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How to Make Steel Cut Oats 4 Ways

Learn how to cook steel cut oats on the stovetop, in the slow cooker, in the Instant Pot, or overnight in this ultimate guide to cooking a delicious bowl of creamy, nutty steel cut oatmeal.

How to make steel cut oats on the stove, in the slow cooker, in the Instant Pot, or overnight to yield a delicious batch of creamy, nutty steel cut oatmeal. (gluten-free, nut-free)

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Ingredients

For Stovetop Method:

For Overnight Method:

For Slow Cooker Method:

For Instant Pot/Pressure Cooker Method:

Instructions

For Stovetop Method:

  1. Optional: toast oats. Heat uncooked steel cut oats in a skillet over medium-low heat until lightly golden and fragrant. Remove from heat.
  2. In a medium saucepan, bring water to a boil. Add oats and stir.
  3. Cover and simmer 20-30 minutes over low heat until oats reach desired doneness (20 minutes for chewy oats, 30 minutes for more creamy).
  4. Scoop into bowls and top as desired.

For Overnight Method:

  1. Optional: toast oats. Heat uncooked steel cut oats in a skillet over medium-low heat until lightly golden and fragrant. Remove from heat.
  2. In a medium saucepan, bring water to a boil. Add oats and stir.
  3. Cover and remove from heat. Let sit overnight.
  4. In the morning, add 1 cup milk and heat over medium-low heat until warmed through.
  5. Scoop into bowls and top as desired.

For Slow Cooker Method:

  1. Optional: toast oats. Heat uncooked steel cut oats in a skillet over medium-low heat until lightly golden and fragrant. Remove from heat.
  2. Add oats and water to bowl of a slow cooker. Stir.
  3. Cover and cook on low setting 7-8 hours, or overnight.
  4. Stir and scoop into bowls. Top as desired.

For Instant Pot/Pressure Cooker Method:

  1. Optional: toast oats. Heat uncooked steel cut oats in a skillet over medium-low heat until lightly golden and fragrant. Remove from heat.
  2. Generously spray inside of pressure cooker or instant pot with cooing spray. Wipe any excess from the rim.
  3. Add oats and water. Close lid and lock.
  4. Cook on high setting for 4 minutes. Remove from heat or turn heat completely off (not warm setting).
  5. Release pressure naturally, about 10 minutes. Once pressure has released, remove lid and stir.
  6. Scoop into bowls and top as desired.

To Reheat a Single Serving:

  1. Add 1-2 tbsp water or milk of choice to oats and stir.
  2. Heat in a small pot over medium- low heat or microwave 1 1/2 – 2 minutes.
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