Crispy Gnocchi Piccata Fresh and Easy Side Dish Recipe

Yields: 2-3 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10-15 minutes


  • 1 (16-ounce) package shelf-stable gnocchi (potato, sweet potato, or cauliflower gnocchi all work)
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons butter (vegan butter is a good substitution)
  • 2 tablespoons capers, drained
  • 1/4 cup white wine (or substitute with vegetable broth for an alcohol-free version)
  • 1/2 lemon
  • 4 cups packed baby spinach
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • Freshly grated Parmesan cheese for serving (optional)


1. Crisp the gnocchi: Heat the olive oil in a large skillet (preferably non-stick) over medium-high heat. Once shimmering, carefully add the gnocchi in a single layer. Let the gnocchi cook undisturbed for 2-3 minutes, or until they form a golden-brown crust on the bottom.

2. Continue cooking: Flip the gnocchi and cook until all sides are golden brown and slightly crispy, another 2-3 minutes. Be sure to move them around occasionally for even browning.

3. Build the sauce: Reduce the heat to medium. Push the gnocchi to one side of the skillet. Add the butter and capers to the empty side and let the butter melt. Once bubbly, add the white wine or broth and deglaze the pan, scraping up any browned bits.

4. Flavor it up: Squeeze the juice from half of the lemon into the pan. Add the spinach in portions, allowing it to wilt before adding more. Stir to combine everything and simmer for about a minute.

5. Season and serve: Taste the sauce and adjust with salt, pepper, and more lemon juice to your liking. Serve immediately with optional freshly grated Parmesan cheese.


Don’t overcrowd the pan: Work in batches if necessary, as overcrowding will prevent the gnocchi from crisping properly.

Pat gnocchi dry: Blot any excess moisture off the gnocchi before cooking to get the best crisp.

Customize it: Add other vegetables like cherry tomatoes, or substitute the spinach with kale or arugula. A pinch of red pepper flakes can add a touch of heat.

Make it a meal: Toss in some cooked shrimp or shredded chicken to turn this into a complete dish.


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