How to Make Rice in Ninja Foodi

The Ninja Foodi is a versatile kitchen appliance that can do it all, from pressure cooking to air frying and even baking. But did you know it’s also an excellent tool for cooking rice? If you want perfectly cooked rice every time with minimal effort, you’re in the right place. In this comprehensive guide, we’ll walk you through the steps to make rice in your Ninja Foodi, whether you prefer white rice, brown rice, or any other variety.

Ingredients You’ll Need

  • Rice (white, brown, Basmati, Jasmine, etc.)
  • Water or broth
  • A pinch of salt (optional)
  • Ninja Foodi with the pressure cooker lid

Choose Your Rice

The first step to making rice in your Ninja Foodi is choosing the rice you want to cook. Whether you prefer white rice’s simplicity or brown rice’s nutty goodness, the Ninja Foodi can handle it all. The ratio of rice to liquid may vary slightly depending on the type of rice, so keep that in mind.

Measure Your Ingredients

Once you’ve chosen your rice, it’s time to measure your ingredients. The general rule of thumb for white rice is a 1:1.25 ratio of rice to water, while brown rice typically requires more water with a 1:1.5 ratio. For example, if you’re making 1 cup of white rice, you’ll need 1.25 cups of water.

Rinse Your Rice (Optional)

Rinsing your rice is optional, but it can help remove excess starch, resulting in fluffier rice. To rinse your rice, place it in a fine-mesh strainer and run cold water over it until it clears. Drain thoroughly.

Add Rice and Liquid to the Ninja Foodi

Now, add your rinsed rice to the Ninja Foodi’s inner pot. Ensure you use the appropriate measuring cup for the rice and level it off for accurate measurements.

Next, add the measured liquid (water or broth) to the pot. You can add a pinch of salt for seasoning if you’d like. Stir everything together gently to ensure the rice is evenly distributed in the liquid.

Set Up the Ninja Foodi

Place the pressure cooker lid on your Ninja Foodi and make sure it’s properly sealed. Select the “Pressure” setting and adjust the cooking time according to the type of rice you’re making. Here are some general guidelines:

White Rice: High pressure for 3-5 minutes.

Brown Rice: High pressure for 18-22 minutes.

Start Cooking

Once you’ve set the cooking time, press the “Start” button, and the Ninja Foodi will begin pressurizing. Reaching the desired pressure will take some time, and the cooking process will start.

Natural or Quick Release

After the cooking time is complete, you have two options for releasing pressure: natural release or quick release.

Natural Release: Let the Ninja Foodi depressurize naturally, which means you do nothing. This method is ideal for rice as it absorbs any remaining moisture, resulting in perfectly cooked grains.

Quick Release: If you’re in a hurry, you can use the quick-release valve to release pressure immediately. However, this may result in slightly stickier rice.

Fluff and Serve

Once the pressure is released, carefully open the lid. Use a fork to fluff the rice, separating the grains gently. This step helps prevent clumping and ensures a light and fluffy texture.

Enjoy Your Perfectly Cooked Rice

Your Ninja Foodi has done the hard work for you, and now you have a delicious batch of perfectly cooked rice ready to serve. Whether pairing it with your favorite stir-fry or curry or enjoying it as a side dish, you can savor the satisfaction of homemade rice with minimal effort.


With your Ninja Foodi, cooking rice has always been challenging. By following these simple steps and adjusting the cooking time and water ratio based on the type of rice you’re using, you’ll consistently achieve restaurant-quality rice at home. Say goodbye to overcooked or undercooked rice, and say hello to perfectly fluffy grains every time. Enjoy your Ninja Foodi rice adventures!

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