Air Fryer Gnocchi

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Air fryer gnocchi is delicious in the air fryer. You can air fry shop bought gnocchi or make your own and then air fry until crispy and piping hot.

Gnocchi in the air fryer is much nicer than pan fried and you will want to buy gnocchi more frequently just to enjoy it this way.

Air Fryer Gnocchi
Air Fryer Gnocchi

Gnocchi Air Fryer

Let me confess right now, that it wasn’t until last year that I had ever tried shop bought gnocchi.

To me gnocchi in the air fryer involved a bowl of leftover mashed potatoes, some egg and flour and plenty of cheese. Then I got to watch the kids as they prepped the gnocchi and then we carefully placed it into the air fryer and waited eagerly for it to be cooked.

That was how we had done air fried gnocchi, so I was quite surprised to see other peoples take on it and that it usually came from the supermarket.

But of course, we have lived in Portugal for many years where buying it shop bought was not a thing.

So last year when Aldi had a special on shop bought Gnocchi in a few different flavours, we were there, buying in bulk and testing it out in the air fryer.

Plus, of course, lots of garlic butter is involved!

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Air Frying Cauliflower Gnocchi

If you follow low carb and are avoiding potatoes, you can swap the mashed potatoes for cauliflower just like you would with making a cauliflower pizza crust and other cauliflower led products.

Then simply follow the same time and temp as regular gnocchi.

Can You Air Fry Gnocchi?

Yes, you can air fry gnocchi. Ever since first seeing a video for gnocchi I decided to try it in the air fryer with our potato leftovers instead of making air fryer mashed potato cakes and it has always cooked to perfection.

Can You Fry Gnocchi Without Boiling It?

Yes, you can fry gnocchi without boiling it. I have always made it in the air fryer and then before that pan frying and it has always been perfect. Because it is essentially leftover potatoes it is better for frying (or air frying) rather than boiling.

How Is Gnocchi Supposed To Be Cooked?

Gnocchi is supposed to be pan fried. Or some people also shallow fry it. The way I have always had it served in restaurants was more pan fried and then tossed in some garlic butter with some fresh herbs.

How Do You Cook Dry Packaged Gnocchi?

In the air fryer of course. The gnocchi we used was dry packaged from Aldi and it was very firm so easy to put in the air fryer and cook without fear of it falling apart.

Unlike homemade gnocchi from leftover potatoes which can often be a little mushy if enough flour is not added.

What To Do With Potato Gnocchi?

For potato gnocchi we recommend that you air fry it first (like we are showing you how to do today) and then once it is cooked toss it in some garlic butter.

Otherwise, it will go too mushy in the air fryer if you add the butter first.

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Gnocchi Air Fryer Ingredients

Gnocchi Air Fryer Ingredients

Gnocchi – We experimented with two packs of dry packaged gnocchi. Though you can also make ahead your own.

Sauce – Then for the garlic butter sauce we used butter, lemon, garlic cloves, parsley, salt, pepper, basil, and parmesan cheese.

Oil – Then we also used some extra virgin olive oil spray, to help get a crispy texture on the gnocchi and make it more like pan fried.  

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How To Cook Gnocchi In Air Fryer?

  • Cook. Start by placing gnocchi into the air fryer basket, spreading it out and spraying with olive oil. Air fry for 12 minutes or until golden to your liking.
  • Prep. Whilst you wait, add everything else do the air fryer baking pan apart from the parmesan and mix.
  • Beeps. When the air fryer beeps put the gnocchi to one side and add the air fryer pan instead. Air fry for 5 minutes at 120c/250f or until the butter is fully melted. Stir in the cheese and then add the gnocchi and the garlic butter to a serving bowl and mix.
  • Serve. The air fried gnocchi are now ready to serve with some warm crusty bread.

How Long To Air Fry Gnocchi?

The cook time for air frying gnocchi is 17 minutes. But this is split between 12 minutes for golden gnocchi and 5 minutes for your garlic butter.

So if you just wanted some gnocchi and no garlic, then you can air fry in just 12 minutes.

Air Fry Frozen Gnocchi

If you want to air fry frozen gnocchi you can do this too. Just add 2 more minutes to the cook time at the beginning at 160c/320f to give the gnocchi a head start.

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Air Fryer Gnocchi

Air fryer gnocchi is delicious in the air fryer. You can air fry shop bought gnocchi or make your own and then air fry until crispy and piping hot.
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time17 minutes
Total Time22 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Air Fryer
Servings: 2
Calories: 880kcal


For The Garlic Butter Sauce

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  • Place the gnocchi into the air fryer basket, spread out and spray with olive oil spray. Then air fry for 12 minutes at 180c/360f or until crispy to your liking.
    How To Cook Gnocchi In Air Fryer?
  • In the meantime, add everything else but the parmesan to an air fryer friendly container such as a baking pan. Mix with a spatula.
    How To Cook Gnocchi In Air Fryer?
  • When the air fryer beeps remove the gnocchi and put a large serving bowl. Then add the garlic butter ingredients in the baking pan into the air fryer basket and cook for 5 minutes at 120c/250f.
    How To Cook Gnocchi In Air Fryer?
  • When the air fryer beeps remove the garlic butter and stir in the parmesan and the tomatoes if adding.
    How To Cook Gnocchi In Air Fryer?
  • Then pour the garlic butter over the gnocchi and serve.
    How To Cook Gnocchi In Air Fryer?


Gnocchi. We used 2 400g packs of dry packaged gnocchi. One was pesto flavour and the other was tomato and mozzarella. Of course, you can air fry any that you have.
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Calories: 880kcal | Carbohydrates: 154g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 0.5g | Cholesterol: 50mg | Sodium: 1820mg | Potassium: 316mg | Fiber: 12g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 2674IU | Vitamin C: 65mg | Calcium: 348mg | Iron: 17mg
Nutrition InfoPlease Note: Nutrition values are our best estimate based on the software we use at Recipe This and are meant as a guide. If you rely on them for your diet, use your preferred nutrition calculator.
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