You’ve seen some Instant Pot recipes here on HSC, and you are probably one of the thousands who bought one on sale on Amazon. In addition to the original 6-quart 7 in 1 Instant Pot, there is a smaller 3-quart, a larger 8-quart, and the latest 6-quart 10 in 1.
Below I’ll describe more about the different Instant Pots so you can pic one that’s perfect for you. There are other brands of multi-cookers and you can scroll all the way to the bottom of this page to get more info on them. The most important thing to look for is a pressure cooker function as all appliances called multi-cookers don’t have a pressure cooker setting.
In the photo above is an older Instant Pot model in the Lux Series that does not have a yogurt setting and is less expensive than the latest models. They come in 3, 6, or 8 quart sizes just like the later models.
This is the Instant Pot Duo Series and the 6-quart from this line is what I used for the recipes in . It has a yogurt setting, low and high pressure and does everything that I need.
The Instant Pot Ultra is the latest and greatest model at the time of writing this post. I has a new digital interface and altitude adjustment, cooking indicator, and a steam release reset button, plus custom programming.
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.
Click the photos below to get more details on pot holders and grippers that will make it easier to remove pans and ramekins from your Instant Pot:
One thing I love to do is to cook multiple dishes at the same time. Think about cooking rice 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 use 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. At first there was only one, but now Amazon has a few.
These also fit in a 6-quart Instant Pot: InstaPot 6 Qt Steamer Basket 1 is the stack n’ cook and my new favorite, InstaPot 6 Qt Steamer Basket 2, InstaPot 6 Qt Steamer Basket 3, and InstaPot 6 Qt Steamer Basket 4.
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 leave room for the closure.
You can use Pyrex or pottery dishes that fit as well. I love my 5 inch pottery bundt and you can get one similar here. Be sure to look at your local thrift store for cool pottery that you can use, too.
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. There’s even one that’s made especially for pressure cooking, the InstaPot 6 Qt Steamer Basket.
You will probably want to have more than one Instant Pot Silicone Sealing Ring 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. Be sure to check the size to make sure they fit in the size IP that you have. Here’s a link for 3-quart sealing rings, 6-quart sealing rings, and 8-quart sealing rings.
You may want to grab an extra Inner Cooking Pot, Stainless Steel Rack, or even prefer to use a Ceramic Non-Stick Instant Pot Inner Pot 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:
Yes, this is the same Go Wise that makes those wonderful air fryers! I haven’t tried the Go Wise electric pressure cooker yet, but Go Wise is supposed to send me one to try out soon. They comes in 6, 8, or 10 quart sizes.
Below is the multi-cooker that people mistakenly buy. It is an Instant Pot brand Slow Cooker, or a multi-cooker without a pressure cooker. And most recipes that call for an Instant Pot use the pressure cooker feature. You can steam, saute, make rice, and slow cook in it – so you have to decide if that’s what you really need.