You’ve bought a new pressure cooker, or will be getting one for Christmas! Now you want to know what pressure cooker accessories you should buy to help you get the most use out of your new Instant Pot or electric pressure cooker.
Here’s a list of my favorites:
The OXO Good Grips Stainless Steel Steamer is the accessory I use the most in the pressure cooker. It’s perfect any time you want to steam things like vegetables. It keeps the potatoes up out of the water when I cook my Quick Pressure Cooker Potato Salad, Cheesy Potatoes Au Gratin, and Chunky Potato Cheese Soup, so the potatoes stay chunky and firm but also tender.
I love making cheesecake in the pressure cooker. It’s extra smooth and creamy when you make it in the pressure cooker. You can make it in a regular oven safe bowl lined with parchment paper, but I use a Nordic Ware 7 inch springform pan. Many in the Instant Pot Community Facebook Group also like the Fat Daddio’s Cheesecake Pan with a push bottom. Members of the group have also been using their springform pans to make lasagna.
Check out my tips for Making Perfect Pressure Cooker Cheesecake, as well as a roundup of my cheesecake recipes.
For making cheesecake crusts this little Fox Run Tart Tamper tool is a time saver. It does a great job of making a firm base for a luscious cheesecake. This is a picture of a chocolate graham cracker crust from my Pressure Cooker Samoa Cheesecake.
I use my Pyrex 6-Ounce Custard Cups to make Flan and Creme Brulee in the Pressure Cooker. You could also use them to make Egg Muffins for breakfast. You’ll need an additional rack to use between the cup layers.
The gasket/silicone ring is an essential part of the pressure cooker, but it does absorb odors as you cook. So many people buy a second gasket to have on hand for pressure cooker desserts and other mild tasting foods. I have a second Instant Pot Silicone Sealing Ring that I use for desserts.
I recently bought an Instant Pot Silicone Cover. It’s nice to be able to put leftover soup in the fridge in the cooking pot. I also like to put short ribs or chicken stock in the fridge overnight to remove the solidified fat the next day. So it’s nice to have an easy way to cover the pot.
I recently ordered the RSVP Endurance Stainless Steel 3 Quart Wide Rim Mesh Basket. It’s really popular with the Instant Pot Community Facebook Group for steaming. You have to remove the handles for it to fit in the pressure cooking pot.
Do you have a favorite pressure cooker accessory?