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. If yours is still hard as a rock you can follow our Ninja Foodi frozen roast instructions too. Believe it or not your family will never know the difference!
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. (originally published 7/21, affiliate links present)
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, just pressure cook. 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.
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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. 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 though. 😉
- Garlic powder
- Onion powder
- Beef broth
- Olive oil
- Salt and pepper
You can use Cornstarch to thicken drippings for a nice 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.
Ninja Foodi Pot Roast with Gravy
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. 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.
- 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.
- Put browned meat back into pot with remaining seasonings sprinkled on top. Add onions and beef broth.
- 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)
- 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 Pot Roast Time
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 pressure cooker carrots myself.
Here are a few questions you might have before you start on this:
Ninja Foodi Chuck Roast
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.
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.
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. 😉
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.
What should I serve with a roast?
- Carrots and potatoes are always a good choice made in under 30 minutes.
- Air fryer cauliflower is a low carb choice that has tons of flavor too.
Another great choice is some pressure cooker fried cabbage. Let me tell you, this is out of control great. Everyone goes crazy over it.
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.
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Ninja Foodi Pot Roast
- 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.