Ok! You’ve got a new instant pot and now you’re wondering if you need any accessories. The key word there is need. The truth is you really don’t. What comes in the box works perfectly well for most recipes. But some accessories come in handy.
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Must-Have Instant Pot Accessories
Silicone Sealing Ring
The first on my list is the most un-fun but the handiest. A silicone sealing ring. When you buy an Instant Pot, it comes with one sealing ring. This ring ensures that the pot can reach and maintain pressure. Without it, steam leaks from the pot and pressure is never achieved.
Over time that ring can hold onto odor, no matter how well you clean it. The ring can get stretched out and/ or crack over time. Instant Pot recommends replacing the ring every 12 to 18 months. (Sooner if you use it daily.)
Since rings can crack or stretch out over time, it’s a good idea to have a backup sealing ring sitting around. They’re only a few dollars and those dollars are money well spent if one night you go to use your Instant Pot for dinner only to discover the ring is no longer working well.
For safety sake, buy an Instant Pot-brand sealing ring. I wouldn’t use an off-brand sealing ring and wouldn’t recommend you do either. Plus if you use a third-party sealing ring, it can void the warranty on your Instant Pot.
Get it here: 3-quart Instant Pot Sealing Ring
Get it here: 5 or 6-quart Instant Pot Sealing Ring
Get it here: 8-quart Instant Pot Sealing Ring
“Sweet and Savory” Sealing Ring
In that same vein, Instant Pot sells colored sealing rings that are perfect to designate for sweet and savory uses.
Even if you don’t make desserts in your Instant Pot, these are great for more mild dishes. Use one for chili and other spicy foods and the other for delicate recipes, like chicken soup.
Get it here: 3-quart Instant Pot Red and Blue Sealing Ring
Get it here: 5- or 6-quart Instant Pot Red and Blue Sealing Ring
Get it here: 8-quart Instant Pot Red and Blue Sealing Ring
OXO Bakeware Sling
Since the Instant Pot insert is so deep, it can be a challenge to lift hot foods out of it. Some models come with a trivet but those handles aren’t very long. The OXO bakeware sling trivet works great as both a trivet and a lifter. I can’t imagine using my Instant Pot without it.
Note: this bakeware sling works for the 5,6, and 8 quart Instant Pot models. It’s too big for the 3-quart model.
Get it Here: OXO Bakeware Sling
Nice-to-Have Instant Pot Accessories
Egg Bite Mold
One of the most popular recipes to make in an Instant Pot is…egg bites. Yes! Egg bites, like the ones they sell at Starbucks. With these molds, you can make egg bites at home and save a few dollar bills.
Get it Here: Egg Bite Mold for Instant Pot
If you love making hard boiled eggs, you need to try making them in the Instant Pot. This rack holds the eggs in place while they cook, so they don’t knock into each other and break.
Get it Here: OXO Silicone Egg Rack
The main reason you need a small cake pan for your Instant Pot? Cheesecake. It comes out silky and dreamy in less time than it takes to bake in the oven.
(Always remember to put water in the bottom of the insert when you use a cake pan in your pressure cooker.)
Get it Here: 6-inch Cheesecake Pan for 3 quart Instant Pot (also fits 5, 6, and 8-quart models)
Get it Here: 7-inch Cheesecake Pan for 5, 6 quart Instant Pot (also fits 8-quart models)
Get it Here: 8-inch Cheesecake Pan for 8-quart Instant Pot
Tempered Glass Lid
If you use your Instant Pot for slow cooking or to keep food warm during serving, a tempered glass lid is great. The regular lid is heavy duty–because it needs to be for pressure cooking. A glass lid is so much easier to use for other tasks.
Get it Here: 3-quart Instant Pot Tempered Lid
Get it Here: 5 and 6 quart Instant Pot Tempered Lid
Get it Here: 8-quart Instant Pot Tempered Lid
Here’s an accessory that I don’t use but I’m recommending because so many of Cook Fast, Eat Well’s readers love it: a nonstick insert. It works just like the regular insert but it has a nonstick coating.
Get it Here: 3-quart Non-Stick Instant Pot Insert
Get it Here: 5 and 6-quart Non-Stick Instant Pot Insert
Get it Here: 8-quart Non-Stick Instant Pot Insert
Instant Pot Cover
Got leftovers? You can store them right in the Instant Pot. I use this cover a lot in the winter when I make soups and stews. It’s fab-u-lous!
Get it Here: 3-quart Instant Pot Silicone Lid
Get it Here 5- or 6-quart Instant Pot Silicone Lid
Get it Here: 8-quart Instant Pot Silicone Lid1