Best Steamer Inserts & Steamer Baskets

Compare steamer insert and steamer basket

Compare steamer insert with the lid that’s designed to rest on the rim and steamer basket that collapses to fit inside of any pot.

Steamer insert or steamer basket? What is the difference? The steamer insert is not a complete food steamer. It’s an accessory with perforated base that can be used with a pot or pan to steam foods. Some steamer inserts come with lids, some don’t. The steamer insert that comes without a lid and sits inside the pan is also called a steamer basket.

The steamer insert and steamer basket are designed to steam vegetables, fruits, dumplings, meat, poultry and seafood.

                 Steamer insert & steamer basket types

There are many steamer inserts and baskets on the market. Some of them are made of stainless steel, some are made of silicone.

stainless steel universal food steamer insertStainless steel steamer insert with 2 or 3 step base fits any circular pots with different capacities, from any brand and called a “universal steamer insert“.

Steamer insert can be inserted inside of a pan that has 1 inch of water or placed over the pan to rest on the rim.

 

stainless steel collapsible steamer basket

stainless steel steamer basket fully fit sit inside the pot exampleThe collapsible steamer basket expands to fit any pot size and collapses for easy storage.

There are also plastic and food-safe nylon steamer inserts, but we don’t recommend them because nylon inserts are usually made with plastic parts (that melt on low or medium heat).

We reviewed best steamer inserts and steamer baskets that are made by different brands and listed them below.

                  Best Steamer Inserts & Steamer Baskets

Sunsella stainless steel vegetable steamer basket featured image

Sunsella stainless steel vegetable steamer is a collapsible steamer basket with stainless steel legs that requires additional pot with lid. It opens like a flower from 5.3″ to 9.25″ diameter. It prepares 1-2 servings of food. It’s safe to steam baby … Read Review

Anolon 77447 stainless steel universal steamer insert is made of stainless steel and comes with a glass lid. It has tapered shape and works with taper-shaped, straight-sided and tulip-shaped deep circular pots by any brand. Due to its 3 steps on the side, Anolon stainless … Read Review

WMF perfect plus 8-Inch steamer insert set for pressure cooker featured image

WMF perfect plus 8-Inch steamer insert set is designed for WMF perfect plus pressure cookers.  WMF perfect plus 8-Inch steamer insert set features Prepares 2-3 servings. Stainless steel construction. Diameter-8 “. Fits all WMF perfect plus pressure cookers. Great for … Read Review

Cuisinart chef's classic stainless universal steamer insert feature image

Cuisinart 7116-20 chef’s classic 20-centimeter universal steamer insert with cover is made of 18/10 stainless steel polished to a mirror finish with aluminum core and fits 2, 3 and 4 quart chef’s classic saucepans. Cuisinart chef’s classic stainless steel universal steamer insert … Read Review

All-Clad 4703-ST Stainless Steel Universal Steamer Insert 3-Quart

All-Clad 4703-ST stainless steel 3-quart universal steamer insert is one piece cookware that doesn’t come with a lid. All-Clad 4703-ST stainless steel 3-quart universal steamer insert features Steams poultry, vegetables and seafood. Insert fits All Clad 3-4 qt sauce pans, 3-4 quart … Read Review

All Clad stainless steel food steamer insert feature image

All-Clad 59915 stainless steel all-purpose steamer with lid is not complete steamer. It’s a steamer insert and requires circular cooking pot or pan with 6 inch and 8 inch diameter. All-Clad stainless steel all-purpose steamer insert with lid features. Steams poultry, seafood and vegetables. … Read Review

Norpro red silicone food steamer insert

Norpro red silicone food steamer insert 10.75″ is FDA approved silicone steamer insert made by Norpro. Steamer fits 8″/20cm diameter pot & sits on top of it. Norpro red silicone food steamer insert 10.75″ features. Easy to grab outer rim. Nonstick. Small legs add stability when … Read Review

Norpro 176C stainless steel vegetable steamer

Norpro 176C vegetable steamer is stainless steel collapsible steamer insert that expands from 5.5″/14cm to 9.5″/24cm with 2 loop handles for easy lifting. Stainless steel vegetable steamer insert can steam, large vegetables such as heads of broccoli, artichokes, sweet potatoes, squash, … Read Review

Norpro silicone red knockdown 8 inch steamer insert strainer

Norpro red knockdown 8 inch steamer insert strainer is made of silicone and requires pan with the same 8 inches/20cm diameter to create a complete seal for steaming. Nonstick silicone steamer is easy to clean. How Norpro red knockdown 8 … Read Review

Norpro Microwave oven Silicone Vegetable Steamer Insert Green

Norpro microwave silicone vegetable steamer with insert, green is made of flexible, non toxic and non stick silicone for small family of 1 or 2 person and great for steaming 1 or 2 servings of vegetables, meats and fish. Norpro microwave silicone vegetable steamer with insert. … Read Review

Norpro large no post stainless steel vegetable steamer

Norpro Large No Post Stainless Steel Vegetable Steamer is not a full steamer, it’s a steamer insert and can be used with any medium or large size pan. It’s similar to other Norpro collapsible vegetable steamer with post, but this … Read Review

Norpro collapsible stainless steel vegetable steamer insert

Norpro 175 Stainless Steel Collapsible Vegetable Steamer is not a full steamer with pot, it’s just a steamer insert which can be used with any pot. Norpro stainless steel collapsible vegetable steamer features and measurements. Steamer expands to fit pot size. … Read Review

Secura pressure cooker steam rack basket set

Secura steam rack basket set . This set was designed by Secura for 6 quart pressure cooker, but it can also fit other pressure cookers models made by other brands. (Check dimensions below). Secura 6-quart electric pressure cooker steam rack basket … Read Review

Circulon 70135 Stainless Steel Universal Food Steamer Insert

Circulon 70135 stainless steel universal food steamer with lid  is not a complete full steamer, it’s just a steamer insert with a lid and requires an additional pot. It  fits 2-quart, 3-quart, 4-quart capacity pots and works almost with any circular … Read Review