Pressure Cooker Steel Cut Oats and Red River Cereal

Cooking steel cut oats in a pressure cooker is quick and simple. This is a perfect breakfast on a chilly morning and great with so many different toppings.

Oatmeal in a blue bowl.

I love warm breakfast in the morning and oatmeal is often my dish of choice. I remember going to summer camp and having porridge mixed with Red River Cereal. I loved it then and have had it ever since. The pressure cooker makes this super easy. If you have never made pressure cooker steel cut oats then you will love this recipe.

Overhead picture of oatmeal with dried fruit.

Why Is Cooking Oats In A Pressure Cooker So Great?

Pressure cookers can make the cooking process simpler and quicker. One of the meals that usually does not need to be sped up is breakfast, namely oatmeal. But cooking steel cut oats is a longer process than rolled oats and using the pressure cooker makes it so fast and easy.

Pressure cooking is also super convenient. Oftentimes, we have many things to do in the morning and there is no time to prepare a healthy breakfast. You can cook steel cut oats and red river cereal in a pressure cooker while getting ready for work, school or any other morning tasks.

A cereal bowl filled with cooked oatmeal.

Ingredient Notes

In this recipe, I have used half steel cut oats and half red river cereal. You can cook them in the pressure cooker while you are in the shower or doing other things to get ready in the morning. There is no need to stand over the pot stirring, the pressure cooker takes care of everything.

If you do not have Red River Cereal, then feel free to use all steel cut oats. Follow the rest of the recipe and the oats will be awesome!

Along with the grains, we also need some water, butter and a pinch of salt. These will all come together to make the most delicious hot breakfast cereal.

Uncooked steel cut oats in a pot.

Making this breakfast is easy. First, add everything to the inner pot of the electric pressure cooker. Give the grains a stir in the water.

A pot half filled with water and butter.

How To Cook Oatmeal In A Pressure Cooker

Pressure cookers are truly a ‘set it and forget it’ method of cooking. Once everything is in the pot, put on the lid of the pressure cooker and make sure the valve is set to seal. Set the cooker to high pressure for 10 minutes.

A bowl of oatmeal with dried cranberries and granola.

Once pressure cooker has finished cooking, I like to let the pressure release naturally for 15-20 minutes. After that, I release it manually and the cereal is perfectly cooked and ready for whatever topping you choose! I like to serve my pressure cooker steel oats with dried fruit, nuts, chocolate chips, crunchy granola, milk and so much more!

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Pressure Cooker Steel Cut Oats and Red River Cereal

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Make oatmeal in the pressure cooker. This recipe uses steel cut oats along with red river cereal to make a tasty and healthy breakfast very quickly.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4 people


  • 1/2 cup steel cut oats
  • 1/2 cup red river cereal
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 tsp butter or margarine
  • 1/4 tsp salt


  • Place all the ingredients into a pressure cooker.
  • Select High pressure and set for a 10 minute cook time.
  • The pressure cooker will come up to pressure (5-10 minutes), and then cook for 10 minutes.
  • Once the 10 minute cook cycle is finished. Let the pressure cooker release the pressure naturally for 15-20 minutes. After that, release any remaining pressure.
  • Stir the oatmeal and serve with any of the following toppings: fruit, nuts, granola, milk, maple syrup, brow sugar and more.


Per serving:

Calories: 77kcalCarbohydrates: 13gProtein: 3gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0.2gFiber: 2g

Nutrition Disclaimer


Oatmeal in a blue bowl.

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  • Sadly Red River cereal has been discontinued as of June 2019. I was so surprised and heartbroken. I loved my Red River

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    • On second thought it was June 2020.

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  • This recipe makes a big batch, by refrigerating the cereal it thickens up.

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  • Very good recipe I’ve made this several times, I’ve added dried fruit with no sugar & cinnamon. And i’ve made just the basic recipe, keeping it refrigerated & then adding my fruity yogurt, Delicious both ways.

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  • 4 stars
    I’ve eaten oatmeal and Red River cereal all my life (75) but never together. I was intrigued by the idea of making a combination like that. I followed your recipe to the letter. The result was very soupy. I had to boil off some of the liquid. The flavour was fine and I enjoyed the combination.

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  • GREAT way to fix Red River Cereal. Loved using the instant pot and not standing at the stove. We made our first trip to Canada after 30 years and finding Red River Cereal was a higher priority than catching fish!!!

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    • I hear you! We do the same thing when we travel to the U.S. – there are always certain things we need to pick up. Glad you enjoyed this way to prepare Red River Cereal!

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  • I experimented with the recipe by using 1 cup of steel cut oats, 1 cup red river cereal, 5 cups of water, some salt and cinamon and cooked in my Power Cooker for 10 minutes on high. The result is a creamier oatmeal. To eat I heat up a bowl of it with almost enough milk to cover the oatmeal in the microwave, then add brown sugar. Tastes great to me.

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  • 5 stars
    I tried your recipe with my “Power Cooker” pressure cooker but by mistake added double the amount of both the steel cut oats and Red River cereal. Fortunately the oatmeal came out just the way I like it, nice and thick and cook through. I had been making a similar mix with a small slow cooker where you plug it in at night on low and wake up to hot oatmeal. The only issue I had was that you wasted about a cup of the oatmeal in the hard crust stuck along the edges of the cooker and a quarter inch skim on the top. I could be that my slow cooker was too hot even on the low setting or it cooked too long.
    I was thinking of setting my slow cooker on a timer at night but then went looking for a pressure cooker recipe and the rest is history…..


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  • 5 stars
    Just unpacked my new electric pressure cooker and I think this will be the first thing I try!
    Love your website! So much great detailed information and delicious sounding/looking recipes that I will be trying very soon.
    Thank you so much for sharing!

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  • 5 stars
    I know I’m old to this post but I love cooking my steel oats in the pressure cooker! I no longer have to wait by the stovetop or let is sit overnight to cook. I am in the process of following your red beans and rice recipe and I’ll post my review on it tomorrow. Please post more recipes on pressure cooking!

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  • Looks great, I have a stove top pressure cooker and I was wondering if this would work. I will definitely be trying it.

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    • Malen, it will definitely work, but just keep in mind that you may need to adjust the cooking time.

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