How to Air Fry Cauliflower Gnocchi

Air frying cauliflower gnocchi is a simple and delicious way to prepare this popular gluten-free alternative to traditional gnocchi. Unlike boiling or sautéing, air frying gives the gnocchi a wonderfully crispy exterior while keeping the inside soft and tender. Here’s how to do it:


  • 1 package of frozen cauliflower gnocchi (no need to thaw)
  • Olive oil spray or a light drizzle of olive oil
  • Salt, to taste
  • Optional seasonings: garlic powder, Italian seasoning, or Parmesan cheese


1. Preheat the Air Fryer

  • Preheat your air fryer to 400°F (about 204°C). Some air fryer models do not require preheating, but it can help achieve a more even cook.

2. Prepare the Gnocchi

  • If using olive oil spray, lightly spray the frozen cauliflower gnocchi to coat. If using olive oil, toss the gnocchi in a bowl with a small amount of oil until lightly coated. Season with salt and any additional seasonings you like.

3. Arrange the Gnocchi in the Air Fryer

  • Place the gnocchi in a single layer in the air fryer basket or tray. Make sure they are not touching to ensure even cooking and crispiness. You may need to cook in batches depending on the size of your air fryer.

4. Cook

  • Air fry the gnocchi for about 15-20 minutes. Shake the basket or stir the gnocchi halfway through cooking to ensure they brown evenly on all sides.

5. Check for Doneness

  • The gnocchi are done when they are golden brown and crispy on the outside. Cooking times may vary slightly based on the air fryer model and the size of the gnocchi pieces.

6. Serve

  • Serve the air-fried cauliflower gnocchi immediately. They are excellent on their own or with your favorite sauce, such as marinara, pesto, or a simple drizzle of olive oil and a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese.

Tips for Perfect Air-Fried Cauliflower Gnocchi

  • Do Not Thaw: Cook the cauliflower gnocchi straight from the freezer. Thawing can make them sticky and affect their ability to crisp up.
  • No Overcrowding: Avoid overcrowding the air fryer to allow hot air to circulate freely around each piece of gnocchi.
  • Seasoning Options: Feel free to experiment with different seasonings based on your preference. Cauliflower gnocchi pairs well with a variety of flavors.
  • Reheating: If you have leftovers, reheat them in the air fryer for a few minutes to restore their crispiness.

Air frying transforms cauliflower gnocchi into a delightful dish with a crispy texture that’s hard to achieve with other cooking methods. This easy and quick method ensures a delicious result every time, making it a perfect option for a healthy and satisfying meal.

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