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12 Ways to Use an Instant Pot Steamer Basket

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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!

12+ USES FOR AN INSTANT POT STEAMER BASKET | lisa childs tried tested and true #instantpot

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!)

lisa childs holding an instant pot steamer basket

It’s best to choose an Instant Pot Steamer basket that can withstand being pressure cooked and not fall apart. This is my favorite steamer basket because it is incredibly high quality.

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.

Instant Pot Sweet Potatoes in steamer basket

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!

Artichokes ready to be cooked in the Instant Pot

Instant Pot Artichokes Recipe

#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!

Instant Pot Sweet Potatoes in steamer basket

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.

Instant Pot Sweet Potato Casserole inspired by Ruths Chris Steakhouse

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!

potatoes in an instant pot steamer basket

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.

I used "Delectable Delights Gourmet Fresh Medley Potatoes for my Instant Pot Salt Potatoes in my steamer basket

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

The nice thing about this Steamer Basket is that it doubles as a colander. You can use it to do my everlasting berry hack, to prevent your berries from molding for weeks!

no moldy berries

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!

Hard boiled eggs in a steamer basket

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.

Check out Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs and Whipped Cream Bacon Deviled Eggs

#6: Instant Pot Carrots

I have a slightly sweet carrot recipe, but you could make up to a couple bags of baby carrots or chopped carrots in your Instant Pot steamer basket.

A bowl of baby carrots on a striped napkin and blue placemat surrounded with flowers

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.

Spaghetti Squash on a fork with parsley and pepper cooked in the instant pot pressure cooker. a strand of spaghetti squash

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.

Instant Pot BAcon Green Beans

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!

corn on the cob in a steamer basket
corn on the cob in a steamer basket

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 !

Instant Pot bone broth

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

I use my steamer basket the most to make Instant Pot Broccoli. This is one you really need the basket for for the most ideal, perfectly cooked broccoli.

Instant Pot Steamed 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!

Broccoli florets in steamer basket

BONUS: Don’t forget to check out my post on the Best Instant Pot Accessories to buy and AVOID!)

Instant Pot Steamer Basket Giveaway

Lisa childs with a basket

(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

Yvonne Castellano

Monday 30th of December 2019

My basket would be used for a number things. Broccoli, bone broth, eggs. Ultimately I would love to use it for the sweet potatoes that I use in my dogs homemade food. I am most Thankful for my friend Rachel Ross! She is my one friend that I could always count on to be healthy with via exercising, hiking, walking and eating. She gifted me my instant if I won the basket I would definitely gift the basket to her.

Cindy Davis

Sunday 1st of December 2019

Love this post!! My three that I’d use my basket for... 1. Potatoes! Sweet and Others! 2. Eggs!! I love making eggs in my IP. 3. I’ve been on the bone broth making train lately so a basket to catch all that stuff will be perfect!

This year I’m thankful for Change. Change to be in a different environment. Change to get to know my relatives that were once far away. Change to embrace the good times and the struggles and still keep smiling. 😊


Sunday 1st of December 2019

Hello Lisa! I would use the steamer basket for eggs, carrots, & broccoli or green beans :) I am thankful this year for the progress my husband and I made on our goal to be debt free! We have scrimped and saved and ate at home A LOT (so very thankful for your instant pot recipes & tips!!) but looking back it was worth it because we are halfway there & I never thought we would be this close in only a year. Would love to have a steamer basket to make even more meals this coming year! Thank you for all you do and Merry Christmas!


Sunday 1st of December 2019

Thank you for posting about the steamer basket. I would use it for potatoes, veggies, and eggs. 😋 I’m grateful for my life and everything that I have. I’m grateful for my husband. He’s the most loving, caring, talented person anyone could ever ask for. I’m grateful for each of my children. They have brought so much happiness into my life.


Sunday 1st of December 2019

Hi Lisa!!! I am so thankful for my babies and my family and friends and new friends and internet friends!! Im thankful that I get to fly everywhere (I'm in japan for the twins bday!) and experience wonderful cultures! I'm also thankful for all the blessings that come my way, big or small!

I've always wanted this steamer basket from the day I first started following you! Idk why I never got it but this may be a chance to!! I would loveee to make...... 1. broccoli for crab broccoli salad!! 2. Potatoes for mashed potatoes because I always have to rinse it and it really sucks! 3. Whole chickens so I don't have to strain all the bones in another container!! . I know u said 3 but I also wanna do eggs! And carrots and corn! Everything u make!!!!

Thank you for always posting amazing things!