The new Instant Pot Mini 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 Quart 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. 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.
Vegetable Steamer Basket and Egg Poacher
This Silicone Vegetable Steamer Basket and Egg Poacher set makes steaming vegetables and cooking eggs a breeze! 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.
Stainless Steel Colander
This Stainless Steel Colander makes it easy to prepare healthy meals by functioning as a vegetable steamer. The basket is sturdy and keeps the vegetables elevated out of the water, which results in perfectly steamed veggies every time! It can also work for making your own baby food, which you can read more about here.
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 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.
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.
Looking for an Instant Pot cookbook? Click here to see The Best Instant Pot Cookbooks. A few online resources you may find helpful in addition to these cookbooks are Pinterest (follow our Instant Pot Recipes board) and the new Instant Pot Recipe App you can download on your phone.
What are your favorite Instant Pot Mini accessories? Drop your comment below, I would love to hear from you!
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