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How Not to Fry Gnocchi

April 25, 2017

I can’t stop laughing. At the end of last week, Twitter user Paul Haine resurfaced a six-year-old video that's suddenly gone viral. The video's of a man named Steve, a guy who’s just trying to fry some gnocchi. My man Steve’s outfitted like a Starbucks barista, green apron over his lily-white shirt. As the video progresses, he slowly dissolves into in a fit of laughter as gnocchi ricochets across the room, grazing every imaginable surface.

The video that’s currently floating around Twitter is a truncated version of the three-minute video, below, originally published by the WebstaurantStore. The longer version gives a bit more context to the video that's currently traveling across Twitter—Steve's trying to make buffalo gnocchi, which explains why he's armed with a 3-gallon tub of hot sauce. (Lucky us—there's a whole trove of Steve's odd decisions, compiled in a playlist entitled "Steve's Bad Ideas.") The first pop arrives at about the 1:30 mark.

“Never fry gnocchi,” he cries. “At least not the store-bought kind.” I’ll take your word for it, Steve.

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Mayukh Sen is a James Beard Award-winning food and culture writer in New York. His writing has appeared in the New York Times, the New Yorker, Bon Appetit, and elsewhere. He won a 2018 James Beard Award in Journalism for his profile of Princess Pamela published on Food52.


Kitspy April 25, 2017
Steve and his fried gnocchi remind me of the time when I decided, as a 12ish year old kid, to roast chestnuts in the oven. I neglected to score them. Those things popped like giant popcorn. I opened the oven (most 12 year olds aren't known for their common sense) and chestnuts started zooming out at my head. I ducked them but the cat was less agile. She was fine! Just mad. I'm not sure I've ever laughed so hard in my life, dancing around the kitchen as my dad tried to corral wayward chestnuts and my mom took cover in the living room.
Ann S. April 25, 2017
I've never deep-fried gnocchi, but I've pan-fried it and it works just fine.
Kenzi W. April 25, 2017
This is so dang delightful.
Whiteantlers April 25, 2017
OMFG! Had Steve gotten a case of the munchies prior to frying gnocchi? Methinks so. Glad I work from home; his laughter is contagious.
I have deep fried gummi bears but never gnocchi.