I’m Obsessed With Ninja’s Foodi Pressure Cooker and Air Fryer

I like to cook. Not everyone always likes to eat what I’ve made, but that’s certainly not going to deter me from busting out my limited skills in the kitchen. I’m great at the simple stuff, like grilling or frying a steak or some chicken, but when we move much beyond that, my confidence evaporates. I’m told the flavor of those dishes also disappears. Womp, womp.


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What makes me look a rock star, however, are one-pot dishes. If I can get all the ingredients prepped, seasoned, and tossed in to stew, steam, or roast, it’s just idiot-proof enough for me to come out of the kitchen something Master Chef-worthy. One-pot approaches also dovetail lovely with my busy schedule. Get everything bought and ready in the AM before I head out, come home, toss everything in to get happy, and we’re plating a short while later. Clean up is always a snap, too. Now, I’ve got a pressure cooker and I’ve got an air-fryer, but I’ve never had a Ninja Foodi, which is—wait for it–a pressure cooker AND an air fryer!

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Behold, the hero of your kitchen.

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This is really appealing because while you can make incredible food in a pressure cooker, it’s inherently going to be soft; you can’t crisp anything. The Ninja kicks that notion to the mat. It uses super-heated steam to get the moisture and flavor into the food, really quickly, then it uses a special lid that “unleashes rapid-hot air down and back all around your food for a crispy golden finish.” Tell me more, press release.

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The claim: in under 20 minutes, your frozen meats get to fork-tender—with a crispy toasting–and side dishes like veggies and grains, cook simultaneously, each to their doneness and texture. Sure, sure. But does it work?

Uh, yup. It works deliciously.

In the family-oriented 6.5-quart vessel, I was able to cram in a roaster chicken and some mixed veggies. Pushed a few buttons, and we were off. About 30 minutes later, dinner was delicious. The skin of the chicken did in fact have a nice crunch to it while the meat was still moist, and the veggies were perfectly steamed. I later broiled some skirt steak to a perfect medium-rare doneness, with enough of a sear to fool my better half into thinking this had been flame-kissed or pan-seared. Nope, just Ninja’d.

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That’s not me, but I was equally happy.

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The nice part about air-frying is the removal of nearly all fats typically required to achieve the finished product. I’d ordinarily have basted the chicken with butter to help it along, but no need with the Ninja.

Recipes are in the app, and while there aren’t yet a ton, assume more will roll out as the remarkable $229.99 product, ahem, gains steam in the marketplace.

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