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Instant Pot Air Fryer Lid

Mealthy CrispLid is now called the MICHELANGELO Air Fryer Lid which is the best Instant Pot air fryer lid you can use on any size. Works on your Crock Pot Express, Mealthy or other brand of pressure cooker too. The best way of how to turn your Instant Pot into an air fryer and make CrispLid chicken.

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Instant Crisp is here! Have you seen the air fryer lid for pressure cookers yet?? It exists!! The Mealthy CrispLid transforms your pot. I have been waiting for this for so long. (affiliate links present)

Instant Pot Air Fryer Lid

Update, the CrispLid has been discontinued but you can grab your MICHELANGELO brand of pressure cooker air fryer lid here!! Works the same way, just a different name now. Before I shared what it looked like and what it comes with I needed to test it out first. I never share anything unless I’m truly in love with it.

I made air fryer pork chops AND what we will call a rotisserie Crisp Lid chicken too (recipe below) and both came out great. SO I decided to share my Mealthy CrispLid review with you here today. Ok so if you grab this you can use any of our easy Ninja Foodi recipes that focus on air crisp as well.

How to Turn an Instant Pot Into an Air Fryer 2

Instant Pot Air Fryer Lid Recipes

You can also make any and all of the easy air fryer recipes we share weekly. Beyond that it is handy to melt an added layer of cheese let’s say on the top of any Instant Pot casseroles you might want to make.

Does the air fryer lid you put on a pressure cooker really work?

Yes!! If you don’t want to buy a whole new appliance it is a great alternative to that. You can use it on your 6 or 8 quart pot, right on the top to air fry all the things. You can make our Instant Pot whole chicken but at the end instead of using your broiler, just turn this on for a few minutes at 400 degrees F.

Use the basket included to make frozen pork chops air fryer recipe which we will show you below…

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Air Fryer Pressure Cooker Lid

Can you put the MICHELANGELO Air Fryer Lid on any Instant Pot?

Yes as long as they are the 6 quart or 8 quart sizes, and any electric pressure cooker brand will work too. Just place it on top and it will fit either one securely to prevent splattering of any oils. We have used it and it is a great way to turn an Instant Pot into an air fryer.

How can you crisp food cooked in an Instant Pot?

You would need an air fryer lid to do this, or put it into the oven when done. With either of these you need to cook it with a bit less time keeping in mind that it will continue cooking when you air fry at the end.

In the package when you get it you will get more than just this top piece. You will find also;

  1. The air fryer Instant Crisp lid itself, seen here
  2. A silicone mat for setting it on your counter, seen above
    1. great when it’s hot
  3. Tongs
  4. A metal trivet
  5. An air fryer basket
    1. love this, easy to clean and works great even for a whole chicken
  6. CrispLid cookbook
  7. Order your Crisp Lid here.

If you’re not familiar with this brand, they are not new. Mealthy is the #2 pressure cooker on the market, and the least expensive too. I have an 8 quart and it’s great. Pretty much identical to any other brand on the market but comes with a lot of accessories right off the bat.

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How to Use Mealthy CrispLid

Here’s how to use the Instant Crisp Lid and how to turn your Instant Pot into an air fryer (or any other brand): The buttons on top are quite easy to understand and figure out but here’s an explanation.

  • Thermometer button – Push to set the temperature.
  • Clock – Used to set the time, how long you want to air fry your food.
  • Play looking button – To start the machine.
  • Square – To stop the air fryer lid.
  • + and – are used to move the temperature or time up or down.

Tip: Once you’re ready to use it you need to plug it in (duh), but you also need to push the handle all the way down. If you don’t it won’t turn on. (lesson learned on my part)

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Mealthy Air Fryer Instant Pot Lid

Is the Mealthy air fryer lid easy to use? Yes!! I am not one to read directions so as always I didn’t. I was able to figure out what buttons did what just because it is intuitive really.

