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Best Tender Ninja Foodi Pot Roast

Tender Ninja Foodi pot roast is easier to make than you think in your pressure cooker! Shredded for sliders or sliced it is a hearty meal full of flavor.

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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.

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.

You don’t need the air crisp function for this. You want it soft, not crispy.

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.
    1. Here’s a printable air fryer cook times chart here for your fridge.
    2. Be sure to save this link to the easy Instant Pot recipes too. You can use any of those in your pot too.
  2. Grab our favorite Foodi cookbook here, and this set of wooden utensils work great so your pot doesn’t get scratched!
  3. Then join our Ninja Facebook group where you can share and find more ideas you’ll love. We have an air fryer page that shares daily ideas 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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Pot Roast in Ninja Foodi

Basic ingredients are used to give it a whollop of flavor on the outside. Shredded beef is great for sliders or just along side air fryer vegetables.

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

You can use Cornstarch to thicken drippings for a nice gravy at the end, that is totally up to you of course.

pressure cooker pot roast

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 pressure cooker.

Time needed: 1 hour and 10 minutes.

Ninja Foodi Pot Roast

  1. Saute

    Add olive oil, set pot to saute and add meat (sprinkled with salt and pepper) when hot. Brown on all sides until lightly browned. Remove meat and deglaze pot with a bit of your broth so pot doesn’t display burn notice on screen later.

  2. Add ingredients

    Put browned meat back into pot with remaining seasonings sprinkled on top. Add onions and beef broth.

  3. Cook

    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)

  4. Serve

    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 tacos or serve over rice.

ninja foodi roast

If you make this and do receive the MORE 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.

  • 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 steamed carrots myself.

burn on ninja foodi

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?

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, make our beef arm roast recipe in your pot. It comes out killer.

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. 😉

roast in pressure cooker

Pot Roast in Ninja Foodi

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!

What should I serve with a roast?

Another great choice is some pressure cooker fried cabbage. Let me tell you, this is out of control great. Everyone goes crazy over it.

pot roast in ninja foodi

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.

Instant Pot frozen roast

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Ninja Foodi Pot Roast

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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