Brown Butter Steel-Cut Oatmeal
By :Coco Morante
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: 104
Rating: 4.76
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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
4-6 servings
  • 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
4-6 servings
  • 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: 104
Rating: 4.76
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  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


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.

96 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. says:

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

  3. 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. 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.

  26. DeepaW
    DeepaW says:

    This is one of my favorite things to make in thr Instant Pot. Its easy and comes out perfect every time. I follow the instructions exactly. I’ve even thrown it together, gone for a run on a cold winter morning, and I have a bowl ready for me when I return. Love it!!

  27. Ckluss
    Ckluss says:

    Came out beautifully done on the porridge setting at these recomnended times, one quick stir, replaced the lid while getting my muffin tins ready, then scooped out 12 muffin cups of about 1/3 cup each. Freeze and pop in the microwave for about 2 minutes for a PERFECT serving size for a quick, healthy breakfast. I add berries or cinnamon with stevia to change it up. Serve with almond milk and Y.U.M!

  28. tbisaha
    tbisaha says:

    First meal ever attempted with our new instant Pot. Just as good as stove top, but about 20 mins faster!

  29. CaroleeM
    CaroleeM says:

    Great recipe. I used quick cook steel cut oats and added a little extra salt.
    This will be my go-to oatmeal recipe.

  30. kdavidsontaylor
    kdavidsontaylor says:

    Lovely recipe, but one general comment about recipe layout… I like to see ingredients on same page as instructions.

  31. artemisanoush
    artemisanoush says:

    First recipe I’ve tried from this app. Was not disappointed. Had all the ingredients already. Easy to follow instructions. Delicious. New fave.

  32. mommabear39
    mommabear39 says:

    Making this recipe right now and the 8nstant pot didnt even get pressurized and the burn message came on..i follwed this exactly. Not too impressed I now have a burned breakfast

  33. Oldmanbell
    Oldmanbell says:

    Pleasant surprise with a little milk and apples and cinnamon. It works easily and I recommend it to any and all.

  34. veekoo
    veekoo says:

    Great recipe. Here is a cariation I’ve done, skipping toasting:

    For 1 1/2 thick portions:

    1/2 cup oats
    1 1/4 cup water
    2-3 tbsp molasses
    1/4 tsp salt
    1/2 tsp butter

    Mix, cook, eat. Yummy!

  35. Mariaairam
    Mariaairam says:

    Smoothest and creamiest oatmeal ever. I made the apple version and added a ton of spices (turmeric, cardamom, nutmeg, etc). The children love it. Sugar and cream added when served

  36. Gmartinez
    Gmartinez says:

    Super easy and delicious. I made the apple and cinnamon version. Next time I will add another apple. Also, stirred in 1 packet of Truvia once in bowl. Yummy!

  37. MamaJilly
    MamaJilly says:

    I just got my Instant Pot and this was my first Instant Pot recipe that I made and it was so easy and turned out delicious!

  38. RitaDee
    RitaDee says:

    I make this every week and nuke a bowl for breakfast. Always a winner! I add some cinnamon, brown sugar when warm and still in the IP. For my daily bowl, I then add almond milk and strawberries, then nuke for 2 mins.

    Browning the oats takes longer than the recipe says…15-20 mins for my taste.

  39. Andrew Faber
    Andrew Faber says:

    Technique question: What is the easiest way to pour out the contents of the hot liner pot? I have a pair of silicone mitts. They do a fair job of helping to remove the liner pot. (Although, I am expecting drop the liner at some time. They are not very sure-gripping.) Once the liner is on the counter, how do you lift it to pour out the oatmeal?

  40. Instant Pot
    Instant Pot says:

    Hi Andrew,

    With hot contents it is best and recommended to scoop out the oatmeal using a ladle without taking out the inner pot.
    If you have to pour out the contents, the lip or the bottom are the parts of the inner pot that could be used to pour

  41. Cave Creek
    Cave Creek says:

    I made this today. My first attempt at making steel cut oats in my Insta pot. I especially loved the nuttiness that the browning in the butter really gave this dish. I will always make this oatmeal just like this. Thank you for the recipe. I followed your directions exactly on point and it all worked. Next time I will try the apple then after that the pumpkin thank you for adding the variations.

