Crispy Fried Ravioli


Like Olive Garden’s toasted ravioli, but better! This crispy fried ravioli is easy to make, yet impressive. Perfect for a party, or the family dinner table.

 I’m sure you’ve all been to an Olive Garden at some point, but have you ever ordered their toasted ravioli appetizer?  It’s soooo good!  But, as with most restaurant appetizers, you don’t get very many.  Grrrrr, don’t you hate that!  A plate of 10 ravioli’s for the whole table?  Ummm, I can eat that, (and more!) myself!  Here’s a version you can make at home, that’s easy, part of it can be made ahead of time, and is impressive enough to serve at a party!

The Chunky Chef | Crispy Fried Ravioli |  Like Olive Garden's toasted ravioli, but better! This crispy fried ravioli is easy to make, yet impressive. Perfect for a party, or the family dinner table.

I know what you might be thinking… fried food isn’t easy!  Well I’m here to tell you it can be 🙂  There’s no need to be afraid to fry things at home, and you don’t need any special equipment.  Just some oil, and a heavy bottomed deep pot.  I use my cast iron pans now, but I’ve used my stockpot before and it works just fine 🙂

The Chunky Chef | Crispy Fried Ravioli |  Like Olive Garden's toasted ravioli, but better! This crispy fried ravioli is easy to make, yet impressive. Perfect for a party, or the family dinner table.

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Usually when I make these, I use regular Italian breadcrumbs, but lately, I’ve been using panko breadcrumbs that I season up with some spices.  The crunch factor is just out of this world!

Here are the basics of frying…

The Chunky Chef | Crispy Fried Ravioli |  Like Olive Garden's toasted ravioli, but better! This crispy fried ravioli is easy to make, yet impressive. Perfect for a party, or the family dinner table.

You’ll need an egg wash, which I usually do 2 eggs, and about 1/2 a cup or so of milk, buttermilk, half and half, etc.  Whisk it together pretty well.

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The Chunky Chef | Crispy Fried Ravioli |  Like Olive Garden's toasted ravioli, but better! This crispy fried ravioli is easy to make, yet impressive. Perfect for a party, or the family dinner table.

Once you’ve dipped your ravioli in the egg wash and coated it well, toss and press it into your breadcrumb mixture.  You want to really coat the whole surface.

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The Chunky Chef | Crispy Fried Ravioli |  Like Olive Garden's toasted ravioli, but better! This crispy fried ravioli is easy to make, yet impressive. Perfect for a party, or the family dinner table.

Lay your breaded raviolis on a baking sheet lined with foil or wax paper (for easy cleanup).  You can fry these up right away, or cover the pan with plastic wrap and refrigerate until the next day.  This is super helpful, since breading can take a little while.

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The Chunky Chef | Crispy Fried Ravioli |  Like Olive Garden's toasted ravioli, but better! This crispy fried ravioli is easy to make, yet impressive. Perfect for a party, or the family dinner table.

Heat up your oil (canola, vegetable, peanut, sunflower, etc. – I don’t recommend olive oil), over medium heat.  You can use a thermometer if you want, but I don’t have one, so I just toss a few breadcrumbs in the oil when I think it’s ready.  If they bubble/sizzle and slowly turn golden brown, the oil is ready!  Add your ravioli in batches, you don’t want to overcrowd your pan, or they won’t fry properly.  I use a 12″ deep skillet and do about 10 raviolis per batch.  They’ll fry for about 2 minutes per side, until they’re golden brown.

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The Chunky Chef | Crispy Fried Ravioli |  Like Olive Garden's toasted ravioli, but better! This crispy fried ravioli is easy to make, yet impressive. Perfect for a party, or the family dinner table.

Use a slotted spoon or strainer to remove the raviolis from the oil and place them on a paper towel lined plate.  This will drain excess oil 🙂

That’s it!  As simple as bread, heat up oil, fry, drain.

 

The Chunky Chef | Crispy Fried Ravioli |  Like Olive Garden's toasted ravioli, but better! This crispy fried ravioli is easy to make, yet impressive. Perfect for a party, or the family dinner table.

I like to serve mine up with some freshly grated Parmesan cheese and minced parsley or basil sprinkled over the top.

What’s a great appetizer without a dip?  You can certainly make your own marinara sauce, but hey, sometimes, I just don’t have the energy to do that.  I found this really yummy sauce from Prego that is a Merlot Marinara…. ohhhh it’s heaven in a bottle you guys!  They’re not sponsoring this post, I just really like the sauce lol.

The Chunky Chef | Crispy Fried Ravioli |  Like Olive Garden's toasted ravioli, but better! This crispy fried ravioli is easy to make, yet impressive. Perfect for a party, or the family dinner table.

These fried raviolis could be an appetizer, or even a main dish!  Usually I make these as the entree and serve a nice salad alongside 🙂  They’re so crispy, so crunchy, so flavorful, and so addicting!

The Chunky Chef | Crispy Fried Ravioli |  Like Olive Garden's toasted ravioli, but better! This crispy fried ravioli is easy to make, yet impressive. Perfect for a party, or the family dinner table.

I like to do a combination of beef and cheese raviolis… it’s like a little surprise every time you bite into one 🙂  For me, the best bargain is to use bags of frozen raviolis and just thaw them.

The Chunky Chef | Crispy Fried Ravioli |  Like Olive Garden's toasted ravioli, but better! This crispy fried ravioli is easy to make, yet impressive. Perfect for a party, or the family dinner table.

