Easy Instant Pot Oatmeal

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.

Instant Pot oatmeal

Here’s an easy, healthy breakfast recipe for weekdays or entertaining guests: Instant Pot oatmeal! Alex and I eat quite a bit of oatmeal over here: it’s one of our favorite whole grains. In fact, most days I eat our best oatmeal recipe as a healthy way to start the day. But 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. (Vegan variation is too, below.) What comes out is the creamiest, tastiest, easiest pressure cooker oatmeal you’ll find.

*Looking for steel cut oats instead? Go to Pressure Cooker Steel Cut Oats.
*Want it on the stovetop? Go to The Best Toasted Oatmeal.

Instant Pot oatmeal

How to make Instant Pot oatmeal (a tutorial)

This is truly one of our easiest Instant Pot recipes! It’s so fast and it makes the creamiest, most delicious pot of oatmeal using rolled oats. Using a pressure cooker to make oatmeal is perfect for whipping up a healthy breakfast when you’re entertaining house guests. Alex and I just had my parents in town for the weekend, and it was the perfect breakfast for house guests because it’s mostly hands off. We made a double recipe: see the section below about scaling up this recipe.

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

The first step to make the very best Instant Pot oatmeal is to toast the oats. Now, you could just go right into cooking. But 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.)

To toast the oats, turn on Saute 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. Side bonus: It makes your kitchen smell divine!

Toasting the oats

Step 2: Cook on High for 3 minutes.

All you need for the perfect Instant Pot oatmeal is 3 minutes! Add 1 1/2 cups milk (or almond milk), 1 cup water, and 1/4 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 (x 2, x 3!)

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. So doubling and tripling the recipe increases the overall time to make it because of the preheat time. A doubled recipe takes about 10 minutes to preheat and tripled takes about 15 minutes. 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.

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 slices, toasted walnuts, and maple syrup (shown in the photo!).
  2. Peanut butter and healthy strawberry jelly.
  3. Fresh blueberries, maple syrup and lemon zest.
  4. Almond butter, cinnamon and roasted pumpkin seeds (pepitas).
  5. 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 1/2 cups 2% milk or almond milk
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 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

Keywords: Instant Pot Oatmeal, rolled oats, old fashioned oats, easy, fast

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About the Authors

Sonja Overhiser

Cookbook Author and writer

Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.

Alex Overhiser

Cookbook Author and photographer

Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.


  • Reply
    January 2, 2020 at 10:14 am

    Made this for the first time this morning. Turned my IP on and hopped in the shower. As I got out, I heard the beeping (good timing!). I forgot to quick release so it ended up doing 8 mins of NPR which was fine. I found I had to add more liquid and the oats were a but mushy for my personal taste, so next time may try increasing liquid a bit and decreasing cooking time… having said that, the 8 mins of NPR may have played a factor! lol This was really good – I added my usual go-to add-ins (PB and banana) plus a bit of maple syrup. Hoping the leftovers reheat nicely tomorrow! Thanks for the recipe :)

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      Alex Overhiser
      January 2, 2020 at 11:31 am

      Haha! We need to factor NPR distractions into our breakfast recipes.

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    February 11, 2020 at 7:00 am

    I made this oatmeal as directed but cut the ingredients in 1/2, it was my first time using a Smartpot, man was this great oatmeal, today I made the normal size batch, had no surprises, the wife loves it too :)

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    February 24, 2020 at 10:22 am

    So yummy! I love how creamy they are and toasting the oats gave them such a nutty rich flavor. I am a new IP user and this could not have been easier!

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    April 17, 2020 at 8:25 am

    I used your site to give me how long under presssure since I never cooked oatmeal IP
    I am trying to quite coffee because I need milk in my coffee and I am eliminating milk to see if that helps me feel better.
    I decided I’d probably just want something hot to drink first thing in the morning & tea wasn’t going to cut it so I thought why not something hot as in breakfast but I wanted something savoury and I usually cook Savory oatmeal on the stove top
    But I wanted to try IP
    I already started my homemade frozen stock on stove while grated veggies purple cabbage onions celery carrots red pepper and some Kirkland no salt seasoning.
    I took your advice toasted the oats in my own garlic & seasoned butter inside the IP
    I would have liked to saute the veggies first too and also avoid the stove top since the IP was an afterthought.
    3/4 C oats , I was in hurry & did not open a fresh bag to make 1Cup.
    1 C water, 1 1/4C broth.
    3min on steam ( Mine is a Geek chef pressure cooker so I improvised )
    It took only 1-2 min to pressure. Hardly anytime to go do anything else LOL
    QR… some liquid remained stirred and oats started soaking liquid up!
    Perfect Thank you for the toasting of the Oats and pressure times.
    I will try your milk oats soon!
    Stay safe and keep cooking!

