Fried Cheese Ravioli with Marinara

Fried Cheese Ravioli with Marinara

A perfect appetizer for a neighborhood party or game day, these fried cheese ravioli are cheesy delicious and are bound to be gobbled up fast.

Just pick one up, dip it in the marinara sauce and pop it in your mouth.

They taste a little like fried cheese sticks only better. The crispy pasta with a warm gooey cheesy center tastes delicious dipped into the warm tomato sauce.

This recipe is my go to when I am hosting friends to watch the big game. Who doesn’t have a bag of frozen pasta in the freezer and a jar of marinara in the pantry.

How to Make Fried Cheese Ravioli

Cheese ravioli is first dipped in buttermilk or an eggwash before being coated with panko breadcrumbs. Once the oil is hot, the ravioli is fried in batches until golden brown then served with warm marinara.

Next time you are at the grocery store, pick up a bag of frozen ravioli and let it thaw before using. Grab a carton of buttermilk or eggs to use as your binding agents. Make sure you have enough oil for the pan. You will work quickly so it may benefit to have a partner in the kitchen.

Prep the ravioli before frying it. Dunk each piece of pasta in the egg wash and coat the ravioli well before placing it on a lined baking sheet. It’s easier to have all the pasta ready to go before dropping the first one in the oil because you’ll be working quickly.

The kind of oil you use is important. I like to use canola oil or a canola blend because it has a high smoke point so it’s ideal for deep frying.

Whether you pan fry the ravioli or use a deep pot, make sure there is enough oil in the pan so that you can easily flip the pasta and there is enough room for about 8-10 ravioli for each batch.

Fried Ravioli Variations

I typically love using a plain cheese ravioli for this recipe because that’s what my kids love, but there are so many other options available including roasted tomato and mozzarella, artichoke, Italian sausage, mushroom, chicken …the options are endless!

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Overhead view of plate of fried ravioli with a cup of marinara
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5 from 5 votes

Fried Ravioli with Marinara

A perfect appetizer for a neighborhood party or game day, these fried
cheese ravioli are cheesy delicious and are bound to be gobbled up fast.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Fried Ravioli
Servings: 6
Author: Ali Randall


  • 1 cup canola oil
  • 1 cup buttermilk or 2 eggs, beaten
  • 2 cups Panko-style breadcrumbs
  • 1 pound bag of cheese ravioli, thawed
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 16- ounce jar marinara sauce


  • Heat the oil on the stove top in a large frying pan over medium high heat. Add more oil if necessary to have 1.5 – 2 inches depth to fry the ravioli.
  • While the oil is heating, pour the buttermilk in one bowl and the breadcrumbs in another. Quickly dip the ravioli into the buttermilk or eggs completely then into the bowl of breadcrumbs covering each ravioli completely.
  • Fry the ravioli in batches about two minutes aside or until each ravioli puffs up and is golden brown. Keep an eye on your oil temperature so you don’t burn the ravioli. Remove the fried ravioli with a slotted spoon and transfer to a foil lined cookie sheet. Keep the fried ravioli warm in at 200° F oven. Continue with the remaining ravioli.
  • Once all the ravioli are fried, sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and serve with warmed marinara sauce.


This recipe was originally published March 30, 2015. It was updated in October 2019.

If you make this recipe, be sure to snap a photo and hashtag it #homeandplate. I’d love to see what you cook!

13 thoughts on “Fried Cheese Ravioli with Marinara”

  • 5 stars
    I can just imagine how good these little pillows of ravioli are after they have been fried, with the cheese dropping out, yum, I am sure they would be a hit at any party!! Great recipe and thanks for sharing!

  • 5 stars
    I tried fried ravioli not so long ago and it was fantastic now I know all the details on how to make them these are perfect appetizers for parties.

  • Do you thaw the ravioli out before coating?

    Thanks! Looking to make these on New Years!

    • Hi Samantha. Are usually let these thaw for about 15 to 30 minutes before making them. let me know how they turn out.

  • Hey Ali, Fantastic recipe! I tried out your recipe few days ago when I had organised a birthday party for my kids at home. The fried cheese ravioli recipe was prepared well and turned out to be super delicious.

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