Our favorite Instant Pot accessories

Your Instant Pot can wear many hats — time to get the most out of this multipurpose machine. (Photo: Amazon)

This will probably come as no shock to you, but I absolutely love my Instant Pot — the ubiquitous kitchen marvel that can do everything from pressure cook to whip up yogurt. But what May come as a surprise is all the various goodies I use it to make — soups, stews, curries, even cheesecake — and the various extras I fit it with to turn it into even more of a multipurpose powerhouse.

Why get an Instant Pot, you ask? First off, it’s so much faster than the “old” way: A dish that would take a whole day in a slow cooker can be ready to serve in mere minutes in the Instant Pot. This is especially important when I’ve had a busy workday and feel too lazy to cook. With the Instant Pot, getting dinner ready is so easy and fast that I’ve cut down on the number of times I order takeout. I eat much healthier as a result.

Regardless of which model you pick, the Instant Pot is ready to use right out of the box. But I highly recommend getting a few accessories to go along with it. There are steamer baskets for the easiest veggies ever and extra pots for when you’re cooking multiple dishes at once. There are even bakeware slings for things like lasagna. Add-ons are typically inexpensive and definitely worth it — they’ll elevate your Instant Pot experience and make the machine so much more useful.

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Extra Interior Pot

Stainless Steel Inner Cooking Pot

Instant-Pot

$40 at Amazon

I use my Instant Pot a lot, so an extra inner cooking pot makes things easier. I can have one ready to go while the other is in the fridge or dishwasher. It also comes in handy when cooking one thing right after the other.

Airtight Cover

Silicone Cover 5 & 6 quart

Instant-Pot

$13 at Amazon

Have leftovers? Store them in the Instant Pot’s inner pot itself, and cut down on the dishes you’ll need to do later. Just pop on this silicone cover to safely keep that chili in the fridge for tomorrow’s lunch.

Jar Holders

Red Mini Mitts

Instant-Pot

$19 at Amazon

The Instant Pot can get super hot. Using a good pair of pot holders helps ensure you won’t get burned as you lift things out of the device. This pair is made of silicone, so it’s both heat-proof and water-proof.

Stackable Steamer

Silicone Steamer Basket

Instant-Pot

$13 at Amazon

Steaming in the Instant Pot is quick and easy, but you’ll want the right equipment. These steamer baskets are stackable so you can cook a bunch of dishes at once.

Silicone Baking Accessory

Good Grips Pressure Cooker Bakeware Sling

OXO

$17 at Amazon

This silicone bakeware sling is incredibly useful for whipping up things like cheesecake or lasagna in the Instant Pot. It keeps food above water while cooking — and then lets you easily lift it out.

Extra Pot Seals

Sealing Rings 2-Pack for 6 Quart Model

Instant-Pot

$14 at Amazon

I suggest getting extra sealing rings so that the odor of one meal doesn’t affect the other. (You don’t really want your cheesecake to smell like pulled pork or vice versa.) This BPA-free and dishwasher-safe set lets you use one for sweet foods, and the other for savory.

Aozita Stackable Steamer Insert Pans

Steamer pans with veggies, eggs and rice

Use the inserts for veggies, eggs or rice — or even to make desserts like cheesecake. (Picture: Amazon)

These stackable stainless steel inserts let you cook multiple foods at once. You’ll get two lids: one with holes to steam vegetables, rice, meat or fish and an air-tight top for baking, cooking, re-heating or storing.

$27 $30 at Amazon

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