In case you haven’t heard, people love (like, really love) the seven-in-one multicooker that is the Instant Pot. We haven’t seen a single small appliance make such a splash since, well, ever. The Instant Pot on its own is pretty darn amazing, but if you pair it with some simple accessories, then forget about it—there’s almost nothing you can’t do with the machine. Here are the top five accessories we recommend for anyone who has an Instant Pot—whether you’re an OG member of the Facebook fan club or you just got the machine as a holiday present.
Last summer, we launched the first-ever line of food designed exclusively with Instant Pot. Pretty fun, right? The idea was simple: We wanted to take IP fans’ favorite recipes and create starters that would help save even more time. We have five starters including a Lemon Saffron Risotto, Italian Herb Quinoa, Bolognese Sauce, Texas Chili, and Tortilla Soup. Each one features quality ingredients (would you expect anything less from us?) and makes four to six servings. Weeknight dinners will never be easier.
2. OXO Silicone Steamer, $15
Designed partially with the Instant Pot in mind, this silicone steamer fits inside the pot like a glove. The long handles make it easy to get the steamer in and out of the machine and the wide, flat bottom has plenty of room for larger items like asparagus spears and fish filets. Of course, you can use this steamer with an ordinary stovetop pot, assuming you ever cook using anything other than your Instant Pot.
3. Nordic Ware 7” Springform Pan, $20
If you haven’t baked anything in your Instant Pot yet, you have a new assignment for the day. We suggest starting with a cheesecake—because it’ll come out great and it’ll also bake in about half the time it would take in the oven. This is THE pan to make a cheesecake in (or any pressure cooker cake, really) because the non-stick, springform sides really will release cleanly and easily. If you want to get really serious, we also sell this pan in a Pressure Cooker Accessory Kit.
One of the (few!) complaints we hear about the Instant Pot is that it can be hard to get pans or food out of the machine’s deep pot. That’s where this silicone lifter comes in. It fits under pans or can be cooked on directly, and has long handles that’ll help you reach right in to remove everything in one fell swoop. When it’s time to clean up, you can just toss it in the dishwasher.
Every home cook can use a little inspiration, which is why we wrote this Instant Pot Cookbook. Loaded with more than 70 recipes, it covers breakfast, soups, dinners, and more. Take it from us: You’re definitely going to want to check out the Sweet & Spicy Mexican Chile Carnitas, Five-Spice Pork Ribs, and the Meyer-Lemon Gingersnap Cheesecake.