Making beef stew in the Ninja Foodi is quick and easy to prepare. The beef comes out soft, tender and full of flavour. Everything is cooked in the pot at the same time, the beef, vegetables and sauce – the perfect fuss-free dinner, with minimal washing up!
How To Make Beef Stew In A Ninja Foodi
This beef stew recipe is made using the pressure cooker function on the Ninja Foodi, but it can also be made using the slow cooker. For the slow cooker version follow my Slow Cooker Beef Stew recipe.
What You Need:
Diced Stewing Beef
Use the cheaper, fattier cuts of beef for pressure cooking. If you are buying them from the supermarket they will usually be diced and labelled as ‘braising steak’ or ‘stewing beef.’ If you buy from a butcher just ask them for the best beef for a casserole or stew.
Use a selection of casserole vegetables such as carrots, potatoes, celery, leeks etc. If you want to include vegetables such as broccoli that don’t require much cook time, leave them out of the pressure cooking stage, they can be added at the end.
I use between 800ml to 1L beef stock made with 2 beef stock cubes (or pots).
To flavour the beef stew, I like to include bay leaves, Worcestershire sauce, garlic, onion, dried mixed herbs, tomato puree as well as some salt and pepper.
Switch the Ninja Foodi on and set it to the saute function. Heat a little oil in the pot of the Ninja Foodi and add the beef, searing it on all sides. Add a little of the hot stock and scrape off any brown bits that have got stuck on the bottom of the pot. Don’t use a metal spoon.
Add the remaining ingredients and stir.
Switch the Ninja Foodi from saute/sear to the pressure cooker and set it on high pressure for 30 minutes. As there is so much in the pot it will take around 15 minutes to reach pressure so remember to factor this into your cooking time.
At the end of the cooking time, leave the Ninja Foodi to release naturally for at least 10 minutes. This will produce the best texture for the meat – it’s also a safer method when there is a lot of hot liquid inside a pressure cooker.
After 10 minutes you can perform a quick release.
Remove the lid and switch the saute function on. If the liquid is too thin you can thicken it up now by either adding some gravy granules or using some cornflour. The liquid will also reduce and thicken as you leave it to simmer with the saute function on.
If you want to include any broccoli, peas or other green vegetables, add them in now too and gently boil until they are tender.
Remove the dried bay leaves and serve.
I hope you liked this Ninja Foodi Beef Stew recipe – let me know in the comments what you think!