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Fried Ravioli: A Crispy, Savory Delight

With its crispy outside and delectably filled inside, this Fried Ravioli recipe is the perfect pasta dish.

June 22, 2023
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Difficulty Easy
Servings 4 people
Preparation 15 mins
Cooking 10 mins
Total 25 mins



  1. Place three separate bowls. Place the flour in one bowl, beaten eggs in another, and breadcrumbs mixed with garlic powder, salt, and pepper in the third bowl.
  2. Take each ravioli and coat it first in the flour, shaking off any excess. Dip it into the beaten eggs, allowing any excess to drip off, and then coat it in the seasoned breadcrumbs. Press the breadcrumbs gently onto the ravioli to ensure they adhere well.
  3. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat.
  4. Once the oil is hot, place the breaded ravioli in the pan in a single layer, without overcrowding. Fry them for about 2-3 minutes on each side until golden brown and crispy. Use a slotted spoon or tongs to remove the fried ravioli and transfer them to a paper towel-lined plate to drain excess oil.
  5. In batches, brown the ravioli in the skillet until they become crispy. Make sure to turn them often for even browning. Repeat the frying process until all the ravioli are cooked.
  6. Once the ravioli are browned and crispy, remove them from the skillet and drain on paper towels.
  7. Sprinkle the fried ravioli with minced fresh parsley.
  8. Serve your homemade fried ravioli with marinara sauce or blue cheese dressing for dipping. Enjoy!

Homemade Marinara Sauce Recipe

Homemade Marinara Sauce

Homemade Marinara Sauce Ingredients

Homemade Marinara Sauce Directions

  • To make this gorgeous marinara sauce at home, start by adding 2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil to a large saucepan and heat it on medium-high heat.
  • Then add the chopped onion and sauté for 5 to 6 minutes or until soft, stirring frequently.
  • Add finely chopped garlic and canned tomato paste to the sautéed onions and cook for about a minute while stirring constantly.
  • Pour in the red wine and cook for another whole minute while stirring constantly.
  • Then add crushed tomatoes, salt, and pepper and bring the mixture to a boil while stirring frequently. Reduce the heat to low and gently boil for an hour, stirring occasionally.
  • Once the sauce has cooked for an entire hour, take it off the heat and either serve warm immediately or store it for later.
  • Nutrition Facts
    Serving Size 1 Homemade Fried Ravioli
    Serves 4
    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value*
    Total Fat 19.2 g24.6%
    Cholesterol 35 mg11.7%
    Sodium 630 mg27.4%
    Protein 10 g20%
    Potassium 64 mg1.4%
    *The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.


    • Choose the right ravioli. Opt for fresh or frozen ravioli rather than dried ones. They tend to hold up better during frying. Cheese-filled ravioli works well for frying, but you can also experiment with other fillings like meat or vegetables. For more, you can check out our 'Types of Pastas' article.
    • Preheat the oil. Use a deep fryer or a deep, heavy-bottomed skillet filled with enough oil to submerge the ravioli completely. Preheat the oil to around 350-375 °F (175-190 °C) for best results. Use a candy thermometer to monitor the temperature.
    • Prepare a breading station with three bowls: one with all-purpose flour, one with beaten eggs, and one with breadcrumbs seasoned with your preferred spices (such as garlic powder, Italian seasoning, or grated Parmesan). Dip each ravioli into the flour, then the beaten eggs, and finally into the breadcrumbs, pressing gently to ensure an even coating.
    • For an extra crispy texture, you can repeat the dipping process once more—flour, eggs, and breadcrumbs—before frying the ravioli.
    • Avoid overcrowding the frying pan or deep fryer. Fry the breaded ravioli in small batches to ensure they cook evenly and become golden brown. Flip them once during cooking to achieve an even crust.
    • Drain the excess oil. Once the ravioli turns golden brown and crispy, remove them from the oil using a slotted spoon or tongs. Place them on a paper towel-lined plate or wire rack to drain any excess oil.
    • Serve with dipping sauce. Fried ravioli tastes great on its own, but you can enhance the experience by serving them with marinara sauce, Alfredo sauce, or a spicy arrabbiata sauce for dipping. The sauce adds a complementary flavor to the crispy ravioli.
    • You can use different fillings, such as spinach and ricotta or butternut squash.
    Rate This Recipe

    Indulge in the crispy, cheesy goodness of Homemade Fried Ravioli! This delightful dish, originating from Italy, has become a favorite appetizer across the globe. Our recipe guides you through the simple steps to create these savory bites at home. Whether you're hosting a dinner party or looking for a fun family cooking project, this Fried Ravioli recipe is sure to impress.

    What Is Fried Ravioli?

    Fried ravioli is a popular appetizer or snack that is made by cooking and frying ravioli pasta until it becomes crispy and golden brown. Ravioli is a type of pasta that is traditionally filled with a savory mixture of ingredients such as cheese, meat, or vegetables.

    This fried ravioli is typically breaded by coating it in flour, egg wash, and breadcrumbs before being fried in hot oil or deep-fried until it develops a crunchy outer layer. Fried ravioli is often served with dipping sauces like marinara or Alfredo sauce.

    Can You Fry Ravioli Instead of Boiling?

    Yes, you can fry ravioli instead of boiling them. Frying ravioli gives it a crispy exterior while keeping the inside soft and cheesy. It's a popular method used in many restaurants and is often served as an appetizer.

    Should Ravioli Be First Boiled Before Frying?

    It's not necessary to boil ravioli before frying. You can fry them directly, which will cook them thoroughly and give them a crispy texture. However, if the ravioli are particularly large or thick, you might want to boil them first to ensure they are cooked through.

    Is Toasted Ravioli The Same As Fried?

    Toasted ravioli is essentially the same as fried ravioli. The term "toasted" is a bit of a misnomer, as the ravioli are actually breaded and then deep-fried, not toasted. This dish is a specialty of St. Louis, Missouri.

    Should Ravioli Be Thawed Before Frying?

    If you're using frozen ravioli, it's best to thaw them before frying. This ensures that the ravioli are cooked evenly and reduces the risk of the ravioli bursting open during the frying process.

    What To Serve with Fried Ravioli?

    Fried ravioli can be a delicious appetizer or main dish. You can serve it with marinara sauce or Alfredo sauce to add a rich and indulgent element to the meal. Bread, salad, or roasted vegetables are excellent choices to serve with fried ravioli.

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    The Origin of Fried Ravioli

    Fried Ravioli is a dish that has its roots in the United States, more specifically in St. Louis, Missouri. It's a popular appetizer in the region and is often referred to as "Toasted Ravioli". The story goes that a chef accidentally dropped a piece of ravioli into hot oil instead of water and decided to roll with it. The result was a deliciously crispy and golden-brown pasta dish that quickly became a local favorite.

    The Evolution of the Dish

    Over the years, the recipe for Fried Ravioli has evolved and been adapted by many home cooks and chefs. While the traditional filling is a mixture of meat and cheese, today you can find variations that include spinach, mushrooms, and even pumpkin. The ravioli are typically served with a side of marinara sauce for dipping, but some versions also include a sprinkling of grated Parmesan cheese on top for an extra touch of flavor.

    Fried Ravioli Today

    Today, Fried Ravioli is a popular dish not just in St. Louis but in many parts of the United States. It's a common sight on Italian restaurant menus and is also a popular party appetizer. The contrast between the crispy exterior and the soft, cheesy interior is a hit with both adults and kids alike. Despite its humble beginnings, Fried Ravioli has certainly made a name for itself in the culinary world.

    This recipe makes about 3 dozen fried ravioli, perfect for sharing at a gathering or enjoying as a family. The crispy exterior, combined with the creamy cheese filling, creates a taste sensation that's hard to resist. Try this recipe today and bring a piece of Italy into your kitchen!

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