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Oats Porridge Recipe with Vegetables (Instant Pot Oatmeal)

Instant Pot steel cut oats

This Oats Porridge recipe with Vegetables will be your next comfort food favorite. It’s ready in 30 minutes and keeps you full for hours!

The Instant Pot is still one of our best kitchen buys. You can cook almost anything in there in no time!

It has become very useful these past days, when I find myself wanting to make more warm, comfort-y food like this oatmeal porridge.

Is oatmeal the same as porridge oats?

Oatmeal is a type of porridge made specifically from oats. However, not all porridge is made from oats. You can make porridge using other types of grains and even with legumes.

Is oatmeal porridge good for you?

Oatmeal porridge contains a soluble fiber, which helps lower your blood cholesterol level, if taken as part of a healthy diet.

Which oats are best for porridge?

Some of the oats that are best for making porridge include old-fashioned rolled oats and steel cut oats. Although both can get mushy if overcooked, steel cut oats have a bite to it. If you’re used to porridge made with rice, this is a great option for you.

Cooking Steel Cut Oats Using Instant Pot

It only takes 16 minutes to cook the steel cut oats in the Instant Pot. That includes the time it takes for the Instant Pot to build pressure and the cooking time (I cook my oats for 6 minutes).

oats porridge with vegetables using instant pot

Why do I prefer to cook my steel cut oats in the Instant Pot? Convenience.

With Instant Pot, I basically just have to put the oats, water, and seasonings and let the device do the cooking. I don’t have to constantly check on it or stir it.

It beeps once it’s done. If I need to add something else, I just add it once the pressure has been fully released (it remains locked, for safety, when there is still pressure in the pot).

What You Need for This Oats Porridge Recipe

To make this savory oatmeal porridge in Instant Pot, you’ll need:

Steel cut oats

Unlike the rolled oats, steel cut oats have a bite to it. If you dislike eating mushy oats, then I highly recommend this!


Steel cut oats to water ratio is 1:3; that is, for every cup of steel cut oats, you need about 3 cups of water to cook it.

I often ended up adding a little bit more to keep it from getting too thick.

Spices and seasonings

This includes chopped white onion, minced garlic, chicken paste, salt, and pepper.

Mixed vegetables

For convenience, I use frozen mixed veggies but feel free to use fresh ones. This oatmeal porridge goes well with ‘hardy’ veggies such as celery, carrots, green beans, and even green peas.

How to Make This Oats Porridge with Vegetables

Step 1. Cook the steel cut oats with the spices and seasonings.

Mix the following ingredients in the inner pot of Instant Pot – water, steel cut oats, chicken paste/base, chopped white onion, and minced garlic.

Choose the Porridge option and set the time to 6 minutes.

Once the 6-minute cooking time is up, naturally release pressure for about 5 minutes and manually release the remaining pressure.

Step 2. Add the veggies, season with salt and pepper, and add more water if needed.

If your porridge is too thick, add more water. Stir and then add the mixed veggies. Season with salt and pepper.

You may also mix in some dried chives.

Choose the Saute option and set it to 4 minutes at high pressure.

Step 3. Serve warm.

I like stirring in freshly-squeezed lemon juice and fish sauce before serving it.

What goes well with this porridge?

This goes well with mushrooms, shredded chicken, hard-boiled eggs, and nori sheets.

Oatmeal Porridge Calories

Each serving (about 1/2 cup) of this oatmeal porridge has 50 calories, 0.5 gram of fat, 7.7 grams of carbohydrates, 1.1 grams of fiber, 1.2 grams of sugar, and 1.6 grams of protein.

If you made this recipe, please let me know in the comment section below!

Oats Porridge with Vegetables (Using Instant Pot)

This Oats Porridge recipe with Vegetables will be your next comfort food favorite. It’s ready in 30 minutes and keeps you full for hours!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: Asian
Keyword: Instant Pot recipe, oats porridge
Servings: 12
Calories: 50kcal


  • Instant Pot


  • 1.5 dry cups steel cut oats
  • 5 cups water
  • 2/3 cup white onion chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 tsp roasted chicken base
  • 1.5 cups frozen mixed vegetables
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper

For serving (optional mix-ins and add-ons):

  • lemon juice freshly squeezed
  • fish sauce
  • cooked mushrooms, shredded chicken, or hardboiled eggs
  • Nori sheets
  • chopped green onions or dried chives


  • In the inner pot of Instant Pot, mix the following ingredients: water, steel cut oats, chopped onion, minced garlic, and chicken base. Choose the Porridge option and set it for 6 minutes.
  • Once the 6-minute cook time is over, naturally release the pressure for about 5 minutes and manually release the remaining pressure.
  • Add the mixed vegetables and season with salt and pepper. If the porridge is too thick for your liking, add more water. Choose the Saute option and set it at 4 minutes at High Pressure.
  • Stir and serve warm. Best served with freshly-squeezed lemon juice and a small amount of fish sauce. This also goes well with hardboiled eggs, shredded chicken, cooked mushrooms, and nori sheets. Top with chopped green onion or mix in with dried chives.



Nutrition Information

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50 calories/serving
Serving size is 1/2 cup
Total Fat 0.5 g | Sodium 117 mg | Carb. 7.7 g | Fiber 1.1. g | Sugar 1.2 g | Protein 1.6 g

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