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Instant Pot

What Instant Pot Accessories Do You Really Need?

Instant Pot Accessories Introduction

Before I get into my Instant Pot Accessories recommendations, I want to tell you about my history with pressure cooking. Pressure cooking is not new to me. For years, I used a stovetop pressure cooker. When electronic ones appeared, I bought a small one and used it. Then, I purchased a large Power Cooker XL and used it for several years. It was very moody. If things weren’t just right, it would throw error codes and stop heating. Subsequently, I just quit using it.

Then, my BFF Gina Mitchell bought an 8-quart Instant Pot and started raving about it. She talked about how consistent hard boiled eggs, lasagna, and canning were with the cooker.

So, I bought the 6-quart Duo Plus. I fell in love with how it made oatmeal so creamy and tasty and how the hard boiled eggs were so easy to peel the shell off. I then purchased the 3-quart Luxe Mini.

The Instant Pot sets out on my counter. I use it several times a week. I use the smaller one for rice, eggs, and oatmeal.

Getting a new Instant Pot and wondering what Instant Pot accessories you need to get started?

Did you get an Instant Pot, or are you planning to get one, and wondering what else you need?

Your Instant Pot comes with what you will need for most of the recipes you want to prepare. But, some accessories can make cooking easier.

Instant Pot included-in-the-box accessories and supplies:

Instant Pot DUO60 6 Qt 7-in-1 Multi-Use Programmable Pressure Cooker, Slow Cooker, Rice Cooker, Steamer, Sauté, Yogurt Maker and Warmer

Accessories include stainless steel steam rack with handles, rice paddle, soup spoon, measuring cup, condensation collector, and recipe booklet

IP Accessories - must have PIN


instant pot accessory extra liner

Extra Stainless Steel Liner

My friend, Gina, strongly suggested I get an extra Cooking Pot. I am so glad she did. If you are making a complete meal in your Instant Pot, there are times when you just finished making the entree and maybe want to do mashed potatoes or another side to compliment your entree. With an extra pot, you can switch them out and let your entree cool down.

instant pot accessory lid and seals

Glass Lid and Seals

A glass lid is essential if you are going to use your Instant Pot as a slow cooker. (However, I still prefer the results using the traditional slow cooker.)

I recommend having spare rings on hand. Silicone rings can become discolored, stretched or chipped, and hold onto some flavors. If you are hoping to use your Instant Pot for both sweet and savory recipes, it’s a good idea to have designated sweet and savory silicone rings.

If you are hoping to use your Instant Pot for both sweet and savory recipes, it’s a good idea to have designated sweet and savory silicone rings.

instant pot accessory springform pan

Springform Pan

I use this for lasagna. Great for desserts like cheesecake.

instant pot accessory wire basket

Wire Basket

I can’t say too much about this handy basket. Use it for steaming, holding all your solids when making broth, cooking pasta, boiling eggs, and the list is endless.

instant pot accessory lifter

Silicone Lifter

The included steamer’s handles are not long enough. A durable and reusable sling lets you lift bowls, pans, bakeware out of pressure cookers safely and efficiently, no more scalds or foil slings. I also use this for a roast or chicken. I place them on the lifter and add other ingredients/water as always. When ready, I lift the roast or chicken out of the pot. I use a slightly different model, but this one looks to be sturdier.

7 cup pyrex bowl

7-Cup Pyrex Bowl

This bowl will fit inside the 6-quart and larger pots. Use it for baking just about anything you want.

Instant Pot Cheat Sheet Magnet Set

The instant pot cookbook magnets with clear textual description and vivid food images, include meat, vegetables, rice cooking times and how much water, meet your different needs. They are legible print size makes for quick and easy reading at a glance.


Many of these Instant Pot accessories and even more accessories I haven’t mentioned may be purchased in sets. Just look over my recommendations, go online and see what is available, and decide what you need. I am here to answer any questions you might have.

Instant Pot Recipes

Instant Pot Recipes

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