Best Replacement Inner Pot for your Instant Pot iMore 2020

The Instant Pot already comes with the stainless steel liner by default. The stainless steel is great, especially for browning meat, but it's annoying when food gets stuck to it as you cook. For this reason, you may want to consider a secondary option. Plus, having a second pot readily available for your Instant Pot means you can transfer your food over if something gets burned in the first one, or if you want to cook two dishes back to back. Here are some options to expand your Instant Pot cooking abilities.

Stick-free solution: Instant Pot Ceramic Non-Stick Interior Cooking Pot

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This pot's smooth, non-stick surface ensures that nothing sticks to it once it's hot enough to cook in, and it's so much easier to clean than the regular stainless steel. When it comes time to clean, you won't have to be scrubbing vigorously to get rid of those stuck-on bits of food. The only thing that you'll need to be more cautious of is making sure that you use wood, plastic, or rubberized utensils rather than metal.

$20 from Amazon

Steely pan: Instant Pot Stainless Steel Inner Cooking Pot

Stainless steel cookware is durable and provides great flavor when it comes to browning your food, and it's easy to use and clean. This official replacement pot from Instant Pot is made from tough 18/8 stainless steel and features a three-ply bottom for even heat distribution. As well as in your pressure cooker, this can be used on all kinds of hobs, including induction.

$30 at Amazon

Basket case: House Again Steamer Basket

This won't replace your Instant Pot's cooking pot but makes a great addition to your pressure cooking tool kit. This sturdy steamer is perfect for cooking vegetables, hard-boiled eggs, and even for straining stock. It's made of 18/8 stainless steel, is dishwasher-safe, and has silicone covered handle and legs to protect the inside of your Instant Pot and make for safe removal.

$12 at Amazon

Dream steam: Instant Pot Silicone Steamer Basket

Made from FDA approved, food-safe silicone, this official steamer basket from Instant Pot is a modern version of the traditional bamboo steamer. It can be stacked two high on the steam rack in most models of the pressure cooker. It's heat resistant to an impressive 450 degrees Fahrenheit and can go in the dishwasher after use. This has a flat bottom to maximize the space and accommodate larger food items like fish fillets.

$10 at Amazon

Stack and rack: Stack N' Cook Stackable Insert Pans

Available for three, six, and eight-quart Instant Pots, these two-tier stackable stainless steel insert pans allow you to cook a variety of foods at the same time. So, for example, you could steam proteins in one pan and veggies in the other. Perfect for pot-in-pot meals and recipes, these are made from durable, high-quality food-grade stainless steel and come with two different lids.

From $25 at Amazon

Put a lid on it: Genuine Instant Pot Tempered Glass Lid

Obviously not a pot, but a recommended purchase for frequent Instant Potters, regardless of your pot choice, you may want a glass lid to cover and protect your food after it's done. The Tempered Glass Lid is see-through, so you can see your food at a glance (not for use during pressure cooking). It's also a good way to cover your food when it's done cooking but still out for people to serve themselves directly from the pot.

$13 at Amazon

Hot pots

It's always great to have a backup, and there are plenty here to choose from. The Genuine Ceramic Non-Stick Interior Cooking Pot is the best choice for your Instant Pot. No food will stick to it, cooking rice won't cause you a fuss, and thanks to the non-stick finish, cleaning it becomes pretty effortless.

If you use your Instant Pot to steam cook food often, we recommend investing in a steamer basket. The House Again Steamer Basket has generous proportions for a family-sized serving and is made of durable stainless steel.

Stainless steel is also the material of another strong contender for an additional pot for your collection. The Stack N' Cook Stackable Insert Pans are a fab choice if you want to cook two different food types at the same time.

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