These fried ravioli are cheese ravioli coated in seasoned breadcrumbs, then fried to golden brown perfection. Toasted ravioli are a fun and unique appetizer that are easy to make!

If you love Italian food, you’ll love these fried ravioli. They’re crispy, flavorful and delicious dipped in homemade marinara sauce.

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A plate of fried ravioli topped with parmesan and parsley, and served with a side of marinara sauce.

Pasta is one of those foods that I can’t seem to get enough of, and neither can my family. This fried ravioli quickly became a household favorite and gets made often because it’s so easy and delicious. It’s a fun way to switch up your pasta game and serve something a little different than usual.


Toasted ravioli is much easier than it appears. This tasty dish starts with cheese ravioli that are dredged in seasoned breadcrumbs. Once perfectly coated, they are then fried until golden brown to make the perfect unique appetizer.

Breaded ravioli on a sheet pan ready to be fried.

Any flavor of ravioli will work great for this appetizer, however, I normally use the cheese ravioli. I use the refrigerated ravioli although frozen ravioli that have been thawed will also work.  I use Italian seasoned breadcrumbs because they’re super convenient with all the herbs and spices already added. If you don’t have Italian breadcrumbs, you can use regular breadcrumbs with a few teaspoons of Italian seasoning stirred in.

A sheet pan full of fried ravioli topped with parmesan cheese.

The raviolis can be breaded ahead of time, then stored, covered, in a single layer on a sheet pan in the fridge for up to 4 hours before you plan to fry them. Raviolis will fry up quickly so watch them carefully to make sure they don’t burn. You can bake these ravioli instead of frying them by coating them in cooking spray, then baking at 400 degrees F for 15-20 minutes.

A pile of fried ravioli topped with parmesan cheese and chopped parsley.


There are plenty of ravioli flavors to choose from. Whether you’re making the ravioli yourself or buying them pre-made, cheese isn’t your only option. Some other options are spinach and ricotta, spinach and artichoke, sausage and marinara, three cheese asparagus, and more. Really, the options are endless when it comes to ravioli flavors.


Yes, you can pan fry these ravioli. Simply add enough oil to cover the bottom of the pan, then proceed with the recipe as written.

A plate of toasted ravioli with a side of marinara sauce for dipping.

This is one of the quickest meals or appetizers we make around this house. The pre-made ravioli truly is the biggest trick to making these an easy recipe. I love to serve these fried ravioli as a party snack because it’s totally unexpected and everyone always goes crazy for them.


5 from 53 votes

Fried Ravioli

AuthorSara Welch
A plate of fried ravioli topped with parmesan and parsley, and served with a side of marinara sauce.
These fried ravioli are cheese ravioli coated in seasoned breadcrumbs, then fried to golden brown perfection. Toasted ravioli are a fun and unique appetizer that are easy to make!
Prep Time20 minutes
Cook Time20 minutes
Total Time40 minutes
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Italian
Serves 8


  • 20 ounces refrigerated cheese ravioli
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 2 cups Italian breadcrumbs
  • oil for frying
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 tablespoon chopped parsley
  • marinara sauce for serving


  • Line a sheet pan with parchment paper.
  • Place the eggs and milk in a small bowl, and whisk until thoroughly combined.
  • Place the breadcrumbs on a plate or in a shallow bowl.
  • Dip each ravioli into the egg mixture, then roll into the breadcrumbs. Repeat the process with all of the raviolis. Place the raviolis in a single layer on the sheet pan.
  • Heat 3 inches of oil in a deep pot to 350 degrees F.
  • Add 6-8 ravioli to the pan, and fry for 3-4 minutes or until browned all over. 
  • Repeat the process with the remaining raviolis.
  • Sprinkle with parmesan and parsley, and serve with marinara sauce for dipping.


  1. You can use frozen ravioli, just thaw them before proceeding with the recipe.


Calories: 326kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 17g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 83mg | Sodium: 705mg | Potassium: 97mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 160IU | Vitamin C: 0.8mg | Calcium: 121mg | Iron: 9.1mg

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  1. Sara,
    My mom started using evaporated milk instead of egg/milk when she did breading (veal, pork chops, etc.) It seems to hold the breading better. Have you tried this and do you think it affects the recipe in any way?

  2. 5 stars
    I LOVE fried raviolis! I’ve never made them before til Tonight! This recipe was AMAZING! So yummy! I actually ran out of bread crumbs, so I added crushed corn flakes with lots of Italian seasoning. (Didn’t tell the family I had to improvise). Will Definitely be making this again! Thank you so much for sharing this recipe. Perfect with a nice cold IPA beer. Cheers!

  3. The cheese in the ravioli is wrapped inside pasta. So it won’t leak out. Mozzarella sticks have nothing holding them together except the bread crumbs. I’ve made homemade mozzarella sticks, and double coating them helps.

  4. First attempt at frying anything and chose this recipe! My daughter wanted mozzarella sticks, but with having to stay in, and supplies at stores limited, I substituted. There was not a Ravioli left!!! Rave reviews and 2 of my children work in the restaurant business, one of them cooks. Will make again for sure. Happy I had the time to make them, probably would not have if was working.

  5. I am wondering why the ravioli are not fried frozen because I made mozerella sticks same way and you have to have the cheese frozen or it ozzes comes out maybe deep frying is different

  6. 5 stars
    My first experience with Fried Ravioli was when I moved to Santa Cruz, California. There was ( still is ) a wonderful Italian restaurant that we went to often. Though we planned to order something else, we ALWAYS ended up ordering the wonderful “Fried Ravs” and soup. Just couldn’t resist.. Best dinner ever! I grew up in an area that had lots of great Italian restaurants but none served their ravioli fried. How I have missed this dish.
    Plan to prepare these right away…..they look exactly like the ravioli we loved!
    Thanks so much!