The best Instant Pot accessories are easy to identify: they bear the company’s ‘Official’ or ‘Genuine’ labelling which distinguishes them as manufactured by Instant Pot to specifically fit their multi-cookers. A multitude of manufacturers have jumped on the opportunity to create their own replicas often of lower quality or lacking finishing touches such as inner measurement marking on inner pots for example. The company even warns that their warranty might become void if some “compatible” accessories such as sealing rings are used with their pressure cookers instead of their own. Now which of these little wonders are best for YOU?
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1. Instant Pot Lids
It might seem strange to start a review of the top Official Instant Pot accessories with the mundane lid but though extra lids can come in handy, a newcomer has joined the IP stable that has heads turning…
a) The Instant Pot Air Fryer Lid is the clear winner of this popularity contest by a broad margin! Already own an Instant Pot and want to add ‘air frying’ to its résumé? No problem – and no need to buy a whole new unit: simply increase the functionality of your existing cooker with this revolutionary lid. Compatible with 6-quart cookers Duo, Duo Nova, Duo Plus, Duo Gourmet, Viva, Ultra, Lux, Nova Plus (stainless steel inner pots only), the amazing multi-function Instant Pot fryer lid allows you to air fry, broil, bake, roast, reheat AND dehydrate!!! Included are:
* Broil/dehydrating tray
* Multi-level air fryer basket
* Protective pad and storage cover
* Air fryer basket base
Can’t decide between getting an air fryer versus an Instant Pot? Read all about the new Duo Crisp 11-in-1 which integrates both air fryer dehydrator functions.
b) This Instant Pot Glass Lid with large stainless steel handle and rim features a steam release vent to reduce condensation. Made for their 3-, 6- and 8-quart multi-use programmable pressure cookers, this tempered glass lid is ideal when using the ‘Sauté’ and ‘Slow Cook’ programs or in ‘Keep Warm’ mode. Also perfect when making yogurt and for potluck parties, this versatile clear lid is dishwasher safe and can be used on the stainless steel inner pot in the oven up to 428F/220C.
c) Compatible with their 3-, 5-, 6- and 8-quart models, the Instant Pot Silicone Lid is used to create an air- and water-tight seal when storing the stainless steel inner pot in your refrigerator.
Manufactured from the highest quality food-safe silicone, this clever storage tool is not only BPA free, but dishwasher safe as well.
2. Instant Pot Racks
The following racks and trivets are all 8-quart as well as 6-quart Instant Pot accessories, though the Yellow Silicone Egg Rack (d) is also compatible with the Instant Pot 3-quart cooker. They are shown below based on material (silicone, stainless steel) but can easily be found based on functionality:
* Roasting (a-b-e);
* Eggs (c-d-f);
* Other (g-h).
Our first two Instant Pot roasting racks are made of durable BPA-free, non-stick silicone which is heat resistant to 450°F/232°C. They are also dishwasher safe for easy cleanup:
a) This Orange Silicone Roasting Rack serves to elevate food, helping drain grease and fat from meats while roasting, while its vented design ensures even cooking.
b) Featuring long, secure interlocking handles that fit under the pot’s lid during cooking, this highly useful Red Silicone Bakeware Instant Pot Sling was created to help lift pans in and out of the cooker without burning yourself. It can also be used to roast meat, fish or vegetables directly in the cooker – no need for a separate pan! Use the red Instant Pot sling as a roasting rack like above, or a trivet for serving hot dishes.
c) The Yellow Silicone Instant Pot Egg Rack allows you to make 9 perfect, easy to peel hard- or soft-boiled eggs, or stack two racks and make 18 eggs in one go. You can even use this versatile egg steamer rack as a trivet for serving, or even to decorate for a special occasion. One of the few Instant Pot inserts that is compatible with 3-quart as well as 6- and 8-quart cookers – eggcellent! 🙂
d) What’s better than boiled eggs? Egg bites, of course! Even better when they’re so easy to make and store for quick, easy snacks – or use the Red Instant Pot Silicone Pan for muffins, cupcakes or brownies. They’re also convenient, as the same pan can be used to cook, serve, store (lid included), freeze and reheat. Make your mixture ahead of time, refrigerate or freeze in this pan and cook later; make seven 2.5-ounce egg bites, or stack two of these pans and double your output.
e) Made of durable, corrosion-resistant 18/8 stainless steel, this Stainless Steel Wire Roasting Rack is often referred to as the ‘Instant Pot trivet’ which is a misnomer as four legs (not three) keep it solidly balanced as well as slightly elevated, allowing for fats to drain while cooking healthier meals. A vented design ensures even cooking, and extended handles allow for safe handling. Fold the handles and use as a regular rack for serving!
f) Also made of 18/8 stainless steel, the Instant Pot Egg Rack Set can be used individually or stacked to cook 7 to 14 eggs. Use the extended handles to safely transfer food in and out of the cooker.
