Want to know what products are must haves for your 6 or 8 quart Instant Pot? These are the best electric pressure cooker accessories and include stainless steel and silicone options!
Let's say you've taken the first step...you've bought an Instant Pot and actually taken it out of the package. You've researched what you need to know to use your machine (including common questions) and you've done your water test. Good for you! Now, it's time to up your game a little bit.
I own each of the accessories listed and use them on a very regular basis. Each one has a slightly different function that helps me max out my Instant Pot's potential. There are probably other accessories I could list, but I've narrowed it down to these few that are absolute musts for using your Instant Pot!
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*Note: I have an Instant Pot 6-Quart Duo, but the accessories I've listed will work in either the 6 quart or 8 quart models.*
I can't tell you how many times this thing has saved my rear. This allows you to cook in your Instant Pot, even if your other pot is dirty or storing other food in the fridge. If you cook with your Instant Pot more than once or twice a week, this is essential!
Speaking of storing food in your inner pot - if you're planning on doing it, get this. This fits perfectly on the Instant Pot inner pot to allow for storage. It's also great to have if you're making something like yogurt that doesn't require the pressure cooker lid. There are also silicone options available if you want something a little more light weight for storage. (Tip: before ordering a lid, you might want to check to see if your regular pot lids fit...sometimes they will!)
If you're planning on making both savory and sweet foods in your pot, you'll want to get an extra sealing ring. The flavors of your food will often seep into the rings and can make sweet foods taste funky. I use a different ring for sweet foods and savory foods. (And, it's recommended that you get the genuine Instant Pot rings instead of the knock-offs...that's what I've got linked above.)
This one is great for making cheesecakes and lasagnas in your Instant Pot. The 7" one fits in a 6 quart model. (There's a silicone model available too...that one's on my wish list!)
This accessory is kind of a cult favorite in the Instant Pot groups on Facebook. It can be used to make the oh-so-famous Starbucks Copycat Egg Bites, but can be used for other bite-sized recipes (like pancake bites) as well! I've got a similar model from my baby food making days, but this one is highly recommended for the Instant Pot because it fits perfectly.
I know...I can't shut up about these. But they very well might be my favorite Instant Pot accessory. The reason I love these so much is that you can make freezer meals stored in these containers that don't require thawing before cooking. Simply pop them out of the container into the Instant Pot and set your time...that's it! I absolutely love the convenience of these. (Note: these used to be sold at Dollar Tree, but it looks like they aren't online anymore. This is a great alternative I recommend from Amazon.)
I've had one of these for years, but never used it a lot until I had my Instant Pot. It's a super versatile accessory that not only helps steam vegetables, but is great for hard boiling eggs in the pot as well.
Now, I'll go on and tell you - there are much fancier products than what I use available. If you want one of those, go for it...but know it's triple the price of what I use. All you need is a simple cake pan to do your pot in pot cooking. Just stack this on top of the trivet that comes with your pot and cook whatever you need. This will hold about 2 cups of food (I can usually fit 2 cups of rice and the water it needs to cook), so it's perfect for preparing a side dish with your main meal.
Now, let me know your favorite accessories in the comments below!