Instant Pot with Beans Rice and Fresh Vegetables

Accessories, Tips, Secrets of Instant Pot Rockstars!

Everyone, it seems, is talking about Instant Pot—the revolutionary electric pressure cooker that for all the hype, promises to turn anyone into an overnight culinary rockstar. Well, bring it on!

Instant Pot with Beans Rice and Fresh Vegetables

The latest model (10-in-1, which means it does just about everything short of vacuuming the living room) is an egg-cooker, sauté pan, slow cooker, rice cooker, cake maker, yogurt maker, sterilizer, pressure cooker, food warmer, and steamer. Whew!

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Someone on Facebook may have even promised you the best Broccoli and Beef this side of Shanghai, from scratch, start-to-finish in just 15 minutes in your Instant Pot!

And the glowing reviews of IP Barbecue Short Ribs and Cheesecake (cheesecake?!) all from scratch in a matter of minutes at the hands of even a complete kitchen klutz seemed to be some kind of gift from the food universe.

You’re no fool. You know a miracle when you see it. You could not wait another day to get on board the Instant Pot train.

You pulled your new IP out of the box, managed to figure out the sealing vent, and stumbled through the very first step (boiling water). And wondered, now what? You weren’t exactly ready to dive into Broccoli and Beef quite yet, but you were hoping for something more than mastering the perfect boiled egg.

I hear you. Boy, do I!

Those first few weeks I used my IP for nothing more than a fast slow cooker. I did venture into the miracle of perfect hard-cooked eggs Instant Pot Style. But I didn’t make super progress until I armed myself with a few strategic accessories, took a class, joined a Facebook Instant Pot group, learned to make a foil sling and got hooked on watching Instant Pot videos.


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You have a number of choices. My advice is to select the size first: 3-quart Instant Pot is perfect if you regularly cook for two; 6-quart is the most popular size because it is quite versatile if you have the right accessories, and 8-quart for a large family of say, six and larger.

It’s crazy how IP prices vary almost day-by-day. Generally, if you can get an Instant Pot in the size and features you desire under $100, you’ve found a great deal.

Removable bottom cake pan

This is my favorite accessory because of one thing: Cheesecake! It’s not easy to find a 6-inch springform or removable bottom pan that will not leak cheesecake batter (a big problem when making cheesecake in an Instant Pot.) This is the perfect pan to make cheesecake in either the 3-, 6- or 8-quart Instant Pot. It will not leak.

Instant Pot New York Cheesecake—Fast, Easy, Perfect! This is the best cheesecake recipe ever for Instant Pot. There is not a better cheesecake recipe in the world.

Fat Dadio's cheesecake pan with removable bottom

instant potPro Tip:  This cake pan is anodized aluminum, the same material that Kitchenaid accessories are made of (the dough hook, balloon whisk, paddle, etc.)

Never put anodized aluminum pans and accessories—including this pan—in the dishwasher! They will turn black and that residue (it is harmless) will rub off on your hands, counter and kitchen linens in the kitchen. Wash anodized aluminum by hand, please. It’s small and so cute. You want it to stay that way.

Stackable steamer insert pans

Two-tier stackable stainless steel insert pans allow you to cook a variety of foods simultaneously in your Instant Pot. Excellent choice for steaming vegetables, rice, meat, and fish.

Double as dessert pan or lasagna pans. These are perfect for cooking Pot-in-Pot meals. Reheat your food without losing its original flavor. Also useful for storing food.instant potinstant pot

Non-stick inner pot

Every Instant Pot comes with one stainless steel inner pot. However, it’s often very handy to have an additional non-stick inner pot. For example, you can use one for cooking and the other for storing leftovers with the glass or silicone lid in the fridge. I use my non-stick inner pot every morning for steel-cut oats and other things that tend to stick.

It’s just plain handy to have extra inner pots for my Instant Pots.


