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How to Turn an Instant Pot Into an Air Fryer

This is how to turn an Instant Pot into an air fryer AND pressure cooker!! With this Instant Crisp lid you can now brown your food right in your pot! 

How to Turn an Instant Pot Into an Air Fryer

If you’ve been waiting to figure out how to turn an Instant Pot into an air fryer this is it!! Instant Crisp Technology now gives you the ability to brown your meat right after pressure cooking. NO need to put it into the oven under the broiler anymore!! Special thanks goes out to Mealthy for sending this lid. (originally published 5/19, affiliate links present)

This is going to be a game changer if you don’t want two appliances on your countertop.

Let’s start with a few basic tips:

For reference, this is the pressure cooker I have and use for all recipe creations.

star wars instant pot

Using Instant Pot Air Fryer

Does an Instant Pot air fryer lid work?

There are 2 choices and yes they do work. Are they as good as a separate device? In my opinion they aren’t but are a good starting point if you aren’t sure whether you want to buy another appliance.

Can you add air fryer lid to Instant Pot?

Yes, IP makes their own version but the first one on the market was the CrispLid which I have and explain to you in depth in this post. You can use it on your 6 quart Crockpot Express or Mealthy pots too.

How do I use my Instant Pot air fryer lid?

I’ll explain in depth here but it’s quite simple. Put food in basket, place lid on, set temperature and time and turn on. The glass lid is helpful to stop it once it reaches the crispy brown texture you want.

Let me share my thoughts on this CrispLid with you after making some air fryer pork chops this afternoon.

This is NOT just for the Instant Pot either! It fits on Crock Pot Express and Mealthy 6 and 8 quart pressure cookers too!!

mealthy crisplid

This is what it looks like when you get yours!

Since it is so new you can pre order your Instant Crisp lid here and it will be sent out at the end of June. I wanted to share my thoughts with you before then though so you can see just how it works, and see whether I’d recommend it after my trials.

Watch this video on how I used it to make a whole chicken!

  • I will tell you that I have been waiting for something like this for years!!

I’ve created over 100+ Instant Pot recipes and the one thing that was missing was the browning element. Cooking a whole chicken in a pressure cooker is fabulous because it cooks so fast.

BUT having to transfer it into a baking dish and waiting for the oven to heat up is another step I’d rather skip!

NOW you can do it all in one pot!!

How to Turn an Instant Pot Into an Air Fryer 2

This is what the Mealthy Crisplid air fryer lid comes with:

  1. Air fryer basket
  2. Trivet
  3. Tongs
  4. Instant-Crisp lid
  5. Silicone mat to set hot lid on
    1. Super handy to have when you’re taking it off to check on your food
  6. CrispLid Recipes book

This is the first thing I tried, air fryer pork chops! I altered the recipe they provided inside the box a bit but overall it was great.

air fryer pork chops

This is basically how it works.

  • First of all, it fits on all pressure cooker brands that are either a 6 or 8 quart size!!
  • So whether you have a Crockpot Express, Mealthy or Instant Pot the Mealthy Crisp Lid will work!!

Prepare your Instant Pot recipes as you would normally. 

  1. Then once your pressure cooking session is over and you remove your lid, you’ll replace it with this one.
  2. Make sure the handle is down. (or it won’t turn on)
  3. Plug it in. (duh)
  4. Press the thermometer looking button to set the temperature.
  5. Next press the clock button and use the – and + to set the time.
  6. The Play looking button at the bottom turns it on.
  7. You’re air frying in your Instant Pot now!

If you need to stop it at any point you can press the button with the square.

air fryer instant pot lid

It was VERY easy to figure out. The only “huh” I had was when I first used it it didn’t turn on right away. I figured out it was because the handle wasn’t all the way down. So remember that tip.

  • I compare this to my Ninja Foodi and think it is a great option if you aren’t interested in buying a new machine.
  • This allows those who have owned their pressure cooker for quite some time, but want to add the air fryer technology, to do just that for a fraction of the price.

You can use it just for making air fryer recipes too though!!

SO if you’ve been waiting for something like this to arrive too it is here!!

Order yours today and I hope you love it as much as we have!

crisp lid

This CrispLid chicken turned out amazing in just 32 minutes total, including air frying to get crispy skin.

I have made something similar to this before, my Ninja Foodi chicken.

  • I would say the two are very similar.

The plus to this one is it is not attached to the actual machine and it is cheaper than buying a whole new machine!

I hope this CrispLid review helps you decide which direction is best for you. It is smaller than another appliance on your countertop. For occasional use it is great for sure.

Instant Pot Air Fryer Lid


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Cindy Leonard

Sunday 1st of November 2020

Can you use this air fryer lid on a Farberware 6-quart instant pot

The Typical Mom

Sunday 1st of November 2020

They said any 6 or 8 quart model works with this

Larry L. Vieira

Monday 5th of October 2020

Hi, I have a Chef iQ, will this work with it?

The Typical Mom

Tuesday 6th of October 2020

If it is a 6 or 8 quart there shouldn't be an issue

Ann Britton

Wednesday 18th of December 2019

Will this work. With a 6qt. Cuisinart pressure cooker?

The Typical Mom

Thursday 19th of December 2019

Should, they say it works with all brands


Thursday 10th of October 2019

I just purchased the Mealthy lid this morning through NBC News website for $49.95. With tax and shipping it came to a total of $56.12. I am looking forward to trying this gadget out!


Monday 2nd of September 2019

I also have the Insta pot mini and REALLY want to get the air fryer lid for it. I'm single and downsizing as a senior single with a busy life. And I'm tired of making big batches of food that I have to eat for a week; 6 or 8 quart recipes are just too much food to eat or store. Having 1 machine that does it all would be fabulous! I could have all of my favorite foods fresh every time.

The Typical Mom

Monday 2nd of September 2019

They said they're working on it.

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