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Ninja Foodi Pot Roast with Gravy

This is how to cook fresh or frozen Ninja Foodi pot roast with gravy. Easy one pot meal in a pressure cooker! Shredded for sliders or sliced it is a hearty meal full of flavor. If yours is out of the freezer, our Ninja Foodi frozen roast instructions work too. Believe it or not your family will never know the difference!

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Have you made a Ninja Foodi pot roast yet?? It comes out tender and delicious every time I tell you. Keto friendly and low carb, we make this easy Ninja Foodi recipe several times a month. (affiliate links present)

How to Cook Pot Roast in the Ninja Foodi

I love making this when beef is on sale. There is really no other way to make it fork tender fall apart like in a pressure cooker. Something like this needs to be fork tender and nothing less. With some thick gravy poured over the top with a side of potatoes and carrots, it will remind you of your childhood for sure.

You don’t need the air crisp function for this either, you just pressure cook with the lid that is not attached to your multi cooker. You want it soft, not crispy at all. If you are new to this type of cooking we will walk you thru all the steps so you can feel like a pro.

If you too are obsessed with your Ninja Foodi pressure cooker air fryer machine, here are a few resource to start with:

  1. You can bookmark our Ninja air fryer recipes page, we add to that weekly.
  2. Here’s a printable air fryer cooking times chart here for your fridge.
  3. Be sure to save this link to Instant Pot recipes for beginners too. You can use any of those in your pot too.

  1. Grab a set of wooden utensils to work with. They are great so your pot doesn’t get scratched!
  2. Then join our Ninja Foodi EASY Recipes – Facebook group where you can share and find more ideas you’ll love. Thousands of others share both pressure cooker and air fryer recipe ideas there daily and you can too!

If you need to know how to cook frozen meat in a pressure cooker, we have information on that. NO, you aren’t the only forgetful one. 😉

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Is it better to pressure cook or slow cook a pot roast?

You do not want to use the slow cook function with this machine, doesn’t work well. In a Crockpot it does work well but Shredded beef that way takes all day to get done. You can get the same great results pressure cooked on high in just 1 hour! Use the drippings below for gravy and serve.

This meat is great for sliders or just along side air fryer vegetables. I recommend cooking veggies separately as they will get too soft together. We are using a hunk of defrosted or fresh meat for these instructions. If you are a bit forgetful we have help for you too (with the link above) though. 😉

Pot Roast in Ninja Foodi Ingredients

  • Roast
  • Onion
  • Garlic powder
  • Onion powder
  • Beef broth
  • Olive oil
  • Salt and pepper

We are going to start to brown meat on saute function first. You want to do this on all sides but it is important when done to deglaze it. I would follow directions below as is and then at the end add a packet of dry gravy mix with the broth down below with your thickener or roux.

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Ninja Foodi Pot Roast with Gravy

How do I thicken my pot roast gravy? You can use Cornstarch to thicken drippings in the bottom for a nice simple Ninja Foodi gravy at the end. That is totally up to you of course. If you need a gluten free option there is a product called arrowroot flour that is a great alternative as well. Don’t throw it away is what I am saying, this is liquid gold

How to cook a roast dinner in a Ninja Foodi

  1. Add olive oil, set pot to saute and add meat (sprinkled with salt and pepper) when hot. Brown on all sides until lightly browned.
  2. Remove meat and deglaze pot with a bit of your broth so pot doesn’t display burn notice on screen later.
  3. Put browned meat back into pot with remaining seasonings sprinkled on top. Add onions and beef broth.
  4. Close lid and steam valve and set to high pressure for 60 minute cook time. Allow to naturally release the pressure for 10 – 15 minutes when done, then quick release. (if more than 3 lbs. you may want to increase time)
  5. Shred and serve, or allow to rest and slice. If you want gravy, remove meat and set pot to saute. Add water/cornstarch slurry to thicken broth into a gravy.

Let’s start with a few step by step photos to get you going on this one. We love to just shred ours at the end to make pressure cooker tacos or serve over rice.

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Ninja Foodi Pot Roast Time

How long to cook beef in Ninja Foodi? The answer varies a lot. If you have a steak that obviously will cook quick since you want a bit of pink inside. A large thick roast tends to need 60 minutes with a natural release of 15 minutes to stay moist in the center but so tender you can shred it with 2 forks.

Why does my Ninja air fryer keep saying add water?

If you make this and do receive the ADD WATER notice on the screen you didn’t scrape all the cooked on bits off the bottom. The pot (some are more sensitive than others) does this because it thinks contents are burning.

Many times it is not, but if you ensure that the inside of the pot is free from particles on the bottom you can avoid this issue. That is why we explain how to deglaze pressure cooker in the directions, it is an important step to follow.

  • You may ask if you can cook vegetables at the same time as your meat. The answer is I wouldn’t.
  • The firmest veggie would be whole potatoes but even those cooked for over an hour are going to become basically mush.

Best suggestion is to cook them separately on the stovetop or in another machine. I usually make a quick batch of broccoli or pressure cooker carrots myself.

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How to Cook Ninja Foodi Chuck Roast

I personally use whatever I have in the freezer since we buy meat in bulk, so we have a lot of beef going on here. 😉 Here are a few questions you might have before you start on this:

Which is better the Instant Pot or Ninja Foodi?

I have both for a variety of reasons. You can use either machine to make a pressure cooker roast. Since you aren’t air frying anything it doesn’t matter. The Foodi is larger but has the hot air function.
Instant Pot recipes can be used in the Foodi with no alterations.

