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Pan fried gnocchi in butter with parmesan cheese and herbs

Pan Fried Gnocchi

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  • Author: Leanna Myers
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x


A delicious cooking method to use for packaged gnocchi is pan fried in lots of butter. This fried gnocchi gets crispy on the outside and pillowy on the inside. 


Units Scale
  • 1 package (16oz) gnocchi
  • 4 tablespoons butter*, plus 2-3 tablespoons more for a finishing sauce at the end | sub olive oil
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan
  • 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced
  • Pinch of black pepper
  • Salt to taste
  • Chopped fresh herbs, optional


  1. Melt 4 tablespoons of butter in a medium skillet and carefully mix in the packaged gnocchi until every dumpling is nice and glossy.
  2. Toast the gnocchi for 5-7 minutes until golden brown and plump and the butter is absorbed. Careful you don't brown it too much or the exterior gets a little too crunchy.
  3. Add the additional butter, parmesan and seasonings to the pan and stir all together.
  4. Finished with  some lemon juice and optional fresh herbs on top.
  5. Serve immediately.


  • If the gnocchi is too dry for your taste, add your favorite sauce such as a pesto or tomato sauce.
  • You can substitute olive oil for the butter for a healthier fat option.
  • You do not have to boil the gnocchi before frying.
  • This recipe has only been tested for packaged gnocchi, so I'm not sure on cooking times for fresh or frozen gnocchi.
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Category: Pasta
  • Method: Fried
  • Cuisine: Italian