There’s a reason why everyone goes on about how awesome Instant Pots are. That’s because, well, they’re awesome. We’ve already looked at one of the best Instant Pots out there, and now we’ve rounded up the best accessories to go with your shiny new wonderful kitchen gadget.
See, owning an awesome Instant Pot is only one part of the journey. You need the right extras to go alongside it to get the most out of the device. Once you do, you’ll realize there’s not much your Instant Pot can’t do. Here’s our pick of the accessories out there right now.
Silicone Sealing Rings: Instant Pot Genuine Sealing Ring 2-Pack ($12)
Because of how an Instant Pot works, it’s very easy for your sealing ring to absorb the smell and flavor of what you’re cooking. That’s really not good if you use your Instant Pot to make both sweet and savory meals.
Avoid that issue by buying this pack of Sealing Rings. Available in two different colors, you can always remember that red means sweet and blue means savory (or vice versa), so they never get used for the wrong occasion. Because they’re the genuine article, they’ll keep your Instant Pot safe and secure too via a very snug fit.
Extra Inner Pot: Genuine Instant Pot Stainless Steel Inner Cooking Pot ($20-$35)
Unless you’re super organized, there’s going to be a moment where you wish you had a spare inner pot. Buy the Genuine Instant Pot Stainless Steel Inner Cooking Pot, and all those issues fade away.
It’s useful to have a second inner pot for a couple of reasons. The obvious one is that when you’re preparing multiple dishes, you’ve just saved yourself a ton of hassle. The Instant Pot lends itself perfectly to batch cooking, so odds are you’re going to need an extra pot. The other reason is that it may save you the need for urgent washing up (or dishwasher) duty every once in a while.
Tempered Glass Lid: SkyGenius Tempered Glass Lid ($10)
A tempered glass lid like the SkyGenius Tempered Glass Lid effectively turns your Instant Pot into a slow cooker, and how could that ever not be a great thing?
The lid makes it easy to see through the top and check that your food is cooking well, while also offering up a small hole for vapor exhaust or even inserting a thermometer. There’s a spoon rest too which is super convenient. It’s dishwasher safe, sports a sturdy handle, and is made of strong tempered glass.
Silicone Cover: Instant Pot Silicone Lid ($10)
Another lid? You’d be surprised how useful the Instant Pot Silicone Lid is but in a different sort of way than the glass one. This time around, it’s a perfect lid for creating an airtight, spill proof and watertight seal around the inner pot. That means you can move it around safely without any risk of spilling your delicious meal. It’s also ideal for storing leftovers safely because hey, you have that spare inner pot, right?
The lid is BPA free and dishwasher safe. It’s the official product too, so you know it will fit securely.
Steamer Basket: Kaviatek Stainless Steel Steamer Basket ($10)
The neat thing about the Instant Pot is its versatility. To gain that versatility you need accessories like the Kaviatek Stainless Steel Steamer Basket. By using it, you can steam vegetables so they’re just right, as well as cook rice perfectly in your Instant Pot.
Made from food-grade stainless steel, there’s no risk of rust with this handy basket. There’s a silicone-covered handle that keeps you safe when you lift the basket from the inner pot too. It’s a well-made basket and ideal for preparing your potatoes and vegetables just so.
Stackable Steamer Pans: Ekovana Stackable Stainless Steel Pressure Cooker Steamer Insert Pans ($35)
Remember what we said about versatility? Buy the Ekovana Stackable Stainless Steel Pressure Cooker Steamer Insert Pans, and you can cook two tiers of food at the same time without any hassle. The perfect example here is if you want to bake some meat or fish while also steaming the vegetables to go with it. Alternatively, you could always use one pan as a dessert pan to create a two-course meal at the same time.
It’s a super flexible way of doing things and just right for cooking a little more than usual, or simply reheating some leftovers properly. Two is better than one, right?
Cake Pan: Hiware 7 Inch Non-stick Springform Pan/Cheesecake Pan/Leakproof Cake Pan Bakeware ($11)
The Instant Pot is pretty great for a ton of things, and that includes baking cake or cheesecake. You need the right pan though which is where the Hiware 7 Inch Non-stick Springform Pan/Cheesecake Pan/Leakproof Cake Pan is perfect. It has a double layer non-stick coating which means there’s no need to flour the pan beforehand.
A springform buckle provides easy release of your cake, plus it’s oven safe too if you want to toss it into the oven to finish off. Be prepared to make a ton of baked cheesecakes.
Egg Steamer Rack: Aozita Multipurpose Stackable Egg Steamer Rack ($10)
With the Aozita Multipurpose Stackable Egg Steamer Rack, you can make up to 14 hard-boiled eggs at a time, and all in a matter of minutes. If you’re a family that loves eating hard-boiled eggs, this is the accessory for you.
There’s a little more to it too. You can also use the rack as a steam plate for other food, or as a cooling rack further down the line if you want. Basically, you can use it for anything big enough that won’t fall between the gaps. For only $10 though, this is truly a shining moment for boiled egg fans.
Hot Dish Tongs: TOPOKO Green Stainless Steel Retriever Tongs ($8)
No matter what you’re preparing, things are going to get pretty hot. That’s why you need a good pair of tongs such as the TOPOKO Green Stainless Steel Retriever Tongs. These tongs easily clip onto the Instant Pot’s inner pot, as well as hot plates or bowls. By using them, the tongs do the hot work while your hands stay safely gripping to the silicone covered ends of the tongs.
It’s possible to lift up to 5lb with a single hand or even more than that if you use both hands and two separate grips. And yes, for the price you get two sets of grippers. Enjoy the burn free hands.
Trivet: Love This Kitchen Premium Silicone Trivet Mats ($13)
Again, heat is the enemy for your hands but also your kitchen surfaces—at least when it comes to placing the inner pots of your Instant Pot down. Buy the Love This Kitchen Premium Silicone Trivet Mats, and you won’t have to worry about damaging your beautiful kitchen counters.
Soft and flexible yet remarkably strong, these silicone trivets also reduce the chances of easy spills. They look pretty stylish too so they’ll fit well into a modern kitchen, rather than looking too obvious.