Pressure Cooker Steel Cut Oats

pressure cooker steel cut oats
Dana Angelo White
Total Time: 15 min
Prep Time: 5 min
Cook Time: 10 min
Servings: 4 (1 cup each)

Nutrition Highlights (per serving)

168 calories
3g fat
31g carbs
6g protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4 (1 cup each)
Amount per serving  
Calories 168
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 3g 4%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 154mg 7%
Total Carbohydrate 31g 11%
Dietary Fiber 4g 14%
Total Sugars 3g  
Includes 2g Added Sugars 4%
Protein 6g  
Vitamin D 0mcg 0%
Calcium 30mg 2%
Iron 2mg 11%
Potassium 156mg 3%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calorie a day is used for general nutrition advice.

Every oatmeal lover has a soft spot for hearty, whole grain steel cut oats. A less adulterated form of oats (they aren’t rolled flat), these high fiber grains have a pleasantly chewy texture that makes for a whole new breakfast experience. The only downside to enjoying this whole grain cereal is that it typically takes at least 30 minutes to cook.

Here's where the pressure cooker comes in. This countertop appliance uses the powder of steam to rapidly speed cooking time and prepares food with almost magical speed.


  • 1 cup steel cut oats
  • 2½ cups water
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup fresh fruit for serving, such as berries, sliced banana, chopped apple


  1. Spray the inside of the pressure cooker with nonstick cooking spray.

  2. Place oats, water, cinnamon, sugar, and salt in the cooker pot and stir.

  3. Lock the lid in place and set to HIGH pressure for 10 minutes.

  4. When the cook time is up, use the quick release method (see machine manual for specific directions) and allow to cook slightly before serving. 

  5. Serve topped with fresh fruit.

    Ingredient Variations and Substitutions

    Instead of cinnamon, try other warm spices like vanilla bean, cardamom, or nutmeg.

    Once the oats are cooked, top with any kind of fresh fruit or swirl in a spoonful of fruit jam or creamy peanut butter.

    Cooking and Serving Tips

    Use caution when opening the pressure cooker. The food will be extremely hot and will need a few minutes to cool. Using a pressure cooker may seem daunting at first but most models come with easy to follow instructions that make safe usage very possible.

    No pressure cooker? No problem. Make this same recipes using a traditional stove top method and adjust the cooking time accordingly. You can also make “overnight” oats and prepare them in a slow cooker on low for eight hours.

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By Dana Angelo White, MS, RD, ATC
Dana Angelo White, MS, RD, ATC, is an author, registered dietitian, certified athletic trainer, and owner of Dana White Nutrition, Inc.