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.
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Fried ravioli is a fun appetizer, sure to be a hit with anyone who loves pasta. It is a great combination of a crispy outside layer wrapped around soft pasta and filled with gooey cheese.
Quick and Easy Air Fryer Appetizer
One of my favorite things about this recipe is how easy it is to make. There are only a few ingredients and it goes together quickly. But it seems more complicated and is a restaurant worthy appetizer.
The air fryer is excellent at making many different appetizers, like these air fryer egg rolls and air fryer twice baked potatoes. It cooks with hot circulating air makes cooking for parties fast and easy.
Healthier Fried Ravioli
In addition this is a much healthier way to make fried ravioli than a traditional deep fried dish. There is no grease and no messing around with hot oil for a lower fat take on fried ravioli.
But don’t get me wrong – this dish isn’t exactly good for you. It consists of small pasta pouches stuffed with cheese and coated in bread crumbs. This recipe isn’t low carb, keto, dairy free, gluten free or anything like that.
But it is better for you than deep fried ravioli. So indulging while watching football will only partially break those New Year’s resolutions!
Air Fryer Ravioli Ingredients
There are only a few ingredients in this recipe, with the key ingredient being the ravioli. There are lots of different types of ravioli you can use for making toasted ravioli.
I used small, frozen cheese ravioli which are about 1 inch square because they are bite sized. You don’t need to thaw the ravioli before air frying them, just cook them frozen.
You can use ravioli with any filling, but my kids like their ravioli to have just cheese, without any sneaky extra stuff. Refrigerated ravioli would also work well for air frying!
The bite sized ravioli are coated in mixture of bread crumbs, Parmesan cheese and salt. The cheese is optional, but it does make them tastier.
The first time I made these air fryer ravioli I didn’t add salt to the coating. My family and I felt they were bland and missing something and that the pasta didn’t quite taste right without some extra seasoning. So I do think the salt or some kind of seasoning is necessary to include.
How to Make Air Fryer Ravioli
1. Dip the Ravioli in Bread Crumbs
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 salt.
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.
It is messy, but the best way to do the dipping is by hand. Once the ravioli is coated place it in the basket of your air fryer. Continue to dip ravioli until the basket is full. Don’t stack the ravioli and leave a bit of space between them in the basket.
2. Air Fry the Ravioli
Set the air fryer at 400 F and put the basket in it. Set the time to 9 minutes. After about half the time is expired take the basket out and use tongs to flip over the toasted ravioli. Then return the basket and finish cooking them.
3. Serve the Toasted Ravioli
Once the time is up use tongs to remove the air fryer ravioli to a serving plate. Serve with extra Parmesan cheese and marinara sauce for dipping. If you want to make more get another batch ready to go in the air fryer.
Important Note on Cooking Time
It is possible that you will need to adjust the cooking time, especially if you are using larger ravioli. I use very small ravioli, 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 not need more time to cook!
So it might take a bit of trial and error to get the exact right cooking time for your air fryer ravioli. 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 ravioli are nice and brown and the cheese is all still inside the pasta. So if you are making these for a party I’d advice doing a trial run first. You can cook just a few to test the time and get them perfect.
Do I Need to Coat the Basket with Oil?
I didn’t use any oil in this recipe, not to coat the basket or spray on the ravioli. But this can vary depending on your air fryer model. Air fryer basket usually have a non-stick coating, but it seems like some of them work better than others.
I have an Omorc air fryer and find the non-stick coating works fine. But it you sometimes have things stick to your basket then by all means coat it with a bit of oil before adding the ravioli. You should use a mister with vegetable oil to coat it, since cooking sprays can damage the non-stick finish.
What to Serve With Air Fryer Ravioli
These fried ravioli are traditionally served with marinara sauce. But you don’t have to stick with that! These would also be delicious with pesto sauce or even 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. One of my daughter’s is a huge ravioli fan, and she loves when I make a batch of these on a random weeknight.
- 2 eggs
- 2 cups panko bread crumbs
- 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 bag frozen mini cheese ravioli
- Put the eggs in a bowl and beat them with a fork to mix.
- Put the bread crumbs, cheese 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 in the air fryer basket.
- Repeat with more ravioli until the basket is full. Don't stack the ravioli.
- Cook at 400F for 9 minutes. Use tongs to flip the ravioli half way through the cooking time.
- Serve with marinara or other dipping sauce.
- It will take 3-4 baskets full to make all the ravioli, depending on your air fryer.
You might need to adjust the cooking time for different ravioli or different air fryers. I used mini ravioli, larger ravioli will need a longer cooking time. If you cook the ravioli too long the cheese will leak out.
Refrigerated ravioli can also be used. You will probably need to adjust the cooking time though.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 104Total Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 35mgSodium: 400mgCarbohydrates: 14gFiber: 1gSugar: 1gProtein: 5g
Nutrition facts are estimates.