This Brand-New Lid Turns Your Instant Pot Into an Air Fryer

Is there anything the Instant Pot can't do?!

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January 06, 2020

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Big news for all Instant Pot owners out there: You can add another function to your beloved multi-cooker — air frying! Thanks to the brand-new Instant Pot Air Fryer Lid there's no need to buy a whole new appliance to get your air fryer fix. The Instant Pot Air Fryer Lid fits most six-quart Instant Pot models, transforming them into a two-in-one appliance that can now give pressure cooked chicken a golden crust, brown the top of your mac and cheese and even make veggie chips at the press of a button.

If you’ve been waiting for the right time to jump on the air-frying bandwagon, this is the perfect way to do it without adding another appliance to your countertop. Originally $140, the lid is currently 55% off at Amazon, saving you more than $75.

The lid comes with everything you need to air fry — no additional Instant Pot accessories required. When you purchase the lid, you’ll get an air fryer basket, broiling and dehydrating tray and protective pad and storage cover. You’ll be set with all the essentials to make crispy wings and French fries in no time.

Once you’ve attached the lid, you can choose from six different programs including Air Fry, Broil, Bake, Roast, Reheat and Dehydrate. Meaning you can elevate popular Instant Pot dishes like mac and cheese and creme brulee by giving it a crisp topping without turning on your oven. And, if you’re starting the Whole30 diet this month, all those potatoes you’re eating can get a lot more interesting with the addition of an air fryer.

You may have seen the Instant Pot Duo Crisp Pressure Cooker and Air Fryer, but it can be a bit pricey. The Instant Pot Air Fryer Lid is a great way to get similar results without the cost of an entirely new appliance. A few important things to note are the air fryer lid must be used with an Instant Pot stainless-steel inner pot, not a ceramic-coated inner pot, and it doesn’t seem to be compatible with WiFi models, according to a post on the Instant Pot Community Facebook page. All additional tools including the basket, tray and storage cover are dishwasher safe, and the exterior of the lid should be cleaned with a soft, damp cloth or sponge.

According to a fan on the Instant Pot Community Facebook Page, another useful feature is the ability to check on your food as it cooks, something you can’t do with a normal Instant Pot lid. “You can lift [the lid] off of the pot to see how things are progressing. Once you lift if off the pot, it stops operating. If you need to put it back on the pot, it will continue where it left off.” This is perfect for any recipe that needs a little extra browning that you want to carefully monitor.

So far, we’ve only seen this lid at Williams Sonoma and Amazon but we’ll definitely be on the lookout for this kitchen gadget to hit shelves at other retailers. It also only fits a six-quart model, but according to the Instant Pot Community Facebook page, they are set to release an eight-quart version next month.

Grab yours now, and try out some of our many air fryer recipes — it’s the perfect way to keep your New Years' resolutions to eat cleaner and cook more!

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