Air Fryer Parmesan Cauliflower Gnocchi Dippers

Air fryer parmesan cauliflower gnocchi dippers! Crispy on the outside, soft on the inside. These are perfect for dipping in romesco dip or marinara!

Air Fryer Parmesan Cauliflower Gnocchi Dippers

I’m always coming up with new creations using Trader Joe’s cauliflower gnocchi. I love how versatile it is. The amount of recipes you can make with it it are endless. Also, it’s on the healthier side so I love having a bag or two in my freezer at all times. It makes for great quick and delicious week-night dinners. These air fryer parmesan cauliflower gnocchi dippers make for the perfect healthier appetizer or snack.

It’s all about how you cook this frozen cauliflower gnocchi. That being said, I think the best way is air fried. Next to baking it. The skillet method works too, but it can be tricky and takes some patience. It always comes out crispier in the oven or air fryer. However, some people like a soft/gummier gnocchi texture. But, I love making the cauliflower gnocchi crispy. Click here for my blog post that gives all three cooking methods for cauliflower gnocchi. As well as my recipes using it!

This cauliflower gnocchi recipe is just another reason for me to love my air fryer! I was so hesitant to get one. However, I use it almost every day. So I’d say it was well worth every penny. I love how it makes every so much quicker and healthier. Click here for my air fryer that I use.

Other gnocchi recipes you will love:

Shrimp scampi cauliflower gnocchi

Gorgonzola gnocchi dinner

Sheet pan sweet potato gnocchi dinner

Chicken and cauliflower gnocchi soup

What you will need for this recipe:

  • Cauliflower gnocchi
  • Grated parmesan
  • Garlic powder
  • Dried basil
  • Salt
  • Olive oil
  • Fresh chopped parsley for topping, optional
  • Romesco dip or marinara for dipping
Air Fryer Parmesan Cauliflower Gnocchi

Using the cauliflower gnocchi as a dipper makes this recipe perfect as an appetizer or snack! I’m all for new finger foods. I hope you enjoy these air fryer parmesan cauliflower gnocchi dippers. This recipe is so easy to make and even easier to eat.

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Air Fryer Parmesan Cauliflower Gnocchi Dippers



1 bag of Trader Joe’s frozen cauliflower gnocchi
1 & 1/2 tbsp olive oil
1/2 – 1 tsp garlic powder
3 tbsp grated parmesan, divided
1/2 tsp dried basil
Salt to taste
Fresh chopped parsley for topping, optional
Trader Joe’s romesco dip for dipping, could also use heated marinara


In a mixing bowl combine frozen cauliflower gnocchi, olive oil, salt, garlic powder, dried basil and 1 tbsp of the parmesan. Mix well and add to air fryer basket.

Air fry at 400 degrees F for 10 minutes, shaking the basket half way so that the gnocchi doesn’t stick together. 

Top with 2 more tbsp of grated parmesan and spray with non-stick spray.

Air fry again at 400 degrees for 5-7 minutes or until the gnocchi is crispy enough to your liking.

Serve with romesco dip (I heated mine up) and enjoy!

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    Hi! if you don’t have an air fryer, could you do the oven baked method for this recipe instead? if so, would you follow the same steps and replace with the oven instead of air fryer?

      Amanda Hickman

      Yes, they will probably just have to cook longer!


    I JUST MADE THESE and they are delicious! I normally find cauliflower gnocchi mushy, but these are crispy on the outside and tender on the inside. This is a great gluten free, healthy alternative to fried mozzarella sticks. Yum!


    Loved that this recipe was quick aNd easy to throw together. PrObably my Favorite way i have cooked cauli gnocchi so far! Thanks for another great recipe