0 No Fail Steel Cut Oats - Instant Pot

Cooked oatmeal has never been easier to make, thanks to using my pressure cooker! I simply stir steel cut oats, water, & salt into the pot, put the lid on and set the delay timer for it to be hot & ready, first thing in the morning!

My husband loves a bowl of creamy, chewy oatmeal, with cinnamon, maple syrups and a splash of milk. The problem? He gets up at 4 A.M. Me? No way. I wanted to surprise him by making this oatmeal using the Delay setting, and when I woke up at 8 A.M., I had hot oatmeal (thanks to the Keep Warm setting) and a note from my hubby, "WOW! That was delicious! I love you!"

Smiling, I knew this recipe would be a keeper, I hope you enjoy it too.

What are steel cut oats?
Steel cut oats are a great pantry staple. These are oat grains, cut into smaller pieces with a steel mill. Steel cut oats are also known as Irish oats, coarse oats, or pinhead oats. Steel cut oats are an excellent source of protein, have slightly fewer calories, lower glycemic index, more fiber, and are equivalent to rolled oats in protein, carbs & fat content. I use regular steel cut oats (not quick cooking) for this recipe.

Cook Times
Steel cut oats can take as long as 20-30 minutes to cook on the stove, stirring occasionally, to become tender enough to eat.  When cooking steel cut oats with a pressure cooker, the cook time is only 4 minutes, but uses a full natural release (about 20 min), so the overall "cook" time is 35 minutes.

The advantages to using a pressure cooker are no hands on stirring, and you can use the Delay Start setting to enjoy hot oatmeal the next morning. How? It depends on the cooker you have. I wanted the oatmeal to be ready by 4 A.M., right? The overall cook time is 35 minutes, so I set my cooker to START the process at 3:25 A.M. If it's 10 P.M. right now, I'd set the Delay Start for 5 hours, 25 minutes.

Shelf Life
Dry steel cut oats have shelf life of 1-2 years in an airtight container.
Cooked oats will keep in the fridge for 5-7 days, and up to 3 months in the freezer.

I like to make individual Oatmeal "cups" by using an ice cream scoop and scooping cooked oatmeal into these silicone muffin cups. You can use muffin tin, if desired. Once frozen, transfer them to a freezer baggie for up to 3 months,
Put the frozen oatmeal into a microwave safe dish and warm it on Hight for 2-3 minutes, add your favorite toppings and enjoy.

Pressure Cooking Steel Cut Oats
Oats & other grains can foam during cooking, so it is important that your do not fill your cooker more than half full. If using a smaller, 3 quart pressure cooker, cut this recipe in half. If using a larger, 8 quart pressure cooker, increase the cook time by three minutes.

Toppings & Add-Ins
You can add a variety of fruits, nuts, spices, milks, etc. to your hot, cooked oatmeal. Let this list inspire you to create your favorite morning oatmeal or even have an Oatmeal Bar with these toppings at your next brunch gathering:
  • Fresh fruit - chopped apples, bananas, mango, peaches, etc.
  • Berries - raspberries, strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, etc.
  • Dried fruits
  • Jams
  • Nuts
  • Chocolate chips
  • Coconut
  • Nut butters - almond, peanut or cookie butter
  • Caramel
  • Brown sugar
  • Maple syrup
  • Honey
  • Cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla extract
  • Hot chocolate mix
  • Yogurt, milk
  • Protein powder

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Steel Cut Oats - Pressure Cook
This is a great recipe to prepare the night before, using the Delay setting of your pressure cooker and have it ready first thing in the morning! Oats and other grains can foam during cooking, so it is important that you do not fill your cooker more than half full. If using a 3 quart cooker, cut this recipe in half. If using a larger, 8 quart cooker, increase the cook time to 7 minutes.
  • 2 cups steel cut oats
  • 5 cups water
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
1. Combine oats, water into insert and stir.2. Close the cooker and close the pressure valve.3. Select High pressure and the timer for 4 minutes.4. When cooking cycle is complete, allow the cooker to naturally release for 20 minutes.5. After 20 minutes, open the pressure valve.6. Open the lid and sitr the oats. They will appear watery, but will thicken upon stirring.  Serve warm with maple syrup, cinnamon, or a splash of milk.  Leftover oatmeal will keep in the fridge for 4-6 days or in the freezer for up to 3 months. You can scoop oatmeal into muffin tins or silicone muffin cups, freeze, and transfer to a freezer baggie. Warm oatmeal in the microwave for 2-3 minutes and add your favorite toppings.  ADD-INs: fresh or dried fruit, berries, nuts, chocolate chips, coconut, almond/cookie/peanut butters, caramel, ams, brown sugar, maple syrup, honey, cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla, hot chocolate mix, yogurt, milk or protein powder.
Prep time: Cook time: Total time: 39Yield: 6-8 servings


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