Easy Fried Ravioli Appetizers with Marinara

Easy Fried Ravioli Appetizers with Marinara

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

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

The best part is they taste a little like fried mozzarella sticks only better.

The crispy pasta with a warm gooey cheesy center tastes delicious dipped into the warm tomato sauce.

This ravioli recipe is my go to when I am hosting friends to watch the big game.

It is a crowd pleaser and family favorite.

Who doesn’t have a bag of frozen pasta in the freezer and a jar of your favorite marinara sauce in the pantry.

How to Make this Easy Appetizer

Cheese ravioli is first dipped in buttermilk or an egg mixture before being coated with a panko breadcrumb mixture.

Once the oil is hot, the ravioli is fried in batches until golden brown then served with warm marinara.

Next time you head out to one of your local grocery stores, 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 in a single layer on a lined rimmed 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 in an assembly line.

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.

The result is crispy perfection and delicious ravioli bites.

Try different variations of ravioli appetizers

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

If you’d prefer fresh ravioli flavors, you can find that in the refrigerated section of your grocery.

What do you eat with toasted or fried ravioli?

Serve these ravioli appetizers with your favorite dipping sauce.

Enjoy this delicious appetizer with a large side salad.

Skip the chicken nuggets and serve these crispy toasted ravioli to the kids for dinner or a light meal.

Instead of frying or baking these appetizers, follow your air fryer instructions for a quick and mess free cooking method.

How to keep these ravioli appetizers warm for party time

Use a chafing dish to keep these ravioli toasty. Keep a bowl of warm marinara close by easy serving.

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Overhead view of plate of fried ravioli with a cup of marinara

Easy Fried Ravioli Appetizers with Marinara

Ali Randall
A perfect snack for a neighborhood party or game day, these crispy fried ravioli appetizers are cheesy delicious and are bound to be gobbled up fast.
5 from 5 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Italian
Servings 6


  • 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 one cup of 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 ravioli into the buttermilk or eggs completely then dredge ravioli 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 or sheet pan. Keep the fried ravioli warm in at 200 degrees F oven. Continue with the remaining ravioli.
  • Once all the ravioli are fried, sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and serve with warm marinara sauce.


This recipe was originally published March 30, 2015. It was updated in April 2022.
Keyword Fried Ravioli

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