We received free samples of Wonderful Pistachios mentioned in this post. By posting this recipe we are entering a recipe contest sponsored by Wonderful Pistachios and are eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. We were not compensated for our time.
Oatmeal is one of our favorite breakfasts and when we discovered savory oatmeal, it opened up a whole new world of possibilities. Steel cut oats are also a favorite, as they have a chewier texture, however they generally take a while to cook, so it isn’t something we do often. Though with the pressure cooker, especially if you have an electric one, the cooking time is considerably less, plus more hands off than the traditional stovetop method.
So when we were saw the Recipe Redux contest using Wonderful Pistachios, we decided to combine the chewy goodness of steel cut oats, with the nutty flavors of pistachios in a faster, no fuss oatmeal.
Pistachios seemed like the perfect fit for our savory oatmeal:
For snacking, we are all about pistachios in their shells as it slows down how fast we might otherwise eat them. But for using in recipes, we are so glad to have the option of buying the nuts already shelled. Because let’s be honest, who wants to shell a bunch of pistachios that are then going in a recipe? Not us. And for this recipe, we ground up some of the pistachios in a food processor to cook with the steel cut oats.
Instant Pots are all the rage these days and while we haven’t taken the plunge just yet, Ann may be getting closer to doing it after making this savory pistachio oatmeal. Ann has a stovetop pressure cooker that she primarily uses for making chicken stock and preparing dried beans. While stovetop pressure cookers cook at higher pressure, which translates to faster cooking times, the set it and leave it ability of electric pressure cookers is certainly appealing on busy nights.#ad Start the day with a protein and fiber filled bowl of Pressure Cooker Savory Pistachio Oatmeal with arugula, egg and sriracha! #thereciperedux Click To Tweet
The good news is that whether you have an Instant Pot, another type of electric pressure cooker or a stovetop pressure cooker, you can still make this oatmeal in far less time than in a regular pot on the stove. In all, it took about 25 minutes of total time, including coming to pressure, cooking at pressure and the natural release. Not to mention, no stirring was involved to keep the bottom from burning. Score!
You’ll notice that instead of just dumping everything in the bottom of the pressure cooker, we actually put it in a heat safe glass bowl. This was placed on top of our steamer insert after we added a few cups of water to the pressure cooker. By cooking it this way, it was much easier to clean up the pressure cooker and the oats won’t gunk up the valve in the lid.
If you’re curious about the effect of different Instant Pot cooking times on the texture of steel cut oats, this website has a great chart. If you’re thinking of using another type of oats, then use this chart for adjusting the cooking times appropriately.
Now if you do happen to be so lucky as to have an electric pressure cooker with a delayed timer feature then you can quickly throw this together the night before and set the timer to start cooking about a half hour before you wake up in the morning. And by making hard-boiled eggs ahead (which we hear are super easy to do in the Instant Pot), you can have a hardy, filling breakfast in no time.
We topped our savory pistachio oatmeal with a hard-boiled egg, more pistachios (of course), arugula and sriracha. The peppery flavor of arugula pairs well with the subtle heat from the sriracha. And don’t skimp on the sriracha! Lesley is usually pretty wimpy when it comes to spicy and she kept reaching for more sriracha. It really brings out a depth of flavor in the dish. Of course add any toppings you want, like cheese or other veggies you might have on hand. We both ended up throwing in some sun-dried tomatoes too.
Check out all the other Wonderful Pistachio recipes from other Redux Members.