The Best Instant Pot Accessories

The Instant Pot revolution isn't new, but with more and more people cooking at home, it sure feels like it. Combining 6 different appliances into one, the Instant Pot helps you when you need a pressure cooker to make a meal fast, or when you want to "set it and forget it" for a slow-cooked meal. Need rice? The Instant Pot will cook it. Hard-boiled eggs? Check. Looking for a yogurt maker? Yep, it does that, too. Since the Instant Pot opens up a world of cooking possibilities, it requires a number of cooking accessories. You don't want those veggies just floating around in boiling water, and if you let the eggs boil on their own, you'll get a scrambled egg mess. Which accessories are the right ones for you? The one's we've picked, of course. Here's what we believe are the best Instant Pot accessories.

Genuine Instant Pot Silicone Lid

Store More, Clean Less

The Instant Pot Genuine Silicone Lid turns your stainless steel cooking pot into an instant storage container.
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Hey, whose favorite job is it to clean all the plastic containers you used to store leftovers from your Instant Pot meal? Go on, raise your hands. No one? Yeah, we figured. If there’s one accessory you need to buy the moment you get your Instant Pot, it’s the Genuine Silicone Lid. Simply snap it onto the top of the stainless steel cook pot that comes with your appliance, and boom – you’ve got storage for your leftover stews, soups and other culinary delights. What’s more, it’s made from high-quality food-grade silicone, so you know it won’t melt, freeze or otherwise affect the taste of your food.

Pros:

  • Dishwasher-safe design
  • Comes in 3-, 6-, and 8-quart sizes
  • Airtight seal

Cons:

  • Must wait for food to cool before sealing
  • Brand name makes it more pricey than competitors

Instant Pot Official Bakeware Sling

Sling For Your Supper

The Instant Pot Official Bakeware Sling is an indispensable tool for both healthy cooking and kitchen safety.
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Flexible, reliable, and versatile, the Instant Pot Official Bakeware Sling is an all-in-one cooking tool that’s a must-have for any Instant Pot enthusiast. Made from 100% BPA-free food-grade silicone, the Sling can be placed directly into your Instant Pot for cooking chicken, vegetables, and many other foods. Steam or heat rises through the holes in the Sling while fat drips through it, giving your food a perfect cook. When your food is ready, you can simply reach into the Instant Pot and pull out the Sling using the two convenient handles, making serving clean and easy. You can place food directly on the sling, or place other cooking accessories right on top – the Instant Pot Official Bakeware Sling makes it easy and safe to remove both.

Pros:

  • Non-stick
  • Dishwasher-safe
  • Comes in five styles

Cons:

  • Doesn’t fit 3-quart models
  • Not optimal for shaky hands

Aozita Stackable Egg Steamer

Eggsactly What You're Looking For

With a 14-egg capacity and two different stacking options, the Aozita Stackable Egg Steamer comes first on our list.
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Most people don’t get excited about egg steamers, but we’re not like most people. The Aozita Stackable Egg Steamer is a durable, stainless-steel rack that fits perfectly in your Instant Pot, providing space to steam 14 eggs at once – or if you need less than 7 eggs steamed, you can use it as an egg and vegetable steamer simultaneously. What we prefer about the Aozita Stackable Egg Steamer over silicone egg-steamer designs is the greater amount of surface area that’s exposed to steam. Some silicone steamers can cover half the egg or more, while the Aozita’s wire frame keeps most of the egg in the open, allowing for more even temperature distribution. That’s a whole lot of science for just an egg steamer, but as we said, we’re into that.

Pros:

  • No-risk warranty
  • Use as a cooling rack, too
  • Functions as a base for serving tray

Cons:

  • Dual rack not designed for 3-quart models
  • No handle

Aozita Stackable Steamer Insert

Steaming Hot Pot

If steaming is your preferred style of cooking, the Aozita Stackable Steamer Insert is a required accessory for your Instant Pot.
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Though it may seem counterintuitive to use an entire Instant Pot as just a steamer, it’s actually one of the appliance’s best uses. Why? Because its shape is perfect for stackable steamer inserts, like this 3-quart wonder from Aozita. Consisting of two stackable containers that can cook different foods at the same time, The Aozita Stackable Steamer Insert is the perfect way to cook an entire meal at once. In addition, the containers can be used to cook more than vegetables, rice, and salmon: use them to make cornbread, lasagne, and even cheesecake. The easy-lift safety handle makes removing the steamer a breeze, while the stainless steel insert pans ensure that your food’s quality is never compromised.

Pros:

  • Dishwasher-friendly design
  • Fits all sizes of Instant Pots
  • Includes a silicone insulation mat

Cons:

  • Best for foods with similar cook times
  • Difficult to store inside Instant Pot

Hot Target Silicone Kitchen Tongs

Cool as a Cucumber

With both silicone handles and grips, the Hot Target Silicone Kitchen Tongs keep you safe from your Instant Pot and the food inside.
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Hot Target Silicone Kitchen Tongs cover all the safety bases when it comes to keeping your hands safe while using your Instant Pot. The 1mm corrosion-resistant stainless steel frame is covered with BPA-free, heat-resistant silicone, which will protect your hands even if you use the tongs to stir your hot food. The scalloped silicone heads provide excellent grip strength while protecting the inner lining of your Instant Pot from scratches. Each set comes with three different tongs, color-coded for their sizes (7-inch, 9-inch, and 12-inch). Each tong also has a locking mechanism to keep the arms together for easy storage.

Pros:

  • Handy O-rings for convenient storage
  • Heat-resistant to 600 degrees
  • Great for BBQs as well

Cons:

  • Grooves are hard to clean
  • Not for lifting heavy dishes

Frequently Asked Questions

Which accessories do you get when you buy an Instant Pot?

Almost none. We’ve found models that come with a small steaming rack and a silicone ring. Others don’t come with even that much.

What about these all-in-one accessory packages that are available? Shouldn’t I just get one of those?

We think there are two good reasons not to. First, you could be over-paying for items you simply don’t need. If you’re allergic to eggs, why are you buying a package with an egg holder included, for example? Secondly, the dozen or so accessories that come in the package may not be of the best quality. We believe in finding the specific, high-quality products you need for your Instant Pot, not just the cheapest.

Is there a big difference between an Instant Pot and a regular slow-cooker?

There are a few major differences, mostly in cooking temperature and heating speed. A slow-cooker is just that: an appliance designed to slowly rise to a temperature that optimizes tenderness by cooking food slowly. An Instant Pot can do this as well, but it can also rise to 450 degrees quickly, which makes it capable of acting as a kind of backup oven. It also has pressure-cooking options, making it what amounts to a “fast-cooker.” It simply has a lot more versatility than your mother’s Crock-Pot.