Learn How to Cook Pizza in the Ninja Foodi Grill or Your Favorite AirFryer
If you've ever wondered how to cook pizza in the Ninja Foodi Grill you're not alone.
This question comes up often in my Ninja Foodi Grill Lovers Group and frankly pizza was one of the first things I wanted to cook after unboxing the Foodi Grill.
I'm a full-on pizza snob and pizza is a part of my DNA.
Growing up in an area where pizza is a verb I know that all pizza is not created equal.
Bad pizza is cringe-worthy, forgettable, and frankly should be renamed. I suppose you could call it yellow food, but that would probably annoy the disciples of primary colors.
But good pizza...
Good pizza is hard to describe.
Good pizza will fill you up, but at the same time leave you wanting more. Good pizza can strengthen relationships. It's a series of stamps on your culinary passport to flavorful destinations around the world.
Good pizza is paradoxical. It's crunchy but also soft. Good pizza will calibrate the five senses. It actually makes the other food and drinks sitting on the table taste better.
Kids will eat their salad when good pizza is around and it's rumored that dogs and cats get along when good pizza is in the home.
So why do people always ask how to cook pizza in the ninja foodi grill?
I learned recently after acquiring a designated pizza oven that it's much easier to eat pizzeria-style pizza than it is to make it.
But the Ninja Foodi Grill has some advantages over my dedicated pizza oven.
Because the Foodi Grill operates as a powerful mini convection oven, you can get similar results to ovens from a commercial kitchen, albeit on a smaller scale.
Even frozen pizza like this deep dish pizza cooked in an air fryer comes out wonderful from the Foodi Grill.
How to Cook Pizza in the Ninja Foodi Grill or AirFryer
- Ninja Foodi Grill or another air fryer
- Pizza dough
- Other pizza toppings
- Preheat your Ninja Foodi Grill to 390F on Air Crisp
- While the grill or air fryer is preheating, roll out your pizza crust to a size that will fit inside your cooker
- Carefully place the pizza crust into the cooker and par-cook for 3 minutes or just long enough so the dough is no longer raw and supple
- Remove the pizza crust from the Foodi Grill and allow the grill to keep cooking so it stays at the optimal temperature
- Top the pizza with your favorite toppings
- Return the pizza with toppings to the Foodi Grill
- Cook for an additional 6-8 minutes, checking frequently until the crust has turned golden brown, the cheese has melted, and the toppings are cooked to your personal preference
- Carefully remove the hot pizza from the Foodi
- Cut and serve
If you haven't checked out the Ninja Foodi grill yet you can read all about it on the Shark-Ninja website or even read more from their Amazon listing.
After you add a Ninja Foodi Grill to your cavalry of cookers, check out this list of inspiring recipes. Our favorites are listed in this post with plenty of ideas about what you could be cooking next.
I have the pizza pan for the ninja foodie 5 in 1 grill. Do I still need to turn the pizza dough in that? How do I adjust this recipe for the pizza pan?
You may have to experiment some with the method. I par-cook the dough so it sets up slightly as there is no bottom heat in my Foodi Grill. This way the bottom gets a head start while the top of the pizza gets a majority of the heat. I hope this helps-
How do you cook a frozen store bought pizza in the Ninja Foodi grill. Note not any other Ninja cooker. But also what do you put the frozen pizza on. Is it the flat side of the grill insert with the handles on it? When I did it on the flat sided the fan was too close to the pizza and the metal screen filter had cheese stuck in it or do I turn the grill insert down low with the handles facing up. Or should I just put the pizza on the bottom of the large pan insert? Thank you in advance
How do you cook a frozen store bought pizza in the Ninja Foodi grill. But also what do you put the frozen pizza on. Is it the flat side of the grill insert with the handles on it? When I did it on the flat sided the fan was too close to the pizza and the metal screen filter had cheese stuck in it or do I turn the grill insert down low with the handles facing up. Or should I just put the pizza on the bottom of the large pan insert?Thank you in advance
Basically, if food sits in the Foodi with decent clearance in all directions, it should be ok to cook. You must have had one very tall pizza if the fan was too close with the grill plate inserted. However, the fan sucks air from below rather than blowing it down onto your food, so that may have been the culprit. Consider either removing the grill pan or choosing a slower speed for the fan which should allow your toppings a better chance to stay put.
Also- I saw you gave the recipe 3 stars. Did you try my recipe and if so what went wrong? Thanks-
It sounds like Ray put the grill in upside-down with handles facing down!?!? He mentioned using the flat side. I didn't know that was possible! Also, I would just like to know the best time and temp to reheat a pizza...(Pappas Murphys) Thanks!
I love reheating PapaMurphys! I suggest preheating on the highest setting with only the pan. then go directly on the pan or in the AC basket. Cook at 350 on bake, or AC for about 5 min until the cheese has melted and it gets to the amount of crisp you desire- It's so good!
Thank you! And I want to try your from scratch pizza recipe in my Ninja. It looks so easy and yummy. BTW I am in Hamilton Montana 🙂