Best Fried Ravioli Recipe 2021

Best Fried Ravioli Recipe

Best Fried Ravioli Recipe 2021

These fried ravioli are cheese ravioli coated in seasoned breadcrumbs, then fried to golden brown perfection. Toasted ravioli is a fun and unique appetizer that are easy to make!

If you love Italian food, you’ll love these fried ravioli. They’re crispy, flavorful and delicious dipped in marinara sauce.

Pasta is one of those foods that I can’t seem to get enough of, and neither can my family. This fried ravioli quickly became a household favorite and gets made often because it’s so easy and delicious.

It’s a fun way to switch up your pasta game and serve something a little different than usual.

Can You Pan Fry Ravioli?

Yes, you can pan fry these ravioli. Simply add enough oil to cover the bottom of the pan, then proceed with the recipe as written.

A plate of toasted ravioli with a side of marinara sauce for dipping.
This is one of the quickest meals or appetizers we make around this house.

The pre-made ravioli truly is the biggest trick to making these easy recipe. I love to serve these fried ravioli as a party snack because it’s totally unexpected and everyone always goes crazy for them.

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Why make this vegan Italian appetizer?

This can easily become your go-to recipe if you are looking for easy to make vegan appetizer recipes for a crowd! Here is why I love this fried cheese ravioli, Olive Garden style!

  • It’s vegan and gluten-free
  • Can be made for large groups
  • Very easy and simple to make
  • Needs basic pantry staples
  • It can be made in just 30 minutes
  • A great recipe to cook with children

What do you eat it with?

These vegan Italian fried ravioli can be a meal in itself. They are best enjoyed when served hot with some spicy vegan mayo (Sriracha mixed with vegan mayo), regular tomato ketchup, or marinara sauce on the side.

I totally enjoyed serving these delicious fried cheese ravioli, Olive Garden style at a house party and everyone went crazy for them. Easy vegan appetizer recipes like this Copycat Olive Garden Cheesy Fried Ravioli is a crowd pleaser! Make it for your next house party and let me know how that goes.

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Useful Tips for Fried Ravioli

If your frozen ravioli are stuck together, allow them to thaw in the refrigerator. Then you should be able to carefully separate them. But you do not need to thaw frozen ravioli. You can cook them right away as per instructions on the packet.

I prefer using store-bought breadcrumbs as its dry and coat well in comparison to the homemade ones that are softer. Also, you can customize the crumbs mixture as per your liking.

Add additional seasonings like Nutritional yeast, amchur powder, chaat masala, oregano, dried parsley, etc for more flavor. If you have leftover breadcrumb mixture, you can save it in a ziplock bag in the refrigerator, and use it for future vegan Italian ravioli endeavors. 

Can you fry canned ravioli?

Yes, you can use canned ravioli to make this vegan Italian appetizer. Drain the water and coat them in seasoned breadcrumbs and fry it. However, I prefer and have used store-bought frozen ravioli.

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Low-fat options for Fried Ravioli

While the fried version is a delicious indulgent option, you can also make toasted cheese ravioli, Olive Garden style in the oven or in an Air Fryer. 

To make it in the Air Fryer, set the air fryer to 390 degrees. Place the breadcrumbs coated ravioli in the tray and spray cooking oil over it. Then Air Fry them for 6 minutes. Carefully flip each ravioli over. Air Fry for another 2 minutes. 

To make it in the oven, bake the breaded ravioli in a preheated oven (400 degrees C) until golden brown and crispy, 15 to 25 minutes.

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8 Servings0 HOURS 15 MINS0 HOURS 15 MINS


1 c. all-purpose flour
2 large eggs
1 c. Italian bread crumbs
kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper
1 lb. cheese ravioli
Vegetable oil, for frying
1/4 c. freshly grated Parmesan
1 tbsp. Freshly Chopped Parsley


  1. Set up a dredging station: Add flour, beaten eggs, and breadcrumbs in three separate shallow bowls. Season breadcrumbs with salt and pepper.
  2. Dredge ravioli in flour, then dip in eggs and toss in breadcrumbs until fully coated.
  3. In a large deep skillet or shallow pot, heat 1 1/2” vegetable oil until shimmering. Add ravioli and fry until golden, about 3 minutes.
  4. Using a slotted spoon, transfer ravioli to a paper towel-lined baking sheet or plate.
  5. Sprinkle with Parmesan and parsley and serve with marinara.

Can you freeze toasted ravioli?

Yes, you can freeze toasted ravioli after it’s been deep-fried. Make sure they cool completely before storing them. Place them in a freezer-safe container and freeze up to 2-3 months.

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Dipping Sauces for Fried Ravioli

Toasted ravioli is good on its own, but the dipping sauce is what really makes it AMAZING. Classic marinara sauce is a must if you’re going to serve these, but you can give people some other options as well.

Using honey mustard and ranch are simple dipping sauce options, and something cheesy will really add an addicting twist. If you want your sauce a little chunkier, try this Crockpot Spaghetti Sauce!

Toasted Ravioli are one of the best appetizers, and I can’t wait for you to try them. Everyone will love these delicious deep fried raviolis!


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