These are the BEST Instant Pot accessories to have on hand in your kitchen! Each is durable, inexpensive, and can be used for many kinds of recipes!
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Just last week, I cooked over 80 dishes in my Instant Pots!
Yep. You read that right. I made at least eighty different dishes in my three Instant Pots last week, as well as the Instant Pot I borrowed from my mother-in-law.
No, we weren’t just especially hungry. No, my freezer is not now full of delicious meals to eat later. Actually, my freezer rather inconveniently stopped working a couple weeks earlier.
The reason I cooked so much in our Instant Pots is much more exciting– we were shooting alllllll the photos for my Instant Pot cookbook (out now!)! The week was insanely busy. I was literally cooking back to back dishes all day, every day for four days in order to get everything done in time.
Even considering how nonstop the week was, it was also a lot of fun. And, after doing so much cooking in my Instant Pots in such a short amount of time, I am all the more convinced at just how amazing Instant Pots are! We had no issues with any of the four pots we were using, despite the fact that they were running so frequently all week long. Our photographer was shocked at how much variety the Instant Pot is capable of too.
Busy, busy kitchen!
Given how much I have been using my Instant Pots this summer, I feel very confident in sharing a (short) list of the BEST Instant Pot accessories. These are the accessories that I have been using the most. They are all multi-purposed and super handy. If you have these accessories, you will be able to make a huge variety of dishes!
Do you agree with my list? Share with us any additions you have in the comments!
The BEST Instant Pot Accessories
There necessarily an order to these, but if I were going to recommend ones to prioritize purchasing, I would start with the first five on the list.
1. Extra inner pot.
I love having an extra inner pot for my Instant Pots. It’s so convenient when I’m making yogurt, cooking meat and then a quick vegetable side dish, or wanting to prep a dessert to cook while we eat dinner.
Try this ::
Instant Pot Yogurt in 10 Simple Steps
2. Tall trivet.
Your Instant Pot comes with a trivet that is perfect for using with pot-in-pot recipes, like cheesecake, shepherd’s pie, and others in which the food cooks in a separate dish inside the Instant Pot. But a tall trivet like this one is perfect for cooking one type of food (usually meat) at the bottom of the pot and another type in a bowl or dish above. The trivet that comes with the Instant Pot doesn’t leave much room underneath.
Using a tall trivet allows plenty of space for the food underneath to cook without being squished. I love it for making this herb chicken thighs and grits recipe, for meatloaf and mashed potatoes, for making rice while my meat cooks, and so on.
Try this ::
Garlic Herb Chicken Thighs and Cheese Grits
3. 1 1/2 Qt Corningware dish.
This 1 1/2 quart dish fits inside the 6qt Instant Pot and is great for making casseroles and dishes that otherwise would not be Instant Pot suitable. I can use this dish to make shepherd’s pie, lasagna, egg casserole, and more that are still big enough to feed our family.
Try this ::
4. 7″ Springform pan.
This 7″ springform pan is perfect for cheesecake, brownies, carrot cake, meatloaf, strata, and more. Just be sure to set it on a trivet with water underneath when you use it!
Try this ::
Cheesecake Makeover (Naturally sweetened, reduced fat, & gluten-free)
5. Steamer basket.
This basket is super useful for hard boiled eggs, corn on the cob, and vegetables. But the BEST thing about it is how easy it makes cooking chicken broth. Just add the chicken bones, veggies, and herbs to the basket, fill the pot with water, and set the cook time. When the broth is done, you’re able to just lift out the basket and leave the broth in the pot!
I love this basket so much I bought another one for my 8-qt.
6. 6 4oz Ramekins.
I love using these ramekins for small single-serve desserts like creme brûlée and cobblers! All six will fit in a 6-qt Instant Pot.
Try this ::
7. 7″ Tube pan.
This cake pan fits inside a 6qt Instant Pot and can be used to make beautiful breads and cakes!
Try this ::
Healthy Upside Down Peach Cake
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Can I use these same sizes in the Eight quart IP? Or do you have recommendations for the 8 Qt. ? Finally thank you for all you do. I always refer back to your blog for info.
Lynne, short answer is yes, you can use all these sizes. But with many of them, you could increase them slightly to fit more food in. I will come back and add 8qt options. I’ll let you know when I do!
I’d like to know also about 8qt
Where do I get the accessories for my instant pot and I need recipes we drive over the road and I need to learn how to use it any help …will do
Maye, you can order these accessories on Amazon (they are all linked in the post), or find a few in kitchen stores.
You can find lots of recipes, and a beginner’s guide to using your Instant Pot here: https://www.thispilgrimlife.com/instant-pot
I bought the 2 1/2 Qt Corningware dish upon your recommendation but it just comes to the top of my 6 qt IP. Can I still use it? It doesn’t fit in all the way much less on a trivet.
Do I need a smaller Corningware dish?
I edited and corrected the post Susan. Please email me your address and I will send you the correct size. I’m sorry for the confusion!
That’s very kind of you Lisa, but I’ll buy my own.
I’m sure I will still be able to use the larger in my oven!
Beth Anne says
I love my steamer basket. I bought one back in April to make a lot of eggs to dye for Easter. I love the broth idea!