Air fryer ravioli is a quick and easy appetizer idea! These crispy bite size breaded and fried ravioli are delicious dipped in marinara sauce and would be perfect for your next game day party. You can have this restaurant worthy appetizer ready in 20 minutes.
Air fried ravioli is a fun appetizer and is a favorite of anyone who loves pasta. And my kids adore pasta – they wish I’d make it every night.
Since they learned how easy it is to make this snack it has become their go to for late night snacking when the munchies strike!
Why You will Love this Easy Air Fryer Appetizer
- It seems fancy and complicated, but it has only a few simple ingredients.
- You can have nicely fried ravioli in minutes, perfect for dipping in your favorite sauce.
- There is no grease and no messing around with hot oil.
- Although I wouldn’t call this a healthy recipe, it is better for you than a traditional deep fried dish.
- It is the perfect combination of a crispy outside layer wrapped around soft pasta and filled with gooey cheese.
Ravioli – There are lots of different types of ravioli you can use for making this recipe. I used small, frozen cheese ravioli which are about 1 inch square because they are bite sized. You don’t need to thaw them before air frying them, just cook them frozen. You can use ravioli with meat filling, but my kids prefer theirs to have just cheese. Refrigerated ravioli also work well for air frying!
Egg – Egg coats the pasta so that the bread crumbs stick.
Bread crumbs – The bread crumbs crisp nicely in the air fryer.
Parmesan cheese – I like to add cheese to the bread crumbs to make these appetizers even cheesier.
Seasoning – Some seasoning is necessary for the tastiest ravioli. The first time I made these I didn’t add any seasoning to the bread crumbs and they were bland and missing something. I usually add garlic powder and salt, but you can also include other spices like basil or Italian seasoning.
Spray Oil – A little bit of oil on the ravioli before air frying makes a big difference. But don’t use commercial cooking spray because the preservatives in the oil can damage the air fryer basket. Put some oil in a spray bottle for the best results.
How to Make Toasted Ravioli in the Air Fryer
Put the egg in one bowl and use a fork to break it up and beat it together. Then in a second bowl mix the bread crumbs, Parmesan cheese and seasoning.
Take a frozen ravioli out of the bag and dip it in the bowl with the egg.
Then dip it in the bread crumb mixture making sure it gets well covered in bread crumbs on both sides.
It is messy, but the best way to do the dipping is by hand. Once the ravioli is coated put it on a cutting board while you make more.
2. Air Fry
Once you have enough pasta dipped and breaded to fill the basket set the air fryer to preheat at 400 degrees F for 3 minutes. Then add the ravioli to the air fryer basket in a single layer.
Don’t stack them and leave a bit of space between them in the basket. I can fit 12-15 in the basket of my 5.8 quart Cosori air fryer.
Spray the ravioli with cooking spray, but don’t use a commercial spray oil. The preservatives in the oil can damage the air fryer basket.
Use a spray bottle filled with oil or, if you don’t have a spray bottle, brush them with a little oil. A small amount of oil sprayed on them will make them crisp better.
Set the air fryer to 400 degrees F for 7 minutes. After 3-4 minutes take the basket out and use tongs to flip over the toasted ravioli. Spray them with a little more oil, then return the basket to the air fryer and finish cooking them.
3. Adjust Cooking Time as Necessary
It is possible that you will need to adjust the cooking time, especially if you are using larger ravioli. I use very small ones, which means they cook more quickly.
If you are using larger ravioli, like the 2 inch round ones which are very common, then they might need more time to cook. On the other hand if they are refrigerated and not frozen they might need less time to cook!
So it might take a bit of trial and error to get the exact right cooking time. If you overcook them they will burst open and the cheese will end up all over the air fryer basket. And yes, I found this out the hard way, although it was surprisingly easy to clean up!
You want to find the point at which the they are nice and brown and the cheese is all still inside the pasta. So if you are making these for a party I’d advise doing a trial run first. You can cook just a few to test the time and get them perfect.
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How to Serve
Once the time is up remove them to a serving plate. Serve with extra Parmesan cheese and a sauce for dipping.
Although these are traditionally served with marinara sauce you don’t have to stick with that! These would also be delicious with pesto sauce or a ranch dip. Experiment and try something new.
These are perfect for serving at a party – like your next game day get together. But they are also fun just as a side with dinner. My middle daughter is a huge toasted ravioli fan, and she loves when I make a batch of these on a random weeknight.
If you have leftover ravioli you can easily reheat them in the air fryer. Store them in the refrigerator and then when you are ready put them in the air fryer and spray them with a little oil. Then heat them at 350 degrees F for 3-4 minutes and they will be crispy and delicious
You can air fryer either frozen or thawed ravioli. Either should be cooked at 400 degrees F. If you thaw them then cook them for 5 minutes, if they are frozen air fry them for 7 minutes.
You don’t need to coat the basket with oil for these ravioli unless you have a problem with things sticking to it. But using a little bit of vegetables oil in a mister sprayer to coat the ravioli themselves will make them tastier and crispier.
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- 2 eggs
- 2 cups panko bread crumbs
- 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 teaspoons garlic powder
- 1 bag frozen mini cheese ravioli
- oil in a spray bottle
Edited 6/18/21 to update some pictures and include preheating the air fryer for crispier ravioli.
- Put the eggs in a bowl and beat them with a fork to mix.
- Put the bread crumbs, cheese, garlic powder and salt in a bowl and mix it with a fork.
- Take a frozen ravioli out of the bag and dip it in the beaten egg.
- Then dip it in the bread crumb mixture, covering it well.
- Put it on a cutting board while you dip more.
- Once you have enough dipped to fill the basket preheat the air fryer at 400 degrees F for 3 minutes.
- Then add the ravioli to the basket in a single layer. Don't crowd them and don't stack them.
- Spray them with oil in a spray bottle.
- Cook at 400F for 7 minutes. After 3-4 minutes you can pull out the basket, flip them over, and spray them with more oil. This is optional, but it will make them a little bit crispier.
- If you want to cook the rest of the bag make another batch.
- Serve with marinara or other dipping sauce along with fresh herbs and more Parmesan cheese.
You can add extra seasoning to the breadcrumbs such as basil or Italian seasoning. Or buy already seasoned breadcrumbs.
Don't use commercial cooking spray in your air fryer. It can damage the finish on the basket. Use a spray bottle with oil.
You might need to adjust the cooking time. I used mini ravioli, larger ones will need a longer cooking time. If you cook them too long the cheese will leak out.
Thawed or refrigerated ravioli can also be used. You will need to reduce the cooking time by about 2 minutes to 5 minutes.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 104Total Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 35mgSodium: 400mgCarbohydrates: 14gFiber: 1gSugar: 1gProtein: 5g
Nutrition facts are estimates.