Italian Fried Ravioli

Monday, November 2, 2020
If you love delicious easy appetizers these Italian Fried Ravioli are going to be your favorite snack to serve any time of the day.

Store-bought ingredients or homemade ravioli are wonderfully fried, baked, or air fried.

I love using flavored ravioli stuffed with other ingredients like lobster ravioli, spinach ravioli, or any other ones you love in the frozen foods section of your supermarket.

Not only are these simple to make they are perfect to feed a large crowd for any party events.

Check out my other Game Day Appetizers and Fun Party Appetizers we love.

Scroll down to my printable recipe card for these easy instructions

these are fried ravioli on a white plate with pecorino romano cheese and marinara sauce

this is fried ravioli appetizer on a white plate with tomato sauce

Party Food

Who knew that the typical sauce laden pasta would taste so great fried then dipped in tomato sauce?

All ravioli starts with pasta dough, typically made by mixing egg, flour, salt, olive oil, and water then filled with cheese or other fillings, boiled in saltwater then served with sauce on top.

These fried breaded ravioli can also be made using various methods for cooking below.

The first time these were ever served (which were called toasted or fried ravioli), originated in a St. Louis Missouri restaurant back in the 1950s.

these are fried ravioli in oil frying

Ingredient Suggestions for Making Italian Fried Ravioli

  1. store-bought or homemade ravioli cheese or other kinds you prefer
  2. buttermilk
  3. breadcrumbs flavored Italian style
  4. grated Pecorino Romano cheese
  5. oil for frying
  6. Marinara or favorite tomato sauce
  7. Optional garnish: grated cheese and chopped parsley and dried oregano

these are ravioli dipped in buttermilk

Tool You Will Need

  • bowl
  • fork
  • frying pan, air fryer, or oven
  • pie plate
  • paper towels
  • serving dish
  • tongs for turning the ravioli while frying

these are dipped ravioli in buttermilk then into Italian flavored breadcrumbs

Tips and Cooking Methods

  1. ravioli can be fried, baked, or air fried see instructions below in the recipe card
  2. use them frozen for best results or slightly thawed
  3. after frying drain on paper towels
  4. use any kinds of filled ravioli fresh or frozen with various filling for an assortment
  5. these are best served hot dipped in tomato sauce topped with more grated cheese
  6. for a quick buttermilk use 1 cup buttermilk to 1 tablespoon of apple cider or red wine vinegar 

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Author: Claudia Lamascolo
Italian Fried Ravioli

Italian Fried Ravioli

Prep time: 5 MinCook time: 6 MinTotal time: 11 Min
This is an Italian fried or baked appetizer using frozen ravioli. They are breaded baked or fried, then dipped in hot marinara sauce, totally scrumptious!


  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup Italian flavored bread crumbs
  • 1 teaspoon granulated garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon dried Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 cup Pecorino Romano cheese or Parmesan cheese grated
  • 1 (13 oz.) pkg. frozen cheese ravioli or any kind in the fresh section of your supermarket (stuffed with lobster, spinach, or your favorite kinds!)
  • Note you can also make your own and use them frozen: homemade ravioli frozen
  • Olive oil and canola oil for frying
  • Garnish:
  • Marinara Saucefor dipping or another favorite tomato sauce
  • More grated cheese
  • Optional: chopped fresh parsley and dried oregano


  1. Combine bread crumbs and cheese with  seasoning in a pie plate
  2. Add the buttermilk to another pie plate.
  3. Dip each ravioli in buttermilk, then into the breadcrumb mixture to coat well on both sides.
  4. In a large skillet over medium-high heat, heat oil mix both together to cover the bottom of the pan ( around 1/2 inch of oil)
  5. After the oil is heated, add 1 ravioli at a time and fry each side for around 2 minutes flipping once or until golden brown.
  6. Drain on paper towels.
  7. Serve with hot marinara sauce.
  8. Oven-Baked: Optional, dip each ravioli into the oil ( not buttermilk) then into the bread crumbs.  Bake on a cookie sheet sprayed with cooking oil or lined with parchment paper.
  9. Bake at 400 degrees until browned around 15 to 20 minutes.
  10. Air Fryer: Sprayed a piece of foil to line the basket with.
  11. Dip the ravioli in buttermilk then breadcrumbs, place single in the basket do not crowd them. 
  12. Air fry for 11 minutes at 400 degrees. 


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these are fried ravioli in oil frying

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  1. These look delicious Claudia as either an appetizer or a meal and must be tried here.

  2. They look wonderful, Claudia. I would probably snack on those until they were all gone!

  3. We love fried ravioli!!! I buy frozen ravioli and now I'm going to follow your recipe for making it! Skillet and oil, no air frying here for that. Yum!!!! Perfect eating!

  4. These look delicious! I love ordering fried ravioli but never tried making it myself. Pinned.

  5. Thank you for this awesomer recipe dear friend.
    Can't wait to make them !

  6. Oh those look so moreish! I bet they are popular.

  7. I love ravioli and I am always looking for ways to enjoy it. This looks delicious.

  8. Those look fantastic - delicious crispy coating and then gooey inside, perfection!

  9. I've never had it fried before but you've peaked my interest. These look great.


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