  42. MaryLouTx
    MaryLouTx says:

    Excellent oats. Since we like thick oats i used 2 cups of whole milk and 2 cups water. Turned out perfectly.

  43. abijtaylor
    abijtaylor says:

    Great texture. Initially thought too much water when i opened, but was perfect as it started to cool and was stirred.

  44. Kajames123
    Kajames123 says:

    Excellent bowl of steel cut oats! I add 2 tablespoons each of ground flaxseed and chia seeds as soon as I remove the lid. I also add finely chopped walnuts after I’ve stirred the flax and chia seeds in. I serve it with Kerry Gold butter, a little bit of real maple syrup to sweeten and a little unsweetened vanilla almond milk.

  45. Perrymorg
    Perrymorg says:

    So good. So easy. We like it a little bit on the salty side so I did use regular butter and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Such a great depth of flavor.

  46. Laurabyrne1923
    Laurabyrne1923 says:

    Very creamy and good! But do NOT try half water/half milk. You will get a burn notification and it will scold on bottom and stink cleaning it.

  47. Tgimmi
    Tgimmi says:

    Used 4 cups of water with 1/2 cup of sugar free maple syrup and 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon.
    Added brown sugar when served. I’m very pleased with results.

  48. Jcdred
    Jcdred says:

    Very easy & delicious! Cut the recipe in half for me & hubby. Only change I would make is I’d add the entire apple to the oatmeal.

  49. Judy Schaff
    Judy Schaff says:

    I have made this recipe several times and love it. I’m the only one in my family that eats oat meal, so this batch lasts me for a week in the frig. Easy recipe and great with raspberries and brown sugar and/or cinnamon.

  50. Amberkberringer
    Amberkberringer says:

    Pretty good. I tried the apple cinnamon version. Next time I will try doubling both the apple and cinnamon for more flavor.

  51. mjviau
    mjviau says:

    I made it according to the directions and it’s delicious. Makes enough for the whole week for me so breakfast is fast and nutritious! Added some berries and truvia sweetener. So good!

  52. Anni C
    Anni C says:

    I make these pretty often in my Instant Pot but didn’t see your browned butter recipe until I made some today. What a great idea! I will be trying it next week. For people who say it isn’t faster than stovetop, I cook mine just 4 minutes (just on the pressure setting; don’t bother with porridge button). I either ignore it while I get ready for the day and let pressure release on its own or release it by venting after about 15 minutes. Even if I leave it an hour, it looks soupy at first and then stirs into a perfect consistency. AND I see another recommended version from another food blogger that uses just 2 minutes plus full NPR. This recipe is so forgiving! I use 1 C steel cut oats, 1 C unsweetened oatmilk, 2 C water, a little salt, any spices I’m in the mood for, and often add a half to 3/4 C canned pumpkin or whisk 2 Tb powdered peanut butter into the oatmilk before mixing that in the pot. That gives me 4 servings. Sometimes I add 1 Tb of maple syrup to make it slightly sweet and stir it well to make sure nothing is stuck to the bottom before sealing. I suspect some people who got a burn notice after browning oats in butter first may be able to avoid this with more careful stirring. I’ve been making steel cut oats in my IP for a few years and haven’t had this problem, even with pre-heating on sauté and adding pumpkin, minced ginger, and a few tsp of ground spices. I love being able to throw these variations together without a recipe knowing that even the general 1:3 ratio of SC oats to water or even 1:1:2 SC oats to non-dairy milk to water can be off by a bit and it still comes out great!

  53. jhewarren
    jhewarren says:

    This is a regular go to for us.
    I looked at some other recipes as well and add cinnamon raisins and brown sugar (to taste) before cooking as well.
    I also prefer it to be thicker so cut back on the water a bit.

  54. Riya Agrawal
    Riya Agrawal says:

    Thanks for sharing the recipe. Will definitely try with True Elements steel cut oats as they are really good and a clean label food brand. You can also give it a try!

  55. Lourdes
    Lourdes says:

    His is my favorite oatmeal recipe. It always comes out just right. Made it for a faculty breakfast and it was a hit- everyone was asking for the recipe.

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