Easy Air Fryer Gnocchi Three Ways

I don’t know who winter thinks he is but this whole game he’s playing with snowing in the winter is RUDE. It’s pretty much pitch black outside this morning and it’s put me in one hell of a mood. It could have to do with how sore I am, but I’m going to go with snow-blaming instead. Do I want to shovel? No. Do I want to have cold toes throughout the entire day? No. Do I want to scrape my car with a credit card because I can continue to ignore the fact that I need an ice scraper? No. But I probably should get one. I’ve lived in Colorado for 30 years at this point.

PaleOMG Easy Air Fryer Gnocchi Three Ways

But who cares about my annoying needs. Let’s talk about cauliflower gnocchi. Because you probably know at this point that it’s the best thing ever. And if you don’t since you don’t have a Trader Joe’s near you, I recommend that you move. It will be worth it. Then you can make my cauliflower gnocchi recipes all the time and life will be grand. Especially if you have an air fryer. I was recently making my Instant Pot Creamy Gnocchi Soup on instagram stories and a woman reached out and told me that she makes her gnocchi in her air fryer and then told me how simple it is. So this really isn’t a recipe at all. This is a way to cook gnocchi that an instagram follower showed me. And I thank her. And love her with all my heart. Now instead of having to pay attention to the gnocchi in a pan to make sure it doesn’t stick or turn in to goo balls, all you have to do close your air fryer and pay attention to the rest of your meal. It’s lovely. And they come out perfectly crispy on the outside and soft on the inside!

PaleOMG Easy Air Fryer Gnocchi Three Ways

PaleOMG Easy Air Fryer Gnocchi Three Ways

But enough about gnocchi. I’ve had enough. Just kidding, I want to eat it everyday. Anywho, I’ve had a couple people reach out to ask if I’m going to share Bachelor recaps this year and I’ve been really torn about it. Ok, not REALLY torn. But slightly. Sometimes it’s tough to gage…or gauge? Sometimes it’s tough to ga(u)ge what people want since complainers are much louder than appreciaters. When I would share Bachelor recaps in the past, I would get emails from people saying they couldn’t stand The Bachelor so it ruined the post they were trying to look at. So since this year has Colton, who is a virgin and 12 years old, it’s slightly less interesting for me to watch and actually recap, especially with the complainers out there coming in hot.

PaleOMG Easy Air Fryer Gnocchi Three Ways

Complainers are just the pits. They ruin the fun in everything. When I came out with fitted shorts a while back in my activewear line, a woman complained that I was out of touch, body negative and it not a good look. For coming out with shorts. Shorts. And you know what? You guys have totally rocked those shorts and looked amazing in them. So I think I need to remember that people just like being angry about something. Even gnocchi. Someone will be angry about this gnocchi if they don’t have an air fryer. All that being said…I haven’t watched much of The Bachelor. Virgin jokes aren’t that interesting to me. Nor are the innuendos that the editors have made throughout each episode. We get it. He hasn’t had sex by the age of 26. He’s had a tough life as a good-looking white male who made it to the NFL. It’s a true sob story. Cinderella right there. Now, what do YOU think of The Bachelor this year? Are you in love with Demi who said she hasn’t dated a virgin since age 12? Or are you in to one of the fourteen beauty queens? Vast array of people this year. Bravo, NBC. You’ve outdone yourself with lookalikes this year.

Now excuse me. I have leftover gnocchi to consume.

PaleOMG Easy Air Fryer Gnocchi Three Ways

PaleOMG Easy Air Fryer Gnocchi Three Ways

PaleOMG Easy Air Fryer Gnocchi Three Ways


Easy Air Fryer Gnocchi Three Ways

  • Author: juli
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes


  • 1 package of Trader Joe’s Cauliflower Gnocchi
  • coconut oil spray
  • marinara (I used Rao’s Arrabbiata Sauce)
  • pesto sauce (I used Seggiano Pesto)
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter, 1 tablespoon lemon juice, black pepper
  • parsley, for garnish


  1. Place frozen cauliflower gnocchi in the basket of a 6qt air fryer. Spray with coconut oil spray. Turn temperature up to 400 degrees F and time to 10 minutes.
  2. Once 10 minutes is up, use tongs to flip each piece of gnocchi over, spray with coconut oil once more and cook for another 10 minutes at 400 degrees F. 
  3. Once cooked through, crispy on the outside and soft on the inside, eat plain OR toss in your preferred sauce – marinara, pesto or lemon butter! Garnish with parsley and eat up!

