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Instant Pot Steel Cut Oats with Apple Compote

Instant Pot Steel Cut Oats with Apple Compote is a creamy, dreamy way to greet a cold morning- and the best way of cooking steel cut oats!!!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time1 min
Total Time16 mins
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6
Calories: 346kcal


For the Apple Compote:

  • 1 tart apple granny smith
  • 1 sweet apple golden delicious or honeycrisp
  • 3 Tablespoons raisins
  • ½ cup apple juice
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice freshly squeezed
  • 2 Tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons Maple syrup
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon gluten-free vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon lemon zest

For the Steel Cut Oats:

  • ½ Tablespoon butter for greasing pot
  • 3 cups water
  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 cups steel cut oats
  • pinch kosher or fine sea salt


How to Make the Apple Compote:

  • Peel and core the apples and cut into small chunks. 

Add the apples, raisins, apple juice, lemon juice, brown sugar, maple syrup, cinnamon, vanilla and lemon zest to a large saucepan and stir to combine.

  • Cook mixture over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally. Cook until the apples are fork-tender and the liquid is syrupy about 20 minutes. 

Transfer mixture to a bowl and set aside.

    Instructions for the Steel Cut Oats:

    • Lightly butter the bottom and sides of the inner pot of your instant pot. 
    • Add the water, milk, oats, and salt. DO NOT STIR.
    • Close and lock the lid, making sure the steam release handle is in the sealed position. 
    • Cook on high pressure for 9 minutes. When done, allow the pressure to release naturally - about 15 minutes. Turn the steam release handle to "venting", releasing any remaining steam. Unlock the lid and open the pot carefully. 
    • Scoop the oatmeal into bowls and top with a tablespoon or two of the compote. 


    • For the compote, I used apple juice but you could substitute orange juice.
    • Do not use Coach's Oats for this recipe! Although the oats are cut the same as steel cut oats, they are pre-cooked and thus will become too mushy! I used Bob's Red Mill Steel Cut Oats and they worked perfectly. 
    • I used very large raisins for this recipe but any size and variety works great! 
    • If only serving one or two people, refrigerate the oatmeal and compote separately for up to 6 days. To serve, scoop a serving of oatmeal into a microwave safe bowl and top with some of the compote. Cover with plastic wrap and microwave for 2 - 3 minutes at 80 percent power. 


    Calories: 346kcal | Carbohydrates: 60g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 10mg | Sodium: 54mg | Potassium: 237mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 17g | Vitamin A: 175IU | Vitamin C: 2.8mg | Calcium: 137mg | Iron: 2.4mg