Instant Pot 101: Accessories

I’m sure you’ve figured out from my posts that I am a huge Instant Pot fan. It didn’t take long for me to fall in love with my pot. Every recipe I find, I wonder if I can convert it for my Instant Pot. “But can I make it in my Instant Pot?” is a constant question. The answer to that question is yes, you can convert most recipes, but you might need some accessories.

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Must have accessories for your Instant Pot

Folks, the Instant Pot is not just for main dishes. If you’ve joined the Instant Pot Facebook Community, you’ll see everything from eggs (Starbucks Sous Vide Instant ) to ribs to even cheesecake! In fact, dessert seems to be a very popular option for the Instant Pot. (Crème Brulee or mini lava cakes, anyone?)

Here are some accessories you should stock up on if you decide to get more adventurous with your Instant Pot:

An extra inner pot

Having a second pot is nice if you are making more than one thing for dinner. Make your chicken breasts in one, and your rice in the other. It saves time since you don’t have to wash your inner pot in between. Or, if you’re making yogurt, that has to chill overnight, so you’d have an extra inner pot so your Instant Pot isn’t out of commission while your yogurt cools. (Yogurt making lesson next week!)

Extra Sealing Rings

A lot of people have extra sealing rings for the lid of their Instant Pot. The reason these are different colors is so you can color code for various foods- sweet and savory. Sometimes the flavor of the foods you cook in your pot get stuck in the sealing ring- so you could end up having a cheesecake that tastes like the BBQ ribs you ate last night if you do not switch out the rings.

Springform Pan

This 7-inch pan will fit in 6 and 8 quart Instant Pots. Not only have I seen this used for cheesecake, but I have also seen it used for regular cakes, including Pineapple Upside-Down Cake!

Silicone Egg Mold

Do you love Starbucks Sous Vide Eggs? I do!  You can make them at home for WAY less expense with this egg mold.  Yummy, freezable, microwavable, easy to-go breakfast that the kids will love too!

Steamer Basket

This is perfect for steaming your vegetables in your Instant Pot. A lot of people cook their hard-boiled eggs in a steaming basket as well.

Tempered Glass Lid

You’ll need a glass lid if you plan to make yogurt or use your Instant Pot as a slow cooker. Before you buy, though, check your cupboard! You may have a glass lid from your pots and pans that may work perfectly for your Instant Pot!

Ramekins

These are perfect for the Crème Brulee and Lava Cakes I mentioned earlier. One note- if you have something similar to this at home, you can use it, as long as it is oven safe!

Using these accessories will really widen your Instant Pot recipe repertoire. I’d love to hear if any of you get adventurous this week, and try one or all of these accessories! (Let me know in the comments, or in the Dakotapam Facebook group!) I’ll see you back here next week for homemade Yogurt!

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Written by Esther Burns
I'm a pastor's wife and mom to three great kids. I am also Dakotapam's bestie, a Target lady, and an Instant Pot Wizard!