When I first purchased my Instant Pot Mini back in December 2017, I wasn’t sure what Instant Pot Mini Accessories were available, or what would even fit the 3 quart Instant Pot model. Honestly I hadn’t really considered accessories when I first started. I put this list of accessories together to help others find what they want quickly.
Accessories was not something I started to think about when I first purchased my Instant Pot Mini. For my slow cooker, I don’t think I ever did anything besides toss all the ingredients into the crock and turned it on. I quickly learned that accessories are part of the fun or maybe it’s that they expand the different types of things that you can cook in your Instant Pot Mini.
One I realized that accessories were a thing, I also quickly realized that finding accessories that actually fit the 3 quart Instant Pot was a challenge. They can be only so wide or tall in order to fit safely (or at all) in the pot. Give more people have the 6 quart model, I wanted to create a dedicated list of accessories for the smaller Instant Pot.
Tip: If one of your favorite people just purchased an Instant Pot for the first time, accessories make great gifts as well. While this list is specific for the mini models, you can use this as inspiration for the larger models when you go shopping!
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Instant Pot Mini Accessories Checklist
Instant Pot Tempered Glass Lid
The Instant Pot Glass Lid is a great idea for searing so that you can keep the splatters down. This can be be used for slow cooking as well as making yogurt. I also liked the idea of having one to cover the pot to keep the heat in without using the full pressure lid.
Instant Pot Sealing Rings 3 quart
Extra Instant Pot Sealing Rings are at the top of the must-have Instant Pot Mini accessories list. One thing you’ll notice is that the silicone rings have a tendency to get flavor infused especially if you cook with onion and garlic. If you’re going to cook both savory and sweet dishes, having a switchable ring will save you headaches. Honestly sometimes I thought I could get the smell out, but if not always. No one likes a onion-flavored cheesecake!
Instant Pot Stainless Steel Inner Cooking Pot
Extra inner cooking pots is another must-have accessory, especially if you are going to cook multiple dishes in your instant pot back to back and don’t want to stop to wash the inner pot.
Fat Daddio’s Anodized Aluminum Round Cheesecake Pan, 6 Inches by 3 Inches
A Fat Daddio round pan is can be used for more than cheesecake. I’ve used the bottom to steady a meatloaf. Other people have made mini lasagnas in their Instant Pot Mini using this pan or something similar.
ekovana Stainless Steel Cheesecake Round Push Pan 6 inches by 3 inches
If aluminum isn’t your thing, ekovana makes a 6 inch stainless steel push pan. This one has a handle to lift out. I used this one to make the 6-inch cheesecake from This Old Gal’s blog.
Silicone Egg Bite Molds
Copycat Starbucks Egg Bites or sometimes also referred to as sous vide egg bites, are an interesting Instant Pot phenomenon. You blend up eggs, cream (or milk), cottage cheese, grated cheese, and additional mix-ins to steam your own batch in your Instant Pot in either silicone egg bite molds or silicone muffin cups.
For the Instant Pot Mini, I bought two versions from ULEE: a 4 cup 2 oz mold set and 7 cup 1 oz mold set. The 1 oz cups fit a little better stacked and then 2 oz cups. I think I prefer the 2 oz molds a little more. I also like these because the tops are silicone so that I don’t have to find something else to wrap my molds for cooking. Don’t use plastic for cooking in the Instant Pot.
And these don’t have to be used for only egg bites. Others have made pancake bites and cheesecake bites. Use your imagination to come up with other bite-sized dishes. Basically these egg bite mold can be used to make more than egg bites.
Joie Silicone Devil Oven and Toaster Rack Puller
Aside from being completely adorable, the silicone puller is amazing to use with your Instant Pot Mini. I receive it as a stocking stuffer gift a few years ago and recently put it to work with my Instant Pot creations. Stick it through lid handle to release the pressure. I was using a big stirring spoon with an oven mitt. This this puller I find my hand is further away from the steam spray. And I usually do a controlled quick release to avoid coating my ceiling with too much steam (or anything else that escapes).
It’s also been very useful (and sturdy) for lifting out pans by a handle. I’m trying to use fewer slings and more tied string or handle based lift-out methods. This picks up an egg bites tray with a string wrap really well.
Additional Accessories To Consider
Depending on the types of food you like to cook, there are more accessories available for the Instant Pot Mini. You may also need to hunt around for things that will fit the the 3 quart pressure cooker model. Streamer baskets are great for steaming vegetables and cooking chicken wings.
Stoneware dishes are interesting for frittatas and other pot-in-pot dishes. There are a few other additional interesting pans that can be used for different types of dishes.
Glass and pyrex comes up in the Facebook groups as a possible accessory for pot-in-pot. While they may be oven safe, and many people don’t have issues with cooking using glass, it can break. The fast change of pressure and heat may cause invisible fissures to actually crack while cooking. Canning jars should work but sometimes these even break, again because there’s a fissure you can’t see.
Basically, do not use your favorite family heirloom dish in an pressure cooker, because sometimes they crack even when they’re considered over safe.
Over to you, what are your favorite Instant Pot Mini Accessories?
Have you started collecting accessories for 3 Quart Instant Pot? Besides the usual accessories, are there others that you’re considering buying? Or is an accessory you can’t find?
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