Best answer: Unlike rival models, there are no cooking presets on the Ninja Foodi. It does, however, utilize eight different cooking modes. The multicooker offers a completely customizable cooking experience with intuitive touchscreen controls.

  • 6.5 quart: Ninja Foodi ($200 at Ninja)
  • 8 quart: Ninja Foodi Deluxe ($280 at Ninja)
  • Presets galore: Instant Pot (From $100 at Amazon)

So, what are the Ninja Foodi’s cooking options?

While some home cooks may happily rely on presets on their pressure cookers, the completely customizable open options on the Ninja Foodi actually make it pretty great. You simply need to make notes as you go on how long different foodstuffs take to cook and you’ll be pressure cooking up a storm in no time at all.

While the Ninja Foodi does not have any pre-programmed presets, but it does have up to eight different cooking modes. For the best possible results, it’s essential to understand what each one does and how to use them properly. The cooking options on a Ninja Foodi are as follows:

  • Pressure: Use to cook food quickly while maintaining tenderness.
  • Steam: Use to gently cook delicate foods, such as fish or vegetables at high temperatures.
  • Slow cook: Cooks food like soup or stews at a lower temperature for longer periods.
  • Sear/saute: This lets you use your Foodi as a stovetop for browning meats, sauteing vegetables or simmering sauces.
  • Air crisp: This is the Ninja Foodi as an air fryer meaning you can cook things like fries using only a small amount of oil.
  • Bake/roast: This is the setting to use to roast meat or make bread, cakes and other baked items.
  • Broil: Use this option to caramelize and brown your food.
  • Dehydrate (only on specific models): Dehydrate meats, fruit, and vegetables.

It may take some adjusting, but you’ll get great results once you’ve mastered your Ninja Foodi. With experimentation, you may even find you prefer to use alternative settings. For example, you might opt to pressure cook certain vegetables, rather than use the steam cooking mode.

Time and temp settings

Once you select the cooking mode you want, you simply need to set up the timing and temperature options. You can use the up and down TEMP arrows to set the temperature, then use the up and down TIME arrows to select how long you’d like your food to cook for.

Certain Ninja Foodi cooking modes, such as the pressure cooking option, will activate the cooker’s handy “Keep Warm” mode. Once your recipe’s cook time is finished, the unit will beep and automatically switch to its “Keep Warm” setting. It begins a new timer, so you know how long your food has been resting.

If the thought of using a pressure and slow cooker without built-in presets fills you with culinary concern, there is plenty of advice online to help you ace the tricky time’n’temp balance. Start small with simple recipes, but always check that any food, especially meat, is cooked through. No one likes chicken on the pink side.

Presets for days

If you are still sold on presets, the Ninja Foodi may not be the best fit for you. Though it is possible to get the same or better quality results with a little experimentation, the Foodi just doesn’t have those presets. If you aren’t feeling the inspiration and you want those preset options, the Instant Pot might be a better option for your kitchen. Either way, these amazing kitchen gadgets make cooking way easier…and delicious.

Customizable cookery

Ninja Foodi

6.5-Quart Model $230 at Ninja
8-Quart Deluxe $280 at Ninja

Open ended options

While it doesn’t have pre-sets, the Ninja Foodi does have fantastic customization options. Great for any kitchen, it comes in two sizes, so you can pick the right fit for your family. It’s cooking made easy.

Classic cookery

Instant Pots

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From $100 at Amazon

The Instant Pot range of pressure and slow cookers are a totally capable and competent option, and thanks to the built-in preset cooking options, ideal for less confident cooks.

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