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Saturday, December 3, 2016

Favorite Pressure Cooker [Instant Pot] Accessories

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The Instant Pot Pressure Cooker comes with limited accessories, and I have found that in order to make my favorite recipes (or just experiment!), I need some additional accessories.

Instant Pot IP-DUO60 7-in-1 Multi-Functional Pressure Cooker, 6 qt

Instant Pot IP-DUO60 7-in-1 Multi-Functional Pressure Cooker, 8 qt


It’s hard to decide - so many options! It’s also sometimes hard to tell what will actually fit and work in your Instant Pot or other pressure cooker.

Here is a list of my faves, in no particular order - no need for an order, they are all essential and they are equal favorites if you ask me!

*I do not own all of these, but I sure would like to!
All have good reviews and are popular in the Pressure Cooker community

With the exception of the Instant Pot specific products, these can be used with ANY pressure cooker (check the size of your before purchasing so you know they will fit).

*these are affiliate links through Amazon

Springform Pan

From cakes, to cheesecakes, to brownies, to cornbread and banana bread, this springform pan will go to great use! Of course, it can be used in your Instant Pot or your oven. This 7 inch leakproof Springform Pan from Nordic Ware is the perfect size, perfect height, did I mention it’s perfect?

Or, how about a set of 6 4 inch “mini” springform pans like these Wilton mini Springform pans - you should be able to fit 3-4 in an Instant Pot and most pressure cookers.

Push pan

This serves the same purpose as the springform pan. Instead of the outer ring of the pan unlatching to loosen and allow you to lift the outer ring away from the bottom, the push pan allows you to literally push the bottom the pan up and away from the outer ring. This is great for cheesecakes! *Note: I do not personally have these pans, but hear people rave about them ALL the time. I don’t think my husband would agree that I need both the springform AND the push pans 😆

Fat Daddio’s Anodized Aluminum Round Cheesecake pan with removable bottom is very popular!

If you want to make mini desserts, Fat Daddio also has a set of 6 “mini” push pans that would be perfect for you!

Fat Daddios’ 3” X 3” Round Cheesecake pans, set of 6

Bundt Pan

From cakes to breads, this bundt pan will come in handy! And, it fits perfectly in the Instant Pot and most pressure cookers. Of course, it can also be used in your good ole oven. This 6 cup Nordic ware Bundt pan is available in colors, or traditional non-stick stainless color - take a look below.

Nordic Ware 6 cup Bundt Pan, multicolor

*I have this one! Great color, too

Nordic Ware Pro Form 6 cup Bundt Pan

Instant Pot Tempered Glass Lid

From popping popcorn, to sautéing and searing, and slow cooking, to just keeping food warm while you display your amazing creation - you really want to have this additional lid option. Don’t try to use alternatives, get the real thing, the Instant Pot Tempered Glass Lid.

Extra Instant Pot Sealing Rings

You can’t get away from it - your sealing rings will retain some odor after multiple use. Yes, you can soak it in water, soap, baking soda, I’ve even heard denture cleaner… you can wash it by hand or in the dishwasher… but, no matter what you do, that pot roast you cook all the time - your sealing ring will love to retain that delicious smell!

If you’re like me and want to use your Instant Pot for anything and everything - sweet and savory - you NEED an extra sealing ring.

Official Instant Pot Sealing Ring, white

Fits Instant Pot models IP-DUO60, IP-DUO50, Smart-60, IP-LUX60, IP-LUX50, IP-CSG60, IP-CSG50

Official Instant Pot Sealing Ring, set of 2, white (for 5 or 6 qt Instant Pot)

Made by Instant Pot for models IP-DUO60, IP-DUO50, Smart-60, IP-LUX60, IP-LUX50, IP-CSG60, IP-CSG50

Steamer Basket(s)

There are so many options out there - I will share my top 3 top 4 faves for steam baskets. Why do you need one (or 4)? Vegetables, meats, fruits, shell fish, any fish… you can use it for EVERYTHING. Any time you need to “prop” your food up over that liquid you MUST have in the bottom of your IP in order to allow it to pressurize, your steam basket can be your go-to BEST IP friend!

REDKitchen Stainless Steel steamer

The KEY to this steamer basket and why it makes the top 4 fave list - those legs though! Perfect for being able to bring your food away from the water at the bottom of your Instant Pot!

