Did you know there are many Instant Pot accessories that can help you maximize your usage of this versatile kitchen appliance? In this post, we highlight 12 accessories to buy if you want to up your Instant Pot game and elevate your cooking to a new level.
If you’re still deciding if Instant Pot is right for you, check out these 10 things to know before buying an Instant Pot. For cooking inspiration, browse these 12 Weight Watchers Instant Pot recipes or 25 genius ground beef Instant Pot recipes—yum!
What exactly does an Instant Pot do?
If you are still on the fence about buying an Instant Pot, it’s worth noting that they are incredibly versatile kitchen machines. The Instant Pot is primarily a pressure cooker, but it also functions as a steamer, slow cooker, rice cooker, yogurt maker, mini oven, broiler, sous vide, and more. For some of these functions, you’ll want to purchase additional accessories.
In the long run, owning an Instant Pot can save big bucks (and counter space) by eliminating the need for multiple high-ticket appliances in your kitchen.
What accessories do I really need for my Instant Pot?
If Instant Pot is a cake, the accessories are definitely the sweet icing on top. Choosing the right accessories for your Instant Pot can open up new possibilities for using your machine, elevating your home cooking while making cooking more convenient and fun.
Here are our top picks for Instant Pot accessories that will change your cooking game:
The Instant Pot silicone starter set is a handy and affordable set of BPA-free silicone accessories that are heat resistant up to 450° F (232° C). The set includes a bakeware sling, steamer basket, roasting rack, and egg bites pan with lid. Silicone is dishwasher-safe, making for easy cleanup.
These items are compatible with 6 and 8-quart Instant Pot Multi-Use Pressure Cookers and are useful for many cooking tasks:
- BAKEWARE SLING: Multi-use sling for lifting pans from Instant Pot. It can also be used for roasting meats, fish, vegetables, and more.
- ROAST RACK: Elevates food to help drain oils, fat, and grease making healthier and more nutritious meals.
- STEAMER BASKET: Great for steaming all kinds of vegetables, fish, and more.
- EGG BITE PAN WITH LID: Use this multi-purpose pan to make egg bites, muffins, cupcakes, baby food, yogurt, ice cream, and more.
2. Instant Pot Silicone Spring Form Round Cake Pan ($10.47)
The Instant Pot silicone cake pan can be used for sweet and savory dishes like cheesecakes, lasagnas, focaccia, and more. The tempered glass bottom allows you to bake or chill, slice, and serve, all on the same platter. Need to cook dinner and dessert? No problem! This BPA-free, non-stick, and heat-resistant pan can be stacked on other products in the multicooker for maximum cooking capacity. It’s freezer-safe and dishwasher-safe, too, making for easy storage and cleaning.
This accessory is compatible with all 6, 8, and 10-quart Instant Pot Multi-Use Pressure Cookers and Air Fryer Lids.
3. Instant Pot Healthy Bite 3-Piece Set ($26)
This nifty silicone set comes with a green silicone steamer basket, a red egg bites pan, and a lid. The BPA-free silicone is heat-resistant up to 450° F (232° C) and is dishwasher safe. The
These items are compatible with 6 and 8-quart Instant Pot Multi-Use Pressure Cookers and are useful for the following:
- SILICONE STEAMER: Great for steaming all kinds of vegetables, fish, and more.
- EGG BITES PAN WITH LID: This multi-purpose pan can be used to make egg bites, muffins, cupcakes, baby food, yogurt, ice cream, and more. The egg bite pan and lid can be used to cook, store, freeze, and reheat food in the Instant Pot.
This 2-piece bakeware set comes with a red silicone bakeware sling and an easy-to-use 7-inch gray round cake pan. The set can be used for sweets or savories, like lasagna, meatloaf, cakes, and casseroles.
USE THE PAN for cooking, baking, storing, reheating, and serving meals, and snacks of all kinds. The pan is designed to go right from your Instant Pot to the fridge or freezer for easy storage and reheating.
USE THE SLING to lift pans easily from your Instant Pot or for roasting meats, fish, vegetables, and more.
This set of 2 stainless steel mesh steamer baskets is perfect for steaming nutritious meals from vegetables to fish, and more. These dishwasher-safe baskets can be used for steaming or as strainers, and their raised feet protect food from boiling water. Easy-life handles make removing the baskets super easy, and the stainless steel is durable and rust-resistant.
