This crispy pan fried gnocchi is a simple and quick recipe to make only 20 minutes for an easy weeknight meal. Crispy gnocchi coated in a light sauce made with garlic, herbs, butter and parmesan.
What Is Gnocchi?
Gnocchi is an Italian dish. They are small lumps of dough that most commonly contain either cheese or potato. They are pressed to create ridges on the edge, which give gnocchi their classic look.
Pan Fried vs. Boiled Gnocchi
Traditionally, gnocchi are boiled in water before being served with sauce.
Boiling gnocchi is technically faster (about 3 minutes) than pan frying gnocchi. However, when you add in the time it takes for the water to reach a boiling point, there is not that much difference between the two methods.
Boiling gnocchi results in a softer gnocchi. When fried on a pan, gnocchi become crispier and have a slight crunch which tastes delicious.
- Gnocchi: Use your favorite type of gnocchi. I used potato gnocchi for this recipe.
- Herbs: You can substitute these herbs for any combination of dried herbs that you like. A savory mix of herbs would also work well with this recipe.
Melt the butter on the saucepan over medium heat. Once melted, add in the gnocchi.
Cook the gnocchi for about 15 minutes, flipping them occasionally, until they are slightly golden brown on the outside.
In a separate pan, melt the remaining butter. Add in the garlic and herbs and cook until fragrant.
Once the gnocchi are done, pour the sauce over them and stir to coat. Add in the parmesan and mix. Serve immediately!
Yes you can use homemade gnocchi for this recipe. However, you may need to boil the gnocchi first before frying it to help it hold its shape better.
There are many flavors that go well with gnocchi. Typically light sauces that won’t overpower the gnocchi are the best options to choose.
- Keep the gnocchi in a single layer. When frying the gnocchi, spread the gnocchi into a single layer on the pan so they will cook evenly.
- Adjust the level of crispiness. Some people prefer gnocchi crispier than others. If you want these gnocchi extra crispy, cook them for a few extra minutes until they are more golden brown on the outside.