The idea of buying accessories for your Instant Pot might seem a little silly at first, especially if you initially purchased this culty pressure cooker to cut down on the number of gadgets in your kitchen (see more of the best slow cookers here). But stocking up on Instant Pot accessories is necessary if you want to go beyond braising and reach the next level of Instant Pot cooking: the realm of steaming vegetables, making Greek yogurt, and even baking cheesecake. To find the best Instant Pot accessories, and avoid the ones that’ll sit around taking up space in your drawers, I spoke with three Instant Pot obsessives about the gadgets they reach for the most while using this much-loved multifunctional pressure cooker.
“It’s true that you can use your regular oven mitts, and it might work. But the Instant Pot people sell these mini–silicone mitts that are super handy for getting the [inner] pot out of the Instant Pot, because there’s sort of a ridge there that you’re having to reach under. So if your gloves are too thick or too big, you’re not going to catch it quite right. The ones that they sell, and the ones that are sometimes included, are perfect for that.” — Daniel Shumski, author, How to Instant Pot: Mastering All the Functions of the One Pot That Will Change the Way You Cook
Color-coded sealing rings
“I really like having different colored sealing rings for the Instant Pot lid. Since odors can tend to cling to the sealing rings, I use different colors for sweet and savory recipes. That way, you don’t end up with, say, a ras el hanout–scented cheesecake. Not that that has ever happened to me.” —Coco Morante, blogger, Lefty Spoon and author, The Essential Instant Pot Cookbook: Fresh and Foolproof Recipes for Your Electric Pressure Cooker
Glass lid for slow cooking
Flat-ended wooden spatula for sautéing
“In many Instant Pot recipes, flavor is built up by first using the sauté function to brown ingredients before pressure cooking. This often involves a bit of scraping to get the brown bits off the bottom of the pot, and it’s all made much easier with a flat-ended wooden spatula.” — Laurel Randolph, author, The Instant Pot® Electric Pressure Cooker Cookbook: Easy Recipes for Fast & Healthy Meal
Silicone steaming basket for vegetables
“It’s silicone, so it’s pliable, which means that it can fit inside the Instant Pot, no problem, because if it’s a little bit too big, it’ll just bend. It’s not rigid. I find that super handy for cooking and steaming vegetables.” —Shumski
Steamer rack for eggs
“One of my favorite Instant Pot accessories is kind of a random one: the metal steam racks that are designed specifically to hold eggs upright during cooking. They ensure that you end up with perfectly centered yolks every time you cook hard-boiled (well, steamed) eggs in the Instant Pot. I bought mine in a stackable set of two on Amazon.” — Morante
Seven-inch springform pan for cheesecake
“The Instant Pot can be used to create some surprising things, like cheesecake and bread pudding. The desserts perfectly steam in a springform pan nestled right inside the pot. You’ll need a seven-inch pan to leave room for the exterior clasp.” — Randolph
Reusable strainer bag for yogurt
“Thanks to the yogurt function, you can easily turn ordinary milk into homemade yogurt. To turn that yogurt into thick and creamy Greek yogurt, you’ll need to strain off some of the whey. Cheesecloth will do, or if you’re really into yogurt, a straining bag is a good investment.” — Randolph
Spare inner pot for leftovers
“If you get really into the Instant Pot, you can buy a second inner pot. So you can store leftovers from one night’s meal in one inner pot, for example, and then cook the following night’s meal in the second pot that you bust out.” — Shumski
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