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Best Instant Pot Accessories to buy (and AVOID!)

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INSTANT POT ACCESSORIES. Everyone always asks me what the best Instant Pot accessories are and how to use them. This post is NOT sponsored by any of the following brands/products I’m going to mention below, but I’m going to tell you about them! These are the products I love and use in my kitchen!

Best Instant Pot Accessories to Buy and Avoid!! Steamer basket, ramekins, pressure cooking tools, etc. I'll tell you the best pressure cooker accessories to get and not get! #instantpot #accessories #pressurecooker

Truth be told, I didn’t buy my first accessory until almost a year after I had been using my Instant Pot 3-5 times a week! I’ll tell you why, and give you my recommendations for the best Instant Pot accessories.

Which Instant Pot To Buy

If you don’t already have an Instant Pot, you may be one step ahead of yourself. Make sure you check out my post on Which Instant Pot to Buy before thinking about accessories for your pressure cooker!

You can watch all my videos on YOUTUBE where I have a special Instant Pot 101 series!

which instant pot to buy
which instant pot to buy

Best Instant Pot Accessories to Buy and Avoid Video

Watch one of my top videos on the best Instant Pot accessories to buy and avoid. This is an updated version of my original video.

My Honest Advice about Instant Pot Accessories

This might be weird to hear from someone like me, but DON’T go out and buy a million accessories for your Instant Pot right away! Especially if you’re a beginner, I want you to get your Instant Pot, and USE it.

I get a lot of messages that sound a lot like this: “Hi Lisa! I just got my Instant Pot and have no idea what I’m doing with it! What accessories do you recommend I buy?”

Lisa Childs and Caitlin Burchill on KSL's Studio 5 Making White chocolate creme brulee
I did a segment on KSL’s Studio 5 all about Instant Pot accessories. This is an updated list today, but you can watch that segment on my TV SEGMENTS page.

I always give the same response: none.

Figure out what you’re cooking, and how you’re cooking! A bunch of accessories aren’t useful to you if you have no idea how you’re using your Instant Pot.

Get that pot out of the box, and USE IT! You’ll quickly find out what you need and what you’re lacking.

If you’re finding yourself making a lot of vegetables or find yourself confident enough to make a cheesecake, you’ll figure out that your cooking process could be a lot easier with a steamer basket or a specific pan.

How to Clean Instant Pot

How to Clean Your Instant Pot

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You can also watch my Youtube video on How to Clean your Instant Pot! I have a whole Instant Pot 101 series on there!

I improvised with what I had for a year, and I did just fine! I don’t want anyone wasting their hard earned money on stuff they don’t need! HUGE pet peeve of mine to waste money!

Best Instant Pot/Pressure Cooker accessories

These are some of my favorite accessories. I’ll give a quick explanation of the pros, cons, and uses of each one in the next section.

Instant Pot Trivet

By far the most important “accessory.” Because the Instant Pot requires liquid to cook, the trivet keeps food off the bottom of the pot and out of the liquid for any foods that require it.

Instant Pot Trivet is the best pressure cooking accessory
  • Pros: It’s free/included with every Instant Pot! It’s that important!
  • Cons: The Instant Pot trivet is like a large grate that sits on top of the liquid, which might have too big of gaps for some smaller foods like veggies. So some things may fall down into the liquid and get really soggy. You have to manually take food in and out with tongs one by one.
  • Uses:  Pot-in-Pot cooking, Boiled eggs, Some meats, Artichokes, Veggies like Corn on the Cob
  • BUY HERE

Tall Trivet

You can purchase a tall trivet for your Instant Pot or pressure cooker, which is literally just a trivet with taller legs.

Instant Pot tall trivet
Instant Pot
  • Pros: Useful for pot-in-pot (PIP) cooking when you have a lot of food at the bottom of your pot. You can use the shorter, included trivet to put one layer of a cake and then use the taller trivet on top of that for your top cake layer. I use this method when I make my Instant Pot Carrot Cake.
  • Cons: Unless you’re making a lot of PIP dishes, you probably won’t use it very much. I don’t think it’s an absolute must have for every Instant Pot owner, so don’t give it as a gift!
  • Uses: Pot-in-Pot cooking
  • BUY HERE

Steamer basket

This is the accessory I use the most. If you were to only buy one accessory, I’d recommend a steamer basket. Because it is so versatile and useful for many things, I think it’s the most practical.

Hard boiled eggs in a steamer basket for Instant Pot, one of the best accessories for pressure cooking
Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs

It is a heavy duty mesh basket with a silicone handle to quickly wash/rinse, and take things in and out of the Instant Pot.

