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An Instant Pot Steamer Basket is the #1 Instant Pot or pressure cooker accessory I recommend. I’ll give you the lowdown on how to use the Instant Pot Steamer Basket over a dozen different ways!
Instant Pot Steamer Basket
Like I said, out of all the instant pot accessories you could buy, the steamer basket is the best one because you can use it in so many different, practical ways (and it will fit 6 or 8 quart pots!)
This basket does NOT rust, nor does it have silicone “noodles” covering the legs, which easily trap food/bacteria that you cannot get out. They also honor a LIFETIME guarantee, so they will replace it if anything happens to it.
I’ve tried a couple other baskets, and I promise they are not near the quality. My basket has lasted me years with no sign of wear!
Cleaning the Instant Pot Steamer Basket
I find my steamer basket incredibly easy to clean because it is dishwasher safe on the top or bottom rack. It’s also simple to clean with a scrubby and dish soap. I recommend cleaning the steamer basket as soon as you’re finished using it to avoid letting any foods get stuck in the mesh.
#12: Instant Pot Artichokes
Steamer baskets are great for large foods that you’d otherwise have to fish out with tongs or teetering on the trivet. You can just place a couple artichokes in the basket, then pull it straight out after cooking!
#11: Instant Pot Sweet Potatoes
The Instant Pot is incredible for steaming sweet potatoes, because they otherwise take over an hour sometimes in the oven! No one has time for that!
Stack a couple whole or chopped up sweet potatoes and place them in the steamer basket, and cook for about 10-30 minutes, depending on the size.
I always err on the generous side with sweet potatoes and add a couple minutes because having undercooked food in the Instant Pot is THE WORST.
I use this method for my Instant Pot Sweet Potato Casserole. It’s better than Ruth’s Chris’ recipe, in my opinion!
#10: Instant Pot Potatoes
Mashed Potatoes in the Instant Pot are a staple. You’ll NEVER make them on the stove after you do them in the Instant Pot! I load up my steamer basket with russet potatoes, then take them to the sink to rinse/clean. It’s nice to just do it all in one!
Another awesome use of your Instant Pot Steamer Basket is to use it for SALT POTATOES! This is the perfect usage because you’d otherwise have to pour a very hot, very heavy pot of boiling water and potatoes into a colander.
Using your basket, simple add your potatoes (give them a quick rinse), and put them in your Instant Pot. Check out the Salt Potato recipe!
#9: Instant Pot Ribs/Meat
I like using my steamer basket for ribs! That way, I don’t have to worry about them falling apart or getting them out with tongs from the hot liquid.
I just cut each rack into quarters, and line them on their sides around the basket. It makes it really easy!
#8: Instant Pot Steamer Basket As a Colander
I typically do this in my salad spinner because there’s a “colander” that fits into the base, but if you don’t have that, you can use this basket and your Instant Pot liner! It’s the perfect size!
#7: Instant Pot Eggs
You’ll never go back to boiling eggs on the stove after you make boiled eggs in the Instant Pot! This steamer basket fits over 2 dozen eggs!
I remove the basket straight out of the pot because the handle is cool enough to handle after just a couple of seconds. Then, I’ll take the basket to the sink to rinse and cool down.
#6: Instant Pot Carrots
Just add a cup of water to the pot and cook for 3-5 minutes, depending on the quantity and firmness you like your carrots.
#5: Instant Pot Spaghetti Squash
Pressure cooker spaghetti squash is sooo amazing because like sweet potatoes, it usually takes a long time to bake in the oven. The Instant Pot makes it a breeze to get a healthy vegetable in a snap.
You could cook the spaghetti squash in the Instant Pot steamer basket whole, or cut in half! It is so great to do it this way so then you don’t have to deal with spaghetti squash spilling out or dropping it with tongs.
#4: Instant Pot Green Beans
If you’re noticing a trend, vegetables (or anything that is steamed or boiled, really!) do incredibly well in the Instant Pot. Try pressure cooking plain green beans in the steamer basket for a quick and healthy side dish.
I made these for my Instant Pot class just plain pressure cooked green beans and then added some garlic butter on top! So simple! You could also just do a simple squeeze of lemon and a dash of salt.
Try my famous Instant Pot Bacon Green Beans!
#3: Instant Pot Corn on the Cob
If you have an Instant Pot, PA-LEASE do not ever make corn on the stove! Just pop them in your Instant Pot steamer basket and make them in their in just a couple minutes!
Making them in the basket helps so none of the corn sits in the water, and you can just pull them out as soon as they’re done cooking. I don’t like leaving the corn in the pot too long after cooking, or else it tastes overcooked like canned corn.
#2: Instant Pot Bone Broth
I actually love this usage so much because it helps avoid STRAINING a giant pot of boiling liquid. Place all your bones and vegetable scraps in the basket, and make the bone broth like normal. When it’s finished, pull the basket out and that’s it! G E N I U S !
I don’t have this recipe up on my website yet, but you can see a step by step on Instagram here!
#1: Instant Pot Steamer Basket Broccoli
We consume so much broccoli each week, and the Instant Pot and Instant Pot steamer basket make it so much easier. One and done!
BONUS: Don’t forget to check out my post on the Best Instant Pot Accessories to buy and AVOID!)
Instant Pot Steamer Basket Giveaway
(GIVEAWAY CLOSED) 717 Industries have generously given me the chance to give one of my fabulous readers a brand new Instant Pot Steamer Basket! Here’s what you need to do to be eligible:
- Leave a comment on this post with the top 3 things you’d use the steamer basket for.
- In your comment, also tell me what or who you’re thankful for, and why. Be genuine.
- If you’re feeling generous, please share this post on your Instagram story or Facebook. Not necessary, but I always appreciate when you share my posts. It helps so much.
- Be a good, kind, nice, giving person. I’m like Santa… I’ll know!
*Giveaway ends 12/01/2019 and I will contact the winner directly through email.
And… may the odds be ever in your favor, my friends! – Lisa