OXO Silicone Steamer Basket

This is a great option if you prefer to move away from stainless steel to silicone. It has legs to keep the basket over your cooking liquid, and the handles makes it SUPER easy and safe to remove this basket from your Instant Pot! Plus, that fun green color!

Traditional Expandable Steamer Basket

This is a classic - you might even have one already. If not, you might find one at a garage sale - confession: that’s where I got mine for a whopping $0.25! The best part about this guy is that it fits in virtually any pot because of it’s expandable and collapsable feature. Collapsable… also why it might be successfully hiding in your cupboard for the last who-knows-how-many years!

Pressure Cooker Steam/Cooking Racks

This rack is different than those above - as you can see, it has a lot more open space. This is great for bigger vegetables and cuts of meat. The Instant Pot comes with a cooking rack, but to be frank, I think it sucks - so, I gave in to a better one (okay 2 better ones with this affordable pack of 2 with different length legs)!

K-Steel Steaming Rack stands (set of 2)

Mrs. Anderson’s Round Baking and Cooling rack, 6 inches - perfect for eggs and many other things because they won’t fall through and you don’t have to worry about a “stem” like you have on some of the steamer baskets!

Pot Retriever Tongs/mittens

Safety first! Yes, that inner pot in your Instant Pot will be HOT, HOT, HOT when you open that lid after cooking anything on any setting. Using a towel can be awkward, and it can get right into your delicious food - probably causing a mess. 

These Retriever Gripper Tongs are well worth the buy!


Or, if you want something more multifunctional, these Instant Pot Silicone Mitts (set of 2) are great, too.

Mini & or full size Mason Jars

Mini cheesecakes, dulce de leche, individual casseroles, mini desserts, jam, applesauce, homemade yogurt… the list goes on y’all. You can use these to cook in right inside your Instant Pot, or to portion your favorite recipe after cooking in something else. The mini’s are just too cute!
Instant Pot unrelated - these jars are great for organizing & storing literally ANYTHING in your house, too!

Full size Mason Jars


Mini Mason Jars

Instant Pot Silicone Cover

I use this a lot - If something I am going to cook needs marinating, like my Barbacoa Beef Brisket or Honey Sesame Chicken, I season it and store it right in my pot, ready to go right into my Instant Pot to cook! Why dirty another dish, or deal with annoying saran wrap?

Instant Pot Silicone Cover

Instant Pot Cookbook

Perhaps you want to give an Instant Pot as a gift, and want to include a cookbook. Or, you’d like to have one on hand for yourself rather than always looking online. I totally get it! 

I don’t own this, but have heard great things about these books

The Instant Pot Electric Pressure Cooker Cookbook

Instant Pot Cookbook: The quick and easy pressure cooker guide for smart people

Immersion / Hand Blender

These suckers are so versatile - you’ll use it in your Instant Pot and any other pot. No more threatening your life by transferring hot liquids and or solids to a blender - danger! I love this Immersion Blender because its STRONG. Most immersion aka hand blenders, especially the ones going for $20-$30, are only 200 watts.

This 2-speed Oster Hand Blender is 250 watts. You Should get through anything with no problem. 

Personally, I have the Kitchen Aid 3-speed Hand Blender. It has a great whisk attachment as well as a mini chopper attachment, a container and handy storage bad that comes with it.

Meat accessories

The Pampered Chef tool to have for many purposes (anyone else a fan of Pampered Chef?). You can use this to mix, but what I use it for most of the time is to break of meat while browning - Instant Pot or any Pot. It’s a pain with a flat spatula or wooden spoon to get your meat broken down the way you want. This makes it a breeze.

Pampered Chef Mix n Chop

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These shredder claws are better than the short handheld ones. Think about it… the meat is hot. Do you want your hands that close to the meat, which is what the first set would cause? Or would you like some distance, which the second set would allow - up to you!

OK shredder claws 

Cave Tools Shredder Claws

BETTER shredder claws

Ablest Stainless Steel shredder claws 

Stove Protector/Covers

Depending on how much space you have (or don’t have) in your kitchen, you might want to consider one of these stove protector/covers. This will allow you to more safely place your Instant Pot on your stove top - I have seen countless picture of people ruining both their Instant Pot and Stove Top by placing the Instant Pot on the stove, then accidentally turning the stove top on. Avoid that sad day if you use your stove top as a counter by getting one of these covers.

Lipper International Bamboo Over the Sink/Stove Cutting Board

CounterArt Black Marble Tempered Glass Instant Counter

Miles Kimbail Marble Burner Covers, set of 2

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