One of the easiest things to make in your Ninja Foodi is rice. It’s quick and super easy to make. And, it’s the perfect side dish for just about any meal. Although, I’ll admit that after more than 2 years of making Ninja Foodi recipes, this was my very first attempt at making just the rice! What? I know, that sounds a bit crazy considering we eat so much rice.
Why did it take me so long to make rice in my Ninja Foodi? Well, I’ve seen so many people saying that the rice either burned or did not cook all the way. So, up until now, I’ve been making it separately on the stove. Now, I can say that my go-to method for making rice will be in the Ninja Foodi! I was so impressed! It cooked quickly, evenly, and did not come out mushy or undercooked. It was perfect!!
Tips for making Ninja Foodi Rice
Technically, yes. You should wash your rice to remove extra starch that is on it. The extra starch tends to make the rice come out a bit gummy with the grains stuck together. However, I will say that I don’t wash my rice before cooking it. The result of stovetop rice is usually gummy and sticky. But, the rice that is cooked in the Ninja Foodi did not come out sticky at all and I did not wash it.
Absolutely! I would recommend waiting until the rice has cooled completely and then put it in an airtight container or a freezer bag. Do not overfill or stuff the rice in. To keep the rice nice and fluffy, it needs a little room to breathe, so to speak. Be sure to portion the rice out before packaging. If you pack 4 cups of rice together but will only be using 1 cup, it will be quite difficult to separate after it has been frozen. When you are ready to eat the frozen rice, simply put it in the microwave-safe container and add a tablespoon or two of water, cover, and heat for 1 minute. Based on the amount of rice that you are thawing, you may need to add an additional minute or two.
You sure can. Simply double the ingredients. There is no need to increase the pressure cooking time.
Yes, you can. You can make all types of rice in the Ninja Foodi. However, each type of rice has a different cook time needed. For brown rice, pressure cook for 15 minutes and natural release pressure for 5 minutes.
Yes, you can. However, the flavor that the broth adds to the rice is a nice addition. You can substitute any type of broth or thin liquid that you would like. Do not use thick liquid, like gravy, as it will not absorb into the grains of rice as easily and may leave the rice undercooked or burnt to the bottom of the pot.
What can you serve with rice?
- Ninja Foodi Pot Roast goes really well with rice! The gravy mixed with the rice it sooo good!
- Looking for a bit of spice to go along with your rice? Try making red beans and rice in your Ninja Foodi!
- Change things up and serve our brisket chili over rice!
- Olive Garden chicken goes great with rice too!
- Grill up some spicy chicken and serve it on a nice bed of rice….maybe even pour on a little extra sauce too!
Ingredients for making Ninja Foodi Rice:
Directions for making Ninja Foodi Rice
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- Ninja Foodi
- Silicone Stirrer
- Add rice, broth, butter, salt and pepper to Ninja Foodi insert pot and stir.
- Close pressure cooking lid and move valve to seal position.
- Pressure cook on high for 3 minutes.
- When timer beeps, natural release pressure for 10 minutes and then quick release remaining pressure.
- Open pressure cooking lid.
- Stir using a silicone or wooden fork or spatula. I don’t recommend that you use a spoon to stir as it tends to break up the rice a bit more and then the grains stick together and start to get mushy. If your rice is a little undercooked for your liking, simply put the pressure cooker lid back on and let it sit for a few extra minutes. Do not turn the Ninja Foodi on during this time. The rice will continue to cook from the steam in the pot.
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