The Instant Pot 3 Qt is a smaller version of the 6 Qt and 8 Qt Instant Pots. This size is great for people who are cooking for two or want a smaller Instant Pot to make side dishes. If you like to travel, the Instant Pot Mini fits perfectly in an RV and makes for convenient clean-up because the inner cooking pot fits in the sink!
There aren’t as many accessories for the smaller Instant Pot but I’ve compiled a list of ones that are available and most useful. Anything that is considered oven safe can be used in the Instant Pot. When purchasing accessories, be sure to check that you are getting the right size that will fit your 3 Qt Instant Pot. Using these accessories can help you make the most out of your new kitchen appliance!
If you are looking for accessories for the 6 and 8 qt Instant Pots, I’ve complied a list of the Top 10 Highest Rated Instant Pot Accessories.
Stainless Steel Inner Cooking Pot
Having an extra Stainless Steel Inner Cooking Pot makes it convenient to prepare several dishes. While one of the inner pots is being used, you have an extra one to trade out to minimize cooking time. It can also be used to store leftovers in the refrigerator! Try out the Ceramic Non-Stick Inner Cooking Pot for all of your dishes that tend to stick to the regular inner pot.
Purchasing a Glass Lid is helpful when using the slow cooker and saute functions. It allows you to see in the pot without taking the lid off. It can be used in the oven up to 428 degrees and is also dishwasher safe. This pairs well with extra inner cooking pot to store leftovers in the refrigerator.
Purchasing replacement Instant Pot Sealing Rings are a must! I use one sealing ring when cooking bone broth and other strong smelling dishes, and the other ring when making sweet things such as cheesecake and yogurt. The sealing rings tend to absorb the scent of what is being cooked, so it is good to have a few extra on hand. They are dishwasher safe and BPA free.
Egg Bite Molds
One of the easiest things you can make in the Instant Pot are Starbucks Egg Bites. They are delicious and made with a few simple ingredients. You can find the recipe here! These Egg Bite Molds make this recipe so simple for breakfast on the go.
Steamer Baskets and Stainless Steel Colander
This Steamer Basket with Silicone Handle makes it easy to prepare healthy meals in just minutes! The basket is high quality, sturdy and results in perfectly steamed veggies every time! I was so impressed when I used the Steamer Basket for the first time. It can also work for making your own baby food, which you can read more about here. Another option is this Silicone Steamer Basket set that makes steaming vegetables a breeze.
Cheesecake, Cake and Bread Pans
I recently discovered that desserts can be made in the Instant Pot! Just when I thought it couldn’t get any better, I stumbled across a recipe for cheesecake. Yes, please! This Cheesecake Pan is also great for making lasagna. Two Ring Mold Pans can fit in the pot which makes it easy to bake cake and other delicious baked goods using your Instant Pot Mini. The uses for the Bread Pan are almost limitless. It can be used to make mini loaves of sweet or savory bread and meatloaf!
Steamer Insert Pan
These Steamer Insert Pans with Sling Handle and Stainless Steel Mixing Bowl allow multiple foods to be cooked at the same time. This is called the pot-in-pot (PIP) method of cooking. This basically means you are taking another dish and placing it in the Instant Pot to cook your food. Cooking with this method reduces the time it takes to prepare a meal and makes for easy clean up. It also works well when heating up leftovers. The Steamer Insert Pans are high quality and even come with a one year limited warranty! I love that they can be used to store leftovers in the refrigerator and then just placed back in the Instant Pot to reheat!
Porcelain Ramekins are safe to use in the Instant Pot and offer numerous options for pot-in-pot cooking. Use these to make single-serve desserts and casseroles. They can be used for They are oven safe and are a versatile addition to any kitchen.
Silicon Pot Holder
These pot holders were made to help grip the inner pot or other accessories when removing them. This comes handy especially when trying to remove heavy or hot foods from the pot. The non-stick pot holders fit inside each other for easy storage.
What are your favorite Instant Pot Mini accessories? Drop your comment below, I would love to hear from you!
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