. This time I chose dried blueberries, strawberries, granola and brown sugar.

More Steel Cut Oat recipes you might like:

Creme Brulee Steel Cut Oats from Two Peas and Their Pod
Slow Cooked Overnight Oatmeal from Cheeky Kitchen
Overnight Apple Pie Steel Cut Oats from goodLife {eats}
Overnight Steel-Cut Oats for One from Judy’s Kitchen

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  1. Arlene says

    I tried it his morning – it was my very first use of my new pressure cooker! And it was fabulous so I had to thank you. I have four daughters, 7.5-1.5, so between them, my husband, and I (everyone loved it!) – I know to triple the recipe next time! Thanks again! So easy and really great oatmeal!

    • says

      Hi Arlene – so glad your first time was fabulous. When you triple the recipe allow a little extra time for a natural pressure release. Oats foam and the little extra time will help eliminate any problems. Also the more liquid you use in the pressure cooker the longer it will take to come to pressure. The cook time will be the same though.

  2. mona says

    I tried this steel cut oat recipe in my Kuhn Rikon pressure cooker and it clogged the pressure gauge :( When I opened my pressure cooker up there were oats smashed inside the gauge.

    • says

      Hi Mona – Thanks for the feedback. Would you like me to help troubleshoot? What size is your pressure cooker? Did you change the recipe? Maybe use a quick pressure release? You could try adding some oil to help prevent foaming. Here’s a similar recipe using the Kuhn Rikon pressure cooker. Maybe the directions will help as well.

      Hope that helps.

      • Mona says

        Hi Barbara, I’m just now seeing your comment to my very old post above :)

        Just wanted to add that since I posted about the oat issue I have been using Pot in Pot method to cook my oats and it works beautifully. I purchased a Fat Dadio pan from Amazon: which fits perfectly in my Instant Pot with plenty of room on the sides for steam to circulate. I cover the pan with cheese cloth and then place a round steamer plate with holes that came with my stove top pressure cooker over the cheese cloth to hold it in place. (placing the pot of oats on a trivet…water in cooker) The oats stay inside the pot this way and make clean up a breeze :)
        Also, for anyone looking for pans to fit inside their cookers, I have bought several sizes of Fat Dadio pans from Amazon that work beautifully inside my pressure cookers, …specifically Instant Pot. They are aluminum but anodized so safe to use. Perfect cheese cakes every time! :)

        Love your site! Thanks for all your hard work to keep it going. I’ve tried many of your recipes and have never been disappointed! :)

  3. Rose Crane says

    I am trying it right now. Mm I love steel cut oats, but don’t make them too often because it takes so long! Congratulation on your awesome pressure cooker. Thank you for the recipe!