That’s right. Fried. Ravioli. Two words could not go more perfectly together. The first time I tried these was at our wedding, and they were delicious. My sister Jenna and her boyfriend Rich became totally obsessed with fried ravioli after our wedding, so when they came to visit recently, I knew I just had to make them. Jenna had (not surprisingly) figured out how to make them, so she gave me some suggestions and I took it from there.
So thanks Jenna, for the instructions. Here how you do it.
- 1 bag of frozen mini round ravioli (or square, whichever you’d like, but make sure they are the smaller variety)
- Italian bread crumbs
- 2 eggs
- Olive oil
- Marinara sauce for dipping
First take the ravioli out of the freezer to defrost about 10-15 minutes before you plan to start cooking it. I put them all out on a wire rack because sometimes they freeze together and you have to separate them. It was just easier for me to separate them all this way before getting started so you’re not doing it while your hands are messy.
Next get your eggs and breadcrumbs ready to easily dip your ravioli in. I scrambled three eggs (but I made two bags of ravioli, you should only need two eggs for one bag) and put about a cup of bread crumbs in a small bowl so that I could easily transfer the ravioli from the egg, to the breadcrumbs, to the pan.
Heat about 1/3-1/2 cup of olive oil in a large frying pan over medium heat. Dip the ravioli in the eggs. I put a handful of ravioli in the eggs at a time so that it wouldn’t take quite as long. Then transfer the ravioli to the breadcrumbs to coat the ravioli. I took the ravioli out one at a time from the eggs, then put 6-7 in the breadcrumbs before shaking it up to cover them all. Place in the hot oil to fry, making sure there is enough oil in the pan to mostly cover the ravioli.
This will take about 3 minutes per side. You just want the ravioli to become golden brown and they’ll be done. After the first side is done, flip each ravioli and cook for another 3 minutes. When the ravioli are nice and crispy, transfer them to a plate lined with paper towels to collect any extra oil and cool.
Once cooled for a few minutes, serve with some marinara sauce for dipping.
This is a great appetizer to serve at a party. They’ve been a hit for me so far with friends and I would definitely recommend them for something fun and a little different. My sisters and Rich scarfed these down when they got to our apartment, so for them it was more of a meal, but I think they were totally OK with that.
I’ll close with a picture of my sister Melissa and I in cool hats. Go make some Fried Ravioli!