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Instant Pot Porridge Setting. How to use the instant pot porridge button to make the most delicious and creamy instant pot porridge using quaker rolled oats. Add in your favourite porridge flavours for the ultimate comforting instant pot breakfast.

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Instant Pot Porridge UK – I created this instant pot porridge recipe for my UK and AU readers after several requests for metric measurements and for ingredients that were easy to source. Even though this aimed at the metric reader, we have it in both metric and imperial and I hope it helps you all, no matter where you live in the world.

This instant pot porridge setting post was originally published in 2017 and was among a series we did on the instant pot buttons. We hope you like the new photos and the extra info.

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Instant Pot Porridge

Laugh if you like, but I had never made porridge until I bought my first instant pot in late 2016. It was just something that I had never thought of making and then I got an instant pot and I wanted to make instant pot porridge.

I found myself trying lots of different oats in the instant pot and seeing which ones I liked the most. I tried instant pot steel cut oatmeal, I also used up spare oats to make air fryer baked oatmeal.

I also went gluten free and used Bobs Red Mill to make a gluten free oatmeal, but the one I liked the most was Quaker Oats. As in those big boxes that you can buy from the supermarket of Quaker 100% wholegrain rolled oats.

Of course, it was also about getting the ratio spot on and there was a lot of failures as the ratio of liquid to oats stopped the instant pot going to pressure.

But I have experimented for you to bring you the best and easiest instant pot porridge using the instant pot porridge setting.

What Is The Porridge Setting On The Instant Pot?

Firstly, if you have the Instant Pot Duo (that is the instant pot we have) or similar you will have noticed a porridge button on your instant pot pressure cooker.

Basically, it is a preset.

The Instant Pot has created presets to make it easier for you when you are cooking porridge and it’s meant to be easier and quicker and more convenient compared to just pressing manual or pressure cook.

Instant Pot Porridge Setting

When you press the instant pot porridge setting it will automatically set the time to 20 minutes like this:

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And you can also see from the picture that it will also set the porridge setting to high pressure.

My problem with this, is that you might be cooking different things to what the instant pot people think you are cooking.

20 minutes might be too long, or it might be too short.

Just like other buttons you can press the + or – and adjust the cook time.

For example, when I am making traditional instant pot breakfast porridge, I am looking for a cook time of 4 minutes.

It is personal choice if you want to use the instant pot porridge setting or just go with the manual or pressure cook. Though, if you are using a different electric pressure cooker brand, you may not have a preset and will need to press pressure cook.

Cooking Porridge In Instant Pot

It is very simple cooking porridge in the instant pot. The only difficult thing is to make sure your ratio of liquid to porridge oats is right, otherwise the instant pot wont go to pressure and will burn.

You literally dump your porridge ingredients into the instant pot and let the instant pot do its magic.

The four ingredients are also easy to source too and are ingredients us Milner’s always have in:

  • English Porridge Oats – I’m using Quaker rolled oats, but any English porridge oats will do a great job. Or if you follow a gluten free diet then you can use these oats from Bob’s Red Mill.
  • Butter – Everything tastes better with butter and porridge is no exception. Just adding in a little can make a huge difference to how your porridge tastes.
  • Coconut Water – Its amazing the difference to flavour you have when you use coconut water rather than just water. It improves the texture of the porridge too and stops it having that dull taste.
  • Honey – I love a natural sweetener in my porridge and find that honey does the best job. You can of course swap this for maple syrup or stevia if you prefer.

That is all you need to make delicious instant pot porridge, though you can also add in some fruit for serving with too.

Porridge Oats With Water

I often get asked can you make porridge with water? Well, the answer is yes and it works and is a great economical way to make porridge, but it will always lack in flavour.

Its like when you make something oil free, that is meant to have oil in, or make a cheese dish without dish, it will always feel like something is missing.

But if you are on a low calorie diet you can swap my ingredients as follows:

  • Butter = a spoon of light Greek yoghurt at the end of cooking
  • Honey = swap it for stevia
  • Coconut Water = swap for regular water

How To Make Porridge In An Instant Pot?

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Cooking porridge in the instant pot is so EASY:

  1. Load ingredients into the instant pot.
  2. Stir.
  3. Pressure cook.
  4. Stir.
  5. Add in extras.
  6. Serve.

How Long To Cook Porridge In Instant Pot?

The cook time for perfectly cooked instant pot porridge is JUST 4 minutes. This ensures that the porridge oats are properly cooked and that they have not gone mushy.

You are also using high pressure to make porridge as its needed to fully cook the rolled oats.

How Much Oats Per Person For Porridge?

As I am sure you are aware, its very easy to make too much porridge and wonder if you are going to be eating porridge everyday for a fortnight.

Well, when we made this batch of instant pot porridge it was enough for six medium sized bowls of porridge and we used 2 cups of oats which is the same as 150g.

If you wanted to divide that for one portion of instant pot porridge, I would recommend 25g of oats per person that you are feeding. Or think of it as 1/3 of a cup of porridge per person.

You also need to think about the oats to water ratio and then reducing your coconut water. To make porridge for one person you would need your water to be ½ cup (120ml) and your porridge to be 1/3 cup (80ml).

More Milner Breakfast Favourites

In the Milner house, we have a few favourite filling breakfast come brunch recipes and we recommend you try them next:

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Instant Pot Porridge Setting

Instant Pot Porridge Setting. How to use the instant pot porridge button to make the most delicious and creamy instant pot porridge using quaker rolled oats. Add in your favourite porridge flavours for the ultimate comforting instant pot breakfast.

