do you thaw frozen ravioli before frying

Fried Ravioli, also known as toasted ravioli, is cheese ravioli fried in an air fryer or in oil and topped with parmesan cheese and parsley, dipped in a side of marinara sauce. If you love pasta and need a full meal, try my Smoked Sausage Pasta.

I love pasta, and ravioli is no exception. In fact, I even have a five-cheese homemade ravioli recipe and homemade pumpkin ravioli you may want to check out! But, I digress…this recipe is meant to be an easy appetizer or meal to make and share by frying frozen ravioli that you can easily pick up at your local grocery store. And, you have the option to fry the ravioli in an air fryer or in oil.

Whether you use your air fryer for this recipe or fry the ravioli in oil, the breading is the same. So, get out the ingredients and tools you need to get these toasted ravioli fried to a golden brown.

I will let you know how to fry the ravioli in both an air fryer and in oil. Breading the ravioli for either method is the same. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper; this is simply to place the coated ravioli before frying. Then, get out three deep plates or bowls.

On one plate, add the flour. Whisk together the eggs and milk on a second plate. On the third plate, combine the breadcrumbs, parmesan cheese, garlic powder, salt, and pepper.

With each frozen ravioli, first, coat in the flour, followed by the eggs and milk mixture, and finally, the breadcrumb mixture. Set the coated ravioli on the lined baking sheet until you have coated each one. Next, it’s time to get them fried in the air fryer or in oil.

It depends on the recipe. For ravioli pasta that will be boiled and simmered in water, then served with a sauce, it won’t need to be thawed first. For toasted, air-fried, or pan-fried ravioli, start with either fresh, refrigerated ravioli or thaw the amount of frozen ravioli you’ll need for the recipe.
do you thaw frozen ravioli before frying

How to Test Oil for Frying

  • Put the handle of a wooden spoon into the hot oil. The oil will start to bubble steadily when it’s good to go. If you are seeing the oil bubbling like crazy, it’s too hot and needs to cool down a bit. If there are only a few to no bubbles, it’s not hot enough.
  • Another method is using a 1-inch square of bread. Carefully put the bread into the oil and if it browns in 60 seconds, the oil is ready.
  • My favorite method is the popcorn test. Put a kernel of popcorn into the pan of oil as soon as you begin heating up the oil. As soon as that kernel pops, the oil is ready!

If you have any leftover oil, don’t waste it; check out how to clarify used oil!

Air fryers are becoming more and more popular because of the lower fat content compared to deep frying. There is no messy oil to clean up and it’s a great alternative to get that crispy texture. It’s easy to get the coated ravioli fried.

  • Spray the breaded ravioli on both sides with cooking spray.
  • Place the ravioli in a single layer in the basket of your air fryer.
  • Fry at 350°F for 10 minutes, flipping them halfway through (after about 5 minutes).
  • Remove from the air fryer and top with optional parmesan cheese and parsley. Serve with a side of marinara sauce for dipping.

do you thaw frozen ravioli before frying

Crispy Fried Ravioli


Should I thaw frozen ravioli before cooking?

As a reminder – NEVER thaw fresh-frozen filled pasta like ravioli! It should be cooked directly from frozen (one less prep step!) For maximum flavor, cook your pasta to just shy of al dente and then finish cooking it by sautéing in the sauce it will be served in. Don’t toss fresh pasta with oil!

Do you need to boil ravioli before frying?

Fresh pasta does need to be cooked, but you can skip the step of boiling your ravioli (and gnocchi), and cook it in a skillet instead. Pan-fried ravioli (and gnocchi) have a crispy crust, a warm gooey center, and they take on sauce beautifully.

How do you cook frozen toasted ravioli?

Easy preparation Preheat oven at 425°F. Evenly space frozen ravioli on a flat baking sheet. Bake for 8-10 minutes.

How long should ravioli thaw before frying?

Allow the ravioli to thaw for about 30-45 minutes before using them in the recipe. But once they’re all breaded and fried, no one will ever know they’re fried ravioli from frozen! Italian breadcrumbs – Using Italian breadcrumbs will add extra flavor and make your ravioli extra yummy. You can also use regular breadcrumbs and add seasoning yourself.

How to cook frozen ravioli?

The best way to cook frozen ravioli is still boiling them like you would any other type of pasta. All you have to do is take out the ravioli that you want to cook, and put them in boiling water along with a pinch of salt. The cooking time if you choose this method is about ten to 12 minutes.

Can You air Fry frozen ravioli?

For toasted, air-fried, or pan-fried ravioli, start with either fresh, refrigerated ravioli or thaw the amount of frozen ravioli you’ll need for the recipe. To cook these in an air fryer, preheat your air fryer to 350F. Prepare as directed then place the breaded ravioli in a single layer in the basket.

Can you freeze fried ravioli?

Make the fried ravioli as directed in the recipe at the bottom of this post. Allow them to cool completely, then place them in a single layer on a sheet pan lined with parchment paper and pop it into the freezer. As soon as they’re frozen, about 1 hour, place them in a resealable freezer bag and put them back into the freezer.

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