Fried Ravioli, also called toasted ravioli, consists of cheese ravioli cooked in an air fryer or oil, garnished with parmesan cheese and parsley, and served with a side of marinara sauce.
I adore pasta, and ravioli holds a special place in my heart. Let’s focus on this easy appetizer (or meal). It involves frying frozen ravioli, which you can conveniently find at your nearby grocery store. You can choose to fry them using either an air fryer or oil.
Fried ravioli ingredients
Cheese ravioli – works best when using fresh ravioli for food safety reasons. Avoid thawing frozen ravioli before breading, as the breading won’t adhere well to the frozen dough.
For dipping, I prefer using meatless spaghetti sauce but feel free to choose your favorite type.
Panko breadcrumbs are ideal for this recipe, as they are made from crustless white bread ground into airy flakes. These breadcrumbs don’t absorb as much grease as standard breadcrumbs, ensuring the fried food stays crispy.
When frying, opt for a neutral-flavored cooking oil with a high smoke point. Vegetable oil, peanut oil, grape seed oil, canola oil, corn oil, or avocado oil are all good options.
Whether you opt for your air fryer or traditional oil frying, the breading for this recipe remains unchanged. Gather the necessary ingredients and tools to achieve a golden brown texture for your toasted ravioli.
Breading the Ravioli
I’ll explain how to fry ravioli using both an air fryer and oil. The breading process is the same for either method. Start by lining a baking sheet with parchment paper for placing the coated ravioli before frying. Then, prepare three deep plates or bowls.
On the first plate, spread out the flour. On the second plate, whisk together the eggs and milk. The third plate should contain a mixture of breadcrumbs, parmesan cheese, garlic powder, salt, and pepper.
Take each frozen ravioli and coat it with flour, followed by the eggs and milk mixture, and finally, the breadcrumb mixture. Place the coated ravioli on the lined baking sheet until you’ve coated all of them. Now, you’re ready to fry them either in the air fryer or using oil.
Next, deep fry the coated pasta in batches. Gently lower some of the coated ravioli into the hot oil and fry until they turn golden brown. Repeat this process until all the ravioli have been fried.
Tips For Making Fried Ravioli
Frying – It’s crucial not to fry too many appetizers at once to prevent the oil temperature from dropping. This way, you avoid the breading becoming soggy and separating from the pasta, and you’ll also prevent the fried ravioli from being overcooked.
Make-ahead – While these deep-fried ravioli are best served fresh, preparing them in advance works well for gatherings. Allow them to cool, store, and reheat just before serving.
Storage – You can keep the ravioli in the refrigerator for approximately 3 days. Alternatively, for longer storage, freeze them on a baking sheet before transferring them to a ziplock bag. They can remain good in the freezer for 2-3 months.
Reheating – To reheat, preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. If the ravioli come straight from the refrigerator, cook them for about 5 minutes. If they are frozen, reheat for 10-15 minutes.
Ravioli is a delightful dish comprising an inside filling wrapped in a thin pasta shell. The pasta is usually square, though it can also be found in round and semi-round shapes. Popular ravioli fillings include cheese.
Ravioli, pronounced [raviˈɔli], is a form of pasta consisting of a filling wrapped in thin pasta dough. Typically enjoyed with broth or sauce, they have their roots in the culinary traditions of Italy.
BEST FRIED RAVIOLI
- 1 lb Fresh cheese ravioli
- 1 cup Breadcrumbs
- ⅓ cup Parmesan cheese grated
- 1 tsp Italian seasoning
- 1 Egg
- 1 tbsp Water
- Vegetable oil for frying
- Heat oil in a large, deep skillet or commercial deep fryer to 350°F.
- Combine breadcrumbs, Parmesan cheese, and Italian seasoning in a shallow dish, mixing thoroughly.
- In a small bowl, beat the egg and water. Place the Ravioli pasta in a shallow dish and pour the egg over it, tossing to coat.
- Dredge each ravioli in the breadcrumb mixture, pressing to make it adhere. Place them on a wire rack over a baking sheet until all ravioli are coated.
- Check the oil temperature, ensuring it's at 350°F, and fry the ravioli until they turn golden brown and crispy, which takes about 2 minutes. Turn them for even cooking. Once done, remove from the hot oil and place them on a wire rack over a baking sheet to cool slightly.
- Serve the fried ravioli with marinara sauce and a sprinkle of grated Parmesan cheese.