The idea here is that the AirFryerLid is pretty powerful, and having a couple of devices plugged in might overwhelm the circuit. Then I put the AirFryerLid on top -- it took a little adjusting before I figured out how to place it properly, but thankfully the Lid makes that recognizable Instant locking tune when it's fitted correctly.
The AirFryerLid came to life, and in just a few minutes it reached the desired temperature, which is far faster than my traditional oven. I also found it a little difficult to take out the hot metal insert (even with heat protectant gloves), and I had to fiddle with a couple of chopsticks to remove it in order to stir up the tots.
I later Jerry rigged a solution by creating a makeshift hook out of aluminum foil, which worked in a pinch, but was rather annoying. I cut up some cauliflower florets, dipped them in beaten egg and then coated them in seasoned flour.
I then slapped on the AirFryerLid, set it for 400 degrees and just kept checking every 10 minutes or so to see if it was done (basically when they're properly browned). In retrospect, I should've just used breadcrumbs or something else, because the flour coating took a long time to cook properly, and I had to futz with it a lot.
I did finally get it all cooked, however, and tossed them in a bit of butter with lots of hot sauce, and they tasted great in the end. The small fryer basket means you'll have to cook in multiple batches, which takes up time.
Most air fryer recipes online appear to have been developed with traditional air fryers, so you'll have to adjust not just the amount, but also the temperature and cook time to fit the Instant. To be honest, if I had a choice, I'd much prefer a normal air fryer or a convection oven over the InstantPotAirFryerLid, if only due to the size constraint.
It basically turns your Instant into a mini oven, so I could use it for roasting, baking, broiling or dehydrating too (those also happen to be the other preset buttons on the AirFryerLid). As mentioned, it comes to temperature a lot faster than a traditional oven, and it does a wonderful job crisping up food without the mess of deep-frying.
Importantly, it also saves me a ton of counter space, as it fits on top of my existing Instant, and I can easily stow the lid away in a cabinet when not in use. This lid fits onto your Instant ’s base, turning it into a mini convection oven that can air fry, roast, bake, broil, reheat and dehydrate.
The lid, which launched earlier this year, fits most 6-quart Instant models and comes with everything you need to air fry, including an air fryer basket, a broiling and dehydrating tray, protective pad for your counter and a storage cover. After putting the lid through multiple tests, including pitting it against the Instant Vortex 4-in-1 Hairdryer and another airfryerlid on the market, we can honestly say we're impressed.
When cooking you won't be able to see into the base of the pot, but you are able to take the lid off to check on the progress of your food mid-way through. It's important to note that you cannot turn on the airfryerlid and Instant base at the same time (and the plug has an extra wide surface to ensure you don't make that mistake).
The major difference when comparing the InstantPotAirFryerLid to the Instant Vortex comes down to capacity and cook time. The fact that this Instant attachment produced similar (and equally delicious) results as the Instant Vortex makes a case for not adding a whole new appliance to your collection.
The air fryer basket for the lid is even smaller than the inner pot of a standard six-quart Instant, which should give you an idea of the limited space you're working with. There was a noticeable difference in both texture and shape of the chicken nuggets, and we were impressed that the InstantPotAirFryerLid didn’t dry them out.
When compared to the other airfryerlid on the market, Instant ’s version was our favorite because of how evenly it cooked without drying out the food. If you’re already obsessed with the Instant brand and want to give your pressure-cooked foods like chicken, mac and cheese and veggies a crispy exterior, we think this appliance is definitely worth adding to your cart.
It adds quite a bit of height to the complete unit, but it’s still short enough to slide under upper kitchen cabinets for storage. The Spruce Eats / Donna Carrie The controls are simple and should be familiar to anyone who has an Instant.
Start and cancel buttons are obvious, and the programs include air fry, broil, bake, roast, reheat, and dehydrate. The lid doesn’t twist on, but simply sits on top of the pressure cooker body.
This protected our counter from the heat of the fryer lid, but we were surprised that the pad was made from hard plastic. The pad can be reversed to twist onto the lid, keeping the heating element safe from damage in storage.
The included fryer basket has small wire side handles for lifting it and a removable base that keeps it off the bottom of the pot. Because it needs to fit into the Instant ’s inner pot with room around for air circulation, the basket isn’t very large.
When it’s time to remove the basket, it’s a little trickier, since it’s hot and food might be covering the holes. We used a pair of tongs with very narrow ends that nudged the food away and fit into the holes for lifting.