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I’m a food hoarder. And a really bad dancer. If you don’t know me well, you will probably not understand my humor. Therefore, I apologize ahead of time. Thanks for listening to my ramblings of my ever-changing life and trusting my kitchen mishaps. Your trust in me is appreciated.


53 thoughts on “Easy Air Fryer Gnocchi Three Ways”

  1. I keep telling myself all the amazing things I could do if I had an air fryer! And now that TJ’s cauli gnocci is on the list too I may need to buckle down and get one!

  2. Hi Juli,

    If you had to make a choice, would you have an air fryer or an instant pot? I have room for one and can’t decide… Thanks!

    1. that’s so hard to say!! i like instant pot for more round meals. like i can make a huge batch of soup or meatloaf with potatoes, but i like my air fryer for more side dish options like potatoes, gnocchi or even chicken wings. so i guess it’s deciding if you like softer or more crunchy food!! they are just great for different things

    2. Elizabeth Lemieux

      Hi! I wanted to share that for Christmas my husband got me a ninja foodie…..instant pot and air fryer combo. I’m obsessed with it. Also should share TJ cauliflower gnocchi is my other new obsession. Nearest TJS is 2 hours away. I have people pick them up for me there when they go through, and I have my in laws in RI (I’m in Maine) pick them up when they visit. I tell everyone how amazing they are, but I don’t make them for them because I don’t want to share them. ????. I only have 4 bags left right now lol. Not sure who is going to supply my next bulk order! Haha

  3. Love my air fryer and I am just getting my feet wet using it. I love that you keep posting new ways for me to use mine!! Thank you!

    Also: My friend and I get together for the bachelor every week and have for a few years now. Your blog recaps about the bachelor were the first thing we would read together before even watching the next episode. You are truly are spirit animal in so many ways and it made our girl time together even better. Even just reading your few sentences of recap above I am laughing SO HARD 🙂 I totally understand your reasoning (UGH!) but if you feel the need to get going on the recaps again…………. know you have a very captive audience with us!!

    P.S. I am making your air fryer brussel sprouts & your almond butter blondies tonight for our bachelor get together!! SO excited.

    1. well damn, now i feel terrible not sharing recaps haha! so i may have to pick that up next season. but man, i think colton is so effing boring lol just like arie. why won’t they go with someone fun?! come on!!

  4. Complainers SUCK. I don’t even watch the Bachelor, but I love your re-caps because they are hilarious and you have a knack for it. Keep on doin it if you want! If you’re tired of doing it then that’s another story…. but I say EFF the complainers. Let them make their own website and complain all they want and have terrible lives mired in negativity. Also, are they lazy??! You can just SCROLL DOWN to skip your recaps and get the recipe – what, is that just too much for ya? (not to complain LOL)

  5. Just moved to Denver from Florida and am having a hell of a time adjusting my go to recipes for the altitude (air fryer and otherwise). Curious if the times and temps you specify are adjusted down to sea level or if you have any tips or rules of thumb for successful, mile high meals?


    1. oh man, i wish i had some advice for you Brian, but i grew up here in colorado, only really cooking my own recipes so i’ve had no experience at sea level sadly. i’ve only experienced cooking at high altitude so i’ve never changed anything in particular since i’m always creating my own stuff

  6. I was thinking about getting an air fryer. This clinched the deal! And I didn’t even know about the cauliflower gnocchi! As far as the Bachelor, bored of the focus on his virginity and dumb innuendos too! But I do like your comments about it 🙂

    1. i’m right there with you Aaron. and seriously, you’re going to LOVE your air fryer. i’m using mine almost daily now! hope you are doing well!!

