September 26, 2021

The Instant Pot accessories no one should live without

Instant Pots may have several functions, but even the appliance that can do everything needs a little help sometimes.

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So you bought an Instant Pot — now what?

The super trendy, ten-in-one device appeared to have it all, even a yogurt maker. You swore off Uber Eats and promised to start actually cooking dinner at home. But soon after you began using your new kitchen appliance you learned that in order to make some of the Pinterest recipes you anticipated the most you’d need to purchase some Instant Pot accessories as well. 

So what should you get? And where should you buy them? We’ll break it down for you.

Where can you buy Instant Pot accessories?

In a word: Amazon. This is going to be the easiest place to track down the biggest, most interesting selection of accessories for your Instant Pot. A recent search on the shopping site delivered some 7,000 hits for the term “Instant Pot accessories.” So yeah. It’s a lot.

SEE ALSO: Guide to all the different Instant Pots

That’s not the only retailer in the game though. We’ve also found great options for Instant Pot accessories at stores like Williams Sonoma, which has more high-end accessories, and Walmart, where there’s a substantial assortment of options, many of them directly from the Instant Pot mothership.

Before you start shopping for Instant Pot accessories though, there are a few things you need to know. Here are some of the most frequently asked questions from those searching for auxiliary parts for this magical cooking device.

Is Pyrex safe in an Instant Pot?

Numerous bloggers swear by something called the “pot-in-pot” cooking method, whereby you place ingredients into some sort of secondary dish rather than directly into the Instant Pot itself. This allows you to keep the Instant Pot clean, so you don’t have to wash it out between steps and slow down the overall cooking process, and can also help you cook multiple things at once. (Pressure Cooking Today has a great step-by-step on how this is done.)

Pyrex, which is owned by the same parent company as Instant Pot, is a suggestion that pops up again and again. While anything that’s oven-safe should be okay to use in the Instant Pot, we personally have some reservations about cooking in glass inside your Instant Pot. If it shatters, which has been known to happen in the past, then you’re stuck with quite a mess and will have to ditch that meal you just prepared out of fear of consuming said glass. So while yes, you totally can use Pyrex in the Instant Pot, we’d suggest using a metal baking dish or round cake pan instead. This will allow you to keep ingredients separate, and the shatter risk drops down to zero.

Can you bake a cake in the Instant Pot?

You can! In fact, there are a slew of pans that will help you do just this. (Keep reading for our top picks.) The biggest thing you need to know when baking a cake in an Instant Pot is that you’ll need a spring form pan as well as some sort of trivet and heat-resistant tongs to help lift out said pan. Don’t forget to add water to the Instant Pot when making cake, either. That steam is the secret ingredient.

Can you use (any) springform pan in an Instant Pot?

Pretty much — just make sure it fits. (You’ll want to look for pans that are between 6 and 7 inches.) We’d recommend the style that has a push-through insert rather than the springform pan with a clip, since the latter takes up more space and could be harder to lift out.

Can silicone be used in an Instant Pot?

It sure can. In fact, many of our favorite Instant Pot accessories are made of silicone. Just look for items that are BPA-free, made of food-grade silicone, and are heat resistant to 450F.

Now that we’ve covered the basics, let’s dive in and go through our picks for the Instant Pot accessories you need right now. If you got an Instant Pot for someone as a gift last year, consider this your one-stop shopping guide for how to upgrade their gift in year two. Or maybe you want to have a little treat yo’ self moment and go all in on your cooking adventures. You do you.

These Instant Pot accessories will assist you with all the functions of your pressure cooker, from making hard boiled eggs to steaming veggies to even baking a cake. In this list we break down the best options to help you get the most out of your latest purchase.

Sticks directly to the Instant Pot • Fits on all devices • Covers the most popular ingredients
Arrives flat and needs some manipulation before it’ll “curve” to the pot • Small printing is hard to read for some • Doesn’t include any info on dairy or fruits
After the Instant Pot itself, this is the accessory you will return to again and again (and again.)

Pressure cooker cheat sheet magnets

Stop Googling for cook times and use this magnetic cheat sheet to see all the info you need in one place.

