Air Fryer Cauliflower Gnocchi is not only easy to make, but it’s also a delicious and healthy alternative to traditional potato gnocchi. Made with Trader Joe’s Frozen Cauliflower Gnocchi, this dish is crispy on the outside and tender on the inside.

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Air Fryer Cauliflower Gnocchi Recipe

The best thing about this recipe is how simple it is to make! All you need is a bag of Trader Joe’s Cauliflower Gnocchi, some olive oil, a little salt, and your air fryer.

The result is a delicious and healthy dish that’s gluten-free, dairy-free, and vegan, making it a great option for anyone with dietary restrictions.

Trader Joe’s has so many great frozen food options that cook up perfectly in the air fryer, such as Trader Joe’s Orange Chicken. Stock up on all your favorites and put your air fryer to work.

Cooking cauliflower gnocchi in the air fryer gives it the most crispy, golden-brown exterior while keeping the inside soft and pillowy. This creates a delightful contrast in texture that is sure to satisfy your taste buds. And if you love cauliflower as much as we do, give this Air Fryer Buffalo Cauliflower a try!

Top view photo of the ingredients to make Air Fryer Cauliflower Gnocchi, in separate bowls.

Ingredients In Air Fryer Cauliflower Gnocchi

Cauliflower Gnocchi Trader Joe’s Cauliflower Gnocchi is a popular frozen food item because it’s a healthier alternative to traditional potato gnocchi, but also because it’s quick and easy to make.

Olive Oil – Olive oil is used to coat the gnocchi before being air-fried, which adds flavor and helps the gnocchi crisp up.

Kosher Salt – Kosher salt is used in this Air Fryer Cauliflower Gnocchi recipe to enhance the flavor of the gnocchi without overpowering it. It also helps to draw out moisture from the gnocchi, resulting in a crispier texture when air-fried.

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How to Make Air Fryer Cauliflower Gnocchi

  1. Add the cauliflower gnocchi to a bowl. Toss with olive oil and kosher salt until well coated.
  2. Place the frozen cauliflower gnocchi in the air fryer basket in a single layer, ensuring that the gnocchi is not touching.
  3. Air fry at 380°F/195°C for 15-18 minutes, until crispy. Flip the cauliflower gnocchi 2-3 times throughout cooking to ensure the gnocchi gets crispy.
  4. Serve with your favorite sauce or some melted butter, grated parmesan cheese, and fresh parsley. 

These numbered steps match the numbered photos above and are for illustration purposes. For the complete list of ingredients and instructions, please see the recipe below.

Photo of a fork with a golden brown air fried cauliflower gnocchi at the end of the fork, ready to enjoy. There is a plate of gnocchi in the background.

Recipe Tips for Air Fryer Cauliflower Gnocchi

  • I like to add just salt to my cauliflower gnocchi before air frying, but you can add your favorite seasonings. Garlic salt, red chili flakes, dried herbs, or a sprinkle of parmesan cheese are also great options. 
  • If you like your cauliflower gnocchi really crispy, you will want to air fry it for the full 18 minutes.
  • It’s important to make sure that the cauliflower is not touching each other because they will stick together as they cook. 
  • Air Fryer Cauliflower Gnocchi is a great afternoon snack dipped in marinara sauce or tossed in your favorite sauce for a main course. 

What To Serve With Air Fryer Cauliflower Gnocchi

This Air Fryer Cauliflower Gnocchi is versatile enough to be served as a side dish or a main course. You can serve it alongside a simple Vegan Caesar Salad or Roasted Brussel Sprouts and Carrots for a light and healthy meal.

Alternatively, you can top it with your favorite sauce (like this yummy Sweet Potato Sauce) and some protein like grilled chicken or shrimp for a more filling meal.

FAQs

Can I make Trader Joe’s Cauliflower Gnocchi in the oven instead of an air fryer?

Yes, you can! Simply preheat your oven to 425°F/220°C and bake the cauliflower gnocchi on a baking sheet for 20-25 minutes, flipping them over halfway through cooking.

It may not be as crispy as gnocchi made in the air fryer, but it will still taste delicious.

Can I use a different brand of frozen cauliflower gnocchi in the air fryer (other than Trader Joes’s)?

Yes, you can. However, different brands may have slightly different cooking times and instructions, so be sure to check the package for cooking instructions.

How do you make Trader Joe’s Cauliflower Gnocchi crispy?

To ensure crispy gnocchi, toss the gnocchi in a bowl with olive oil and salt until completely coated. The olive oil helps it crisp up and the salt draws out excess moisture. Then, make sure the gnocchi isn’t touching each other as it air fries. This should result in crispy, golden-brown cauliflower gnocchi.

Top view photo of golden brown air fried gnocchi, in the basket of the air fryer.

Pro Tips

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If you’re looking to add protein to your Air Fryer Cauliflower Gnocchi, check out this recipe for Frozen Chicken Breast in Air Fryer.

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Air Fryer Cauliflower Gnocchi

Air Fryer Cauliflower Gnocchi is not only easy to make, but it's also a delicious and healthy alternative to traditional potato gnocchi. Made with Trader Joe's Frozen Cauliflower Gnocchi, this dish is crispy on the outside and tender on the inside.
Prep Time2 minutes
Cook Time18 minutes
Total Time20 minutes
Servings: 2 servings
Calories: 106kcal
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Equipment

Ingredients

  • 1 package Trader Joe's Cauliflower Gnocchi
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • ¼ tsp kosher salt

Instructions

  • Add the cauliflower gnocchi to a bowl. Toss with olive oil and kosher salt until well coated.
  • Place the frozen cauliflower gnocchi to the air fryer basket in a single layer, ensuring that the gnocchi is not touching.
  • Air fry at 380°F/195°C for 15-18 minutes, until crispy. Flip the cauliflower gnocchi 2-3 times throughout cooking to ensure the gnocchi gets crispy.
  • Serve with your favorite sauce or some melted butter, grated parmesan cheese and fresh parsley.
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Notes

  • I like to add just salt to my cauliflower gnocchi before air frying, but you can add your favorite seasonings. Garlic salt, dried herbs, or a sprinkle of parmesan cheese are also great options. 
  • If you like your cauliflower gnocchi really crispy, you will want to air fry it for the full 18 minutes.
  • It’s important to make sure that the cauliflower is not touching each other because they will stick together as they cook. 
  • Air fryer cauliflower gnocchi is great as a snack dipped in marinara sauce or tossed in your favorite sauce for a main meal.

Nutrition

Serving: 1cup | Calories: 106kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 2g | Sodium: 233mg | Potassium: 0.1mg | Calcium: 0.2mg | Iron: 0.03mg
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