Brown Butter Steel-Cut Oatmeal
By :Coco Morante
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Steel-cut oats have a chewy, hearty texture, and I prefer them hands down to rolled oats. Once the pot comes up to pressure, they take just 12 minutes to cook on the Porridge setting. Taking the extra step of browning the oats in butter gives the oatmeal a toasty, rich flavor and helps to keep it from sticking to the pot. Once you have tried your hot breakfast cereal prepared this way, you’ll never go back to plain oats and water. 
Votes: 60
Rating: 4.83
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Course Breakfast
Cuisine Modern
Difficulty Easy
Duration 15-30 min
Cooking Technique Pressure Cook
Main Ingredient Butter, Heavy Cream, Oats
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 17 minutes
Servings
4-6 servings
Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 1/2 cups steel cut oats
  • 4 1/2 cups Water
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • brown sugar for serving
  • heavy cream for serving
Course Breakfast
Cuisine Modern
Difficulty Easy
Duration 15-30 min
Cooking Technique Pressure Cook
Main Ingredient Butter, Heavy Cream, Oats
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 17 minutes
Servings
4-6 servings
Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 1/2 cups steel cut oats
  • 4 1/2 cups Water
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • brown sugar for serving
  • heavy cream for serving
Votes: 60
Rating: 4.83
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Instructions
  1. Select Sauté on the Instant Pot and melt the butter. Add the oats and sauté, stirring often, for about 5 minutes, until aromatic and lightly toasted.
  2. Add the water and salt and stir to combine, making sure all of the oats are submerged in the liquid. 
  3. Secure the lid and set the Steam Release to Sealing. Press the Cancel button to reset the cooking program, then select the Porridge setting and set the cooking time for 12 minutes at high pressure. 
  4. Let the pressure release naturally for at least 10 minutes, then move the Steam Release to Venting to release any remaining steam. Open the pot and stir the oatmeal to incorporate any extra liquid. 
  5. Ladle the oatmeal into bowls and serve with brown sugar and cream.
Recipe Notes

Variations:

Apple cinnamon: Stir in 1 apple, chopped, and 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon with the water.
Pumpkin spice: Stir in 1 cup pumpkin puree, 1/4 cup maple syrup, and 3/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice with the water.
Peanut butter–banana: Stir 1/4 cup creamy peanut butter into the finished oatmeal. Top each serving with banana slices.
Blueberry almond/pecan: Top each serving with a handful of fresh blueberries, a scattering of toasted sliced almonds or pecans, and a drizzle of honey.
Savory sesame soy: Omit the salt. Stir in 2 tablespoons soy sauce and add 1/2 teaspoon toasted sesame oil with the water. Serve topped with a fried egg.

45 replies
  1. Macmate
    Macmate says:

    I am an 82 year old man who just got an Instant Pot and Wow! Do I love it. This was my second attempt at Oatmeal went basic first then tried this added Peanut Butter in final step. This is the best Oatmeal ever, three servings each for two of us. I will make this every week, just finished second serving and am anticipating tomorrow!

  2. Denise.ace@gmail.com
    Denise.ace@gmail.com says:

    Very easy even for new users, and a great saturday morning breakfast! From start to finish about thirty minutes including pressure release.

  3. matt.mcconville@hdrinc.com
    matt.mcconville@hdrinc.com says:

    Great recipe. Very easy for new users. Didn’t add the cream at the end but added mapme syrup along with the brown sugar.

  4. Tdaddysmooth
    Tdaddysmooth says:

    This is the first thing I’ve made wirh my Instant Pot. Unless you hate oatmeal, this is the perfect thing to make for your first meal. Its super simple, you get to “play chef” a little with the different steps and it comes out great. Also, this meal makes a ton of leftovers.

  5. KD333
    KD333 says:

    Absolutely amazing! Love the smell of the oats sauteeing in the butter. Simple to make. It is hands down the best steel cut oatmeal I’ve ever had!!! Came out perfect on the porridge setting on my 3 qt. Instant pot. Great recipe!

  6. Two2tsnipes
    Two2tsnipes says:

    I like this recipe a lot. So easy to make, leftovers heat up easily and it tastes like it takes quite a while to take even though it doesn’t!