  • Dishwasher safe:
    No, but you can easily wipe it down
  • Compatible Instant Pot models:
    All of them
As an Instant Pot owner knows, mastering the cook times of all your favorite ingredients is perhaps the biggest learning curve to using this new device. Since ingredients are cooked under pressure and thus out of sight, you can’t exact check in on them the way you would when something is in the oven or even in a slow cooker.
This magnet is going to quickly become your favorite accessory, hands down. At a glance, the cheat sheet will allow you to check cooking times for things like grains, vegetables, and meats. Plus, since the Instant Pot is metal, it can stick right to the device itself. (There’s also a larger, companion chart that can go on the fridge.)
Perhaps the best part about these magnets though is you’ll no longer need to Google “how long do I cook chicken” every time you bust out the Instant Pot.
Amazon reviewer MA writes:

“This is the third set I’ve purchased. Everyone I know has realized how great Instant Pots are and it seems I’m the only one who knows about these cheat sheets. They’re magnet. You put the small one directly on the pot — no, the heat does not bother it. It’s a quick reference. And the larger one goes on the fridge. Love the big one. It has sections by topic: vegetable, meat, poultry, ligaments, etc. So you can quickly look at what you’re going to cook and tells you how much water to add and for how long without having to look it up online, on your phone or in a cookbook. Love this item. If you have an Instant Pot, you need one of these. I just found another friend who has one, so I may end up buying a fourth one real soon.”

Easy to clean • Durable and non-reactive • Heats evenly
Must be washed by hand • Some reviewers complain about difficulty removing the sticker
A baking workhorse, this little pan provides consistent results and has a great design that makes it easy to release your cakes, frittatas, and more.

Fat Daddio’s Round Cheesecake Pan

Perfect for cheesecakes, pineapple upside down cakes, and whatever other cake recipe you find on Pinterest.

  • Dishwasher safe:
  • Compatible Instant Pot models:
    6-quart and 8-quart
You may think that your baked creations would guarantee you a win on Cupcake Wars when in reality they may not even get you past the first round on Nailed It. Step up your baking game with this round cheesecake pan from Fat Daddio’s.
Amazon reviewers are obsessed with this round cheesecake pan, raving about how well it works and how easy it is to release the cake. The commercial-grade pan comes with a lifetime guarantee, and it’s heartening to see that 77 percent of people have given it a 5-star review, out of more than 1,400 reviewers.
There are two drawbacks to this device, though we’re of the camp that these are minor complaints. For one, the sticker is very hard to remove, and only seems to come off by using a magic eraser. (Although some reviewers report that they didn’t have the same issue.) Secondly, the pan isn’t dishwasher safe, which could prove to be a hassle for some, but not for us.
If you can get past those two things, then this is a worthy investment you’ll come to rely on — especially for those who love cheesecake.
Amazon reviewer Donna Turner, who gave the pan a 5-star review, writes:

“I bought this pan to make cheese cake in my instant pot. It’s perfect. No problems! Unlike some reviewers, the glue used on the label came off easily and if it hadn’t I wouldn’t have worried because it would have been covered with parchment paper or I would have just turned the disk over. But alas, some people just like to complain.”      

Silicone-wrapped handle makes removal safe and easy • Dishwasher safe • Silicone-wrapped feet prevents scratching
Some reviewers complain of bent handles and inconsistent mesh, though these bad reviews seem to be rare compared to the overwhelmingly positive ones
A simple, straightforward accessory that makes steaming easy.

Hatrigo steamer basket

Great for boiling eggs, steaming vegetables, or preparing broth, this basket is an excellent sidekick for the Instant Pot and will help you get the most out of the steaming function.

  • Dishwasher safe:
  • Compatible Instant Pot models:
    3-quart, 6-quart, 8-quart
One of the Instant Pot’s most used functions is steaming, offering users the ability to steam foods fast and as part of a one-pot meal with all ingredients cooked simultaneously. This Hatrigo steamer basket was made especially for this function. This basket seamlessly slides in and out of the pressure cooker, allowing you to prepare your favorite foods with ease. 
Available in three, six, and eight quart sizes, the deep mesh basket also comes with a removable divider. The divider basket provides three separate compartments for steaming so you can cook eggs, vegetables, and whatever else has an upcoming expiration date, all at the same time.
With more than 3,000 overwhelmingly positive reviews, it’s hard to find anything bad to say about this accessory.
Amazon customer Hilda C. Crangle writes: 

“The basket’s handle assures you don’t have to worry about balancing food items when you remove them from your pressure cooker. You can rinse rice without having to pick out the remaining pieces of uncooked rice as the mesh is tightly woven. You can steam vegetables, potatoes, eggs, and more. Bonus for me…2 silicone baby food trays fit snugly in the basket for my version of Starbucks Egg Bites.” 

Dishwasher safe • Keeps cabinets dry
Worried about water stains on your cabinets? This cute little tool offers the perfect solution.