The manual notes that the broiling tray shouldn’t be used for pressure-cooking but doesn’t mention that restriction for the fryer basket. We liked using the basket for pressure steaming potato wedges for 8 minutes, then air frying them to brown and crisp them.
Since the lid automatically turns off when it’s lifted from the pressure cooker, there might be differences we couldn’t hear. We liked using the basket for pressure steaming potato wedges for 8 minutes, then air frying them to brown and crisp them.
We used the reheat setting to warm up leftover chicken and vegetables using the broiler tray. We ended up turning the frying basket over onto a plate, and the food spilled out with the tray following.
Because of the holes in the broiler tray, it wouldn’t be useful for reheating small foods like rice, and sauces would drain away. The cheese came off the element easily once it cooled, but next time we’ll pay more attention to food height.
About halfway through the cooking time, when the “turn over” message appeared, we were skeptical that the fish would do well. The Spruce Eats / Donna Carrie When we made chicken wings, slightly more than a pound filled the bottom with the fryer basket.
We removed them from the fryer basket, inserted the broiler tray, and air fried for an additional 5 minutes. A chart in the included booklet said the air fryer basket should be used for baking, with the food under the broiler rack.
It makes sense since hot air blowing strongly on a cake probably isn’t good, and the rack would provide a baffle. We ended up using a 6-inch spring form pan that was about the largest possible choice, and we baked cornbread from a box mix.
One thing we found missing was recipes for air frying, and the Instant app was similarly lacking. It also is not compatible with 3-quart or 8 -quart Instant Pots or with electric pressure cookers made by other companies.
The fryer basket and base, the broiler tray, and the protective pad are dishwasher safe. The Spruce Eats / Donna Carrie The airfryerlid costs about as much as some Instant Pots, which makes it one of the most expensive accessories you’ll find.
Welcome to Chow with Me, where Chow hound’s executive editor Haney As brink shares all the irresistible things she’s cooking, eating, reading, buying, and more. In this edition, meet the Wealthy Multiple and Crippled that turns your Instant or other electric pressure cooker into an air fryer.
In addition to the specs outlined below, the 2.0 version also features (the best upgrade, in my opinion) a hands-free, automatic pressure release that you can set on the front panel when you start cooking. But for die-hard Instant fans, I also found a great add-on that doesn’t require you to walk away from your baby: The Wealthy Crippled.
So for anyone who’s been hemming and hawing over whether an Instant (or similar multi cooker gadget) and/or air fryer is right for you, take heart: You can now have the best of both worlds. I work in food and have a penchant for kitchen tools and gadgets, but I’m definitely not looking to acquire any more new ones (unless there are some solid arguments I simply cannot refute).
Surely, my life would improve (chicken wings, duh) and I’d get oodles of time back, thanks to the new efficiencies afforded to me. 14 one-touch cooking programs: poultry, meat/stew, bean/chili, soup, sauté/simmer, cake, rice, multigrain, oatmeal, steam, slow cook, keep warm, yogurt, and pressure-cook (manual setting) 9 “appliance” functions: pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, sauté pan, steamer, cake maker, egg maker, yogurt maker, and a warmer accessory included: an extra gasket (handy to keep sweet foods from taking on savory odors), steam basket, 4-cm raised trivet, 2 silicone mitts, ladle, rice paddle, rice measuring cup, and recipe book The lid, stainless steel cooking pot, steam basket, and trivet are all dishwasher-safe and 100% BPA-free.
Over the course of a couple of weeks, my family and I enjoyed everything from butter chicken to carnival and barbacoa, both with rice. Not only does it work on Wealthy’s own Multiple models, but it’s made to fit any 6- or 8 -quart electric pressure cooker (yes, that includes the Instant).
The Crippled comes with a raised trivet, fryer basket, stainless steel tongs, and a heat-resistant silicone mat to rest your lid on. I prefer my wings done until they’re a darker golden brown (so, closer to 25 minutes); but you have to keep an eye on them to make sure they don’t burn.
I can’t wait to dive in and really put the Wealthy through its paces this winter making all manner of bone broths, stews, chilies, and more. The downside is that the tray can only accommodate small portions (just a pound of wings at a time, which is approximately one serving in my home).
If you are looking to save on counter space with this complementary duo, I would wholly recommend the Wealthy with the accompanying Crippled. I was a bit skeptical about the number of overwhelmingly positive reviews on both Wealthy ‘s site and Amazon, but I can totally see why after my little road test.