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Pressure cooker oatmeal is an easy breakfast! The best Instant Pot oatmeal is made with rolled oats, toasted until fragrant then cooked for just 3 minutes.

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Here’s an easy, healthy breakfast recipe for weekdays or entertaining guests: Instant Pot oatmeal! We eat quite a bit of oatmeal over here: it’s one of our favorite whole grains. And if you’ve got a pressure cooker, oatmeal is even easier to make. The oats are toasted in butter until fragrant, then mixed with milk and cooked for just 3 minutes. What comes out is the creamiest, tastiest, easiest pressure cooker oatmeal you’ll find!

How to make Instant Pot oatmeal (a tutorial)

This is truly one of the easiest Instant Pot recipes out there! It’s so fast and it makes the creamiest pot of oatmeal using rolled oats. Using a pressure cooker to make oatmeal is perfect for whipping up breakfast when you’re entertaining guests. We just had my parents in town for the weekend, and it was the perfect breakfast for entertaining because it’s mostly hands off.

Instant Pot oatmeal

Step 1: Use Sauté mode to toast the oats for 3 minutes.

The first step to make the very best Instant Pot oatmeal is to toast the oats. We’ve found that toasting oats in butter or coconut oil before cooking makes them taste exponentially better! (We do this in our Toasted Oatmeal & Best Oatmeal recipes.) Side bonus: It makes your kitchen smell divine. To toast the oats:

  • Turn on Sauté mode on your Instant Pot.
  • Melt 2 tablespoons butter or coconut oil, then add 2 cups rolled oats and stir often for about 3 minutes.
Toasting the oats

Step 2: Cook on High for 3 minutes.

All you need for perfect Instant Pot oatmeal is 3 minutes! Add 1 ½ cups milk (or almond milk), 1 cup water, and ¼ teaspoon each cinnamon and kosher salt. Cook on high pressure for 3 minutes.

Step 3: Quick release and stir!

That’s it! Remove the steam from the pot by performing a Quick Release (see the recipe below for instructions if you’re an Instant Pot newbie). Then give it a stir and you’re ready to go!

Quick release and stir

Scaling up Instant Pot oatmeal

This recipe calls for 2 cups rolled oats, which makes 2 large or 3 moderate servings. Instant Pot oatmeal is perfect for entertaining, so you can easily scale this up. Try doubling or tripling this recipe to make enough for many eaters.

One thing to note: doubling and tripling slightly increases prep time! The Instant Pot requires time to “preheat” and come up to pressure before it cooks. This time takes longer the more ingredients you have in the pot. Of course, it will still take the same amount of time to cook: just 3 minutes! Just make sure to adjust your expectation of the prep time accordingly.

  • A doubled recipe takes about 10 minutes to preheat.
  • A tripled recipe takes about 15 minutes.
Pressure cooker oatmeal

Ideas for oatmeal toppings!

The fun of oatmeal is not so much the oatmeal itself: it’s in the toppings! Here are our best ideas for how to top your Instant Pot oatmeal:

  1. Banana nut: Banana slices, toasted walnuts, and maple syrup
  2. PB&J: Peanut butter and healthy strawberry jelly.
  3. Blueberry lemon: Fresh blueberries, maple syrup and lemon zest.
  4. Cinnamon almond: Almond butter, cinnamon and roasted pumpkin seeds (pepitas).
  5. Cherry yogurt: Dried cherries, honey, toasted almonds, and a dollop of Greek yogurt.

What are your favorite oatmeal toppings? Let us know in the comments below! (Mine is #2, if you’re wondering!)

What type of Instant Pot to use?

All pressure cooker brands vary! The brand we use is an Instant Pot 6 Qt Programmable Pressure Cooker. This recipe is customized for a 6 quart pressure cooker. We also can’t speak to other brands and types of pressure cookers. For example, Instant Pot Mini works differently, so use it at your own risk.

Instant Pot oatmeal

This Instant Pot oatmeal recipe is…

Vegetarian, gluten-free, plant-based, dairy-free and vegan.

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Instant pot oatmeal

Easy Instant Pot Oatmeal

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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 0 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 2 to 3 1x


Pressure cooker oatmeal is an easy breakfast! The best Instant Pot oatmeal is made with rolled oats, toasted until fragrant then cooked for just 3 minutes. 


  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter or coconut oil*
  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 1 ½ cups 2% milk or almond milk
  • 1 cup water
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • Toppings: Milk, maple syrup, banana, toasted walnuts, etc.


  1. Turn on Saute mode and add the butter to the Instant Pot. When it is heated, add the oats and toast for 3 minutes, stirring often, until fragrant. Add the milk, water, salt and cinnamon.
  2. Cook on High Pressure for 3 minutes: Press the Pressure Cook button, making sure the “High Pressure” setting is selected, and set the time. Note that it takes about 4 minutes (or 10 minutes, if the recipe is doubled) for the pot to “preheat” and come up to pressure before it starts cooking. During cooking, avoid touching the metal part of the lid.
  3. Quick release: Vent the remaining steam from the Instant Pot by moving the pressure release handle to “Venting”, covering your hand with a towel or hot pad. Never put your hands or face near the vent when releasing steam. Open the pressure cooker lid and stir the oatmeal. Serve immediately with desired toppings.


*This recipe is easy to double or triple to feed a crowd! Keep in mind that the preheat time increases with more ingredients. A doubled recipe takes about 10 minutes to preheat and tripled takes about 15 minutes.

  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Pressure Cooker
  • Cuisine: American

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About the authors

Sonja & Alex

Hi, we’re Alex and Sonja Overhiser, married cookbook authors, food bloggers, and recipe developers. We founded A Couple Cooks to share fresh, seasonal recipes and the joy of cooking! Our recipes are made by two real people and work every time.

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  1. Paula Hurd says:

    I love this recipe! Especially toasting the oats. I add a chopped apple l, golden raisins, sometimes cranberries, and chopped walnuts before cooking. I double the recipe and portion into jars for grab and go breakfast! My husband loves it!!

  2. Jill Voorhis says:

    Wow! I don’t normally take the time to leave comments but this was incredible. Followed directions exactly except didn’t release until 5 minutes after cook time – and it came out perfect. Nice texture, all the milk had been soaked up, buttery, toasty, yum!

    1. Alex Overhiser says:

      So glad you enjoyed!

  3. SL says:

    This is the third time I have tried your recipe, and the third time my instant pot hit “food burn”.

    What could be the cause?

    1. Sonja Overhiser says:

      Thank you for letting us know! We’ve found that Instant Pots can be inconsistent with the burn message! Are you saying that you made it 2 times without the message and the third time it gave the burn message? ALso what type of Instant Pot are you using?

  4. Jim Riess says:

    So for 3x what exactly is the time to set IP on? It’s not clear?

    1. Alex Overhiser says:

      Hi! I’m not sure how that would work. I should be about the same.

  5. Jonathan says:

    I used the small instant pot (3 Qt), and it burned. I have no idea how that happened, followed the recipe to the T.

    1. Alex Overhiser says:

      Just try a bit more water next time!

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