  • The only thing I got caught up on was in the very beginning it didn’t turn on but it was my fault. I note this in my tip that you need to ensure the handle is all the way down first. Otherwise it won’t start, my bad.

When I was cooking both items I stopped and started it more than once because I wanted to check the food. It is easy to reset after checking and the silicone mat is very helpful so you don’t burn your countertop.

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Here is what we made on the first day when our air fryer lid arrived:

  • Air fryer pork chops
    • I used the recipe in the recipe book that came with the lid.
    • You could also easily pressure cook the meat and then air fry to crisp.
  • Rotisserie chicken
    • The pressure cooker and air fryer Instant Pot lid was used to make this.
    • Came out fantastic!
    • Recipe for this below.
crisplid chicken

Instant Pot Air Fryer Chicken Recipe

  1. Whole chicken
    1. ours was about 4.5 lbs.
    2. we prefer organic because it is leaner
  2. Olive oil spray
  3. Garlic salt
  4. Seasoned salt – I swear by Lawry’s seasoned salt
  5. Basil

Seriously, I really never measure my spices when I am making a whole chicken. However, I do when I am creating a recipe so I can share them with you. BUT please use whatever you normally put on a chicken when you bake it. 😉 Watch how this lid works here!


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CrispLid Chicken

CrispLid chicken comes out moist with crispy air fryer chicken skin on the outside in no time at all!
Course Entree, Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword air fryer, chicken, crisplid, instant crisp, mealthy, pressure cooker
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 32 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 3kcal
Author The Typical Mom



  • Pour your liquid inside your pressure cooker and lower down a trivet.
  • Put the air fryer basket that comes with your CrispLid on top of that.
  • Rinse your whole chicken and remove bag from cavity if there is one.
  • Put chicken in air fryer basket and sprinkle seasonings on top.
  • Close lid to pressure cooker and set to high pressure for 22 minutes.
  • Do a quick release and put pressure cooker lid aside.
  • Spray chicken with olive oil spray on top.
  • Put Crisp Lid on top, plug in, and put handle down so it turns on.
  • Set to 400 degrees for 10 minutes. Add additional minutes if you want it crispier.
  • Remove and allow to rest for at least 5 minutes before slicing.


Nutrition Facts
CrispLid Chicken
Amount Per Serving (3 oz)
Calories 3 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 1mg0%
Sodium 797mg35%
Potassium 47mg1%
Carbohydrates 1g0%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin C 4.1mg5%
Calcium 4mg0%
Iron 0.1mg1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Sunday 7th of June 2020

Thanks for sharing your recipe. I just bought a Crisplid. I have a couple of questions. When do you check the temperature of the bird and does crisping of the skin increase the bird's temperature, if so how much?


Sunday 19th of January 2020

Ref: using a non-stick inner pot with the CrispLid. This is an extract from the website........ "Can I use aluminum or nonstick pressure cooker pots with my Mealthy CrispLid? The Mealthy CrispLid is designed for use only with stainless steel pots, and should not be used with an aluminum or nonstick inner pressure cooker pot." Now you know.

Bonnie Frank

Sunday 3rd of November 2019

I need a recipe using drumsticks. Thanks

Patricia Whelan

Saturday 27th of July 2019

Question: do I use the trivet (with handles) that came with the IP 6-qt. or the taller trivet that came with the CrispLid? In other words, do I want it closer or further away from the burner when I crisp it. Thanks!


Sunday 26th of January 2020

I use both. Mostly the trivet that came the the CrispLid though because you want your food to be close to the heating element. However, when I do a whole chicken, for example, I cook the chicken in the instant pot on the trivet that came with the IP. When the chicken is cooked, I remove the IP lid and replace it with the CrispLid so I can brown the top of the chicken. Needless to say, the chicken is too big to be using the CrispLid trivet. So, bottom line is, both are good; it just depends on what you are cooking.


Monday 15th of July 2019

Wondering are the Crisplid metal accessories ( fry basket, etc) stainless steel or aluminum?

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