How do you cook a frozen pot roast in a Ninja Foodi?

We have the answer to that!! Below are instructions on how to make a frozen roast in a Ninja Foodi, or this one if it is defrosted. Then you’ll be set either way so dinner will be done in no time at all.

How long do you cook a roast in the Ninja Foodi grill?

I wouldn’t use this kitchen appliance for large pieces of meat. That only has a grill and air fryer function. You really need to pressure cook first. I use my Ninja Foodi grill for steaks and air fryer roast that is cut into smaller slices.

What is the best cut of roast?

Pressure cooker Chuck roast is a popular cut of meat because of it’s low cost, but personally I love sirloin or short loin. If you want a really cheap meal. You do want something with fat if you want it to become extremely tender. You can use more unusual cuts like our beef arm roast recipe with balsamic vinegar sauce that is amazing.

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Can you cook vegetables and pot roast in Ninja Foodi?

The only thing I would say would work okay, but will be quite soft when done, would be large chunks of carrots and potatoes. They are better cooked in under 30 minutes but if you really want everything together I would only choose these due to their firm nature and long cook time. I use a separate pressure cooker or air fryer for easy side dishes for the best results.

Air fryer cauliflower is a low carb choice that has tons of flavor that I make a lot of the time with this. Another great choice is some pressure cooker fried cabbage. Let me tell you, this is out of control great. Everyone goes crazy over it.

This pot roast recipe is amazingly tender when it is done. No real need to tenderize the meat before cooking, the high pressure does that work for you. It will fall apart just as if you made it in a slow cooker. For a low slow Crockpot roast version we have 2 to choose from, our Mississippi roast slow cooker recipe is great too!

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Want to try another idea after you go crazy over this one? We have made pressure cooker Mississippi roast before and the sauce is incredible.

There are so many possibilities you can make with a large cut of meat like this I tell you. Some take just 30 minutes while others are worth the wait at closer to an hour. AND if you’re forgetful you can use our recipe for pressure cooker frozen roast, that still comes out perfect.

How to Save Leftover Beef

You want to keep it nice and moist. Only slice what you are going to eat then and there, leave the rest whole, this will help not to dry it out. Once it has cooled move it to a container with a lid and cover the protein with your sauce from the pot. Keep the rest in a covered jar to serve with it. Reheat in a pan with a lid to steam until warmed with gravy on top.

Instant Pot frozen roast

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Ninja Foodi Pot Roast

Tender Ninja Foodi pot roast with gravy is easier to make than you think in pressure cooker! Shredded beef for sliders or sliced is a hearty meal.
Course Entree, Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword beef, ninja foodi, pot roast, pressure cooker, roast
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Servings 8
Calories 361kcal
Author The Typical Mom




  • Season all sides of the roast with the salt, pepper, garlic powder, and onion powder. Put oil in the Ninja Foodi pot. Place seasoned roast in the pot and SAUTE on HIGH, browning all sides. (then take meat out, add some of your broth and deglaze – scrape stuck on bits off bottom off, then put meat back in)
  • Add beef broth and onions to the pot. Close lid and set on high pressure for 60 minutes. Allow pressure to naturally release for 10 minutes, then quick release.
  • Remove roast and onions. In a small bowl, combine cold water and cornstarch. Turn Ninja Foodi to saute. When the juice begins to boil, slowly stir in this mix.
  • Cook until gravy forms. Depending on the consistency, you may have to add more cornstarch/water slurry.


Nutrition Facts
Ninja Foodi Pot Roast
Amount Per Serving (3 oz)
Calories 361 Calories from Fat 207
% Daily Value*
Fat 23g35%
Saturated Fat 9g56%
Cholesterol 117mg39%
Sodium 877mg38%
Potassium 654mg19%
Carbohydrates 4g1%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 34g68%
Vitamin A 22IU0%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 39mg4%
Iron 4mg22%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Rebecca Allen

Saturday 1st of April 2023

Can you stop the cooking at one point to add carrots & potatoes? I only have one pressure cooker (Ninja Foodie XL) & this is the FIRST recipe I am experimenting with my new machine! I’ve never used a pressure cooker, so forgive me if my question is silly…. Just wondering how to incorporate the veggies w/ out cooking them to mush! Looking forward to your response; have bookmarked your blog to try other recipes soon! Thank you in advance for your recommendation, ~Becca

The Typical Mom

Saturday 1st of April 2023

When pressure cooking you cannot just stop quickly and start again, you can with air frying. Vegetables don't take long at all so what I suggest is once this is done, removed, and resting you throw in the other two using these instructions No silly questions here, glad to help


Sunday 12th of June 2022

This roast turns out juicy, tender and oh so flavorful every time!! I’ve made it twice now, once with veggies and once without. I highly recommend!!😁 Thank you for such a great recipe.

The Typical Mom

Monday 13th of June 2022



Wednesday 3rd of November 2021

I love buying roasts when they are on sale too. Making this for Sunday dinner is my favorite!

The Typical Mom

Thursday 4th of November 2021

Sale is the way to go and stock up!


Wednesday 3rd of November 2021

Looking forward to trying this, pot roast is the most comforting meal ever!

Keri Bevan

Wednesday 3rd of November 2021

We made this pot roast for sliders and it was so delicious. Everyone loved it! Thanks for another great recipe.

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