While oats are simple to cook in a pan and take a maximum of 10 minutes, steel cut oats require a minimum of 30 minutes and constant stirring.


Steel cut oats look like tiny roughly cut grains. They’re processed by chopping whole groats into pieces instead of rolled like they are with rolled oats. They take the longest to cook and have a chewy texture and remain in shape after being cooked.


I rarely make steel cut oats because of the time and attention they require. Which makes them ideal to make in the Instant Pot. These golden Instant Pot oats have a cooking time of 6 minutes and resting time of 10 minutes (I used the slow release), but all it really takes is adding ingredients to the Instant Pot and setting it. I’ll get it started, go get dressed and by the time I’m back, I have a freshly made bowl of super creamy, really delicious steel cut oats ready.


Flavour wise, these golden oats are one of my favourites. They have turmeric and ginger, which help with inflammation and coconut milk for added creaminess. I add some honey or maple syrup at the end for added sweetness and more coconut milk to make them a little creamier. The bowl is then topped with cashews, dates and mango.

If you don’t have an Instant Pot I’ve added stove top directions as well.


Golden Steel Cut Oats in the Instant Pot

Made in the Instant Pot these golden steel cut oats are made in minutes with no fuss (or stirring). They're spiced with turmeric and ginger and are vegan and nut free.
Prep Time2 minutes
Cook Time16 minutes
Total Time18 minutes
Course: Mains
Dietary: Refined Sugar Free, Vegan
Servings: 2 servings


  • 1/2 C steel cut oats
  • 1/2 C coconut milk
  • 1/2 C water
  • 1 tsp ground turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • pinch Salt
  • honey / maple syrup for sweetening (optional)
  • toasted cahsews, chopped dates and mango slices for serving (optional)


Instant Pot Directions

  • Add the oats, milk, water, turmeric, ginger and salt to the Instant Pot and mix to combine.
  • Place the lid of the Instant Pot on and make sure the valve is in the seal position.
  • Cook on manual High Pressure for 6 minutes. The Instant Pot will take a few minutes to come up to pressure. The light will flash “ON” to indicate it is on and warming up and a countdown will start when it begins cooking.
  • When the pressure cooking is complete the Instant Pot will beep to notify you. Let it use natural release for 10 minutes (it has a timer which will start timing as soon as it’s done the 6-minute pressure cook). After 10 minutes, move the steam release vent up to release the remaining pressure. Once the float valve has dropped, open the lid.
  • Cancel the Instant Pot to switch it off
  • Add some coconut milk for added creaminess and mix well.
  • Add honey to sweeten
  • Divide the oats into two bowls and top with cashews, dates and mango

Stove Top Directions

  • Add all the ingredients to a pot and mix well. Bring to a boil and then reduce to low heat.
  • Simmer for 30-40 minutes, stirring often until the oats are soft and fully cooked.
  • Stir in added coconut milk and honey.
  • Divide into bowls and top with cashews, dates and mangos.




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