You’ve seen some Instant Pot recipes here on HSC, and you may be one of the thousands who bought one on sale on Amazon. I wanted to share some of my favorite Instant Pot Accessories that help me squeeze lots of use from my Instant Pot. Please let me know if you have some that you love that I didn’t list in the blog comments!
Some may go out of stock or change, so I will keep updating this page. Please note that this page contains affiliate links.
In my new book, The Ultimate Vegan Cookbook for Your Instant Pot, I use accessories to extend what I can do in my Instant Pot or to make a few tasks easier.
One thing I love to do is to cook multiple dishes at the same time. Think about cooking rice, a dal, and a veggie curry all at the same time! You can do this as simply as stacking Pyrex containers on top of the rack that comes with your Instant Pot. I used these 3-cup Pyrex rectangle dishes. Instead of using the lids, I covered the tops with foil and stacked them like plus signs. I was able to fit 3 in at a time.
I was able to get some stackable stainless steel containers that even had an insert rack, but they are out of stock right now. I’ll leave the link in case they come back in.
Everyone is excited about making a vegan cheesecake or baking something moist and delicious, like a Pear Cranberry Cake, in their IP. You will be placing a smaller pan on top of the rack that came with your Instant Pot, so you will need a smaller pan than one you would typically use in your oven.
If it’s not a springform pan, you can go up to 8 inches to fit in your IP, but if it’s a springform don’t go past 7 inches to account for the closure. You can use Pyrex dishes that fit as well.
Here are a few that I like below, also look at your local thrift store for cool pottery that you can use, too.
Don’t forget that you probably have some ramekins or mini baking dishes in your cabinet that you can use. Also tea cups work great too if they are oven-safe.
When you use odd shaped dishes you may need to use a plate retriever or use silicone bands or aluminum foil to be able to remove some of these dishes easily.
Steamers are great to use in your IP. A topless bamboo steamer will cook up some great dumplings. A silicone steamer with handles is an easy way to remove hot veggies, and I like the deeper metal ones to steam tamales in.
You will probably want to have more than one seal because they tend to hold smells. I’ve noticed that recently you can even buy them in different colors to make it easier to tell them apart.
You may want to grab an extra insert, rack, or even prefer to use a ceramic nonstick pan instead of the stainless steel. With that said, I love the stainless and find that even burned on food wipes out easily if you let it soak overnight.
Sometimes the best accessory is a book to help you learn how to cook in your new appliances. Here are a few I recommend: