Fried Ravioli

Fried Ravioli can be made as a side dish or appetizer, and is great with any Italian meal. Crispy on the outside and cheesy on the inside, we love serving it with warm Marinara.

Crunchy, cheesy and delicious perfectly describe these fried ravioli. If you like fried zucchini or fried mac and cheese, you’ll also love this simple dish.

Fried ravioli on white plate

Deep Fried and Delicious

Do you like RAVIOLI?? It’s not something I grew up having it often, but it’s something I’ve cooked more often being a mom whose kids love pasta and cheese!

You may not remember the Cheesy Ravioli Bake I posted awhile back, but that was a huge hit for the family! I knew the family loved Ravioli so I decided to make some Fried Ravioli, just like we made our Fried Zucchini. Not only was it simple, but it was delicious!

The family especially loved this recipe and with some warm Marinara sauce, which made these bite-sized beauties hard to resist. If you’re looking for a simple appetizer or even a side dish for your Italian meal, I highly suggest trying this one out. It’s delicious!!

How to make fried ravioli process pics

How to Make Fried Ravioli

Begin by heating up some oil on medium heat.

While that’s heating up, it’s important to create breading for the ravioli. To do that, pour milk into a bowl as well a cup of flour into a bowl or bag and the same for bread crumbs.

Add ravioli to the milk making sure it gets all wet. Add to flour, shake around until it’s coated and then back into the milk, followed by the bag of bread crumbs. Shake until coated and then add to hot oil to fry until golden brown.

Sprinkle toasted ravioli with Parmesan cheese while warm and serve with marinara sauce.

Frying ravioli in hot oil

Changing it Up

This recipe can be changed up easily based on spices you add to your mix or even by the bread crumbs (there are several varieties of bread crumbs. We often like to use Panko for frying which is another alternative.

You can also use different types of ravioli. We used a standard cheese-filled, but you can use meat-filled or another favorite is the spinach and cheese filled.

Different dips can also be used for this recipe, including our homemade ranch.

Want to make it a meal? Serve it over some pasta with some spaghetti or marinara sauce. 😉

Toasted ravioli on white plate

We hope you love this recipe as much as our family did. It’s hard not to love fried food, so we have a feeling you’ll enjoy this dish.

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Fried Ravioli Recipe

4.88 from 16 votes
Fried Ravioli - one of our favorite side dishes or appetizers when serving Italian food!
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 377 kcal
Author Lil' Luna


  • olive oil for frying
  • 1 package ravioli store bought
  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • marinara


  • Heat oil to medium heat.
  • Throw 10 Raviolis at a time into a bowl of milk. Make sure all sides get wet.
  • From there add to a a gallon bag of flour, and then shake around. Add back to milk to make sure all sides are wet and then into a bag of breadcrumbs. Shake around.
  • Add to oil and dry until golden brown. Place on a plate with paper towel to help drain oil. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Repeat process until all the pieces are breaded and fried. Serve immediately. ENJOY!


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My name is Kristyn and I’m the mom of SIX stinkin’ cute kids and the wife to my smokin’ hot hubby, Lo. My mom’s maiden name is Luna, and I’m one of the many crafty “Lil’ Lunas” in the fam. On this site I like to share all things creative - from recipes to home decor to gifts and home decor ideas. Welcome!

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  1. Although these little pillows of deliciousness are fried, they are actually referred to as Toasted Ravioli. As a St. Louisan (where these bites were created), they can be found in most restaurants and a whole section in freezer section of the grocery store. Yum!

  2. This is actually called Toasted Ravioli in St. Louis. It’s a dish that St. Louis is known for, and oh so good.

    1. Someone just today mentioned that 🙂 I love hearing about these little facts! Thanks so much!

  3. We love fried ravioli!!! I actually have never tried to make it. We usually go out to get it. I’m going to have to try and make it at home. Super delicious!!

    1. It’s delicious and great, because you can make it whenever you want 🙂 Hope you give it a try. I’d love to know what you think!

  4. Hi Luna,
    These look really good and I’d love to try them, but I have a couple of questions first. One, what kind of ravioli is required for this? Our stores sell both fresh and frozen ravioli, and I’m not sure which one I would need to get. Two, has your family ever tried freezing these after they’re fried? I live alone (busy college student), so I like to make batches of food and then freeze them in individual portions to pull out and re-heat for dinner throughout the month, and was wondering how well this recipe might hold up in the freezer.

    Thanks so much for sharing such a delicious looking recipe!

    1. Oh, they are so good!! I used cheese ravioli, but really it could be any kind. You can change it up 🙂 And, I think I had just the cold pkg ones (not frozen, although, you could get frozen & un-thaw them first) I haven’t tried freezing them, but I’m sure they’d be fine 🙂 Hope that helps!!

      1. Thank you, it helps a lot! I won’t be making these for a couple months, but I’ll come back and post on how they all turn out. Cheers (:

  5. 5 stars
    These were a hit!! I love how easy they were to make & so much better than the frozen ones from the store. They were crisp, yet still soft & gone in minutes!

  6. 5 stars
    My kids love regular ravioli I cannot wait to try this fried version. I appreciate all the helpful info you include!

  7. 5 stars
    We are doing appetizers for Christmas this year and I’m thinking we should do an Italian theme and these would be perfect! I can’t wait to make them again.

  8. 3 stars
    This was a great idea. Wish I had stopped after the flour. And I over cooked it. The flavor was good. Next time I will only cook for a few mins. It did not come out like the pic.

  9. Hi KRISTYN, This recipe looks delicious… I’m planning on making this. My question though ? How much Olive Oil is needed ?