Steam release valve

Love every part of your Instant Pot with this little tool that offers the perfect solution to what may be the kitchen device’s most problematic quirk.

  • Dishwasher safe:
  • Compatible Instant pot models:
    All of them
Although we’re sure you love everything about your Instant Pot and can’t get enough of all of its functions, like many Instant Pot owners there’s probably one small quirk that makes you love the Instant Pot just a little bit less. Although these fan favorite kitchen appliances are known for their pressure cooking function, this feature also has a less loved side effect. 
When the steam from the pressure cooker is released, it is often directed upwards, leaving your cabinets and other kitchen furniture vulnerable to water stains. This little steam release accessory redirects steam to the direction of your choice — just make sure not to point it at your face or hands, as you could become badly burned. 
Amazon customer J. Burnett writes: 

“Cabinet savior is accurate! This snaps together easily, slides over the Instant Pot release switch & diverts the steam out the side, rather than straight up your cabinets!”

Set includes steam rack, egg bite molds, and spoons
Cooking time varies based on egg bite ingredients
If you love eggs or anything bite-sized, you’re going to need this mold.

Rottay egg bites mold

Egg bites are a great way to take your breakfast on the go and this product helps you make perfect ones every time.

  • Dishwasher safe:
  • Compatible Instant Pot models:
    6-quart, 8-quart
Egg bites are essentially a hand held omelette. Starbucks has had these delightful drops of sunshine on their menu for a while now, but these morning pit stops can quickly add up. The Rottay egg bites molds help you make the perfect egg bites right in your Instant Pot. The set also includes a steam rack, silicone spoons, and a silicone spatula.
The uses for this accessory don’t stop at eggs though. These are also the perfect molds for brownies, yogurt, and even baby food, making these egg bites molds one of the most versatile companions for your Instant Pot.
Amazon customer Dove Family writes: 

“These egg molds work wonderfully in my Instant Pot Duo Crisp! The trivet fits perfectly at the bottom and the egg molds sit right on top of each other. I have used them 4x times now and have made a variety of recipes. The eggs always come out perfect and I even used this to make mini-muffins. Those were a hit with my daughter!”

Saves counter space • Makes foods crispy
Small basket fits only one to two servings • Buttons make loud sounds
If you’ve been going back and forth on whether you should purchase that air fryer but already own an Instant Pot, this Air Fryer Lid is the perfect solution.


The MICHELANGELO Air Fryer Lid transforms your Instant Pot into an air fryer, giving you the best of both worlds without needing to buy an entirely separate device.

  • Dishwasher safe:
  • Compatible Instant Pot models:
    6-quart, 8-quart
If you read our comparison piece about the Ninja Foodi, then you know that one place where the Instant Pot falls short is that it can’t make things crispy. Unless you have this device, that is. The MICHELANGELO Air Fryer Lid instantly transforms your Instant Pot into an air fryer, thus eliminating the need to invest in an entirely different cooking device (and sacrifice yet even more cabinet space.) So we guess Miley was right when she said you can get the best of both worlds.
Just snap the MICHELANGELO Air Fryer Lid on to your Instant Pot and let it get to work. Watch your food fry, foil, and crisp in minutes, making the perfectly crisp fast food fries you crave without the excess oil. The air fryer lid also comes with a fryer basket, trivet, heat-resistant mat, and tongs — everything you need to live out your fried food fantasies.
Amazon customer Juls writes:

“I LOVE THIS THING! I am beyond pleased. I live in a small space and I LOVE to cook. That sometimes poses a problem. I was torn between getting an instant pot or an air fryer. I settled on the IP and I use it daily but there are just some things that taste better fried or baked. When I found this I was excited! Very little space was lost and I feel like I have gained a whole other appliance PLUS not having to remove food from the IP to the oven for a broil! W-I-N!! Air fryer lid sits perfectly atop my 6qt IP. I like the easy presets and I love the fact I can see my food cooking.”

Strainer snaps right on to Instant Pot • Dishwasher safe
Have to attach handles manually
This strainer clips directly onto the Instant Pot so you can easily drain excess liquid without much effort.

Salbree silicone strainer

This strainer clips directly onto the Instant Pot so you can easily drain excess liquid without much effort.

