How to Use Instant Pot Air Fryer

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Time to make your favorite crunchy and crispy foods healthier, folks! Here’s how to use the Instant Pot Air Fryer lid to do just that! 

Ask any Instant Pot owner, and they’ll tell you how incredibly practical and genius the appliance is. And to top that, the makers took it up a notch and came up with this mind-blowing idea of creating an air fryer lid

If you, like me, love trying out crispy and crunchy foods and recipes but hate how they almost always mean they’re soaked in grease, the air fryer lid might be the game changer for you. 

Scroll down and keep reading to discover how to use the Instant Pot Air Fryer lid and whip up some healthy and delicious recipes in your kitchen. 

pickles in air fryer

Decoding the Parts

The Instant Pot Air Fryer lid comes with handles on the side to help you pick it up, fins that you can fit into the base unit, and air intake and vents to circulate the hot air inside and outside the lid. 

The inside of the air fryer lid has a power connector and a sensor, which comes in contact with the base unit, a heating element or coil, and a cover that keeps you from coming in direct contact with the heating element. 

Setting Up the Instant Pot With Air Fryer Lid

Setting up the Instant Pot with the Air Fryer lid is pretty straightforward. First, locate the slots on the base unit. Place the air fryer lid on the base unit so the fins go into the slots. Push down gently so that the power units on both- the base unit and the lid come in contact. When this is done correctly, you will hear a chime. 

To open the lid, gently lift it, then place it face-side down on a protective pad until it completely cools down. 

Ways to Use the Air Fryer Lid

One of the best things about the Instant Pot Air Fryer lid is that it can be used in three different ways. You could use it to crisp up the top of the food you’re cooking, bake something in the pot itself, or make crispy foods in the air fryer basket directly! 

Tips to Use the Instant Pot Air Fryer

Think you’re all set? Wait up! Here are a few expert tips and tricks you wouldn’t want to miss. 

  • Make sure you spray a bit of nonstick cooking spray or oil in there before you add in the ingredients you’re planning to air fry. This will help keep them from sticking to the inside of the basket. 
  • Remember to keep some space between frozen foods if you’re air-frying frozen foods. This will help the hot air circulate, and the foods cook evenly and crisp up perfectly
  • For larger chunks of food (specifically meats), you might want to flip it over halfway through the cooking time. 

Ready to get started with your Instant Pot Air Fryer? Here are some lip-smacking recipes to try out! 


  • Jessica McCoy

    Jessica McCoy is a seasoned food blogger with 14+ years of experience in the industry. As a self-taught home cook, she enjoys creating and finetuning easy recipes that are fool proof and simple for anyone to make. Her expertise is in all things kitchen: cooking tips, air fryer recipes, Instant Pot and other pressure cooking recipes, and slow cooker recipes. Jessica was the previous owner of AllSheCooks, where she focused on easy every day recipes including budget friendly dinner recipes and desserts.

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