  • Pros: Sturdy and dishwasher safe. I like this basket because it doesn’t have silicone on the little feet. The baskets that have those rubbery things (not removable) on the feet have more crevices and gaps that sit in the cooking liquid. Because of that, there’s more opportunity for bacteria and germs to live in there.
  • Cons: Occasionally it can be hard to clean, but I throw mine in the dishwasher and it always comes out sparkling!
  • Uses: Read my post on 12+ Uses for your Instant Pot Steamer Basket!
  • BUY HERE

Steamer Net

This was the first accessory I bought. The steamer net is different than the basket because it isn’t a sturdy basket that can easily be pulled out.

Blue Steamer Net, best accessories for instant pot pressure cooking

I use it as a better solution to the trivet for my 3 quart Instant Pot, specifically for small foods that might fall through the trivet. A basket for a 3 quart would take up too much space, right?

The net in my 6 quart Instant Pot is super nice to easily lift up spaghetti squash! I’ve even used it under cake pans to easily lift cheesecake, spaghetti squash, or carrot cake out before I had my next tool.

prepped raw salmon on a an Instant Pot steamer net
  • Pros: Flexible, dishwasher safe, small footprint in your kitchen, fits in 3 quart Instant Pot. It’s also really inexpensive, so it’s a good first “beginner” accessory if you’re not really sure you want to invest in a good basket.
  • Cons: Not super sturdy
  • Uses: Veggies, large meats like salmon, as a makeshift pot-in-pot holder, holding large vegetables like corn or spaghetti squash.
  • BUY HERE

Silicone Pressure Cooking Sling

I would use my blue steamer net for pot-in-pot holder for a while, but this tool is specifically made for pot-in-pot cooking to be able to lift things out of the Instant Pot. My MIL gave this to me for Christmas, and I really enjoy it. I also had a photo using this sling featured on OXO’s Instagram page! Whaat!

Meatloaf in the instant pot
Instant Pot Meatloaf and Mashed Potatoes

Instant Pot Egg Bite Mold

I recently purchased an Instant Pot egg bite mold and I actually really like it! This is a silicone mold that you can use to cook in your Instant Pot.

egg bite in an Instant Pot mold
  • Pros: Incredibly sturdy, thick, nonstick, and the holes are much larger than I anticipated. It also comes with a lid.
  • Cons: You’ll need to buy a couple if you’re cooking for a lot.
  • Uses: Instant Pot Cheddar Bacon Egg Bites, Pumpkin Pie bites and Mini Cheesecake bites (from my cookbook!), freezing single portions of baby food or bone broth.
  • BUY HERE

Instant Pot Cheesecake Pan

This is the smartest pan on the market for cheesecake. I researched high and low to find something like this, because I wanted a push pan that was not difficult to remove from the Instant Pot.

Many recipes will tell you to make a makeshift sling out of foil, but you don’t have to talk to many people with broken slings and dropped cheesecakes to know it is NOT worth it.

I didn’t want a springform pan, because I’ve been figuratively burned by them before #leakingbatter

Personally, the push pans are a better choice to me long term pan since there are less moving parts/hinges to break.

Ekovana Cheesecake Pushpan for Instant Pot Cooking, best accessories for instant pot pressure cooking

Ceramic Ramekins

I love ramekins. We have… a lot… and Brett always asks why we have so many. Oops. They are perfect for Instant Pot cooking because they are small and you can fit a bunch in there. Ramekins are great to have for the Instant Pot, as well as for general kitchen use!

I love them because they are super classy and great to use for toppings or as prep bowls. I like using them to serve small portions or fruit or pasta on top of a dinner plate that would otherwise mix too much.

Glass ramekins best accessories for instant pot pressure cooking

You can buy these large ones at Target for $2 each. I have the Target ones but they are big so I can only fit 2 on the bottom of my Instant Pot). I have found the ones I like most from Ross or TJ Maxx! They usually come in box sets and are much more affordable!

If you can’t find them there, find them on Amazon. No matter where you get them, just make sure you get OVEN safe ones! I saw some cute festive ramekins at Ross the other day. Unfortunately, they weren’t dishwasher or microwave safe (basically just for decoration… useless for cooking!)

Close up of key lime pie topped with cream, limes, and graham cracker crumbs
I make my amazing key lime pie in the ramekins. You can find the recipe in my cookbook!

Cooking for One Instant Pot Cookbook

This is a shameless plug for my Instant Pot cookbook, “I Love my Instant Pot: Cooking for One.

You can pick this book up at Barnes and Noble, Target, Amazon, and anywhere books are sold. I’ve linked all those outlets in this page all about my book.

Silicone Muffin Liners

I like the silicone muffin liners for making my make ahead egg bites. You can fill them up with whatever fillings you like! Cook them in the Instant Pot for a healthy and easy breakfast or snack to take on the go. Much better than cereal or another sugary carb breakfast.

