Aaron Kirk
Active Time
10 Mins
35 Mins
Serves 6 (serving size: about 3/4 cup cooked oats, 1/2 tsp. brown sugar, 1 1/2 tsp. chopped pecans)

Instant Pot steel cut oats is the perfect solution if you often struggle with getting your oatmeal cooked just right. This easy recipe yields hearty oats with just the right chew. The brown sugar, vanilla, and cinnamon make this breakfast feel rich but not too heavy. Plus, the toasted pecans add a nice crunch. This is a real “stick to your ribs” kind of breakfast!

This is a great basic recipe that can be customized with tons of toppings and stir-ins: feel free to mix in whatever dried fruit, nuts, sweetener, and spices you like. Fresh fruit would also be a nice touch.

How to Make It

Step 1

Stir together water, milk, oats, cherries, and kosher salt in bowl of a 6-quart programmable electric pressure cooker, such as an Instant Pot. Cover Instant Pot, and fasten lid. Lock and seal steam valve. Set to HIGH pressure for 4 minutes. (The pot will take about 15 minutes to come up to pressure before the cooking program begins.) When cooking program ends, carefully release pressure by turning Pressure Release to VENT. (Steam is fully released when pressure valve drops.) Remove lid.

Step 2

Stir oats to incorporate any liquid on top; stir in 4 tablespoons brown sugar, butter, vanilla, and cinnamon until fully incorporated. Spoon about 3/4 cup oatmeal in each of 6 bowls. Sprinkle evenly with pecans and remaining 1 tablespoon brown sugar. Serve immediately.

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