The Instant Pot is an amazing machine all on its own, but there are quite a few accessories you can purchase to maximize its use.
My way of cooking has been dramatically altered since I purchased an Instant Pot. It cooks nearly everything in one pot in a fraction of the time, so I use it practically every night. Have you got one yet? In that case, read our Instant Pot buying guide to determine if this is the right appliance for you. Also see our comparison of models if you’re caught up on which one to buy.
I didn’t realize how much the Instant Pot could enhance my cooking until I added extra accessories to its capabilities. You can cook multiple foods at the same time with pot-in-pot cooking, you can steam vegetables with a steamer basket, or hard boil eggs with an egg tray. The possibilities are immense.
Here are all the creative and useful ways the Instant Pot can help you save time, whether you already own one or are thinking about getting one.
15 Best Accessories for Your Instant Pot
Now that you’ve seen all the Instant Pot can do, you’re probably wanting to get most of these accessories. In that case, an all-in Instant Pot kit is probably the most economical way to go.
A kit, like this 27-piece set, will get you just about everything you will ever need to make whatever you want in the Instant Pot. It includes steamer baskets, a springform pan, a steamer rack, egg rack, egg cutter, egg ring, egg whisk, egg bites mold, dish plate clip, spatula, kitchen tong, silicone pad, scrubber, and oven mitts, magnetic sheets and a recipe book.
All of those sold separately would cost 4 or 5 times what this set costs. If you know someone who just bought an Instant Pot, this makes a really great gift.
A silicon lid allows you to store any left overs you have in the inner pot, so you don’t have to find another container that’s big enough to transfer the food to for storage. This comes in handy for things like bone both or large pots of soup.
The silicon lid creates an airtight, spill proof and watertight seal on the instant pot stainless steel inner pot. It’s BPA free and dishwasher safe, and it fits a variety of 5 & 6 quart Instant Pots.
I can’t express enough how nice it is to have two inner pots. Having an extra will allow you to cook two parts of a meal without transferring and cleaning the original pot after the first step. I use this for things like Meatballs & Mashed Potatoes and Orange Chicken with Rice. You can cook the Main dish in one pot, then replace it with a second to steam the rice.
If you’re going to get a second inner pot, I recommend a ceramic non-stick version to compliment the stainless steel version. This 6-quart version has a ceramic non-stick interior coating, and is plastic, PTFE, and PFOA free. It can also be transferred to the oven up to fairly high temps, so you can keep the food in it warm while cooking in the second pot.
For steaming vegetables, a steamer basket is ideal. It will keep the veggies off the bottom of the pan and out of the water, so they don’t become water logged during cooking.
Make sure you look for a steamer basket that is stainless steel, so it doesn’t rust, and that has a silicon handle. The handle is necessary to be able to easy remove the basket from the hot Instant Pot.
Aside from veggies, you can steam just about anything in this basket. Use it to steam eggs, potatoes, tamales, and artichokes.
Another great use for this steamer basket is when you’re making bone broth. Instead of putting the bones, roasted veggies and herbs directly into the water, you can add them to the steamer basket. When the broth is done, all you have to do is lift out the basket to remove the bones.
You can really turn your Instant Pot into an all-encompassing kitchen machine with a springform pan. You can bake cakes, cheesecake, brownies. You can also use it to bake casseroles and dishes like macaroni and cheese, meatloaf, or lasagna.
All you have to do to use a springform pan in your Instant Pot is add the necessary water and place the pan with your cake or casserole on the trivet inside the pot.
This official Instant Pot springform pan is 7 1/2″ and fits inside a 6qt pot. You can even stack them on top of each other in the pot to make 2 at a time.
You may not realize, you can actually bake banana bread in your Instant Pot in a mini loaf pan. This set of 2 official Instant Pot mini loaf pans fit perfectly side by side in a 6 quart machine. You can use them to make meatloaf, casseroles, bread… just use your imagination.
Since there are two of them, you can maximize your efforts and make two things at once, like meatloaf and mashed potatoes, or banana bread and zucchini bread.
7. Glass Lid
So I was making chicken noodle soup with dumplings in my Instant Pot a few weeks ago and I realized I wasn’t properly equipped to make the dumplings in the soup, like I usually do on the stove top, because I didn’t have a glass lid to cover the pot with while the dumplings cooked.
