When it comes to indoor grills, the team at Ninja Kitchen has been busy and is now launching the Ninja Foodi Indoor Griddle & Air Fryer.
The new Ninja Foodi Indoor Griddle & Air Fryer is a testament to how Ninja has reacted to what customers want. This compact, multi-use cooking device has a similar look to the Ninja Foodi Smart XL grill but with one major upgrade. More heat!
What is different with the new Ninja Foodi Indoor Griddle & Air Fryer?
The new Ninja® Foodi® XL Pro Grill & Griddle still includes the top heating element but adds a bottom heating element to the device.
Don't get me wrong, the other Foodi Grill products get hot too. But the heat was coming exclusively from a single heating element in the top of the grill.
Having heat come from the bottom means two things:
- You can cook with the lid open like an outdoor grill or griddle
- Having heat from the top and the bottom means foods can cook much quicker than before
I tested this the very first time I cooked with this device. I preheated the griddle and put frozen sausage patties on the griddle surface. It allowed me to cook with the heated griddle and the hot air from the air fryer at the same time!
I had anticipated it would take about 12 minutes for the sausages to cook. To my surprise, they were done in under 4!
I've cooked quite a few things using a majority of the functions of this device. The only function I didn't use was dehydrate and I anticipate trying that with some garden herbs at some point.
One cook that's particularly enjoyable is chicken parmesan. I'm able to air fry the chicken and then add sauce and melt the cheese. The pictures below show parts of the process.
I figured if it claims it can grill, I better also try to cook steaks. I actually cooked a variety of steaks on the grill using both the grill and griddle functions.
When is the food done?
The grill's smart settings allow you to insert a temperature probe into foods and cook to a specific temperature. It has both manual settings and smart settings so if you tell the device to cook a steak to medium it will do just that.
On the other hand, if you tell the device you're cooking chicken it will adjust the finish temperature to ensure that the chicken is safely cooked.
When I cooked this steak, I used an aftermarket thermometer to test the temperature against what the device said. The two temperatures were about in sync and I was very happy with the performance.
Another dish I tried was blackened fish.
Blackened fish typically leaves my kitchen smoky and me coughing and running for the exits. But I had no issue this time. I cooked both halibut and rockfish with zero issues.
Because halibut is expensive I again trusted the temperature probe to make sure it hit the proper doneness without being overcooked. It was spectacular!
After cooking many dishes with this device, one of the things I appreciate more than anticipated is the ability to cook with the lid open.
The griddle is nice for breakfast items like bacon and pancakes, but it really cooks like a skillet. So if I want to do a stir-fry, it's no problem. I love how I can switch between settings and finish foods by melting a little more cheese or allowing it to brown more.
Ninja sent me this grill to test and provide feedback so some of the design features may differ slightly from what you purchase from them.
If you're interested in purchasing this item and adding it to your kitchen, you can get one here.
Wondering what you should cook first? Check out these jalapeno poppers that cook up quickly in the Ninja!