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How to Make Steel Cut Oats 4 Ways

closeup white bowl of steel cut oatmeal topped with peanut butter, bananas, and milk.

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:

  • 1 cup steel cut oats
  • 3 cups water or milk of choice

For Overnight Method:

  • 1 cup steel cut oats
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 cup milk of choice

For Slow Cooker Method:

  • 1 cup steel cut oats
  • 4 cups water or milk of choice

For Instant Pot/Pressure Cooker Method:

  • Oil spray
  • 1 cup steel cut oats
  • 3 cups water or milk of choice

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 or milk to a gentle 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 and lock the lid and seal the vent.
  4. Cook on high setting for 4 minutes.
  5. Release pressure naturally, about 10 minutes. Once pressure has released, remove lid and stir.
  6. Scoop into bowls and top as desired.

Notes

  • If you prefer creamier oatmeal, use milk or nondairy milk of your choice instead of water, except for in the overnight method (for safety, dairy milk shouldn’t be left at room temperature overnight). I recommend nondairy milk for the Instant Pot or slow cooker to prevent curdling.
  • For a nutty, more flavorful taste, toast the oats before cooking.
  • Add a pinch of salt before cooking if you prefer.
  • Make sure you are using regular steel cut oats for these recipes, not the quick cooking kind. The quick cook kind don’t take near as long.
  • Use steel cut oatmeal as a blank canvas for all kinds of breakfast bowl creations! Top with fruit, nuts, spices, nut butter, seeds, or really anything your heart desires.
  • Store leftover steel cut oatmeal in an airtight container in the refrigerator or freezer.
  • To make individual freezer portions, pour cooked oatmeal into large silicone ice cube trays or silicone muffin liners. Freeze. Once frozen, pop out the portions and store them in a freezer bag.
  • To reheat in the microwave, place in a microwave-safe container and heat 1-2 minutes, or until hot. Add milk of choice and stir.
  • To reheat on the stove, add 2-4 tbsp water or milk per serving and cook over medium-low heat, stirring, until warm.

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