Air fryer gnocchi – the perfect combination of Italian tradition and modern technology. We love this crispy ‘fried’ gnocchi as an appetizer or side dish, especially when you dip it in marinara or Alfredo sauce! The best part is, you don’t even need to boil your gnocchi first!
Attention! Attention! You no longer have to boil your gnocchi on the stove top! <— I’m not sure why but waiting for a pot of water to boil is my least favorite kitchen task.
Introducing air fryer gnocchi – the crispy, fluffy, and downright addictive way to enjoy this classic Italian dish. We’re obsessed!
With air fryer gnocchi, you get a tasty, crispy exterior that’s coated in seasonings and a pillowy soft interior. And the best part? You don’t have to worry about getting splattered with hot oil or cleaning up greasy messes. Just pop your gnocchi in the air fryer, sit back, and enjoy the magic. It is similar to a magic show but without a top hat. I mean, you COULD wear one while it cooks if you want?
We usually make more traditional dishes with gnocchi, tossing it in a creamy sauce or a tomato sauce, but this time around we seasoned the heck out of the gnocchi (hello, flavor town), fried it til crispy, and then served it with dip on the side. This makes a great appetizer, snack, or side dish!
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Gnocchi – We use a pound of dry, shelf-stable gnocchi in this recipe. If a pound is too much or too little for your meal, then adjust the rest of the recipe accordingly.
Seasoning – To season the gnocchi, you will need to have olive oil, powdered parmesan cheese, garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, salt, and Italian seasoning.
You can serve this gnocchi up in whatever sauce you normally would, but we LOVE it with just a simple dip on the side. We usually do both marinara and Alfredo sauce. I’m highly partial to the creamy goodness of a simple homemade Alfredo sauce myself.
How to Make Air Fryer Gnocchi:
- Seasoning – Add your oil, cheese, and seasonings to a bowl and stir to combine. They’ll be clumpy, but just stick with us.
- Toss – Add the gnocchi to the bowl and toss it in your seasoning mixture to coat.
- Air Fry – Spritz your air fryer basket with oil spray and add the gnocchi to the basket. Air fry for 10 minutes at 390 degrees F shaking the basket halfway through cooking.
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The best description of gnocchi is that is a combination of pasta and potatoes. Gnocchi comes in a little ball shape that is made of mashed potatoes with some extra starch and other ingredients added to make little potato dumplings. It is usually soft like a thick noodle, but in the air fryer, the outside can be more firm and crisp.
Gnocchi can be found in most supermarkets in the pasta aisle. We’re using dry, shelf stable gnocchi in this recipe. You may find fresh gnocchi in the refrigerated section of your grocery store likely near dairy products.
We often serve this as a side dish with steak, pork chops, or chicken. It also makes a great appetizer. Be sure to serve it with a sauce for dipping.
We like these to be a bit crispy on the outside, but the longer you cook them, the more they will dry out. 10 minutes seems to be just right for us, but continue cooking them until they are as browned and crisped as you’d like.
Air Fryer Gnocchi
- 1 pound dry shelf-stable gnocchi
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 tablespoons powdered Parmesan cheese
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- ½ teaspoon Italian seasoning
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ cup marinara or Alfredo sauce for dipping
- Add the oil, cheese, and seasonings to a large bowl and stir to combine.
- Add the gnocchi to the bowl and toss to coat.
- Arrange gnocchi in a greased air fryer basket and air fry at 390 degrees for 10 minutes or until as golden and crispy as you’d like, shaking the basket every 4-5 minutes.
- Serve hot with warmed marinara or Alfredo sauce for dipping.