Getting an Instant Pot leads many people down the road to the poorhouse from buying countless Instant Pot accessories! Think of it like buying shoes to go with different outfits, or tools for your car or shop. There are oodles of accessories out there now. Some are awesome, others not so much. I’m going to list the ones that I believe are the most useful in hopes of helping you narrow down your list. Unless, of course, you want to by like a Pokémon trainer and collect ‘em all!
When ordering accessories, especially when using the links I’ve put in, please make sure to double check that you’re ordering the correct size for your Instant Pot, ‘kay?
Essential Instant Pot Accessories
The items below are what I could consider “essential” Instant Pot accessories. These are things that you’ll use frequently, and often for a variety of different types of recipes.
The sealing ring that comes with your Instant Pot will eventually wear out if you use it a lot. That’s not a design flaw, it’s just the nature of any type of gasket or seal. If you accidentally nick or tear it, you’ll need to replace it. Another reason to get some extra sealing rings is the dreaded “ring stink” — sometimes the ring will retain the smell of what you last cooked. While you can destinkify it, it’s also handy to have extras. With this set of red and blue sealing rings, plus the original, you can just swap them out, or dedicate them to savory, spicy, and sweet concoctions. If your original ring is getting worn, or you just want a third pretty ring, you can get this set of three Instant Pot sealing rings, with red, white, and blue.
Instant Pot Cheesecake is one of the many wonders you can make. But you can do a lot more than “just” cheesecake with a springform or pushpan. You can make lasagna, meatloaf, or things like banana bread — just to name a few — in one of these. Probably the most popular Instant Pot Cheesecake pan is the 7” cheesecake pan by Fat Daddio, which works great in a 6 quart Instant Pot; in an 8 quart, you can easily handle the 8” pan. I’m not personally a fan of springform pans, but that’s just a matter of personal preference. There certainly plenty of different kinds of pans to suit your fancy!
WARNING: If you get any of the Fat Daddio pans, or anything else made of anodized aluminum, DO NOT PUT IT IN THE DISHWASHER! It will oxidize and get this icky gray/black junk on it that you’ll never be able to get off. Hand wash only!!
An Instant Pot steamer basket is great for cooking vegetables or making things like Instant Pot Potato Salad. There are lots of different kinds to choose from, but the Hatrigo is a great choice because it has sizes that will fit 3, 6, and 8 quart Instant Pots. I happen to have this one by OXO that I like a lot, but again, that’s just personal preference.
While they may look sorta silly, these mini mitts are extremely handy, if you’ll pardon the pun. You’ll frequently need to reach into a hot Instant Pot to pull out food. Whether it’s lifting out the trivet or aluminum foil sling (if you use one), or handling the inner liner when it’s hot, you’ll be super glad you have these. Regular oven mitts are useless in these situations, and even heat resistant gloves are a bit awkward. But these just protect your fingers so you can grab stuff without any fuss. I also like to spin the inner liner around inside the casing to stir things, and these protect the hand that’s doing the spinning. So, make your hands happy with some mini mitts!
A Second Instant Pot Liner
I’m listing this as “essential” because a second Instant Pot liner is just super handy to have a second pot. Maybe your liner is dirty and you haven’t had time to clean it, or maybe you’re making a multi-course meal, but you don’t have a second Instant Pot. Be forewarned that many people just go ahead and get a second Instant Pot, but if you’re on a budget or just don’t want another one (what is WRONG with you??), a second liner is a great way to go.
Note that Instant Pot also makes a non-stick ceramic liner. I’m personally not a huge fan of non-stick cookware, even thought the non-stick Instant Pot liner is ceramic, which is the only non-sick surface I consider truly safe. While it has lots of good reviews, a number of people have reported issues with it not fitting the pot/lid properly. So just be aware of that if you decide to order one.
Nice To Have Instant Pot Accessories
There are oodles of gadgets out there that are “Instant Pot accessories” these days! Here are just a few that I like, but that don’t necessarily fall into the essential category.
Instant Pot Glass Lid
The Instant Pot Glass Lid is almost a must-have, and something I use a lot. You can certainly get by with the regular lid, or maybe you have a glass lid from other cookware you can use that fits. If you don’t, however, the Instant Pot Glass Lid is definitely something you should have on your wish list. It makes it super easy to see how soups are doing, for example. It’s also a lot of fun to watch your Instant Pot Popcorn popping! Just make sure you buy the right size, though!
