Seriously Crispy Air Fryer Gnocchi

Air fryer gnocchi is so crispy, is alert in just 13 minutes and does not need to be boiled! This is a great side dish alternative to potatoes or pasta, and also makes a great snack.

When it comes to gnocchi, I’m all about the unconventional ways to cook it. From sheet pan gnocchi to gnocchi skillets, I just love how it can obtain crispy on the outside and tender on the inside. So much better than boiled gnocchi!

gnocchi in air fryer basket

This air fryer gnocchi puts all the other methods to shame! Unbelievably crispy, but still soft in the middle, you don’t even need to boil it first.

You can serve this as a snack, side dish, or toss it in pasta sauce (or maybe some kale pesto) and enjoy as an entree.

Reasons to ♡ air fryer gnocchi

  • it is crispy on the outside, soft in the middle
  • it’s cooked through in just 13 minutes
  • it’s a great side or base to a recipe

Recipe video

Wondering to make air fryer gnocchi? Watch this 1-minute video to see how simple it is to prep! You can find more recipe videos on my YouTube channel.

overhead view of ingredients required for air fryer gnocchi

Use shelf stable gnocchi

These days, there are several different types of gnocchi on the market including fresh gnocchi, frozen gnocchi and cauliflower gnocchi. This recipe was tested using shelf-stable gnocchi, and the cook times are specific to this type of gnocchi.

This post suggests cooking cauliflower gnocchi for 10 minutes total in the air fryer, shaking it up half way through, but I have not been able to find any information about fresh gnocchi. Drop us a comment below if you try it!

Get creative with seasonings and sauces

The recipe below is quite simple with just olive oil, garlic powder and salt. I have also tested with dried herbs, but found them to fall off. I’d advise sticking to smaller ground spices, but it could be really fun to play around with these 7 spice rubs!

As for sauces, you’ll want to toss the gnocchi in the sauce after cooking through, and serve immediately so you don’t loose that astonishing crispy texture. Some sauces that would be great on this recipe:

collage image showing how to cook gnocchi in the air fryer

Cooking air fryer gnocchi

Crispy air fryer gnocchi is so simple, it could even be a good recipe to obtain your kids to help out on!

  1. Toss gnocchi in oil, garlic powder and salt.
  2. Transfer to the basket of your air fryer.
  3. Cook at 390°F, shaking occasionally, until golden and crispy (roughly 13 minutes).


This gnocchi is top served fresh, the reason being that it can dry out as it sits, but you can still store for up to 2 days.

  • fridge– store in an air tight container in the fridge for up to 2 days
  • reheat– bring the air fryer back to 390°F/200°C. Add the gnocchi to the basket and spray with spray oil. Cook for 3-5 minutes, shaking occasionally, until warmed through.

overhead view of air fryer gnocchi on plate with bowl of marinara sauce

Which air fryer do you recommend?

I’ve been using a Phillips air fryer (similar to this one

) for several years and it is still working great. However, if I could do it over again, I would buy the XL model, which fits more food. We also recently purchased the Instant Pot Vortex air fryer, but haven’t used it enough to comment on it.

More air fryer recipes

Seriously Crispy Air Fryer Gnocchi

Course: Side Dish

Cuisine: Italian

Keyword: air fryer, pasta, potato

Calories: 216kcal

Author: Denise Bustard

Servings: 4

Air fryer gnocchi is so crispy, is alert in just 13 minutes and does not need to be boiled! This is a great side dish alternative to potatoes or pasta, and also makes a great snack.

Prep Time5 mins

Cook Time13 mins

Total Time18 mins

  • Heat air fryer to 200°C/390°F.

  • Toss gnocchi with olive oil, salt and garlic powder until evenly coated.

  • Transfer gnocchi to the air fryer basket.

  • Cook for a total time of 13 minutes, shaking 3-4 times during the cooking process. Gnocchi should be golden and crispy.

1- this recipe has been tested with shelf stable gnocchi only. Cook times may differ for cauliflower gnocchi, fresh gnocchi, or frozen gnocchi
Store in an air tight container in the fridge for up to 2 days; note that the gnocchi will dry out as it sits.
Bring the air fryer back up to 200°C/390°F. Return gnocchi to the basket, spray with oil, and heat for 3-5 minutes, until warmed through.

Serving: 1cup | Calories: 216kcal | Carbohydrates: 40g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 675mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 1g | Calcium: 23mg | Iron: 4mg

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