  7. KatF
    KatF says:

    Very good! Used coconut oil instead of butter to toast the oatmeal. I added about 1 T of maple syrup & cinnamon before closing the lid…

  8. kdh74
    kdh74 says:

    I tried making this with the pumpkin and maple option. This was my first time making oatmeal in the IP, and I followed the directions exactly. It gave me a burn notice within a few minutes. I turned it off, scraped the bottom, and tried again. I still got the burn notice. I finally had to put it in a pan on the stove to cook it. The taste was great, but the directions as printed didnt work for me.

  9. Terryjk74
    Terryjk74 says:

    Came out perfectly! Loved the aroma of the toasting oats. I just added a bit of brown sugar, no cream. Next time I am trying the pumpkin.

  10. TwillOngenbone
    TwillOngenbone says:

    This was the first time we’ve tried ‘real’ oatmeal, as well as steel cut oats. We’ve only ever had the ‘instant’ or ‘minute’ version of any kind of oatmeal. So let me say, omfg, this oatmeal was so effing good I just wanted to eat the whole d*mn pot. I went back to eat more cold and it was still so amazing. Can’t wait to try all the recipe variations.

  11. Allforsocks
    Allforsocks says:

    Made it twice and both times turned out amazing. I prefer my oats less mushy and less liquid. So I modified this recipe the second time. I used a 1 to 3 ratio oat:water and only cooked for 10 minutes. Nothing was wrong with the original. I just like my oats that way.

  12. JessLindy
    JessLindy says:

    Delicious. Doesn’t take any less long than making steel cut oats on the stove, but I don’t have to babysit it.

  13. Strawberry72
    Strawberry72 says:

    The Oatmeal was cooked perfectly. This is the way I’ll be cooking it from now on.

  14. SMOIP
    SMOIP says:

    Replaced 3/4 of the water with milk. Used the water to first “loosen up” the oats before cooking. Like it a lil different

  15. spielsi
    spielsi says:

    Great instruction and perfect result! We only needed 3 servings so I took 1 cup steel cut oats and 2,5 cups water. I seasoned it with maple sirup, lingonberries, cedar nuts, vanilla and cinnamon.

  16. Julia_gutscher@hotmail.com
    Julia_gutscher@hotmail.com says:

    Used maple syrup, cinnamon and apple with fresh bluberries. Was delicious.
    Oats are cooked perfectly and i didn’t need to babysit…

  17. AgnesSwanson
    AgnesSwanson says:

    Well-written recipe and excellent oats. It seemed a bit soupy when it was done, but I added almost 4 cups of fresh blueberries and then it was just right. I imagine it will also thicken as it cools and can be reheated during the week. I didn’t measure the salt, but just added a large pinch since I used salted butter to saute. Next time I will add a bit more salt. I added cinnamon with the water and salt, but may try adding a cinnamon stick next time.

  18. Lazaros
    Lazaros says:

    Great touch toasting the oats with the butter first. Substituted 1 cup of almond milk, 1 cup of whole milk and 2 1/2 cup water for more flavor.

  19. GoodChaos
    GoodChaos says:

    Perfection. I love the buttery flavor. Added rasins, pruns, apple and peach in place of sugar. Plus a little cinnamon.

  20. bobwolfe
    bobwolfe says:

    Looks but I can cook a 1 serving portion in the microwave in 4 mins. I can eat it immediately by stirring in an ice cube ’till melted. BTW my proportions for M/W is 1 oats to 2 water @ 70% power. I’m very new to InstantPot and I guess I have to chose which recepe it’s good for.

  21. DB Cooper
    DB Cooper says:

    I make this all the time. It is simple, and really adds a great taste to the oats. Usually just top it with a splash of half and half or milk and some frozen blueberries. Recommended!

  22. DebiDebiDebiJo
    DebiDebiDebiJo says:

    This was delicious! Instead of the butter, I used coconut oil. I made the pumpkin alternative version. YUM! Perfect instructions! We put a little almond milk, cinnamon and nuts on top! Big hit!

  23. Lkmorris
    Lkmorris says:

    Where’s the recipe? Using the Instant Pot app. Nice picture and description, but no ingredients or instructions.

  24. Kaylaakosua
    Kaylaakosua says:

    Picture looks nothing like what it turns out as. Pourong some heavy whipping cream on it after has blown my familys mind. This is what we have on holidays and is perfect for cold days.

  25. Ep2
    Ep2 says:

    I guess I am in the minority. The oats were perfectly cooked but i did not like the “toasty” flavor that saute with butter gave them. They had an almost “nutty” flavor. Thsts fine if you like nuts but I do not.
    Next time i will skip that step and see how it goes. Otherwise, easy instructions.

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