Fried Ravioli

Five Little Chefs – Fried Ravioli

  Little Chef A was ready for another Giada recipe. We found Fried Ravioli from the Food Network. From reading the recipe it seemed easy. It has only a 15 minute cooking time! That means it should take us about an hour! Little Chef A went to the grocery store with me to find all the ingredients for this weeks recipes. She was extremely excited to have one on one time with me at the store!
  Little Chef A put some vegetable oil (not olive oil as the recipe suggested) in a sauce pan to warm. I showed her how to put the digital thermometer in the oil and set the the timer to beep when it hits 325 degrees.

   While the oil was heating up she measured out the buttermilk and the italian breadcrumbs into plates for dipping.  Little Chef A and myself were on one side of the counter while Little Chefs C and D were on the other side of the counter. Little Chef C said, “It’s like you are on a cooking channel.” “And we are the judges” added Little Chef D!

   I taught Little Chef A she needed to use two hands. One for buttermilk and one for the italian breadcrumbs. She did very well remembering this seemingly simple concept. After breading about 12 she wanted to start frying. Little Chef D took over breading. She had a VERY difficult time keeping track of which hand does what. Little Chef Dad repeatedly reminded her, and repeatedly cleaned her gummy hands! She did love to help and was enjoying herself!

   We read the recipe which said cook for 3 minutes or until golden brown. The timer was set for each batch, but each batch was pulled out early. Little Chef A said as she was pulling them out of the oil, “We would not want them to be over cooked.” If you think they are done, go ahead, you are the chef!

   This recipe was relatively quick for us! For the marinara sauce we just opened up a can and heated it up. While we were eating I heard;

Little Chef C: “Do you hear that crunch?”
Little Chef A: “You should thank me cause I made them.”
Little Chef D: “I helped too.”
Little Chef C: “I love them! I want 18!”
Little Chef A: “Yep, not raw, perfectly fine.”

   Each Little Chef had about 8 of these mini ravioli. Next time we will be cooking more unless it is for an after school snack or appetizer. They wanted more and more after they were all gone. These definitely were a hit for both making and eating! This is definitely a repeat recipe!

Fried Ravioli

Giada De Laurentiis


  • Olive oil, for frying
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 2 cups Italian-style bread crumbs
  • 1 box store-bought cheese ravioli (about 24 ravioli)
  • 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan
  • 1 jar store bought marinara sauce, heated, for dipping


Pour enough olive oil into a large frying pan to reach a depth of 2 inches. Heat the oil over medium heat until a deep-fry thermometer registers 325 degrees F.

While the oil is heating, put the buttermilk and the bread crumbs in separate shallow bowls. Working in batches, dip ravioli in buttermilk to coat completely. Allow the excess buttermilk to drip back into the bowl. Dredge ravioli in the bread crumbs. Place the ravioli on a baking sheet, and continue with the remaining ravioli.

When the oil is hot, fry the ravioli in batches, turning occasionally, until golden brown, about 3 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the fried ravioli to paper towels to drain.

Sprinkle the fried ravioli with Parmesan and serve with a bowl of warmed marinara sauce for dipping.

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42 Replies to "Fried Ravioli"

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    Jessica April 9, 2012 (9:15 am)

    This looks delicious! Like from a restaurant! :) thanks for sharing, will definitely have to give it a try! -Jessica

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    Pams Party April 9, 2012 (9:27 am)

    I have an asst chef in my kitchen too. My almost 13 yr old Asperger son has developed an interesting in cooking, and has been making recipes. I am now sharing his recipes on my blog. I think my kids would love to try fried ravioli. Would you please come by and share this on my linky party, Dare to Share.


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    Jill April 9, 2012 (9:29 am)

    Looks delicious. Maybe a silly question, but I'm assuming the raviolis are the fresh ones from the refrigerator section?
    I bet it would work with the dry ones I sometimes buy, but you'd have to boil them first.

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    Five Little Chefs April 9, 2012 (10:59 am)

    I would love to share AND read what you have been making with your son. I love finding others who cook with kids!

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    Five Little Chefs April 9, 2012 (11:00 am)

    Yes, fresh from the refrigerator section. The only ones I found were mini so we made more then the recipe said, but they still worked just fine. I think for small mouths they were great!

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    Five Little Chefs April 9, 2012 (11:01 am)

    Don't you love easy recipes that look restaurant quality!

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    Ashley April 9, 2012 (11:52 am)

    I LOOOOVE fried raviolis! Thanks for reminding me how delicious they are. I'm gonna make some this week!

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    Our Delightful Home April 9, 2012 (6:01 pm)

    I am always drooling over this when I go to resturants. I have to try this recipe. Thanks for Linking up at Show Me What You Got Tuesday's @ ODH

    Mrs. Delightful

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    Heather April 9, 2012 (8:19 pm)

    This is amazing… I am making this for dinner this week!

