Are you ready for a pressure cooker that crisps? That’s exactly what the Ninja Foodi does and then some!
Be sure to check out these things you should know about the Ninja Foodi before you buy!
First, let me be honest and tell you that Ninja has no idea who I am…this is a completely not sponsored, not paid, honest review of my thoughts on the product.
We all know that I LOVE my Air Fryer, right? What if you could take everything you love about the Air Fryer and combine it with everything you love about your Instant Pot and Slow Cooker?
That’s exactly what the Ninja Foodi is!
What is the Ninja Foodi?
First, check out the video above for the full Ninja Foodi Review. Yes, I hate being on camera but it’s the best way to show you the actual product and what it can do!
The slogan from Ninja is that is is “The Pressure Cooker that Crisps.”
That’s exactly what it does too but there is SO MUCH more to it! This Ninja Foodi review will help you make the decision about buying one.
The Ninja Foodi allows you to make all sorts of recipes all in one pot. That means you can do FULL meals! We made their recipe provided in their recipe book for Steaks, Asparagus, and Mashed Potatoes.
The entire meal was done all in one pot and less than 30 minutes!
What can the Ninja Foodi do?
Honestly, I’m wondering what can’t it do?
The Ninja Foodi is all of these things:
- Air Fryer
- Pressure Cooker
- Slow Cooker
It does literally everything in one appliance.
At this point, I have started to get rid of all of my other appliances. This one fits perfectly in the corner of our countertop and does everything the 10 other ones I have done…in one!
What size is the air fryer basket or air crisp basket?
It’s a 4-quart air fryer basket. It’s actually quite a bit larger than my current air fryer basket. The pot of the Ninja Foodi is a 6.5-quart, they also make 8-quart now. The 8 quart comes with a 5-quart air fryer basket. It’s very spacious and perfect for large meals too.
Find out more on-air fryers over in this article on How to Choose the Right Air Fryer.
What stovetop settings does it have?
It has 5 stovetop temperature settings, which means anything you want to do on the stove, you can do it in the Ninja Foodi too.
Who needs an oven? That is just going to be more counter space now, right?
What does TenderCrisper mean?
This is where Ninja is truly onto something, they now have what they call a TenderCrisper. This means that you combine pressure cooking with an air fryer and get the best of both worlds.
For instance, with the steaks we made, they were nice and juicy on the inside with a great crisp taste on the outside. The same if you are doing a whole chicken.
Forget buying those at the store, now you can make them yourself in minutes!
Things to Remember about the Ninja Foodi:
It is heavy, that’s one thing to note. I didn’t find that it took up any more space than an Instant Pot would and it has 2 lids. I keep the pressure cooker lid on top of the attached lid to store it. They stack on top of each other just fine.
The bowl or pot of the Ninja Foodi is a ceramic, non-stick pot. The only downside to this is that you need to be using wood or silicone utensils not metal as it scratches easily. I’ve also found the air crisp basket can scratch the coating some but that hasn’t affected usage. Keep in mind too, I also use mine most likely more than the average person.
I test recipes all day long, so it gets used A LOT!
It can take a little bit to learn how to use but it’s totally worth it in my not sponsored opinion. I use my Ninja Foodi multiple times a day, I’m not even exaggerating. I make so many Ninja Foodi Recipes in it…I’ve lost count! If you have questions, feel free to ask me and I’ll see if I can answer it or get you in the right direction.
Products to purchase to go with the Ninja Foodi:
If you are looking at the Ninja Foodi, I didn’t purchase extra products until a few months after using it to be sure that I would use it regularly. I would suggest not running out and buying everything under the sun until you try it and really feel you need additional products.
Head to my Amazon Store for the products I purchased to go with the Ninja Foodi.
I use the bundt pan the most for bread like this Ninja Foodi Pumpkin Bread.
Are you ready to get cooking?
All of my air fryer recipes can be adapted to make in the Ninja Foodi. Of course, I recommend using their recipes in their cookbook first until you get the hang of it.
How do you make Air Fryer Honey Garlic Chicken in the Ninja Foodi?
Here is a video though of how I made my Air Fryer Honey Garlic Chicken in the Ninja Foodi. The rice and beans can also be made in it; however, I find it’s faster to make those on the stove while the chicken is cooking. That’s certainly not necessary though.
Be sure to check out the full archive of Air Fryer Recipes!
Comments & Reviews
I thought this was suppose to be an honest review of the product. It turned into an infomercial for it.
