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I came across this video about frying gnocchi, and am now quite curious what causes the reaction shown, especially since gnocchi is made from potatoes, and we have all had a fried potato in some manner or another.

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I think it's because there is water inside the gnocchi paste, which turns into vapor and builds up pressure. A little bit like why you shouldn't throw an ice cube in hot oil.

You can pan fry them, but not deep-fry them.

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  • Really? Most gnocchi I've cooked was very dry, since the store bought is similar to its pasta counterpart in that it's dehydrated for packaging. Possibly the video is using homemade gnocchi and thus there is more moisture? – JWiley Feb 10 '15 at 19:14
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    @JWiley Sure, it was partially dehydrated (not anywhere near as thoroughly as pasta) but then it's been cooked in boiling water before frying, right? – Cascabel Feb 10 '15 at 19:17
  • @Jefromi Ah, yes, yes it was. For some reason I thought he was deep frying the gnocchi without precooking, not sure why. That explains it then, thanks! – JWiley Feb 10 '15 at 19:19
  • For store bought gnocchi, frozen is a possibility also. Frozen would not be dehydrated. – Cindy Feb 10 '15 at 19:33
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    @JWiley popcorn seems utterly dry and yet has enough moisture to explode. I would expect gnocchi to have more moisture than dry popcorn. – rumtscho Feb 10 '15 at 20:54

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