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    Rose April 10, 2012 (6:03 am)

    I love fried ravioli, I'll have to try this recipe. Your little chefs did a good job. I'm happy I found your wonderful blog I'm now following, I would love it if you came to visit me and share this and any other things you would like to share at my party. @;=7

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    Carrie April 10, 2012 (9:03 am)

    I must say I have never made or tried fried ravioli, but it looks quite delish! I'm intriqued! Thanks so much for sharing this amazing recipe at Kids in the Kitchen. I know it will be a huge hit for our readers. My kids would love to make fried ravioli! Have a great week! Carrie@younglivingoillady

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    Rachel April 10, 2012 (1:31 pm)

    do you think this would work with frozen ravioli? should I just thaw first or cook first?

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    Ginny @ April 10, 2012 (2:01 pm)

    These look SO yummy! Raviolis are always a hit at my house. I've never tried frying them, but I bet my kiddos will love them. Thanks for sharing this at Simply Sensational Tuesday! :)

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    Five Little Chefs April 10, 2012 (4:43 pm)

    I would think they would work just the same if you thawed them first. The fresh ones I used were pretty dry. So if you have moisture on them after thawing you might want to pat them dry. Water and oil don't mix well.

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    Happy Whimsical Hearts April 10, 2012 (7:06 pm)

    I've not come across fried ravioli before but it looks tasty :-) Sounds like your kids enjoyed themselves too.

    Thanks for sharing at Happy Family Times

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    Sarah A. April 10, 2012 (8:05 pm)

    Looks very yummy and easy! Definitely going to try this!!

    Found you at Adventurez with Kids in the Kitchen!

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    the cape on the corner April 11, 2012 (8:09 am)


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    Megan and Emily@Whimsically Homemade April 11, 2012 (8:34 am)

    My mother tried to make fried ravioli and failed miserably at it, I'm forwarding her this, they look awesome!

    Visiting from Whimsically Homemade!

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    Kelli Becton-AdventurezInChildRearing April 11, 2012 (9:05 am)

    Thank you for linking with Kids in the Kitchen! I love the dialogue between your little chefs! awesome

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    Erin April 11, 2012 (10:56 am)

    These sound wonderful! I would eat them all!

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    Five Little Chefs April 12, 2012 (8:26 am)

    Your welcome Ashley!

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    Five Little Chefs April 12, 2012 (8:27 am)

    Thanks for visiting. We love linking up!

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    Five Little Chefs April 12, 2012 (8:27 am)

    Let us know how it goes!

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    Five Little Chefs April 12, 2012 (8:28 am)

    I'm glad you found us. We would love to visit your party! Thanks for the invite!

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    Five Little Chefs April 12, 2012 (8:29 am)

    I'm not a huge ravioli fan, but I enjoyed this as much as My Little Chefs did!

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    Five Little Chefs April 12, 2012 (8:32 am)

    One reason My Little Chefs loved them is because these are finger foods and we used mini raviolis! I bet you will have success at your home as well!

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    Five Little Chefs April 12, 2012 (8:33 am)

    My Little Chefs are LOVING cooking in the kitchen!

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    Five Little Chefs April 12, 2012 (8:33 am)

    Thanks for stopping by!

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    Five Little Chefs April 12, 2012 (8:33 am)


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    Five Little Chefs April 12, 2012 (8:34 am)

    I love how they puff up and look so cute!

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    Five Little Chefs April 12, 2012 (8:35 am)

    Their dialogue cracks me up! That is why I am furiously writing as we cook and eat trying to preserve those fun words that come out of their little mouths!

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    Five Little Chefs April 12, 2012 (8:36 am)

    I definitely did not make enough! They wanted more and more! At least I know for next time!

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    Love Sparkle Pretty April 12, 2012 (5:43 pm)

    MMMMMMMMM must try 😀

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    Pams Party April 13, 2012 (11:17 am)

    Thank so you so much for linking this yummy recipe up to Dare to Share. I just love it and I am pinning it to my Pinterest page. Please come back to this weeks party and share some more of your wonderful recipes.


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    Alyssa April 13, 2012 (1:48 pm)

    This looks so good and really easy! I would love if you would share this and any other posts at Showcase Your Talent Thursday I hope to see you there!

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    Lady Behind The Curtain April 14, 2012 (3:56 pm)

    CONGRATULATIONS!!! Your recipe is being featured today on Menu and Party Idea Round Up from Cast Party Wednesday #36.
    Please go grab a "featured" button.
    Thank You for sharing your recipe with us @ Cast Party Wednesday!

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    How to Nest for Less April 16, 2012 (3:16 pm)

    YUMMY!!! I'm from St. Louis and we're known for creating the "Toasted Raviolis". You can find them in almost any restaurant :) I'll have to try this recipe. Looks delicious!!

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    Kaz & Ang (@MeltingMoments_) March 2, 2013 (2:58 pm)

    I’ve never tried fried pasta. I looks very tasty and easy to make :)

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    Lori Alcorn April 9, 2013 (11:12 am)

    wow these look so good Im going to have to really try and make them

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