  • Dishwasher safe:
  • Compatible Instant Pot model:
Unless you want to risk potentially dumping your whole meal in the sink, a strainer is the only solution. This strainer is not only adorable and comes in a range of adorable colors, but it also is super handy and sure to be one of your most used items.
The Salbree strainer snaps directly onto your pressure cooker so you don’t have to hold it in place while lifting the heavy pan over the sink. It also comes with silicone mitts and other accessories to assist you in all of your straining needs.
Amazon customer Kelly Pederson writes: 

“I make a lot and I mean A LOT of plain pasta for my son. He is not a fan of sauce and I started using my instant pot to make the process faster and less work for me. This clip n strain is just what I needed. It attaches to the IP liner securely, works perfectly, and is just what I needed to make straining the pasta quick and easy.”

Use either handles or shoulder strap to easily carry Instant Pot
Not a perfect fit, leaves a lot of room when Instant Pot is stored
If you travel with your Instant Pot often, this is a simple, straightforward carrying case that gets the job done.

Instant Pot travel bag

A simple, straightforward carrying case that gets the job done.

  • Dishwasher safe:
    No, hand wash only
  • Compatible Instant Pot models:
    3-quart, 6-quart, 8-quart
Take your Instant Pot everywhere from potlucks, to bake sales, or just to a friend’s house. Now you never have to worry about lugging around one of your heaviest kitchen appliances, or dread spilling your entire meal in your back seat — simply carry your precious pot in this Quick & Carry, Travel Tote Bag.
Available in three-, six-, and eight-quart sizes, this travel bag is the perfect home for probably the most important appliance in your home. Not only can it be used for Instant Pots, but this bag is also great for carrying similar sized gadgets like rice cookers, crock pots, and air fryers. Its also great for no appliances at all: easily store everything from snacks, clothes, and toys in this seamlessly versatile bag. 
Amazon customer Sheila writes: 

“Who knew that traveling with my six quart instant pot and ALL the accessories could be made sooo easy! I had been hauling my six quart back and forth to our vacation home in the eight quart box, stacking extra seals, glass lid and other accessories. Now ALL the items(except the extra pot liners) can be transported safely and neatly, with compartments for all!”

Wide variety of easy-to-use accessories • Items fit snugly together
Some accessories included are smaller than they appear • Spring-form pan has side clip, making it difficult to remove
Go all in on the Instant Pot, and buy all the most popular, must-have accessories at once with the bargain set.

Instant Pot accessories set

This starter kit delivers most of what you’ll need to get started, and its price can’t be beat.

  • Compatible Instant Pot models:
    5-quart, 6-quart, 8-quart
  • Dishwasher safe:
This Instant Pot accessory set is essentially the holy grail of Instant Pot accessories. It includes 60 parchment papers, two steamer baskets, one steamer rack, one non-stick springform pan, one egg rack, an egg bites mold, a set of kitchen tongs, one dish plate clip, two oven mitts, and three magnetic cheat sheets that feature the cooking times of several different meats and potential recipe ingredients. It’s essentially a grab bag of many of the items we’ve already included on this list.
With so many different tools included in this set for only $36.99, this starter set is a steal and makes a great addition when gifting the Instant Pot to friends and family. 
Amazon customer Melissa Hall writes:

“This item was a gift for my sister but I decided to keep it for myself. All items are conveniently pancaked in one box. All of the items are extremely durable and easy to clean.” 

Easily grab the inner pot • Small mitts don’t take up much space
Might be too small for big hands
Safely and securely remove the inner pot of your Instantpot with these silicone mitts.

Instant Pot mini mitts

Avoid spills and burns when removing the inner chamber of the Instant Pot.

  • Compatible Instant Pot models:
    all of them
  • Dishwasher safe:
Sure, you could technically just use the mitts you already have in your kitchen drawer for your Instant Pot, but these mini silicone mitts make things so much easier. 
The ridged gripping surface of these little mitts allows you to grab the inner pot of your Instant Pot with ease. Regular oven mitts might be too thick to securely grab the inner pot in order to lift it out, so save yourself the hassle and potential burns/spilled meals with these mitts made specifically for your Instant Pot. 
Amazon customer Elizabeth Van Pelt writes: 

“It seemed a bit silly to get “Instant Pot” mitts when I have other silicone ones I use for the oven, but these are fantastic for removing the inner pot from the Instant Pot – my regular silicone ones are thicker and just won’t fit under the inner pot rim like these do. I can get a good grip and not worry about dropping the pot. Because they are thinner I don’t use them for the oven, but for the Instant Pot, these are perfect.”

