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Air fryer ravioli is a whole different experience of ravioli. It has a little crunch to it, makes great finger food for parties, or an appetizer for the holidays. Serve these air fryer toasted ravioli like chips with marinara for dipping sauce!
- Fried Ravioli
- How To Make Pasta In An Air Fryer
- Why Make Pasta In An Air Fryer?
- Air Fryer Benefits
- Air Fryer Pasta Making Accessories
- Air Fryer Pasta Tips
- What You’ll Need
- Cooking Thawed Ravioli
- Cooking Frozen Ravioli
- Cooking Fresh Ravioli
- The Breading
- Air Fryer Cooking Spray
- Air Fryer Ravioli Recipe
- Recommended Reading
We love toasted ravioli made in an air fryer! It pairs super well with other appetizers or can be enjoyed as a main course. The choice is yours! Honestly, we’ve even made these just to have as snacks and they were totally delicious.
Is cooking toasted ravioli in an air fryer going to give you ravioli exactly like the deep fried versions you can get in Italian restaurants? Yes and no.
Understand that while air fryers will definitely give you a crispy outside like fried food, the depth of texture from the excess fat won’t be there. It’s the difference between the crispiness in a ritz cracker and a deep fried cheese stick. The crispiness is definitely there, but the depth and texture of that crispiness is different.
We promise, it’s not a bad thing however! Air fryers help you eat so much less fat and still enjoy a crispy texture in very flavorful food. Is it a little different? Sure! Is that a bad thing? Nope! In fact, we consider it a benefit!
How To Make Pasta In An Air Fryer
So making pasta in your air fryer is a totally doable thing. In fact, there are many recipes around the web for different types of pasta that can be made. Everything from Mac and cheese to spaghetti and meatballs can be made in an air fryer.
But the techniques for making pasta in an air fryer will vary based on the type of recipe you are making. Read on for tips on making different kinds of pastas in your air fryer.
Why Make Pasta In An Air Fryer?
Because it’s easy and doesn’t require much attention. Plus, cleanup is minimal, and on a hot summer day, you won’t heat up the kitchen like you would cooking it on a stove. And in the case of this ravioli, it cooks super fast too.
Air Fryer Benefits
If you’re still on the fence about air fryers, we can vouch for the fact that they have some very definite benefits.
- You cook with far less fat, and in some cases, none at all.
- No overheating your kitchen in warmer months.
- Easy cleanup.
- Most air fryers cook the majority of foods in half the time it takes in a conventional oven.
Air Fryer Pasta Making Accessories
If you want to make pasta like mac and cheese or spaghetti and meatballs, you’ll need a certain type of air fryer pan. The size you purchase will depend on the size of your air fryer. Air fryer accessories come in all sizes to fit different air fryers. So you may have to dig a bit to find a set that fits your air fryer. Here is one set we found that is perfect for making creamy, saucy pastas. The pot with the handle is the one you’ll want for these types of pasta dishes. Note that you won’t need this for toasted ravioli.
Air Fryer Pasta Tips
- Rinse – For plain, dry pasta (not ravioli or other stuffed or frozen pasta), rinse it under hot water for 2 minutes first. Then proceed with your recipe. This will ensure that the pasta cooks properly.
- Soak – For stuffed pasta and ravioli, it’s best to soak them in a bowl of water you brought to a boil for 5 minutes (Do not place them in actively boiling water. Boil the water first, then remove it from the heat and add the pasta). This keeps them from drying out in the air fryer. The result will be a more tender pasta. If they are frozen, thaw them first. You can definitely cook frozen ravioli in an air fryer, but the edges will dry out and harden quite a bit.
- Mac and cheese – It works well to put some parchment in the bottom of your baking dish, and cover the top with foil as it bakes. Here’s a recipe that looks amazing.
- Spaghetti and meatballs – We have to admit, this is much easier if you make the meatballs in the air fryer and cook the pasta on the stove. But you absolutely could make the pasta in your air fryer if you wish. However, one will get cold while you wait for the other to cook. So keep that in mind. To make the pasta, simply use rinse the pasta as mentioned and then cook in an air fryer pot with the sauce until the pasta is tender (about 25-35 minutes, depending on your air fryer). Here’s a recipe that cooks the meatballs in an air fryer but the pasta on the stove. If you prefer to cook the pasta in an air fryer, then follow the mac and cheese recipe mentioned above, but use marinara instead of the cheese sauce.