Prep Time2 minutes mins

Cook Time4 minutes mins

Total Time6 minutes mins

Course: Breakfast, Snack

Cuisine: Instant Pot

Servings: 6

Calories: 356kcal



Kitchen Gadgets:

Instant Pot Porridge Ingredients:



  • Place coconut milk, porridge oats and butter into the instant pot and stir.

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  • Place the lid on the instant pot, set the valve to sealing and press porridge. Then adjust the time to 4 minutes.

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  • When it beeps do a quick pressure release and stir in honey and brown sugar. Serve with your favourite fruit.

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Butter. To make creamy delicious porridge always add butter. It gives it a delicious taste and it is an old fashioned recipe method.

Pressure. Keep an eye on your instant pot to make sure it goes to pressure. Sometimes it takes too long as runs out of liquid. If this happens add another cup of water to the instant pot and put the lid straight back on.

Thanks for reading our instant pot porridge recipe on Recipe This. We have many more instant pot recipes for you to check out next. Though if you love easy one pot meals, then I recommend you try our Instant Pot frozen pot roast next.


Calories: 356kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 29g | Saturated Fat: 24g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 4mg | Sodium: 29mg | Potassium: 358mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 42IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 36mg | Iron: 5mg

Nutrition InfoPlease Note: Nutrition values are our best estimate based on the software we use at Recipe This and are meant as a guide. If you rely on them for your diet, use your preferred nutrition calculator.

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What does the porridge button do on the Instant Pot? ›

Porridge. This will make rice pudding or grains other than rice. To make rice porridge, it will default cook on High Pressure for 20 minutes (230 degrees). You can adjust “More” for 30 minutes or “Less” for 15.

What is the difference between porridge and congee setting? ›

Porridge and Congee

The Porridge setting is designed to cook a thicker, Japanese style rice porridge using short or medium grain white rice, while Congee will make a thinner, Chinese style rice porridge using Jasmine white rice.

Should Instant Pot porridge be sealed or vent? ›

First, add the steel cut oats and the water to the Instant Pot. Place the lid on the Instant Pot and lock. Then press the Porridge button (you can also use Manual/Pressure Cook) and set to 6 minutes. Turn the knob on the top of the lid to 'Sealing' (not venting).

Are instant porridge pots healthy? ›

There's nothing wrong with microwaving porridge, especially if you are in a rush in the morning. Instant porridge is fine if you stay away from flavoured or sweetened versions. Even healthy-sounding flavours such as apple and blueberry generally contain added sugars.

How to make instant porridge better? ›

Add an egg to your morning oatmeal for a thicker, heartier and even more delicious breakfast idea with more protein! Combine oats, milk and egg in a microwave-safe bowl and mix well. Microwave for 1 minute and stir. Top as desired and serve warm.

Is rice and porridge the same thing? ›

Porridge can contain a combination of grains, including but not limited to rice, oats, corn, barley and wheat. Native to the Scandinavian area of Northern Europe, porridge is typically enjoyed as a breakfast food but can be served as a savory lunch or dinner.

What's the difference between rice porridge and oatmeal? ›

But the main difference between porridge and oatmeal is that porridge is made with a variety of whole grains, cereal or legumes, and oatmeal is made with oats (either rolled, flattened or ground).

Does cooking porridge longer make it thicker? ›

Cook for longer

The best way to achieve thicker oats is with time. This slow cooking process, usually taking around 10-15 minutes, allows the oats to absorb the liquid and become creamier.

Is congee healthier than rice? ›

Still, if you dig deeper into its nutritional facts, the filling dish has a surprisingly low-calorie content. The more water you add to the dish, the lower the carbohydrates, allowing you to derive 30 calories for every 100 grams of rice porridge compared to the 100 calories you would get in plain rice.

Does porridge taste the same with water? ›

If you cook your porridge with water, it will taste milder than if you use oat milk. Without toppings and spices, porridge tastes rather boring overall.

Is congee just porridge? ›

The word “congee” derives from Tamil, and different Asian cultures have their own version of this delectable, often savory, rice porridge. In Chinese cooking, congee (粥, pronounced jook in Cantonese or zhou1 in Mandarin) usually involves boiling jasmine rice with a lot of water over low heat.

Why does Instapot say burn food? ›

The Instant Pot's burn message simply means that your Instant Pot has detected that its inner pot has gotten too hot. There may be a slight amount of burned food at the bottom of your pot, but not enough to ruin whatever you're cooking.

Can you use a rice cooker for porridge? ›

Directions. Mix oats, water, milk, honey, sugar, vanilla extract, and salt together in a rice cooker. Cook oats in rice cooker until desired consistency is reached, 10 to 15 minutes.

How long does porridge setting take on rice cooker? ›

Cooking time can vary depending on the type of rice cooker and the desired consistency of the porridge. On average, it takes about 20-30 minutes for the porridge to cook in a rice cooker. Can I add flavorings to the porridge while cooking? Yes, you can add various flavorings to enhance the taste of your porridge.

What does rice porridge do? ›

Congee is easy to digest and is a good source of energy. Rice porridge is also a good source of nutrients and vitamins. Congee or rice porridge can help you lose weight, as it is a low calorie food. Congee or rice porridge can also help you lower your cholesterol levels.

How long does porridge setting take on Zojirushi? ›

Fill with boiling water up until 1/2 inch (1 cm) below the ridge and close lid. Rice porridge will be ready to eat in 90 minutes and will stay warm for up to 6 hours.

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