They sell cool egg molds for the Instant Pot, but I haven’t purchased them. I just use what I have and the muffin liners work for more than one thing.

Silicone Muffin Liners best accessories for instant pot pressure cooking
  • Pros: Useful for general kitchen use (I use them as dividers in lunch tupperwares and for cupcakes/muffins), easy to clean.
  • Cons: Can be hard to get in and out sometimes. I’d put them in my steamer basket for easy transport from counter to pot.
  • Uses: Make-ahead egg bites, freeze portioned bone broth, IP baby food (just steam apples and sweet potatoes or other veggies and blend), cupcakes/muffins/snacks and other things you’d normally do with liners outside the Instant Pot.
  • BUY HERE

Thermoworks Silicone Heat-Resistant Spatulas (full size and mini)

These aren’t just any spatula- I’ve gone ahead and replaced ALL my spatulas with these things. And yes, I know these aren’t necessarily an Instant Pot specific accessory, but if you cook, you NEED these! I even had a TV host ask about these spatulas on my latest tv segment because they are AMAZING.

pink and yellow mini and large thermoworks spatulas
  • Pros: Knick-free! These don’t knick and rip! Heat resistant up to 600º! A strong metal rod runs all through the entire spatula, which means it’ll never bend or twist. INCREDIBLE squeegee-power! Seriously they are so good at getting every last drop out of a bowl. Also, the mini sizes are the perfect size for everyday use. The minis come in a two pack (a spoonula and a spatula). The large size ones are sold individually. They also come in a TON of colors.
  • Cons: Nothing. I will never use another spatula.
  • Uses: Scraping batters, mixing frosting, making scrambled eggs, mixing anything, scraping out peanut butter out of a jar, etc.
  • BUY MINIS HERE
  • BUY FULL SIZE HERE

Extra Instant Pot Sealing Ring and Silicone Lid

It is really nice to have an extra sealing ring in case my other one is dirty. Lots of people prefer to have two (neutral sweet/potent savory). I like this bundle I have because it comes with a lid as well.

Sealing Ring & Lid for Instant Pot Pressure Cooking
  • Pros: Both are dishwasher safe. Easily stores the pot straight to the fridge!
  • Cons: The lid is not a sealing lid, so you wouldn’t be able to turn the pot upside down or anything.
  • Uses: Easily store leftovers, marinate meats right in the pot for easy and fast cooking like for Kalua Pig, Yogurt, or storing any Instant Pot Soup.
  • BUY HERE

Extra Instant Pot Liner

I love having an extra liner for my pots! Oftentimes, I’m cooking 2-3 things in my pots and I can’t keep up! Especially when I’m making yogurt, It is SO nice to be able to put the pot of yogurt in the fridge and still be able to use the Instant Pot with another liner.

Extra Liner for Instant Pot Pressure Cooking best accessories for instant pot pressure cooking
  • Pros: You can use your IP when the other liner is dirty or being used (yogurt chilling or soup leftovers).
  • Cons: More dishes to wash?
  • Uses: See Pros
  • BUY HERE (On sale right now!!)

Thermoworks Thermapen

I never realized how important using a reliable cooking thermometer was until I bought myself the world’s most accurate thermometer! I use my thermapen literally every single day. Even when I just cook frozen food, I need to make sure that it’s cooked all the way through in the middle. When I bake, I never have to guess if it’s doughy in the middle because if it’s at least 190º, I know it’s cooked through!

a thermoworks thermapen taking the temperature of a chicken wing cooked in the air fryer
  • PROS: Completely accurate, confident cooking. Sometimes (especially beginners) will be experimenting with their Instant Pots and you’ll want to be able to know if your meats are fully cooked. Each thermapen comes with a booklet with best times (I keep it in my drawer and use it all the time). Accurate temps in ONE SECOND. Backlit, lots of colors, water resistant, and completely backed by the company with a 5 year warranty. Also made in the USA.
  • CONS: Some may see it as unnecessary because it isn’t like a $5 thermometer, but honestly nothing will make you more confident in your cooking than a thermometer.
  • USES: Grilling, cooking, baking, candy-making, taking temperature of water, flour, ingredients, etc. I use it when I cook every single time!
  • BUY HERE (Thermapen Mk4 closeout price!!)
  • BUY HERE (Thermapen ONE- the most updated version. I have and love both!)

Instant Pot Glass Lid

Some people like to get a lid for their pots for popcorn, slow cooking, or yogurt. However, I find I have lids for my pots and pans that work just fine on top of the Instant Pot. I don’t find it necessary, though many people like it, so I’ve included it in my list.

