This recipe for steel cut oats is for the Instant Pot, but I’ll include a stovetop method as well. Creamy, toasty, buttery oats! These are definitely a little different than the usual bowl of breakfast grains that we are used to.
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Steel cut oats take a little longer to make than old-fashioned oats. That is where the Instant Pot comes into the picture! The Instant Pot is one of my favourite tools in the kitchen, and I never pass up an opportunity to use it.
I’ve made this same recipe on the stovetop many, many times in the past. It wasn’t until recently that I decided to blend two recipes into one and make it in the pressure cooker. One recipe is from the blog, Orangette, and the other recipe is from ‘Dinner in an Instant’ by Melissa Clark. Was I glad I tried this? Yes, yes I was! Why was I glad I switched to the Instant Pot? Because it saved me about 45 minutes at the stove stirring, that’s why. Yikes…
There are a couple steps you don’t want to miss here…whether you use a pot or a pressure cooker to make your oats this way. Number one, don’t skip toasting your oats with butter in a frying pan or on saute function in your Instant Pot. This is where the toasty, nutty, buttery flavour comes from. Number two. Use whole milk. Or half and half. You can use low fat milk in a pinch, but you’ll probably notice a difference in the richness. Other than those two tips, the rest is pretty standard. Here’s the recipe.
Steel Cut Oats
- pressure cooker
- 1 cup steel cut oats
- 2 tbsp butter
- ½ tsp salt
- 2 tbsp sugar can use maple syrup or honey
- 2 cups water
- 1 cup full-fat milk can use half and half
Steel Cut Oats in the Instant Pot
- On saute function, melt butter and add oats.
- Stir oats until they are fragrant and toasted.
- Add salt, sugar, water and milk to pot.
- Close pressure cooker lid and cook on high pressure for 10 minutes.
- Let pressure release naturally for at least 20 minutes.
- Release pressure manually, stir the oats and serve with berries, nuts and seeds.
Steel Cut Oats in a Traditional Pot
- Melt butter in a medium pot and add oats.
- When oats are toasty and smell fragrant, add salt, sugar, water and milk.
- Simmer on medium-low for about 40 minutes, stirring frequently.
- Serve oats with berries, nuts and seeds.
I hope you enjoy these steel cut oats as much as we do. I have some oatmeal-haters in my family, and I’ll have to say that they do enjoy this recipe. Score. Score, because oats are cheap and healthy, and done up this way- they’re simply delicious! Enjoy!
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