Like its silicone counterpart, they can also serve as trivets for serving or trays to cool and decorate. For more flexibility, consider the 8-piece set below.
g) The perfect Instant Pot accessory kit if you enjoy baking and steaming multiple foods at once! This 8-Piece Cook/Bake Set allows you to maximize the use of your Instant Pot; it includes the set of upper and lower egg racks described above, as well as:
* 1 stainless steel round pan with removable base and a silicone ring for easy removal of foods without leaks;
* 1 stainless steel round pan with solid bottom and removable divider which allows you to prepare different foods at once.
* 2 snap-fit silicone lids protect your food while cooking and let you store food right in the pan; pressure release tabs allow for steam release.
h) Designed to work with any pressure cooker with a minimum capacity of 5 quarts, the Yogurt Maker and Sterilization Rack includes a rack as well as five 6-ounce yogurt cups with air-tight, spill proof lids. Made from BPA-free PF-1002 food grade polypropylene plastic, it is dishwasher and freezer safe.
The yogurt making rack insert also comes in handy for feeding baby, as it can also hold five 9-ounce feed bottles (not included) for sterilization by pressure steaming to kill bacteria, fungi and viruses. Simply place the feed bottles spout down into the cup holders (accessories and valves can sit on the rack); add 2 measuring cups of water and run the steam program for 10 minutes. Quick Release can be used at the end of the cycle.
3. Instant Pot Steamer Inserts
Steaming with an Instant Pot vegetable steamer may well be one of the best kept secrets to living healthy, as it allows you to created quick, balanced meals in no time – and with very little cleanup required. All steamer baskets below are compatible with 6- and 8-quart cookers. Though highly popular, Instant Pot silicone inserts come with a word of warning: if you like to steam onions or garlic, you may be better off with the stainless steel mesh basket set below (e), as silicone absorbs odors which no amount of scrubbing will release.
a) Use this Green Silicone Instant Pot Steamer Basket with Handles to steam veggies, fish and more for quick, nutritious meals. This sturdy basket features raised feet which protect food from boiling water. Long, secure-lock handles force pleated basket corners in making for safe, easy lifting into and out of the pot; neatly tucked under the lid of your Instant Pot while cooking, the handles hook into the basket’s feet for easy storage.
b) The Grey Silicone Instant Pot Steam Rack has long legs to keep food from touching water while steaming; long cool-touch handles that tuck under the cover facilitate getting things in and out of the pot. Designed with a locking rim intended to lock either the silicone steamer basket or cake pan below, it can also be used to hold a bowl. This Instant Pot rack fits 5-, 6- and 8-quart cookers and can be stacked three high for dehydrating in the 6- and 8-quart inner pots.
c) Reminiscent of bamboo-style steamers, this traditional Grey Silicone Steamer Basket (7.7″D x 2.1″H) can be used to steam anything from fruit and vegetables to pasta, rice, eggs, poultry, meat, seafood, or even fish fillets. Better yet, save on cooking time by stacking two high on the steam rack in the 6- or 8-quart cookers; a recessed rim and base allow the basket to lock onto the steam rack with a second steamer basket nesting on top.
d) Better yet, get the Grey Silicone Steamer Set that includes the above steam rack (b) and basket (c), plus a silicone broiler pan with gloss finish for non-stick easy cleaning. This last pan has a solid bottom and also stacks securely either on the steam rack or steamer basket. Dishwasher and freezer safe, this silicone steaming set can be used to make cakes or meatloaf.
e) Made from durable, rust-resistant stainless steel and compatible with 6- and 8-quart cookers, this Stainless Steel Mesh Stackable Steamer Basket Set features easy-lift handles as well as raised feet to keep food above boiling water while cooking. Their nest and stack design allows for an entire healthy steamed meal to cook in one shot: steam fish with asparagus or corn on the cob for example, or a medley of vegetables in one basket and fish or poultry en papillote in the other – or even eggs or fruit if you wish. Both stainless steel mesh baskets can also be used as strainers; you might want to rinse immediately after use in order to avoid food build up, or simply clean in the dishwasher.