    1. lol well crap, now i feel like i HAVE to! i may have to save it for next season though. so over all the virgin jokes. we get it, he doesn’t have sex.

    1. if you check out the recipe, it has the ingredients for those photos that you are talking about. there is Rao’s Arrabbiata Sauce, pesto and butter with lemon!

  7. I have never watched the Bachelor, but I always love your recaps. If this season (or show in general) is lame, pick something else. But bring back the recaps in all their snarky glory!

  8. I have so many thoughts on this post. I feel like complainers are just people browsing the Internet finding different ways to be assholes. I don’t care about the bachelor, so I skip that stuff and go straight to your delicious recipes. Woe is me. Seriously, I have never made something from your blog I didn’t like. You’re awesome, and I so appreciate your blog! I don’t have an air fryer but I have a Breville countertop oven which has an air fry feature. Definitely going to test the gnocchi in it!!

  9. My husband and I watch ( mostly laugh at) the bachelor every season. You mentioned Rose Pricks a few times and I’m been hooked on that podcast now! So funny!!

    Complainers and haters are the worst and for sure more quick to comment. There’s been a few things in your podcast and blog posts I don’t 100% agree with or love— and ya know what? That’s fine and I’m still a huge fan! No need to get my undies in a twist over it, am I right? Keep doing you Juli!! Xoxo

    1. it’s so gooooood. the guy is so damn hilarious, i can’t get enough of his laugh. and that’s proof of how mature you are. we will never agree 100% with all the people we know but it doesn’t mean we respect them less or need to complain about it. thanks for the love Annette!

  10. I love your Bach recaps and used to come to the blog each week specifically to read them! Sad panda if you don’t do them! I like Colton but the editing/production focusing SO MUCH on his virginity is exhausting and a snooze fest. I only watch for Rose Pricks, The Popcast recaps, and your recap…screw the haters and you do what you love!

  11. I discovered TJ’ gnocchi accidentally the Sat. Before Thanksgiving. I bought two bags. That was about 20 bags too few. I followed their directions and ended up with wonderful tasting goo. Now that I have your recipes, I will make another trek to TJ’s for lots more bags. I missed gnocchi more than bread. Thank you for all the recipes.

  12. I had a choice of an Instant Pot or an AirFryer for Christmas and I chose an AirFryer. So happy I did! I have been loving using it, it’s a gadget that does something completely different from anything else I own whereas people are using an instant pot as a crockpot on steroids.
    PS-you do you, if you like recapping the Batchelor, than recap away. I’m not a fan so I’ll just silently judge you as I skip through your IG stories or scroll down in your blog.

  13. I tried the TJ’s gnocchi and thought it was gross. But I was following the directions on the package. I made it this way instead, OMG, I now want it every day! (The pesto version is my fav) thanks for the tip and recipe!!

  14. Nadine B. Griffith

    For those debating between an air fryer and an instant pot – we have both, but our air fryer is built in to the best contraption ever invented: the Breville Smart Oven-Air. If you’re a smaller family of 1-3 and you have an electric stove/oven, then it’ll save you a ton of of time and money in the long run because it heats up in no time. It has a fan oven option, pizza, bagel, toast, roast, broil, AIR FRY, reheat, warm, cookie, proof settings and it is my favourite appliance ever. Bakes beautifully, roasts a large chicken, and does a great job all around. I can not recommend it enough.

  15. Is there another option to cook the gnocchi if you don’t have an air fryer? Would the oven work just the same?

  16. Thank you for sharing this!! TJ cauliflower gnocchi is already amazing and putting it in the air fryer takes it to another level!!

  17. Genius to cook in the air fryer but 20 minutes in mine burnt them — they looked perfect at 10 minutes, should have taken out. Something to keep in mind if you have a Ninja!

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