Crispy Cauliflower Gnocchi In Minutes: The Air Fryer Way

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Cauliflower gnocchi has become a superstar in the healthy eating world. Made with cauliflower rice and cassava flour, it offers a delicious and nutritious alternative to traditional potato gnocchi. But sometimes, boiling these little dumplings can leave them a bit mushy. Enter the air fryer! This magical kitchen appliance can transform cauliflower gnocchi into crispy, golden pillows of goodness in a fraction of the time.

This recipe is perfect for busy weeknights or when you’re craving a comforting yet healthy side dish. It’s incredibly easy to follow, requiring minimal ingredients and only about 15 minutes of cook time.

Trader Joe’s Cauliflower Gnocchi (Air Fryer) – Bites with Bri


1 (12-ounce) bag frozen cauliflower gnocchi (Trader Joe’s is a popular option)

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder (optional)
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano (optional)
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • Grated Parmesan cheese, for serving (optional)
  • Marinara sauce, pesto, or your favorite dipping sauce, for serving

  • Directions:

    1. Prep the Gnocchi:

  • There’s no need to thaw the frozen gnocchi beforehand. Simply empty the bag into a colander and give them a quick rinse under cold water. This helps remove any excess flour and prevents them from sticking together during cooking.

  • 2. Season the Gnocchi:

  • In a large bowl, toss the rinsed gnocchi with olive oil, garlic powder (if using), oregano (if using), salt, and pepper. Make sure each gnocchi is evenly coated.

  • 3. Air Fry the Gnocchi:

  • Preheat your air fryer to 400°F (200°C) for at least 5 minutes. This ensures even cooking.
  • Arrange the seasoned gnocchi in a single layer in the air fryer basket. Don’t overcrowd the basket, as this will prevent them from crisping up properly. You may need to cook the gnocchi in batches depending on the size of your air fryer.

  • 4. Crisp it Up!:

  • Air fry the gnocchi for 13-15 minutes, shaking the basket occasionally to ensure even browning. The gnocchi are done when they are golden brown and crispy on the outside, and tender on the inside.

  • 5. Serve and Enjoy!

  • Once cooked, remove the gnocchi from the air fryer and toss them with grated Parmesan cheese (if using). Serve immediately with your favorite dipping sauce, like marinara sauce or pesto.

  • Nutrition Facts:

    (Please note that these are approximate values and can vary depending on the brand of cauliflower gnocchi you use.)

    Serving size: 1/2 cup (70g)

  • Calories: 140
  • Fat: 5g
  • Saturated Fat: 1.5g
  • Carbohydrates: 20g
  • Fiber: 3g
  • Protein: 5g
  • Sodium: 220mg

  • As always, consult a healthcare professional before making significant changes to your diet.


    Air-fried cauliflower gnocchi is a healthy and delicious alternative to traditional fried or boiled gnocchi. It’s a fantastic option for those looking for a low-carb, gluten-free, and grain-free option. With its crispy exterior and fluffy interior, this recipe is sure to become a new favorite in your kitchen.

    Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs):

    1. Do I need to thaw the cauliflower gnocchi before air frying?

    No, there’s no need to thaw the frozen gnocchi beforehand. Simply rinsing them under cold water is sufficient.

    2. Can I use a different type of oil besides olive oil?

    Yes, you can substitute olive oil with avocado oil or another high-heat cooking oil.

    3. What if my air fryer doesn’t have a preheat setting?

    Simply add a few minutes to the cooking time if your air fryer doesn’t have a preheat setting.

    4. Can I add other seasonings to the gnocchi?

    Absolutely! Get creative and experiment with different herbs and spices like rosemary, thyme, or chili flakes.

    5. What are some other ways to serve air-fried cauliflower gnocchi?

    You can toss them with roasted vegetables and a light vinaigrette for a complete meal. They’re also delicious served with a simple sprinkle of fresh herbs or a drizzle of balsamic glaze.