Having a glass lid will enable you to use the Instant Pot like a slow cooker. It’s great for when you need to boil something, using the Saute mode, with the lid on, but not under pressure. It’s also really great for holding in the heat when you’re not quite ready to take the food out of the pot yet.
Ever tried to lift a hot Instant Pot from the machine? I was always using a kitchen towel to lift the pot out, without getting the towel in the food. Such a pain!
Instead of burning yourself removing pots and trivets, you can use these mini silicon mitts. They fit easily on the tips of your fingers so you can easily lift hot things.
These are made from food grade silicone and meet FDA food safety standards. If you’re worried about space in a small kitchen, they nest together for storage.
In the spirit of trying to make the Instant Pot a one-stop machine for the kitchen, you will need these silicon cupcake liners. They are great for making poached eggs (in bulk, if you have enough of them), as well as cupcakes, mini cheesecakes, egg muffins, mini meatloafs, etc.
I realize you won’t always be using the Instant Pot to bake things, so that’s why these silicon cupcake liners are the best to have. They can also be used in the oven or microwave. They’re super easy to clean and are naturally non-stick.
Using stacking containers allows you to cook different foods in separate containers. If you’re making a complete dinner, you will be able to cook all the components at the same time, rather than one at a time.
This is super useful for dishes like:
- Beef and broccoli
- Fish and green beans
- Chicken and stuffing
You can also cook foods in these stackable containers that you wouldn’t be able to put directly into the bottom of the pot because they don’t contain enough liquid.
Use stackable containers to cook these dishes:
- Creme Brulee
The sealing rings tend to hold onto the smells of previously cooked dishes. For this reason, it’s wise to use one ring for savory dishes and one ring for sweet dishes.
For this purpose, I like this set of 3 rings that come in different colors. I use one for savory dishes, one for sweet dishes, and one for yogurt. They never get mixed up because they’re color coded. Make sure you get the right size for your machine.
I also like to have a few extra rings on hand just in case one goes bad. They do need to be replaced over time, and if one stops working when you’re preparing to cook something, you can recover quickly if you have an extra on hand.
If you eat boiled eggs often, a silicone egg rack will produce easy-to-shell, perfectly cooked soft or hard boiled eggs. The OXO Silicon Egg Rack holds up to 9 eggs upright, so they cook evenly and there’s no chance of them breaking.
To cook eggs on this rack, all you have to do is add one cup of hot water to the pot, place the rack inside the pot, add the eggs, and cook anywhere from 2 minutes for runny yolk soft eggs, to 5 minutes for hard boiled eggs with manual pressure release immediate after time is up.
If you’re regularly making a lot of eggs, you can even stack these racks on top of the eggs below to create two levels.
You can turn your instant pot into an air fryer with this air fryer lid. I love this option to unlock a whole new set of cooking techniques that allow you to crisp food right in your Instant Pot, which is really convenient if you don’t want to get a separate air fryer.
It comes with a few extra accessories of its own to make the cooking process easier: a fryer basket with stand, a metal plate to cook 2 foods at once, and a safety lid for the air fryer to sit on.
Be aware that this air fryer lid does not have pressure cooker functionality on its own. It’s a separate device that replaces the pressure cooker lid. It is compatible with the Duo, Duo Plus and others. But it is not compatible with the following models: Smart Wi-Fi 60, Smart Bluetooth, Duo Evo Plus 6, Duo Evo Plus 60, Duo SV 60 or Max 60.
To cook a small meal for 1 or 2 people in the Instant Pot is very difficult, because there’s so much space in the inner pot, but this bake pan with dividers makes it very easy to cook or reheat multiple items for a complete meal, all at the same time.
It’s best use case is for a meat, like chicken, potato, and dessert. You can put these three elements into the various sections of the pan and cook them for 10 minutes in the Instant Pot and they’ll all be cooked perfectly at the same time.
This steam release diverter is a great way to prevent burns from the pressure release valve. You place this device over the top of the valve and it diverts the hot steam out the side, so it doesn’t shoot straight up and spray hot water everywhere. It helps protect you and your arms from burns.
Owning an Instant Pot is just the beginning. Learning to use it as a pro is the next step. Using these extra accessories for your Instant Pot will help you get the greatest benefit out of this amazing appliance.
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