I've made gnocchi, let them dry for 2 hours over the counter, place them in a plastic container with extra flour inside the freezer.

Two days later I take them out of the freezer. After an hour the gnocchi were defrosted but sticky and a little bit darker.

Should I use semolina instead of flour after the gnocchi are shaped so they don't become sticky?

Should I use more flour for the dough I want to freeze?

Should I cook them before freezing them?

I used potato+flour+salt to make the gnocchi. No egg.

  • Did you freeze them after boiling or before? Commented Jul 3, 2014 at 14:24
  • I froze the gnocchi before cooking them.
    – doctoraw
    Commented Jul 4, 2014 at 8:01

2 Answers 2


I typically use potato, flour and egg.

Make. Freeze. Then, go directly from freezer to boiling water. Do not defrost first.

  • 2
    +1 for no defrosting and boil after freeze. They will take a bit more time to cook from frozen; hopefully the texture is not adversely affected (try a double batch, freezing half!). The brief bench-rest and a little flour (from OP) before freezing will help to keep them from sticking together as much.
    – hoc_age
    Commented Jul 3, 2014 at 16:48

I scatter them on a metal tray thinly coated with flour. Once the tray is full, it goes directly into the freezer. After the gnocchi are frozen on the tray, I dump them into a freezer bag.

If you pile them to deep in the freezer before they are frozen (ie in a bag or box) they stick together.

Out of the freezer, directly into boiling water. Do not need to let them defrost first.

*I use richotta, but the same should apply to potato gnocchi

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