There are endless Instant Pot accessories that you can buy and they are definitely fun! However if you could only buy 3, these are the accessories that I recommend the most.
Instant Pot Accessories (video)
If you’re just getting started with your Instant Pot you definitely can cook in it withOUT any accessories. However as you get cooking more you’ll probably come across some recipes and methods that need specific tools to create the recipe properly. Here are my top three must have Instant Pot accessories and some recipes that use them.
#1: Silicone Sling
OXO Good Grips Pressure Cooker Bakeware Sling*: This sling serves as a sling and a trivet. It comes in handy for dropping foods into the Instant Pot and lifting them out, especially with pot-in-pot cooking.
I used the sling to lift out baked potatoes and meatloaf bites. You can see what that looks like at at minute 4:48 of this video:
I also use it as a trivet to steam foods on top of. For example, I used it to cook my fish for Instant Pot fish tacos. By far, this is the Instant Pot accessory that I use the most!
More recipes I use with my sling:
#2: A pan for pot-in-pot cooking
I suggest buying a pan that you can use for pot-in-pot cooking. The Instant Pot pot-in-pot (PIP) cooking method is cooking food in a separate dish that’s placed on a trivet inside your Instant Pot liner. Steam is created from water below the trivet and builds pressure to cook the food. You’ll want an oven safe dish that has a diameter of 7 inches (for the 6 quart pot) that you can easily lift the pan in and out.
I own a few pans that work for this purpose. The one I use the most is the 7 inch by 3 inch Fat Daddio’s Round Cake Pan*.
Some recipes I use with my Fat Daddios Pan:
#3: Silicone Steamer Basket
A steamer basket comes in handy for mashed potatoes, hard boiled eggs and steaming veggies. I like this silicone steamer basket* because it’s flexible, made of silicone and BPA free, dishwasher safe, fits perfectly in my 6 quart Instant Pot and it’s large (when I make lots of potatoes they all fit inside the basket without spilling over the sides).
The handles are very handy to lift foods in and out of the Instant Pot and it can also be used as a colander.
Check out how I make ZERO minute vegetables in my steamer basket in the Instant Pot!
Recipes for the steamer basket:
Nice to have accessories
Besides these three there are plenty of other Instant Pot accessories that you could purchase. I recommend the following two accessories as nice to have but not necessary:
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