6. Instant Mix n’ Flip 3-Piece Tool Set ($26)
This 3-piece tool set is a necessity if you’re going to use your Instant Pot for baking or sauteing. The set includes a nylon paddle turner, a spoon spatula, and a pair of silicone-tipped tongs. These dishwasher-safe tools can be used with all Instant Pot appliances.
- PADDLE TURNER: This BPA-free nylon paddle is designed for mixing and folding in ingredients, sauteeing foods, 360°F batter scraping, and more.
- SPOON SPATULA: Made from BPA-free nylon, the spoon spatula is designed with a curved edge perfect for scooping and an angled edge that’s great for reaching all areas of your cookware.
- SILICONE HEAD TONGS: Made from stainless steel & BPA-free silicone, these tongs feature scalloped edges for improved grip and an easy-lock feature, for easy storage.
This 2-piece bakeware set compatible with 6 and 8-quart multi-use cookers comes with a red silicone sling and an easy-to-use 7-inch gray fluted cake pan. The fluted cake pan is perfect for making Bundt cakes, baked goods, lasagna, macaroni and cheese, casseroles, and more. Use the silicone sling to safely remove pans from the Instant Pot or use it on it’s one for roasting meats, fish, and veggies.
These accessories are compatible with all 6 and 8-quart multi-use cookers. Both are dishwasher-safe for easy cleaning.
8. Instant Pot Silicone Lid ($10.95)
This simple silicone lid is a must if you like to cook in large batches. Pop the BPA-free, dishwasher-safe lid directly onto the inner pot before popping it into the fridge for easy, airtight storage. When you’re ready for leftovers, just remove the lid and set your pot back into the cooker to reheat.
The lid is available in 3-quart, 6-quart, and 8-quart sizes making it compatible with all Instant Pot multi-use pressure cookers.
These versatile non-stick pans can be used for all your baking needs. Use them to make sweets like bundts, cakes, cheesecakes, or delicious savory meals and snacks like lasagna, macaroni and cheese, and casseroles. These pans are compatible with 6 and 8-quart multi-use cookers or use them in your conventional oven. They are designed to go from your fridge or freezer into the Instant Pot for convenient storage and reheating. They’re made with dishwasher-safe materials so cleanup is a breeze.
10. Instant Pot Wire Egg Racks ($20)
Use the egg racks to make perfect hard or soft-boiled eggs every time! Compatible with all Instant Pot cookers, these racks are stackable for a maximum cooking capacity of 14 eggs at a time. The racks are made from corrosion-resistant 18/8 stainless steel for ultimate durability. They also work great for cooling and decorating your eggs or as a trivet for serving. Once again, they are dishwasher-safe and have handles for easy removal.
11. Instant Pot Silicone Mini Mitts ($7.95)
Not only are these red silicone mini mitts adorable, but they are essential for protecting your digits when removing these amazing accessories from your Instant Pot. Designed to fit around your fingers for easy lifting, these heat-resistant mitts have a ribbed grip on the thumb and fingers. They’re comfortable to wear and nest together for easy storage. Don’t cook without them!
12. Instant Brand Cotton Apron ($19.99)
Now that you’ve got the gear, all you’re missing is your Instant Pot chef uniform! No chef attire is complete without a durable and fashionable apron. Protect yourself from spills and splatters with this stylish and modern cotton apron with an adjustable waist strap and convenient front pocket. This cotton apron is durable and machine washable.
Summary: Do I need Instant Pot accessories?
The Instant Pot on its own is an incredibly versatile and useful cooking machine. Depending on the model you choose, you’ll be able to slow cook, pressure cook, sautee, cook rice, and more without buying any additional accessories. If basic functions are all you’re after, there’s no need to splurge on fancy extras.
However, the Instant Pot accessories do enhance the functionality of this multi-use cooker in a lot of ways. If you plan on using your cooker to steam, roast, bake cakes make lasagna, or boil eggs, you’ll definitely want to have the right gear.
A great consideration is whether you will use your unit just to slow cook or pressure cook dinners while you’re at work during the day, or if you want to use your Instant Pot as a primary cooking device.