non-stick • both will fit in the Instant Pot at once
only holds small servings
Make mini loaves and casseroles in the Instant Pot with these sturdy loaf pans.
If you’ve dreamed of making dinner and dessert in your Instant Pot at the same time, these mini loaf pans can make that dream a reality. Both of these cute little pans will fit in your Instant Pot at the same time, so you can multi-task by cooking two things at once.
Perfect for meatloaf, lasagna, casseroles, breads, and all kinds of dessert, these loaf pans will get the edges of your casseroles and pasta dishes crispy and golden brown, but are also able to make soft, tender desserts and breads. They’re also non-stick for easy cleanup and are compatible with both six-quart and eight-quart Instant Pots.
Amazon customer Admin Girl writes: 

Fit side by side in my 6qt instant pot. Perfect size for the two of us. Can cook meatloaf in one and a veggie in the other or make two meatloaves and freeze one. Work really well and are a good weight – definitely not flimsy! WTG Instant Pot!

easy to clean • great for slow cook and keep warm functions • lets you see inside the pot
may create water buildup while cooking
Add extra seasoning easily and see what’s going on inside your Instant Pot with this glass lid.

Instant Pot tempered glass lid

Turn your Instant Pot into a slow cooker or serving vessel with this clear glass lid.

  • Compatible Instant Pot Models:
    6-quart, 8-quart
  • Dishwasher safe:
If you *really* like using the slow cooker function on your Instant Pot to make beans, soups, stews, and other tasty things, it can be a bit frustrating when you can’t see what’s going on in the pot. After five or six hours, who knows if the food is burned, needs more liquid, or is perfectly cooked if you can’t see anything?
This glass lid solves all those problems. It’s also great to use instead of the pressure lid when sautéing or using the keep warm function. It can also be used in the oven with the inner pot (up to 428F) and is dishwasher safe. This lid comes in two different sizes to be used with six-quart and eight-quart Instant Pots. 
Amazon customer betteboop57 writes:

Oh my gosh!!! My Instant Pot electric pressure cooker now really feels like a slow cooker!! I love the it that I can see inside the slow cooking process now. It fits my 6qt Instant Pot perfectly! It has a small vent, so condensation doesn’t overflow and jiggle the top, like my old slow cooker had. VERY well made!

easy to clean • lets you lift hot bakeware with ease
doesn’t completely cover the bottom of an eight quart instant pot
This silicone bakeware sling will make it easy to remove hot cookware from your Instant Pot.

OXO Good Grips pressure cooker bakeware sling

This silicone sling is easy to clean and will help you take hot cookware out of the Instant Pot without burning yourself or spilling food.

  • Dishwasher safe:
  • Compatible Instant Pot models:
    6-quart and 8-quart
Getting the inner pot and other bakeware out of the Instant Pot isn’t the easiest. Many compatible pieces of cookware have thin rims that make them hard to grab, especially when they’re piping hot and full of just-cooked food. 
This bakeware sling will help solve that problem. The silicone bottom trivet can handle the heat of the Instant Pot while the long handles will help you remove your cookwear with ease. Just put it underneath your inner pot or pan of choice before starting up the Instant Pot, and you’ll be able to pull out your food masterpiece without any trouble. 
Amazon customer Leslie writes:

Was tired of making foil slings for meatloaf, cheesecake, etc. in my Instant Pot. Saw a few stories about folks using this and could not find at my local stores. Glad I found on Amazon and have used so many times since I received. Super easy to clean (I have not put in dishwasher but really no need to). Food does not stick. I just shake it out after washing and it drys quickly. Great product. Recommend.

easy to clean • reduces spills • leak-proof
If not put on correctly, pot may be prone to leaks
Turn your inner pot into a storage container with this leak-proof silicone lid.

Instant Pot silicone lid

Travel with or store food in the inner pot without worrying about leaks with this airtight silicone lid.

  • Dishwasher safe:
  • Compatible Instant Pot models:
    3-quart, 6-quart, and 8-quart
If you’ve ever wanted to use your inner pot as a storage container, you can with this silicone lid. This lid will mean one less dish to wash, since you can just pop it on the leftovers in the inner pot after dinner and store it in the fridge until tomorrow. This silicone lid creates an airtight, spill-proof seal around the inner pot, so you can travel with it or store soup or stew leftovers without having to worry about spillage.
Amazon reviewer Cathryn B. writes:

Love this cover! Love to be able to store my pot in the fridge without the use of plastic wrap or a plate. The cover is of thick silicone but is not as sturdy as hard plastic. It seals well but not as tight as gladware or other containers in your cabinet. You have to make sure the lip of the cover goes over the lip of the pan to get a good seal. Once done, you do not have to be as afraid of spillage as you would be if it was just plastic wrap. 100% recommend buying for all those instant pot lovers out there!

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