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Sealing rings

Your Instant Pot came with a silicone sealing ring. Here’s the deal with silicone. It absorbs odors that can remain even after washing well—even in the dishwasher. It’s not a health hazard or problem other than the odor of your last creation (onion, garlic, etc.) can affect the cheesecake or another dessert-type item.

Here’s the secret to clearing that odor. Bake ring silicone ring in a 250F degree oven for 1 hour.

(A higher temp could damage the ring, so please no higher than 250F, which is a safe temp for this process. For up to an hour.) Once the ring cools, it will be odor-free!

Another idea is to have two distinctly different silicone rings—one for savory items, the other for desserts. Problem solved!

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Caution: Make sure you purchase Instant Pot sealing rings, not third-party copycats. The silicone sealing ring is the secret to proper pressure cooking—a powerful seal—so you don’t want to take any shortcuts.

Glass lid

An Instant Pot comes with a pressure cooking lid into which the silicone sealing ring is inserted. It’s a heavy, safe lid for the Instant Pot. However, the machine also works as a slow cooker, warmer and a variety of other features*.

This glass lid really makes slow cooking and other non-pressure cooking features so much easier and efficient. You can see what’s going on in there! And you can so easily lift the lid as needed. This is a game-changer. You need a glass lid.

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*Note: This works with the Slow Cook function on all Instant Pot models purchased after Jan. 2014.

Silicone lid

This silicone lid fits your 6-quart Instant Pot’s Inner Pot. It’s a great way to store leftovers right in the inner pot without dirtying another container, especially if you don’t have a glass lid.

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Steamer basket

A great steamer basket I use frequently! Fits perfectly in the 6- and 8-quart Instant Pot. The feet keep the veggies and other food out of the liquid for optimal steaming results. Great value, too. For me, this basket doubles as a colander and a fruit bowl, too.instant pot

instant pot12-Piece accessory bundle

Take a look at this bundled set of accessories, all of which fit the 6-quart and 8-quart Instant Pot. Includes steamer basket, egg rack springform pan, egg bites mold, magnetic cheat sheets, oven mitts, food tong, and a recipe book. This is a nice accessory collection and would make a great gift for a new Instant Pot user.


Instant Pot accessory bundle

Updated 7-2-20
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9 replies
  1. MaryO says:

    Thank you for the tip about getting the odors out of the ring! I smell roast beef and onions everyone I open my cupboard!
    Another accessory I love is my new IP airfryer lid. It’s perfect for the two of us!

  2. Judy says:

    Okay I read the part about the silicone ring odor and your suggestion of having two rings for Cooking sweet vs. savory dishes but I am still stuck with that smelly ring. You kind of scared me away from using the baking it at 250 degrees routine.

    • Mary Hunt says:

      No need to be scared, Judy. I do this routinely. Works like a charm. I even forgot about it one time, left it in there for several hours! No harm … no foul 🙂

  3. Ya But Queen says:

    We received the 3 qt one from our son. Most of the recipes I think we might like, are for the 6 qt size. Can anyone tell me if I CA simply “halve” the ingredients? What about adjusting the cooking time? Thanks.

  4. Kathleen French says:

    I bought the IP and am terrified of it, LOLOL! As usual, Mary, you have inspired me. I have already started looking at the You Tube videos and I can’t wait to get started.

    • Kim Domingue says:

      I’ve always been terrified of traditional stove top pressure cooker. A device that requires monitoring isn’t safe for an easily distracted person like myself, lol! But then the Instant Pot came out. A pressure cooker that monitored itself and that I didn’t have to babysit! I bought the 6 quart. The hardest part was figuring out how to get the lid on! Loved it! Bought each of my grown children one. My daughter was intimidated by hers and it sat in the box for nearly six months before she worked up her nerve to use it. Now she uses it two to three times a week. I ended up buying an eight quart as well for myself. I have a cousin who comes to visit when she needs to ‘borrow’ it to hard boil eighteen eggs to make deviled eggs for an event, lol! You’ll love it once you get started using it….I promise!


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