Fried Ravioli

This Fried Ravioli recipe is crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. Dip it in some marinara for one of the best – and easiest – appetizers you’ll ever eat! 

Close up of a pile of fried ravioli topped with parmesan cheese and parsley, next to a bowl of marinara

The Crispiest, Crunchiest Fried Ravioli Appetizers 

It probably isn’t a secret that I love fried food. Who doesn’t?! Take a good food, bread it, and fry it in sizzling oil, and suddenly you have an even better food. It’s a magical process. But of all the great fried foods out there, this fried ravioli recipe is easily one of my favorites.

Fried ravioli is a perfect combination of crispy and crunchy on the outside, and soft and melty on the inside. And it’s such an easy way to take a simple, store-bought food, and turn it into something exciting and special in just a few minutes.

Overhead view of a bowl of two eggs, a bowl of bread crumbs, and a pile of ravioli

Ingredients for Fried Ravioli

Here are the ingredients that you need to make these crispy fried ravioli. Scroll to the recipe card at the bottom of the page to see the exact amounts for each ingredient. 

  • Cheese ravioli – Make sure to use refrigerated ravioli, not frozen ravioli.
  • Canola oil – You can also use vegetable oil, or any type of high-heat neutral oil.
  • Flour
  • Bread crumbs – Italian-seasoned bread crumbs are the best for this recipe 
  • Eggs
  • Marinara sauce – This is for serving with the fried ravioli.
  • Fresh parsley – Parsley is a garnish.
  • Parmesan cheese – Parmesan cheese is also a garnish. 
A tray covered in fried ravioli, topped with parmesan cheese and parsley

How to Make Fried Ravioli

Here’s how to make these fried ravioli. They’re super easy, and take less than half an hour to make!

  • Heat oil. Fill a large pot or dutch oven halfway with oil, and set over medium heat. 
  • Set up a breading station. Place the flour in a bowl, and the bread crumbs in a separate bowl. Beat the eggs with some water in a third bowl. 
  • Bread the ravioli. Dip a ravioli in flour, and shake off any excess. Then dip the ravioli into the egg wash, and let the excess drip off. Finally, dip the ravioli into the bread crumbs. Repeat the process with the rest of the ravioli. 
Breaded ravioli on a tray
  • Fry. When the oil is about 375 degrees, add some of the ravioli and fry until brown. This should take about 2 minutes. 
  • Serve. Remove the ravioli from the oil and set them on paper towels. Sprinkle with cheese and parsley if using, then serve with marinara sauce.

Tricks and Tips 

Here are some tips for making these gooey fried ravioli.

  • Use the dry hand method. Setting up a breading station can get pretty messy, so I recommend using the dry hand method. To do this, designate one hand as “dry” and the other as “wet.” Put the ravioli in the flour with your dry hand, and move the ravioli to the egg wash with the same hand. Handle the ravioli in the egg wash with your wet hand, and don’t use your dry hand again until the ravioli is in the bread crumbs. That way you keep one hand dry, and it won’t get gummy and messy. That’s not only nice for cleaning up, but it allows you to more evenly bread the ravioli, because your hands won’t be sticking to the food.
  • Don’t fry too many ravioli at once. Be sure to fry the ravioli in small batches. If you add too many ravioli, they’ll crowd, which will keep them from browning. They’ll also lower the temperature of the oil too much.
  • Make ahead of time. If you’re making fried ravioli for a party, you can handle the bulk of the work ahead of time. Bread the ravioli and place them on a wire rack, then place the rack in the fridge. You can keep the ravioli in the fridge for a full day if you need to, but cover it in plastic wrap if it’s staying in there for more than an hour. Then, when you’re ready to eat the fried ravioli, you can heat up the oil and fry them. 
Close up of a fried ravioli with parsley and parmesan cheese on it, with more ravioli in the background

Serving Suggestions

My favorite way to eat these hot, crispy apps is by dipping them in a homemade marinara sauce. But honestly, these fried ravioli are great when dipped in almost any sauce, such as awesome sauce or yum yum sauce

A hand dipping a fried ravioli into a bowl of marinara, on a tray of fried ravioli

How to Store and Reheat Fried Ravioli

You can store these ravioli in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days. Reheat in a 375F oven for 7-8 minutes. You can also reheat in a 375F air fryer for 5 minutes. If reheating in the air fryer, flip the ravioli over halfway through.

Can This Recipe Be Frozen?

I love to freeze this recipe for an easy snack later. Store them in an airtight container in the freezer, and they’ll last for up to 3 months. Reheat in a 375F oven for 12-15 minutes, or in a 375F air fryer for 10 minutes, flipping halfway through.

More Fried Food to Try

Like I said, I’m a big fan of fried foods. Here are some of my other favorite fried recipes to try out!

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A tray covered in fried ravioli, topped with parmesan cheese and parsley

Fried Ravioli

  • Author: Dan
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 8 minutes
  • Total Time: 23 minutes
  • Yield: 6 Servings 1x

Fried ravioli is a perfect appetizer. It’s crispy and crunchy on the outside, soft and gooey on the inside, and tastes amazing when dipped in marinara sauce. 

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Ingredients

  • 10 ounce bag of refrigerated, cheese ravioli (not frozen)
  • Canola or vegetable oil for frying
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 cup Italian seasoned bread crumbs
  • 2 eggs beaten with a splash of water
  • Marinara sauce for serving
  • Fresh parsley and parmesan cheese for garnish

Instructions

  1. Fill a 5 quart pot or dutch oven halfway with oil over medium heat. A slightly larger or smaller pot will work as well, just don’t fill the pot more than halfway with oil so that the oil doesn’t boil over when cooking.
  2. While the oil is heating up, set up a breading station with the flour, breadcrumbs and egg wash in three separate bowls.
  3. Bread the ravioli in the flour first, tapping off any excess, then into the egg wash, letting the excess egg drip off, and then into the breadcrumbs. Repeat with the remaining ravioli.
  4. Sprinkle a few breadcrumbs into the oil, if they sizzle right away, the oil is ready. We’re looking for approximately 375 degrees if you’re using a thermometer. Fry the ravioli a few at a time (don’t overcrowd the pot) for about 2 minutes until browned. Remove the ravioli from the oil and set on paper towels. Sprinkle the ravioli with grated parmesan cheese while still hot. Repeat until all the ravioli is fried.
  5. Serve with marinara sauce for dipping.

Recipe Notes

Store: Let the ravioli cool down completely and then store in an air tight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Reheat: Reheat fried ravioli in the oven at 375 degrees for 7-8 minutes. Reheat fried ravioli in an air fryer at 375 degrees for 5 minutes, turning over halfway through.

  • Category: Appetizers
  • Method: Stove Top
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: deep fried ravioli, fried ravioli recipe, fried food, appetizer ideas

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