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Toasted Gnocchi Bites

These easy Toasted Gnocchi Bites are always the hit of the party! Crispy little bites dipped in marinara sauce, they're the perfect simple and quick little holiday or game day appy!
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time9 mins
Total Time29 mins
Course: Appetizer, Snack, appetizer, lunch, dinner
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: deep fry, game day, marinara sauce, potato gnocchi
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 142kcal
Author: MaryAnn Dwyer


  • 1 16-oz. package potato gnocchi,
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup Italian seasoned bread crumbs
  • 2/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tsp. Italian seasoning
  • 3/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. pepper
  • canola oil, for frying
  • marinara sauce, for serving


  • Cook the gnocchi in a pot of salted boiling water according to package directions. Drain and let cool.
  • Place flour in one bowl.
    Beat eggs with one tablespoon water in another bowl.
    In a third bowl, mix together breadcrumbs, Parmesan cheese, Italian seasoning, salt and pepper with a fork until well combined.
  • Toss the gnocchi, a few at a time, first in the flour, then egg, then bread crumb mixture. Place the gnocchi on a plate lined with parchment.
  • Add the canola oil to a large deep skillet about one-inch high. Heat oil over medium heat. When the oil is hot, fry the gnocchi in batches until golden brown and crispy, about 2 1/2-3 minutes total. Remove with a slotted spoon to a plate lined with a paper towel to drain before adding to a platter and serving with some warm marinara sauce.


Make sure to heat your canola oil in your skillet over medium heat, not higher, so the gnocchi browns evenly and doesn't burn.
As mentioned above, you can use homemade or store-bought marinara sauce. You can also use my recipe for homemade pizza sauce that is linked above.
I use Italian-style bread crumbs for this recipe not panko crumbs. I like to add the extra Italian seasoning to give the gnocchi more flavor.


Calories: 142kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 54mg | Sodium: 475mg | Potassium: 78mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 173IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 133mg | Iron: 2mg