So don’t be afraid of frying, it’s actually kind of fun 🙂  You could also bake these instead, although I will warn you, they’ll lose that super crunchy exterior and golden brown color.

The Chunky Chef | Crispy Fried Ravioli |  Like Olive Garden's toasted ravioli, but better! This crispy fried ravioli is easy to make, yet impressive. Perfect for a party, or the family dinner table.So don’t be afraid of frying, it’s actually kind of fun!  You can bake these as well, but they just won’t have as much of a crunch and won’t look as golden brown.  Still yummy though!

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Crispy Fried Ravioli
Like Olive Garden's toasted ravioli, but better! This crispy fried ravioli is easy to make, yet impressive. Perfect for a party, or the family dinner table!
Author: The Chunky Chef
Ingredients
  • 30 frozen beef and cheese ravioli thawed
  • 1 1/2 cups Italian Panko breadcrumbs (or add some garlic powder Italian seasoning and dried parsley to plain panko breadcrumbs)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • Canola oil for frying
  • 1 jar marina sauce warmed, for dipping
Instructions
  1. Thaw raviolis.
  2. Line a baking sheet with foil or waxed paper and set aside.
  3. Whisk eggs and milk together in a shallow bowl.
  4. Add breadcrumbs to another shallow bowl.
  5. Set up your breading station so you're working towards the baking sheet (egg wash, breadcrumbs, baking sheet).
  6. Add enough oil to your skillet or pan to be about 2- 2.5 inches deep. Heat over medium heat until the oil is hot enough. Test by tossing a few breadcrumbs in the oil... if they sizzle and bubble, the oil is ready.
  7. Dip the ravioli in the egg wash, coat in the breadcrumbs, then place on the prepared baking sheet.
  8. Repeat with remaining raviolis.
  9. Fry several raviolis (remember to work in batches), for about 2 minutes per side.
  10. Remove with a slotted spoon and place on a paper towel lined plate to drain.
  11. Before serving, warm the marinara sauce and sprinkle raviolis with grated Parmesan and minced parsley or basil.
Recipe Notes

** Recipe can be easily adapted to make larger quantities for a party.
** Breading can be done the day before frying, just remember to cover baking sheet with plastic wrap and refrigerate.

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39 comments on “Crispy Fried Ravioli”

  1. Looks so good!2 questions . Can they be made in a deep fryer?also if I want to make and take to a party will they s be tastey and crunch if they are eaten an hour or 2 later? Thanks in advance

    • Hi there 🙂 Yes, these could absolutely be made in a deep fryer. I’m not sure about exactly how long they would hold their crunch, but I will say that after about 45 minutes or so (as I’m cleaning up after eating dinner), they’re still fairly crunchy 🙂

  2. So Delicious…even better than Olive Garden! This is the second recipe I’ve tried from your site and both were excellent. Thanks for sharing!

  3. I’ve never tried my own ravioli but now I must! Thank you so much for linking up at Tasty Tuesday! This post has been pinned on the Tasty Tuesday Pinterest board! I love having you and can’t wait to see you next week!

  4. This is a great appetizer! Hope you are having a great day and thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  5. These look like they could be from a fact Italian restaurant! Thank you so much for linking up at Tasty Tuesday! This post has been pinned on the Tasty Tuesday Pinterest board! I love having you and can’t wait to see you next week!

  6. Oh c’mon! Be fair! How can I possibly resist these? I’ve only ever deep fried once (about 2 months ago) but I feel another venture coming on.

  7. These look amazing! I love fried ravioli yum! Dipped in ranch or marinara sauce. Need to try this recipe for sure. Found from #saucysaturday and pinning.

  8. So simple. So delicious. My onion rings are the first thing I ever fried and it really isn’t the big deal I thought it would be. And the taste!! Thanks for linking up at #SaucySaturdays.

  9. Wow. This is totally making my mouth water!! Sounds soooo good! I remember an issue of Rachel Ray’s mag which said on the cover: “The secret to making anything taste better!” The secret? Deep frying. lol!

  10. Oh WOW!!!!! Can we say Yum!!!
    It’s breakfast time and I’m already thinking of lunch/dinner thanks to you. Looks so delicious! 🙂

  11. Love fried ravioli. I usually try to bake them and they never turn out the best. Have a great weekend.

  12. I have a restaurant down the road that makes these and they are so good! I would love to try to make my own… pinned 🙂

  13. Looks scrumptious?

  14. Looks good! I have never breaded pasta before but this looks too delicious to pass up!

  15. Great recipe and lovely photos – making me very hungry! Just found your blog and loving it!!

  16. Looks fabulous – love fried ravioli, can’t wait to give this one a try!

  17. Of all the times I’ve been to OG, I’ve never had these! I’m sure your version is way better – can’t wait to try!! Pinning & sharing

  18. I love fried ravioli, but have never made them at home. We should really try it soon!

  19. I want these RIGHT NOW!!! They look so good! I am going to have to put the ingredients on my shopping list this week for sure.

  20. Oh yeahhhhhhhh- now we’re talkin! (I say that as it this is the first recipe of yours that I’m obsessed with. PFFFFFFFFF) I made fried tortellini once and it was A-MAZ-ING!!!!! Sooo good, I can taste it now- Ravioli is next on my list! Your pictures are making me starvin’! (Oh, and BTW, good point you made recently, what ARE we going to do this winter?!)… Well I’m making this pronto. Love the step by step instructions. You gooooooooooooooooooooo!