Yah, you read that right, a bundt pan for your Instant Pot! This is my fave way of cooking Instant Pot Chocolate Chip Banana Bread, but you could use it for other cakes and things, too. What, you didn’t know that you could cook cakes and brownies in the Instant Pot?? Now, I would only extended a cautious recommendation for the one I got — a Nordic Ware 6 qt Bundt Pan — for one big reason: the pretty red exterior coating came off when I put it in the dishwasher. Yes, that was my bad (I’m sure in the instructions it said not to do that), but that was totally unexpected. Now the interior non-stick surface was fine, but again, I’m not a huge fan of non-stick that’s not ceramic. So, my recommendation nowadays would be the Fat Daddio Ring Mold Pan. And remember: hand wash only!
Egg (or Brownie!) Bite Molds
You know those Starbucks Sous Vide Egg Bites that you pay about four and a half bucks for a pair? You can make those in your Instant Pot with an egg bite mold! Yes, Instant Pot Egg Bites are a thing, every bit as good and at a fraction of the cost you’d pay at Starbucks. And you can either cook them under pressure using an egg bite mold (which is really just a re-labeled baby food storage container), or Sous Vide if you have an Instant Pot Ultra or Max. And eggs aren’t the only thing you can cook: brownies bites, cheesecake bites, etc., can all be made with an egg bite mold!
Stackable Steamer Insert Pans
I don’t happen to have stackable steamer insert pans for my Instant Pot(s), but a lot of people swear by them for pot-in-pot cooking with the Instant Pot. This is where you put food in a cooking container, which you then put into the Instant Pot. So you could cook rice or a vegetable, and a fast-cooking protein like fish in a single go! I actually need to do more of that, but I digress. So if that’s your thing, this is a high-quality stainless steel set that should fit the bill.
Stackable Egg Steamer Trivet
If you cook lots of eggs in your Instant Pot — which makes it REALLY easy! — you might want to look into getting a Stackable Egg Trivet. I don’t care much for soft or hard boiled eggs (except in Instant Pot Potato Salad), but if you do and cook a lot of ‘em, this thing makes it a breeze. In addition to cooking up to 14 to 18 eggs at a time, you can also use the rack with the longer leggs (see what I did there?) as a taller trivet. This is handy when cooking pot-in-pot meals, and you want to keep the inner pot (which contains, say, rice) up off the main meal in the bottom (like General Tso’s Chicken). So, this Stackable Egg Trivet can do double duty!
Reusable Sous Vide Bags
I am a huge fan of doing what we can to not only recycle things, but to avoid (as much as reasonably possible) one-time use plastics. I used to use freezer bags for Sous Vide cooking, but typically you have to throw them away after a single use: even if you can clean them out safely, they’ll quickly develop leaks, and you don’t want the water to penetrate to the food you’re cooking. Enter reusable Sous Vide bags, like these from California Dons. I just recently got my hands on these, which are made of silicone (which seems like plastic, but it’s really not) and used them to cook some Cajun Butter Steak, which turned out amazing! These bags — one smaller, one larger — are nice and sturdy, and can hold quite a bit of food. I used the larger one to hold two pounds of tri-tip steak, and while it wasn’t exactly a loose fit in my 6 quart Instant Pot Ultra, it worked perfectly. So, if you delve into Sous Vide cooking, which I strongly recommend, PLEASE do the world a service and get some reusable Sous Vide bags!
Steam Release Diverter
Okay, this Steam Release Diverter (pictured is Henry, one of three kinds you can get), which redirects the vented steam horizontally, is almost worth having…just because. I actually don’t have one of these yet, but I think I’m going to put it on my wish list, just for the heck of it!
Actually, though, there are a couple of real reasons to get one of these other than the fun factor. First, some folks are terrified of the steam the Instant Pot puts out when it’s time to release the pressure (note: yes, it’s steam, so keep your hands and feet out of the way, right?). Second, a lot of folks have to keep their Instant Pots on a counter under their cabinets, and over time the steam could cause problems. So, get one of these fun diverters, or if you don’t like those, there are lots of others to choose from!
As I mentioned earlier, there are more Instant Pot accessories out there than you can shake a stick at! So, just for fun, take a gander and see if there are any others that you might like!