Replacing your stove, oven, and fryer with a handy all-in-one device may seem crazy, but the technology is here. The Ninja Foodi 11-in-1 SmartLid Multi-Cooker (OL550) is exactly what it states, with 11 different types of cooking modes, though my most-used ones were pressure cooking, saute, and steam air fry. And while convenient, it does take up a bit of space on your kitchen top.
- 11 cooking functions: Air Fry, Bake, Grill, Steam, Dehydrate, Slow Cook, Steam Air Fry, Sear/Saute, Steam Bake, Pressure Cook, Yoghurt
- Capacity: 6L
- 1 year warranty
The best thing about the OL550 is that it makes it really easy for anyone to whip up delicious food. I'm no chef, but I was able to make pretty tasty pasta just by following recipes from the internet. But take note that you really need to follow the instructions, because deviating even just a little can screw up the entire dish, especially with pasta. If you add too much water, it will end up soggy, and not al dente. But the whole process is super easy, and takes just 1/3 the usual time to cook pasta, thanks to the pressure cook feature.
I also like that you can easily cook protein, and vegetables at the same time with the Steam Air Fry function. I placed the salmon on top of the included rack, while leaving my asparagus to stew at the bottom. The salmon came out moist, but crispy at the top, while my asparagus were perfectly cooked. Air-frying nuggets and fresh kale was also pretty easy with the Cook & Crisp basket, which is big enough to fit a full-sized chicken. On hindsight, I probably should have used the dehydrate function for the kale. I did not test the baking or yoghurt features, but I plan to at least bake some bread in the next week or so (and will update this review). I also plan to try out more of the recipes from the community page, or make roast pork belly using the Steam Air Fry (or Air Fry) mode.
If you already have the earlier Ninja Foodi (OP350), you will not need to upgrade to this model. They both have similar features, but the OP350 can do sous-vide cooking, which is missing from the OL550. But the OL550 doesn't need multiple lids to do pressure cooking, unlike the OP350. The control panel is also pretty easy to use, and has a slider where you can switch between cooking modes. The pressure seal is also easy to toggle. When done, just flip it to release the steam. Cleaning up is also simple enough. You only need to wash the pot, as well as other accessories that were used. Finally, wipe the lid clean once it cools down.
At S$608, the Ninja Foodi 11-in-1 SmartLid Multi-Cooker (OL550) isn't that expensive for what it offers. I really enjoyed cooking with it, and it's really easy to whip up delicious meals with it. Get it from Shopee, Lazada, or Amazon SG (where it's currently discounted to S$559).
Note: Review unit provided by Shark Ninja.
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