Aren’t oats one of the best breakfasts to wake up to?  I love them for breakfast.  They are convenient and nutritious. Try this easy Instant Pot Steel-cut Oats topped with banana and walnuts!

Instant Pot Steel Cut Oats
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I usually don’t like oats, unless they are perfectly cooked.  Microwaving oats is definitely not my thing.  I used to slow-cook oats on the stovetop.  However, now I have discovered the art of pressure cooking oats in the instant pot and will never look back to other techniques.

If you like oats for breakfast, also check out this sweetened Oats Kheer and this savory Indian Masala Oatmeal.

How to make Steel-cut Oats in Instant Pot?

My usual way is to put them in the instant pot, as soon as I wake up.  And by the time I am ready, I come back to perfectly cooked oats.  You can even set them in the night with a delay timer and have breakfast ready when you wake up.

Ready Oats in Instant Pot

Just add the milk, water, and oats to the instant pot.  Set on manual for 3 minutes and natural pressure release.  Voila! Perfect oats are ready.  Add fruits and nuts of your choice.  I added honey, bananas, and walnuts to this one.

Steel Cut Oats with banana and walnuts

Steel-cut oats are not just a quick breakfast, they are also nutritious.  They have lots of fiber and a low glycemic index, so they are a much better choice than rolled oats.  I found this linked post very helpful in understanding the benefits of choosing steel-cut oats.

Oats can be cooked pot-in-pot and also using a delay timer in the instant pot. Check the notes in the recipe card for more details.

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Instant Pot Steel-cut Oats with Banana & Walnuts

Steel-cut Oats flavored topped with banana and nuts, made in an Instant Pot. The best way to start your day the healthy way! 
Prep Time: 1 minute
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 16 minutes
Servings: 4


  • 1 cup Steel-cut Oats
  • 2 cup Water
  • 1 cup Milk
  • 1/4 cup Walnuts, toasted (optional)
  • 1 Banana, cut in small pieces
  • 1 teaspoon Honey, or substitute (optional)


  • Add the oats, water and milk to the instant pot. Close the lid with vent in sealing position. 
  • Start instant pot in manual or pressure cook mode for 3 minutes.
  • Once the instant pot beeps, let the pressure release naturally.
  • Add the honey, banana and walnuts to the cooked oats. Add milk to taste to adjust the consistency. Perfectly cooked oats are ready to enjoy.


Variation: Add the fruits and nuts of your choice to the cooked oats. You can also add cinnamon if you like when adding the ingredients to the instant pot in step 1.
Pot-in-pot: If you are making a small quantity, you can do pot-in-pot (PIP). Add one cup water to the main pot. Place a trivet and a small bowl with the ingredients added on top of the trivet. Cook for 5 minutes on manual high pressure, otherwise the recipe remains the same. 
Overnight with Delay Timer: To cook oats overnight with delay timer, add the oats and water to the pot. Set the timer to the desired time such as 8 hours (Press manual/pressure cook, then press Timer and adjust to the desired time). The instant pot will start cooking at the set time. Once the pressure is released naturally, add milk and adjust oatmeal to the desired consistency. 


Calories: 308kcalCarbohydrates: 41gProtein: 11gFat: 11gSaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 12mgSodium: 59mgPotassium: 298mgFiber: 5gSugar: 11gVitamin A: 215IUVitamin C: 2.6mgCalcium: 169mgIron: 1.9mg

Additional Info

Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Diet: Vegetarian
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About Meeta

I strongly believe that each one of us has a chef inside us, we just need to explore the ingredients and create great food. My passion is to share easy, healthy, and wholesome recipes made using Instant Pot & Air Fryer, that are well tested, so you can cook with confidence.

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  1. Woke up to delicious breakfast today. I used the overnight and delay timer method. Thank you for this recipe!

  2. Hi
    I would love to try this recipe in instant pot method
    Is 3 min manual method high pressure or low pressure?

  3. Hey Meeta,

    I tried this recipe along with the natural pressure release, and it gave me the most perfect creamy oats! Will be having parents visiting, and wanted to check is it possible to double the quantity of oats to 2 cups or even slightly more? If so, what are the water and milk proportions I should use?


    1. Hey Neha – Glad you enjoyed the oats. Yes, you can easily double the quantity of oats. I would suggest to not double the milk initially, but add more as needed after pressure cooking is done and you open the instant pot.

  4. Hey Meeta,

    For the same thinner consistency as mentioned in your recipe, how would the ratios and cooking time change if I used rolled oats or quick oats?


    1. Hey Kiara – I have used the same ratio as in the recipe and it worked. That said, if you let it sit for sometime the oats thicken and you can add more liquid (water/milk) to adjust the consistency. Hope you enjoy it!

      P.S. I love your comments and questions. Thank you for following the blog ?

    1. Hello Alan –

      Thanks for trying this recipe. I do mention in the details that this recipe is for a little thinner consistency. And I have noticed after making oats many times now, that if you leave them for about 20 minutes after the instant pot beeps, then they actually do soak in most of the liquid.

      Cheers, Meeta

      1. Hi. Have you tried with more milk and less water? And do they become creamier if i leave them for 20 min after the beep? Thanks!

      2. Hey Ritu – I think we already discussed on the instant pot group on facebook, but want to make sure I respond. I have not tried with more milk, usually keep at this ratio. They become very creamy. I do a NPR after cooking the oats, so that already takes 15-20 mins and by then all the liquid is well absorbed. Sometimes if we eat after an hour of cooking, I actually add more milk as it is too thick 🙂