This is a definite guide for 9 Ultimate Instant Pot Accessories You Need to Buy. Great gifts to give to your fellow Instant Pot foodie friends or to treat yourself. You will use them over and over again.
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With Black Friday and Holidays upon us, it’s time to come up with a good shopping list of the most useful Instant Pot accessories you need to buy.
I purchased my Instant Pot a year ago on Black Friday. I am going to be honest, I did not want to buy it. I got it because I felt it would be good for blogging.
It took me about three months to actually start liking this appliance. There were many things I didn’t like, many things I wish I knew before buying my Instant Pot.
In fact, I even wrote an article 7 Things You Need To Know About Instant Pot and Why You Might Not Want to Buy it.
Now, I love my Instant Pot. I use it about 3-4 times a week and sometimes a few times a day. Over the year, I purchased a few accessories for my electric pressure cooker and I love using them.
So here’s the Definite Guide for 9 Ultimate Instant Pot Accessories You Need to Buy!
- Instant Pot Ceramic Insert
Let me sing an ode to Instant Pot Ceramic Insert – it’s amazing!!! First of all, it’s non-stick, which means that you don’t need to deglaze if you sauté something before cooking. Of course, some kind of deglazing might be required if whatever you cooked burned but in most cases it’ll require a lot less work.
Second of all, it’s essential if you want to bake in Instant Pot. Yes, you can bake right in this insert. And it’s dishwasher safe also.
What can you use Instant Pot Ceramic Insert for?
- My totally delicious Instant Pot Cornbread with Real Crispy Crust – it is actually made directly in the insert without any water – magic
- Rice comes out better in the ceramic insert than in the stainless steel insert
- I love using it for my Instant Pot Fish and Potato Soup as I don’t have to deglaze
- My Instant Pot Hot Chocolate comes out better in the ceramic insert than in the traditional stainless steel insert
- Also, it’s always great to have an extra insert if the other one is full or in a dishwasher
- Egg bites molds
Egg bites molds are an accessory that I wasn’t sure I needed but now that I have it, I love these molds and use often.
- I use it to make Instant Pot Poached Eggs – so easy, so delicious, and there’s no need to babysit a pot of simmering water
- Also, it’s perfect for healthy breakfast, such as my Instant Pot Fruity Egg Bites – delicious and healthy twist on the famous pinterest banana-egg pancakes
- I’ve had readers make my Instant Pot Pumpkin Pudding Cake in the egg bites molds also
- Egg trivet
Ok, I actually don’t have an Egg trivet accessory myself but that’s because my toddler for some reason doesn’t like boiled eggs. I love boiled eggs but I don’t make them too often for myself.
The moment my daughter finally sees the light and changes her mind, I will be buying this egg trivet because Instant Pot Boiled Eggs are absolutely amazing.
Why? As with most Instant Pot recipes, the biggest advantage is convenience! You don’t have to stand by the stove and watch the pot to make sure that water boils. You don’t have to make sure that the water simmers or doesn’t over boil either.
Making eggs in Instant Pot is easyCheck out a useful guide from My Wife Can Cook on how to make Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs.
- Steamer basket
For example, I put big broccoli florets into the steamer basket and set Instant Pot to cook on high pressure for 0 minutes. Broccoli comes out perfect! You can do the same for cauliflower also.
- Sealing rings
I purchased a set of extra sealing rings together with my Instant Pot a year ago. Originally I read about the sealing ring retaining the smell from the food, so I thought I would be using different coloured rings for savoury and sweet recipes.
However, after using my electric pressure cooker for a few months, I noticed that even though the sealing ring retained the smell, there was no transfer of odour into the actual food, so I never bothered changing the rings.
However, after about 10 months of very heavy use, my original sealing ring stopped working and I am very glad that I already had a spare. I highly urge you to buy a spare just to have in case if your original stops working in the middle of cooking.
- Springform pan
I love making cheesecake in Instant Pot. For example, Instant Pot Gingerbread Cheesecake for Two is absolutely perfect way to have a little dessert without any leftovers.
However, if you want to make a bigger portion, your regular cheesecake pan will most likely not fit into Instant Pot. For the 6 quart Instant Pot, you need a 7-inch springform pan which is not that easy to buy in stores.
It is also useful for cooking using Pot in Pot method, commonly known as PIP in various facebook groups. That method means that you add food into a pot (springform pan in this case) and then add that pot into Instant Pot. Hence, pot in pot.
You definitely need a set of ramekins if you want to make desserts in your Instant Pot or various individual portions of food. For example, you could make individual lasagnas.
- Steam diverter
I just ordered a steam diverter and cannot wait to receive it. What is it? Well, if you’ve ever done a Quick Release on your electric pressure cooker then you know that the result is pretty spectacular, especially if you were making a soup or a stew. It looks like a steam train. My toddler s always amused.
I am less amused as all the steam gets spewed all over kitchen. Currently I put a small and thin kitchen towel over the valve which absorbs a bit of the steam. I am hoping that the steam diverter will let me use my Instant Pot under my kitchen cabinets without ruining them.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Official Instant Pot site warns users against using any steam diverters or even placing a light kitchen towel over the steam valve. So, use your discretion.
- Instant Pot Glass Lid
I actually do not have Instant Pot Glass Lid but only because I have a glass lid from a random pan that fits my Instant Pot perfectly. And I use it all the time!
- Whenever I make soup, I use the lid to cover the inner pot in the fridge
- If you make yogurt in Instant Pot then this lid would also be very helpful
- You can use it if you are making Vegan Instant Pot No Knead Hawaiian Rolls, this way you can watch the dough grow and it’s really cool
None of these 9 Ultimate Instant Pot Accessories will work without an actual Instant Pot
My Instant Pot model is Instant Pot DUO Plus 60, 6 Qt 9-in-1 and I highly recommend this particular one. Here are a few reasons:
- I use mine many times a week and sometimes a few times a day, I have never had a burn notice!! Many other models have the dreaded burn notice even when there’s enough liquid in the pot.
- I can use this model without any water! Yes, that’s right! If I use enough vegetables with high moisture content, I can cook food without adding any water, for example, I now make my Healthy Chicken Stew without adding any broth.
- I also bake in my Instant Pot using ceramic insert. I do not know if other models would work for baking.
So, here you have it – the definite guide for 9 Ultimate Instant Pot Accessories You Need to Buy. Great gifts to give to your fellow Instant Pot foodie friends or to treat yourself. You will use them over and over again.
Do you have any other Instant Pot Accessories you love? Let me know in the comments!!
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