4. Cake Pans
BAKING. Who doesn’t love baking – or at the very least baked goods? Amazing how a few Instant Pot cake pans can take cooking with this multi-cooker to a whole new level!
Highly popular, these Instant Pot stainless steel baking pans are non-stick, ensuring that your masterpieces come out intact and that cleanup will be a breeze. Designed for use with the Stainless Steel Rack above (2 c) to facilitate transfer in and out of the pot, they are compatible with 6- and 8-quart cookers and can also be used in a regular oven:
* the Instant Pot Springform Pan (7.5″D) of course makes the perfect cheesecake pan but can be used for all sorts of cakes as well as savoury dishes such as lasagna, macaroni and cheese, casseroles, and so much more;
* the versatile Round Cake Pan (7″D) allows you to cook or bake, store, reheat and serve in the same pan, plus it can go straight from your freezer to your multi-cooker;
* the Instant Pot Bundt pan offers a generous 6-cup capacity and can also be used to make savoury meals;
* this set of 2 Mini Loaf Pans is designed to fit perfectly in the 6- or 8-quart Instant Pot so that you can make dinner and dessert simultaneously: have meatloaf or a casserole ready at the same time as a pound cake, or zucchini bread, banana bread, and so much more!
Designed to fit 5-, 6- and 8-quart Instant Pot cookers, the following Instant Pot silicone springform cake pans are meant for use with the silicone steam rack above to ensure easy removal. Clips designed to hold the pans together also allow for easy release. Apart from being dishwasher and freezer safe, the tempered glass base is ideal not only for preparation, but also for cutting and serving without the need for another platter:
* the Springform Cake Pan (6.5”D x 2.5”H) is ideal for cheesecake, regular cake and more;
* the Springform Loaf Pan (6.5”D x 3.75”W x 2.5”H) is perfect for loaf cakes and breads.
5. Inner Pots
For avid fans who like to prepare multiple dishes at once in their favorite cooker, a second Instant Pot inner pot makes life much easier.
a) Free of harmful chemicals (Teflon, PTFE, PFOA), this popular Instant Pot Ceramic Inner Pot has a non-stick ceramic-coated interior that is safe and easy to clean. It comes in three sizes to fit the 3-, 6-, and 8-quart Instant Pot Multi-Use Electric Pressure Cookers but is not compatible with the Duo Evo Plus or Duo SV models. Perfect for cooking rice or slow cooking, it is dishwasher safe and can be transferred to the oven where it is safe to 360C/680F. Check it out here.
b) Another great back-up when multitasking, the Instant Pot Stainless Steel Inner Pot comes in three sizes to fit 3-, 6-, and 8-quart Instant Pot multi-cookers; it is not compatible with the Duo Evo Plus series. Also dishwasher safe, its polished exterior surface is easy to clean. It has a food grade 304 (18/8) chemical-free coating with helpful markings at ½ and 2/3 for pressure cooking safety and a 3-ply bottom for even heat distribution.
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6. Odds & Ends
a) Instant Pot Sealing Rings are an integral part of the safety mechanism of their cookers. BPA free and manufactured from the highest quality food-safe silicone in order to achieve the hardness and strength needed for electric high-pressure cooking, these dishwasher-safe rings are available in three sizes to fit their 3-, 5-, 6- and 8-quart models. Though the company recommends replacing sealing ring every 12-18 months, you may wish to do so every 6-12 months in order to avoid discoloration and odours:
* Red/Blue 2-pack lets you use one for sweet and one for savoury cooking;
* Clear can be purchased in 2-pack or individually.
WARNING: The company warns that the use of third-party unapproved sealing rings may cause damage, safety risk and void the Instant Pot warranty.
b) A pair of Silicone Pot Holders is essential for safely gripping the inner pot and other accessories without getting burned. Their ridged gripping surface is non-stick, and they nest inside each other for easy storage. More importantly, these mini mitts are appreciated for being thin enough to be a perfect fit for the Instant Pot. Click here to purchase.
c) It’s hard to get excited about cutting boards, but this Cutting Mat WITH COOK TIMES is different: it shows the basic cooking times for the most popular foods you’re likely to cook in this appliance – including the confounding PSI (pounds per square inch) measurement that keeps popping up! That alone makes it highly useful for quick reference. This strong, reversible 10″x14″ plastic cutting board is thin for easy storage and dishwasher safe. Check it out here.Follow Us!