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Pan Fried Gnocchi With Rosemary

Pan fried gnocchi are soft and fluffy on the inside and crispy and delicious on the outside. These delicious little bites are incredibly easy to make and make a great quick side dish, appetizer or snack. Simply fried with salt, pepper, rosemary and so easy to adapt.

The easiest alternative to fries or roast potatoes..

An overhead shot of fried gnocchi on a plate with a dip on the side

Did you know you CAN fry gnocchi straight out of the bag? Oh yes, you don’t always have to boil them and toss them with a sauce. You can pan fry them to crispy, soft centred delicious little bites that make a great alternative to fries or roasted potatoes which can take the best part of 40 minutes to 1 hour to prepare.

These little beauties, however, are ready from start to finish in only 8 minutes! Yup, I’ve been making fried gnocchi this way for years now and I LOVE them.

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Why not try making your fried gnocchi into an appetizer? Fried gnocchi, pecorino and prosciutto skewers.

I usually serve them as a side dish to go with steak and my favourite parmesan cream sauce. Which btw is one of my favourite meals of all time!

Do I Need To Boil Gnocchi First Before Frying?

The simple answer is NO. I’ve tried it this way a few times but it makes no difference to the cooking time (it actually takes longer because you have to boil them first) or the taste or quality. Simply toss them straight from the bag into a pan and fry.

How To Make Fried Gnocchi – Step By Step

Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a large frying pan. Add the fresh gnocchi and toss so they are covered in the oil and add the rosemary.

Fry the gnocchi tossing every now and then so they get crispy on all sides for around 8-10 minutes.

step by step pgotos for making pan fried gnocchi

Tip: The gnocchi should be just crispy on the outside. Don’t fry them for too long or the centre will firm up on you’ll lose the soft, fluffy centre.

Once the gnocchi are crispy on all sides, season them with a good pinch of salt and pepper. Serve them as a side for dinner or as an appetizer with dips.

Other Ways To Enjoy Fried Gnocchi

  • Add garlic and parmesan
  • Add pancetta/bacon, parmesan and fresh basil
  • Drizzle with basil pesto
  • Add sauteed onions
  • Serve with steak and drizzle with parmesan cream sauce (my absolute favourite)

A close up of fried gnocchi on a plate with rosemary and a sour cream dip

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4.58 from 7 votes
Pan Fried Gnocchi
Cook Time
8 mins
Total Time
8 mins
 

Pan fried gnocchi are soft and fluffy on the inside and crispy and delicious on the outside. These delicious little bites are incredibly easy to make and make a great quick side dish, appetizer or snack.

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 215 kcal
Author: Emily Kemp
Ingredients
  • 1 lb (500g) store bought fresh gnocchi , *see notes
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1-2 large sprig rosemary
  • 1 pinch salt and pepper
Instructions
  1. Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a large frying pan. Add the fresh gnocchi and toss so they are coated in the oil, add the rosemary.

  2. Fry the gnocchi tossing every now and then so they get crispy on all sides for around 8-10 minutes. 

  3. Once the gnocchi are crispy on all sides, season them with a good pinch of salt and pepper. Serve them as a side for dinner or as an appetizer with dips.

Recipe Notes
  1. *Store bought gnocchi are found in the refrigerated pasta section. Not to be confused with the dried pasta gnocchi variety. 
  2. The gnocchi should be just crispy on the outside. Don't fry them for too long or the centre will firm up on you'll lose the soft, fluffy centre.
  3. Serves 4 as a side dish or 6-8 as an appetizer

Other Ways To Enjoy Fried Gnocchi

  • Add garlic and parmesan
  • Add pancetta/bacon, parmesan and fresh basil
  • Drizzle with basil pesto
  • Add sauteed onions
  • Serve with steak and drizzle with parmesan cream sauce (my absolute favourite)

Nutrition Facts
Pan Fried Gnocchi
Amount Per Serving
Calories 215 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 4g 6%
Sodium 394mg 16%
Total Carbohydrates 40g 13%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Protein 4g 8%
Calcium 2.6%
Iron 23.1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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9 Comments

  • Reply
    Angela
    March 12, 2018 at 7:12 pm

    Mmm!! Quietly drooling on the bus home from work while reading this recipe and all the delicious suggestions on how to have them!! Think I just changed my dinner plans!

  • Reply
    dina
    March 12, 2018 at 1:16 am

    easy to make?.. no not easy to make as you have to use boiled potatoes and mix with semolina and/or other stuff that takes ages and is really fiddly although wonderful results.. this recipe is for gnocchi already made!!

    • Reply
      Inside the rustic kitchen
      March 12, 2018 at 4:31 pm

      Hi Dina, yes that is correct this recipe is for store bought, pre-made gnocchi that’s why I refer to frying the gnocchi straight from the bag/packet. I’ve listed fresh gnocchi in the ingredients referring to the gnocchi found in the refrigerated pasta section of supermarkets instead of the dried pasta kind which is also found in supermarkets in Italy. I’ve added an extra note in the printable recipe card so there is no further confusion. Thanks!

  • Reply
    Deanna
    March 11, 2018 at 10:22 pm

    This sounds like heaven to me! I love that this pan fried and not in a sauce. YUM!

  • Reply
    Jessica Robinson
    March 11, 2018 at 8:59 pm

    Simple and delicious flavors with fresh Gnocchi and rosemary. Such perfection!

  • Reply
    Shadi Hasanzadenemati
    March 11, 2018 at 7:17 pm

    What an easy yet elegant food, I bet this would be perfect for a get together!

  • Reply
    Emily
    March 11, 2018 at 6:21 pm

    I love gnocchi and always forget how easy they are to put together and go with almost any sauce! They do make an impressive appetizer or starter too. Lightly crisp on the outside, so delicious!

  • Reply
    Traci
    March 11, 2018 at 5:52 pm

    I love gnocchi prepared in any form, but these crispy edges are really giving me all the side dish envy right now. I absolutely need to add these to my “make that” list. Pinning too!

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