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    April 20, 2020 at 12:53 am

    It tasted delicious. Loved the butter taste. And such a simple recipe! That’s so much

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      Alex Overhiser
      April 20, 2020 at 9:31 am

      So glad you enjoyed!

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    May 1, 2020 at 10:50 am

    Thank you!

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    July 11, 2020 at 2:09 pm

    I was so excited to make this, but the recipe doesn’t seem to work in my large instant pot. I got the “burn” notice 2 separate times, even after I added an extra ½ cup of water :(

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      December 16, 2020 at 12:56 pm

      Same for me :( they burned after a minute of pressure.

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    July 18, 2020 at 10:34 am

    This burnt for me. Followed the directions x 1.5

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      Matt L.
      January 21, 2021 at 9:57 am

      Yep. Burned.

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      February 5, 2021 at 9:09 am

      Yup, now instead of saving time, I get to figure in cleaning a scorched pan.

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    Jenn Smith
    July 21, 2020 at 12:25 pm

    This worked wonderfully for me in my Ninja Foodi! I LOVED the rich buttery flavor! I’ve never made oatmeal with butter in it, or so much salt, and it was amazing!! I don’t think I’ll ever go back to my old boring stovetop oatmeal! I added a Tbsp of chia seeds, a handful of raisins and a little bit of brown sugar. It was so delicious!

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      Alex Overhiser
      July 21, 2020 at 9:03 pm

      So glad you enjoyed :)

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    Christy - Alabama
    October 19, 2020 at 11:55 am

    One of the few items I’ve attempted in my new IP and I must say, best oatmeal I’ve ever had. My teen asked for seconds.

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      Alex Overhiser
      October 19, 2020 at 12:03 pm

      I’m so glad you enjoyed!

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    October 26, 2020 at 6:06 pm

    Great oatmeal recipe that tastes great and has really nice texture. Reheats better than the stuff I cook on the stove. We’ll be making it again!

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      Alex Overhiser
      October 26, 2020 at 9:11 pm

      So glad you enjoyed it!

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    November 17, 2020 at 9:50 am

    Made this with toasted walnuts, bananas, maple syrup and a little milk–it was INCREDIBLE!!!! My whole family loved it :)

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    Kathy L
    November 20, 2020 at 2:25 pm

    All my life my mom has told me she HATES oatmeal. She’s now 90 with dementia but she still remembers she hates it. She loses weight easily. I’ve been trying to help her gain some. I sauté the walnuts . Then the oats. I substituted half & half then added brown auger and vanilla. Served with more walnuts , banana and half and half. She LOVES IT!!

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      Alex Overhiser
      November 20, 2020 at 3:55 pm

      Love to hear this! THanks for sharing :)

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    January 20, 2021 at 7:08 am

    This is my favorite instant pot oatmeal! It couldn’t be easier and the flavor is perfect. I’ve made it many times, and my husband and kids always enjoy it. Thank you for sharing!

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      Alex Overhiser
      January 20, 2021 at 9:28 am

      So glad to hear that! Thanks for making :)

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    Matt L.
    January 21, 2021 at 9:59 am

    Never came up to pressure because it started to burn on the bottom. Next time I’m going to try one of the recipes at suggests cooking it in a bowl.

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    Holly Hayden
    February 5, 2021 at 9:49 am

    Perfect every time!
    So glad to find an easy prep recipe for oatmeal that is delicious, and for IP, instead of using the stove.
    I used unsweetened Almond Milk (Costco), and toasted the oats with organic butter.
    The toasting makes a wonderful difference in the flavor!
    Wonder if I can use a similar recipe for Steel Cut Oats??
    Many thanks for your recipe!

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    May 3, 2021 at 10:02 am

    Amazing!!!! My go to oatmeal recipe. Just make it

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