Take full advantage of everything this all-in-one appliance can do!

By Andrea Beck and Katlyn Moncada
Updated August 05, 2020
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The Instant Pot—along with all the other multicookers—was yet again one of the hottest gifts of the holidays. And we're not surprised. This convenient appliance can make rice to go for better-than-takeout beef and broccoli. It can whip up a quick stew for dinner. Or you can even start making batches of homemade yogurt to have a tasty breakfast from scratch. Its multicooker functions will also let you use it as a slow cooker, to brown, and sauté. New owners and seasoned veterans alike can find new and useful ways to make the most of their multicookers using some of the abundant accessories made for the appliance. Here are some of the most helpful accessories that we think are worth the buy.

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Give your Instant Pot roast some room to breathe by cooking it on top of this silicone pressure cooker rack. This useful accessory functions just like a roasting rack with no need to adjust cook times, either. It’ll help drain away grease and fat while cooking and prevent roasts from sticking in your pot. Its silicone design makes it super easy to clean, too!

Buy It: OXO Good Grips Silicone Pressure Cooker Rack, $11.99, Bed Bath & Beyond

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One of our absolute favorite Instant Pot tricks is how easily it cooks hard-boiled eggs. You can only fit so many eggs on the steamer rack your Instant Pot comes with, so if you’re planning on making deviled eggs for a crowd (or if you just really love hard-cooked eggs), this accessory will help you cook up to 14 eggs at once.

Buy It: Instant Pot Stainless-Steel Stackable Egg Steamer Rack, $19.95, Williams Sonoma

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Your kitchen cabinets will thank you for getting this Instant Pot accessory. It diverts the steam horizontally instead of vertically when you release the pressure on your pot, so you don’t have to worry about damaging your kitchen cabinets over time. This simple accessory rotates 360° so you can divert the steam in any direction you want—just make sure you’re standing out of the way.

Buy It: Original Steam Release Accessory for Instant Pot or Pressure Cooker, $13.99, Amazon

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Take full advantage of the slow cook and sauté features on your Instant Pot with a glass lid. It’s much lighter than the heavy pressure cooker lid the pot comes with, so if you’re going to be slow cooking healthy meals for your new year's resolution, it’s a great investment. Plus, it lets you take a peek at your recipe while it’s cooking. Don't forget to check for the correct size lid to fit your pot before you checkout.

Buy It: Genuine Instant Pot Tempered Glass Lid, $12.59, Target

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Like sheet pan dinner recipes, these stackable Instant Pot steamer pans fit every size pot and are our favorite way to cook side dishes and entreés at the same time. Use the steaming lid designed with holes to steam vegetables, rice, meat or fish. The air-tight lid can be used to bake cakes or warm-up leftovers. If you do stack these two up with separate foods, just be sure that whatever you’re making has similar cook times so nothing gets over- or under-cooked.

Buy It: Aozita Stackable Steamer Insert Pans with Sling for Instant Pot, $31.99, Amazon

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If you’re sick of scrubbing out the inner pot after each use, treat yourself to one that’s stainless steel. One of the main perks of this Instant Pot accessory is that it’s dishwasher safe, so you can say hello to instant clean-up, too. Plus, it never hurts to have a second cooking pot for making multiple Instant Pot recipes.

Buy It: Instant Pot Stainless Steel Inner Cooking Pot, $22.99, Walmart

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Start baking in your Instant Pot! Naturally, this springform cake pan is great for making Instant Pot desserts like cheesecake, bread puddings, cakes, and more, but you can also use it for savory recipes. Lasagna, quiche, frittatas, and even meatloaf will all fit perfectly inside.

Buy It: Instant Pot Silicone Springform Cake Pan, $12.95, Amazon

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A little like a steamer basket, this silicone sling has the Amazon customer's mark of approval with more than 800 five-star ratings. The sling stays inside the pot while your food cooks on top of it, so this handy accessory will make it much easier to lift pans and other bakeware out of your pot without spills or burns. It’s definitely a must-have for a pressure cooker baker, and it’s also helpful for making Instant Pot lasagna, frittatas, and more. Plus, it’s dishwasher safe!

Buy It: OXO Good Grips Pressure Cooker Bakeware Sling, $14.99, Amazon

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Oven mitts can be a little too bulky and clumsy for removing the inner pot while it’s still hot—and that’s where these silicone mini mitts come in. They’re strong enough to protect your hands, but still slim enough to easily grip the edge of the inner pot. Plus, the ridges on the mitts will help you grab even a full pot without worrying about dropping it.

Buy It: Instant Pot Mini Mitts, $9.54, Walmart

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Unfortunately, an Instant Pot’s sealing ring can wear out over time, and it can also start to pick up the smells of other recipes you’ve made. The ring creates an airtight seal that allows the Instant Pot to pressure cook quickly, so you’ll want to have this two-pack of replacements on hand. Since the rings come in a two-pack, you can designate one for sweet recipes and one for savory if you really want to avoid transferring other flavors to your foods.

Buy It: Instant Pot Sealing Ring 2-Pack, $12.95, Williams-Sonoma

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Save your leftovers for later with the help of this Instant Pot silicone lid. It creates an airtight and watertight seal over your pot, making it spill-proof for storing leftovers or toting to a potluck. When you’re done, just pop it in the dishwasher before using it again.

Buy It: Instant Pot Silicone Lid, $9.95, Amazon

There are endless opportunities to get creative and save cooking time with your multicooker. You can even think beyond the normal everyday recipes and try things like making your own vanilla extract. Oh, and don't forget to keep your pressure cooker properly cleaned so it can perform its best for all of your daily kitchen needs.

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