Every product has the good, the bad, and the ugly. None of that here just a glowing 5-star review.
Mentioning the good stuff is good, but I need to know the bad and the ugly, that’s what weighs most on my do or do not purchase.
Mommy Hates Cooking says
I’m not sure how it wasn’t an honest review, sorry you feel that way. I use it every single day and have for over a year – most days many times in a day, for instance, today I made 3 different recipes in it. I haven’t found anything that I don’t like about it other than I’ve used it so much I need a new bowl. I’d give it a 5-star review even more than a year later and I’ve probably used it more than an average person would. I can tell you it is heavy and it has 2 lids, one is the air crisp that’s attached and the pressure cooker lid, it’s not a big deal to switch lids since you are using 2 different functions with the same appliance but it does make for more to store. I keep it on the counter with the pressure cooker lid on top of the air fryer lid to store it. Even with these things I’d still give it 5-stars, I’m not sure there is much I’d change about it but I’m sure they’ll come up with more to add to it.
I have a Ninja Foodie as well. I agree completely with your review. It’s hard to find anything wrong with it other than its bulky. Besides that it’s great.
Dawley Prickway says
I just got it and I am very exited specially since I don’t know how to cook. As for the reviewer you doesn’t think your review is honest, by all means he can go and read others. You did say that is heavy and pricey, so there is his bad and ugly. The instant pot has been a hit for years! it is to this day, the best selling item on Amazon. It is just a great idea. Ninja is a company that looks for an appliance and is like they say, “OK first do it exactly like that, and make it better!”. They are very few bad reviews for the instant pot ever since it hit the market. I don’t expect bad reviews on something that completely replaces it.
Mommy Hates Cooking says
I def love the Ninja Foodi. I never got into the Instant Pot so much, I’m not entirely sure why maybe I didn’t try it enough…but this one, I use daily and it’s amazing. 🙂 You are going to love it, just keep testing things in it!
Amanda Dittmann says
I thought it was a great review!
Charlene "Chi-Chi" says
I have to agree. You mentioned a ton of things about it that were great for you, and in my head I was thinking- that’s not that great for me. I just got it for Christmas, and I’m excited to use it, but I have NO counter space. Barely any kitchen storage space, so the fact that it’s so big, is problematic for me…a little. People just have to read more than your words, they have to apply what you said to their own lives and see how your review fits. Anyway, I’m going to make some chili today so I’m excited.
Mommy Hates Cooking says
If you look on Facebook, there is a group called Ninja Foodi Easy Recipes, several people in that group have found really awesome carts and things to put theirs on that don’t have counter space for it. I have the opposite problem and have no space for a cart. Ha!! There are some great creative ideas though in that group on where to put it.
Read this article based on your website name. Maybe you don’t hate cooking after all using this product at least once a day sometimes many? I’m a mom who hates cooking and this machine with no actual usage instructions isn’t for one of us.
Mommy Hates Cooking says
I’m happy to help, Mine came with a pretty large book of instructions, so I’m surprised yours didn’t.
Jill W says
I have the bad and the ugly for you 🙂 I just bought this product yesterday expecting it to be magical because of all the glowing reviews! I think I’m an above average cook so I thought how hard can this actually be!? Well, yikes! I was expecting easy, fast and clean! So, I tried to make French fries and even that I failed at…. Okay yes probably totally my fault but I couldn’t figure out which lid to use or setting to use! I thought I should use the pressure cooker first for 20 minutes and then air fry for 18. why? I’m not sure why I thought this! To me the book is confusing!! 🙁 Then I tried to make chicken in the pressure cooker again for 20 min (I have no idea how long I should be cooking things for or how in this machine) and then air fried it and it turned out okay…. not easy for me to figure out though!
I also had my babies (3 infants) crying while I was cooking so I was kind of rushed…. just wasn’t as magical as I thought 🙂 haha. I’ll try again.
Mommy Hates Cooking says
It really will be once you get the hang of it. It takes a bit to get the hang of and once you do, you’ll be in love at least I was. I use mine every single day, you can do french fries in 19 minutes in the air fryer. Did you get a cheat sheet with it? That will help a lot too, it was in my box.
Brad Wood says
I was amazed by the power of the ninja foodi. In 1 hour of cook time I was able to cook a fully frozen whole chicken. Here is a video I made of the process – https://farmerbrad.com/blogs/recipes/1-hour-frozen-whole-chicken
Matt Freund says
I think the Ninja Foodi is a great appliance. Its a little big but other than that I love it.