Easy Soaked Instant Pot Steel Cut Oats

I like to call this recipe "porridge" because it gives it a real nostalgic feel. We regularly have Instant Pot steel cut oats for breakfast, delicious porridge!

We went grain-free years ago, and felt amazing without them! But, memories of the warm oatmeal and cream of wheat that I ate as a kid crept back in. While we are definitely NOT going to be adding wheat and gluten back into our meals, I did decide to give oatmeal a try again.

But, I did my homework first. I read a lot about the proper preparation of grains and oats in Nourishing Traditions, one of my favorite cookbooks! I made sure the oats were labeled as gluten-free (because cross-contamination can happen!), and I prepared them according to the old methods of soaking and fermenting them.

Wow, my family LOVED these oats. I like to call it “porridge” because it gives it a real nostalgic feel. So, now we regularly have Instant Pot steel cut oats for breakfast, delicious porridge!

The reason why I add yogurt to these oats and soak them overnight:

  • Whenever you soak your grains, you’re saving a bit of cook time, but with the Instant Pot, this really isn’t an issue!
  • Soaking the oats in the yogurt really develops a complex flavor, the longer you soak, the more complex the flavor
  • Soaking the oats reduces their phytic acid content, which makes them easier to digest. Since grains are hard to digest, this is the most important reason why I use this method
Easy Soaked Instant Pot Steel Cut Oats

Easy Soaked Instant Pot Steel Cut Oats

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

I like to call this recipe "porridge" because it gives it a real nostalgic feel. We regularly have Instant Pot steel cut oats for breakfast, delicious porridge!



  1. Add oats, water, and yogurt to your Instant Pot (IP).
  2. Allow to soak (and break down the anti-nutrients) overnight.
  3. In the morning, add in the raisins and hit "porridge" on your IP, and let them cook for 20-25 minutes.
  4. When cooked, add the butter and honey.
  5. Serve and enjoy!
  6. Additional toppings we use on our Instant Pot Steel Cut Oats: shredded coconut, cacao powder, goji berries, cinnamon, raw cream, toasted nuts, fresh strawberries, frozen blueberries, and sliced bananas.


Learn how to make your own yogurt here.

P.S. If you want to find the best gluten-free items online (best prices around, believe me, I have checked!) with free shipping, I highly recommend Thrive Market, they even have a special Gluten Free section. CLICK HERE to check them out!

What are YOUR favorite things to add to oatmeal? I would love to hear about them in the comments below. Always love trying new recipes!

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23 Replies to “Easy Soaked Instant Pot Steel Cut Oats”

  1. mmhmmmm this looks so good! Warm steal oats with raisins. (Not that you asked), but we just left the grocery store and I wish I had found this blog earlier. I’m switching over to an earlier breakfast schedule since I’m coaching at a gym in the wee hours of the morning, but I’m sure this will make me feel nice and ready to take the day!

    Thanks for sharing!


    SPSC Gym, Trainer

    1. I’ve tried that combo too! Today we had oats, hemp seeds, a stick of grass-fed butter, sea salt, raw honey, cinnamon and coconut milk powder. YUM!

  2. i love your recipes but really wish they had another option other then instant pot, since i doubt i will ever buy one

  3. Is there a difference between steel cut and rolled oats? I hear a lot of talk about steel cut but don’t understand the difference (beside the shape of the oat).

  4. I have a question.. I thought that soaked grains had to have the soaking water discarded and then new water added for cooking. Is this not necessary?

  5. Hi there. I followed these instructions but my IP wouldn’t pressurize the next morning. I thought it was because there wasn’t enough liquid so soaked it in 4 cups overnight and then added 2 more cups the next day and it still didn’t work. It for sure isn’t my IP because it pressurizes fine with all other recipes. Any ideas?

  6. Have you soaked in anything besides yogurt? I’m non dairy and would like to use acv or lemon juice, but flavor??!…

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