I made oatmeal on the stove-top for years, because that’s the only way I knew how to make it (other than in the microwave using DIY instant oatmeal packets).
Now that I know how to cook Instant Pot oatmeal though, I don’t really want to make it any other way!
Don’t get me wrong – cooking oats on the stove-top isn’t hard… But being able to dump the ingredients into the Instant Pot, turn it on and walk away? Game changer!
Not only is Instant Pot oatmeal a HUGE time saver, it’s also:
- Completely Customizable
- Super Frugal
- Perfect to make ahead in big batches
- Cleaner than using the stove-top
Here’s What You Need
You really only need to have two ingredients: rolled oats and water. But since adding a bit of butter and salt really amps up the flavor, we always add both.
Notes on Ingredients
- My buy-price for rolled oats is 50¢ per pound and I usually buy this package from Costco (although Costco’s price is better than Amazon’s).
- If you need certified gluten-free oats, these are a good deals online. (Vitacost, Amazon, Thrive Market, Check those places, as well as Azure Standard.)
Step By Step Instructions
Step 1. Combine all of the ingredients in the Instant Pot.
Step 2. Close the lid, turn the pressure valve to “sealing.” Manually select High pressure and adjust the timer to 4 minutes.
Step 3. When the oatmeal is finished and the timer beeps, use the Quick Release method. This means turning the pressure valve to “release.” Steam will come out of the valve, so be careful!
Step 4. Stir, and serve the cooked oats and top as desired!
- Make a Big Batch. You can make as much as you want and the cook time doesn’t change! Do be careful to not fill past the max-fill-line and if you make any more than a double batch (i.e. 4 cups of oats or more), use Natural Pressure Release (i.e. do nothing) instead of Quick Pressure Release.
- Use leftovers! I intentionally make leftovers so I can make oatmeal pancakes or oatmeal bread or chocolate oatmeal cake. My kids LOVE all of them!
- Don’t Add Milk… at least not to the Instant Pot. Cooking with milk is one of the big no-no’s that can lead to the burn notice. If you want to add milk (or heavy cream or coconut milk), stir it in at the very end, after the oatmeal is done cooking.
- Topping Info: Drizzle some homemade nut butter and my tutorial on how to dehydrate fruit.
First, you’ll want to make sure that your Instant Pot is sealing properly and the sealing ring is secured in place and clean. Also, be sure that the sealing valve is clear.
Be sure to add the full amount of water the recipe calls for. Any optional sweetener (like maple syrup or honey) should be added to your FINISHED oatmeal, not into the Instant Pot while it cooks. Also, add milk to the finished oatmeal as well. Adding sweeteners or milk to the Instant Pot before the oatmeal cooks can cause a burn notice.
2:5 – That means for every 2 cups of oats, you need 5 cups of water. Yes, this is different from the traditional stove-top ratio, but you need the extra water in order for the Instant Pot to work properly.
The beauty of the recipe – it’s entirely customizable!
- Add raw fruit and spices with the oatmeal and they’ll cook at the same time… just like stove-top oatmeal. Instant Pot oatmeal with apples is so good!
- Some people like to make oatmeal with brown sugar, but if I wanted to make it sweet, I’d prefer to add a little natural sweetener like maple syrup or honey.
- Or you can make it plain as written and add your toppings separately – it’s completely up to you.
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- Instant Pot Breakfast Casserole
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- Breakfast Sweet Potato Apple Bake
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Watch How to Make Instant Pot Oatmeal:
Instant Pot Oatmeal
Make Instant Pot oatmeal using rolled oats instead of steel-cut for super easy breakfasts. Top with bananas, stir-in pumpkin, or even apples and cinnamon!
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Cook Time: 4 minutes
- Total Time: 9 minutes
- Yield: 4 servings 1x
- Category: Breakfast
- Method: Instant Pot
- Cuisine: American
- 2 cups rolled oats
- 5 cups water
- 1 Tbsp butter (optional)
- 1/2 tsp salt (optional)
- Combine ingredients in the Instant Pot.
- Close the lid and make sure the sealing valve is turned to the sealing position.
- Press the “manual” button and make sure the Instant Pot is on HIGH pressure.
- Adjust the time to 4 minutes.
- When the oatmeal is finished, use the Quick Pressure Release method by carefully turning the sealing valve from the sealing position to the venting position. Make sure your face and hands are not over the valve when you do this.
- When the pressure has released, serve and top as desired!
- Calories: 181
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