I’ve had my Instant Pot for a few months now, and I am learning how handy it is to have around! The more I cook with it, the more I realize how much of a time saver this can be. Almost any meal or side dish can be done way faster using the Instant Pot. I love it.
It’s a great idea to have some of the best accessories for the Instant Pot on hand too, because once I got going with this appliance I realized that I wanted to try all the things. Cheesecake – in the Instant Pot. One-pot rice meals – in the Instant Pot. Whole ham – in the Instant Pot. Baked potatoes – in half the time using Instant Pot. So many choices and so many time savers!
So I’ve put together a list of must-haves – the best Instant Pot Accessories for those of us who use this thing like the workhorse it was designed to be.
Just remember when you use accessories that aren’t Instant Pot brand to play it safe and follow the rules, like only filling to 2/3 full when you use pressure cooker setting, and making sure you don’t have food stuffed into the pot without enough gap at the bottom for steam to build/escape. Read all the directions!
Must-Have Instant Pot Accessories – The Extras
Sweet and Savory Sealing Rings – Did you even think about making sweet delicious things in your Instant Pot when you first got one? I did not. But now I know that you can make tons of desserts in this thing, and I want to get started! However, the sealing rings do get a certain flavor to them so Instant Pot has come out with color-coded sealing rings so you can keep one separate for your sweet foods and use the other one for savory foods. So your cheesecake doesn’t end up smelling like beef stew. Now, you can also clean your original sealing ring really well between each use to avoid this problem, but if you are cooking dessert while you eat dinner, that doesn’t really work very well.
The See-Through Lid – Very important for applications that do not use pressure where you want to actually see what is going on!
Ceramic Non-Stick Inner Pot for Instant Pot – Great for keeping your food from sticking to the bottom!
Collapsible Steamer Basket – Fit’s perfectly into the Instant Pot and has so many different uses! I have three steamer baskets and this OXO one is my favorite because it is easy to pull out once you are finished.
Stackable Steamer Insert – This is so cool! Cooke two different types of food at once.
Wire Stacking Rack – Awesome if you want to cook two different things at once or a bunch of little custard bowls!
Sous Vide Immersion Circulator – Turn your Instant Pot into a whole new machine!
Retriever Tongs – Amazing for pulling your IP liner out of the Instant Pot and moving the hot pan to the table!
Silicone Supplies – Best Instant Pot Accessories for HOT food.
Silicone Trivet – Because you will find yourself wanting to take your hot Instant Pot Liner directly to the table for serving.
Silicone Steamer or Lifting basket – Several recipes call for making your own sling to remove food – this one does the trick without you having to craft anything on the spot!
Adorable Silicone Gloves – These make getting the hot inner pot out so much easier!
Dessert Pans for the Instant Pot
6×3 Springform Pan for the 5 quart or 6 quart IP models. If you want to make cheesecake, you are going to need one of these springform pans. They fit beautifully into your Instant Pot and allow you to remove the cheesecake for serving.
Mini Springform Pans – You can fit four of these in at a time with the wire rack for stacking and cover with paper towels to protect from water dripping.
Cake Pan – For the 5 or 6 quart IP you can use this regular cake pan and make desserts beyond cheesecake!
Custard Cups — You can fit four of these with a stacking rack
Six-Cup Bundt Pan – Fits beautifully and can be used for all kinds of quick breads, cakes, and meatloaf.
Six-Inch Silicone Baking Rounds – Two Pack. Fun for desserts and handy too!
6×4 Round Baking Pan – when you need slightly higher sides than the two-inch pan.
6″ Round Parchment with “lift handles” — awesome idea for Instant Pot.