Tempered Glass Lid by Instant Pot Company
  • Pros: Can be used for recipes that do not require pressure cooking, you can see inside the pot at a glance.
  • Cons: It’s a glass pot lid that is branded “Instant Pot,” so it costs $15
  • Uses: Instant Pot Yogurt (I use another pot lid or a dinner plate on my 6 quart), popcorn, slow cooking (you can use the Instant Pot lid for this so I’m not sure why you would use the glass one)
  • BUY HERE

SILICONE TRIVET

I’ve recently been using these amazing silicone trivets to put under my Instant Pot while it is cooking. The bottom of the pot gets hot, so sometimes I worry when I am cooking on a surface that can’t handle as much heat.

yellow and pink silicone trivets

I also place my hot Instant Pot lid on top of it when I’m recording my tutorials since the lid gets in the way if I put it on the base.

I also use it whenever I use my air fryer when I pull out the basket and need to put it on something.

an air fryer on top of silicone trivets
  • PROS: Heat resistant up to 600º! Dishwasher safe, a good size, and comes in tons of cute colors. Helps protect your counters and surfaces. Can be used for so many different things in your kitchen.
  • CONS: I wish there was a slightly bigger size. It does come in a smaller circle size as well.
  • USES: Use it as a hot pad, to put under your hot pans or pots, lids, cookie sheets, casserole pans, etc. I use it under my Instant Pot and for my hot air fryer basket.
  • BUY HERE
a hot Instant Pot lid on top of the silicone trivet

Bar Keeper’s Friend

This is a little extra, but if you want to get your Instant Pot liner sparkling again, I recommend using Bar Keeper’s Friend. This stuff is amazing and works on all my pots, pans, and cookie sheets.

bar keeper's friend on a white background

How to use your Instant Pot

What Instant Pot Accessories not to buy

Here are a couple of accessories that I don’t personally recommend. However, if you like them and they have worked for you, that’s awesome! It’s great that everyone has their own preferences and that there’s usually something for everyone!

Instant Pot Accessory Sets

I don’t recommend those sets that have a lot of different things in them. Unless you honestly know what each piece does, what you need it for, and think you’ll use it. They seem super overpriced and not useful to me!

I’ve been given a couple sets to try, and it just seems like each piece is low quality. I asked one company what makes their kit products different than the rest and he said, “honestly, we all get them from the same factory so it’s just whatever mix of tools people put together.”

Egg Racks

Next up is those egg racks that hold about 6 eggs. It’s just a trivet with little holes and I have no idea what advantage it has over the trivet.

Instant Pot Cooking Time Guides

Also, those time sheets/magnets/charts with cooktimes- ehh. I (generally) don’t think they are a good resource since every chart I’ve seen online doesn’t seem accurate to me. Unless it guide comes from a blogger or recipe creator you absolutely trust, I wouldn’t spend money on it.

Personally, I would stick with tried and true recipe and methods with researched recipes (like mine, hehe!)

Just my two cents!

So what do you think? Do you have some of these accessories? What would you add to the list?

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Graphic of the best instant pot accessories to buy and avoid with one picture of a woman with three instant pots and assorted accessories.

Elaine Ball

Wednesday 13th of April 2022

Just an fyi. Not ALL Instantpots come with trivet. Mine did not.

HELEN PASE

Sunday 27th of December 2020

Have you seen the cart at Target for Instant Pot. Do you think you could leave Instant Pot on cart while cooking.What is your opinion of cart?

Lisa Childs

Friday 20th of August 2021

Hi Helen, Yes I've seen people with the cart. I personally wouldn't cook on the cart unless I was by myself. It would be too easy to knock over with children or pets and that could post a serious safety hazard. I personally don't think the cart is useful in my own kitchen, but I know a lot of people love it. As far as leaving it on the cart for cooking, I don't think there would be any damage to the cart itself- but like I said, I don't think it's as safe as the counter.

Mary Beth McLemore

Monday 9th of November 2020

Love my pressure cooker. We had a direct hit from hurricane Sally in Sept. but I was able to cook good meals while we were without power, only generator, with my cooker. Love my flan pan, found a steamer basket at a thrift store and need to buy a sling for removing my wonderful lasagna. I cook the lasagna in my french white corningware casserole. Fun cooking a faster and easier way and doesn't heat up my kitchen.

Marguerite

Friday 16th of October 2020

Hello, Can I use a smaller second liner for my Instapot? Or does it have to be the specific size as the original liner? I cannot find the answer anywhere.

Lisa Childs

Monday 19th of October 2020

Hello! You have to use the size specific to your Instant Pot in order to get it to seal. For example, you cannot use a 3 quart liner in a 6 quart Instant Pot. Hope that helps! - Lisa

Cynthia Taylor

Tuesday 21st of July 2020

July 21, 2020. The ekovana cheesecake pan is no longer avilable on Amazon. You may want to update the "accessories" info on your site. Love you site and YouTube videos.