- Pasta Chips or Fries – This may not be a well known snack (yet!), but it’s catching on quick. You can cook pasta such as farfalle (for chips) or Cavatappi (more like fries than chips).
What You’ll Need To Make Toasted Ravioli In An Air Fryer
- 20 oz. package frozen ravioli
- 2 cups Panko bread crumbs
- 2 large eggs
- marinara sauce (for dipping)
- cooking spray (for the air fryer basket or tray – optional – See note above on oil sprays.)
How To Cook Any Thawed Ravioli In An Air Fryer
- As mentioned above, you’ll want to thaw the ravioli in the fridge overnight and then soak it in boiled water for 5 minutes (you can microwave the water or boil it on the stove). It might seem like these extra steps take a lot of time. But they go quickly and are totally worth the effort when you end up with delicate ravioli that has a crispy breaded coating.
- While the ravioli soaks, quickly set up your work station in an assembly line fashion. A bowl with beaten eggs, a bowl with breading and your air fryer try or basket.
- When the ravioli is done, pat it dry gently, then dip it in the egg. Then turns it a few times in the breading and finally place it in the air fryer basket or on the air fryer tray.
- Thawed and soaked ravioli will cook at 350F. for about 8-11 minutes, depending on your air fryer.
- Rotate at least once during cooking.
- Serve finger-food-style with marinara for dipping sauce.
How To Cook Any Frozen Ravioli In An Air Fryer
You actually can cook toasted ravioli from frozen in an air fryer. It will still taste just as good, but the edges of your ravioli will be more crispy and dry. Some people actually prefer that, so it’s worth testing to see which way you like it. If you do, you save yourself the thawing and soaking.
In that case, you would simply follow the recipe below using frozen ravioli. It’s perfectly fine to put them still frozen into the air fryer. Frozen ravioli will cook for about 15-20 minutes at 350F.
How To Cook Any Fresh, Homemade Ravioli In An Air Fryer
If you prefer making your ravioli from scratch, we can’t blame you. It’s delicious stuff! So much better than store bought. But isn’t that always the way with homemade food?
The process for cooking homemade ravioli in an air fryer is simple. You can skip and soaking or thawing all together. Simply dip the fresh ravioli in the egg and breading and cook according to the same timing as with thawed ravioli. That’s 350F. for about 8-11 minutes, depending on your air fryer. Easy!
This recipe calls for plain Panko bread crumbs. However, there are so many things you can add to this! Feel free to play with spices and seasonings. We’ve tried Italian seasoning, ground rosemary, ground thyme, grated parmesan cheese and many other things (including bacon wrapped ravioli!) to play around with the flavors on these toasted ravioli.
The key, when adding flavor, is to make sure that whatever you add is well mixed with the bread crumbs and adheres well to the ravioli. If you use a lot of dry, whole leaf spices, chances are they won’t stick to the ravioli very well. Air fryers work by forcefully blowing hot air around your food. So making sure you are using ingredients that will actually stick to your ravioli is critical. We like ground herbs as apposed to whole leaf herbs. Ground seasonings are finer and will stick to the egg better.
When coating the ravioli, feel free to use your fingers to gently press the breading onto the ravioli a bit. The better it adheres to the ravioli, the better it will stick to the ravioli during cooking.
Air Fryer Cooking Spray
It’s important to remember that you should never use aerosol cooking sprays in your air fryer. They can do a lot of damage to the finish inside your air fryer. If you need some suggestions of what to use instead, check out this article on the best air fryer oil spray.
Air Fryer Ravioli Recipe
Air Fryer Ravioli
- Air Fryer
- 20 oz. frozen cheese ravioli
- 2 cups Panko bread crumbs
- 2 large eggs
- marinara sauce (for dipping)
- cooking spray (for the air fryer basket or tray – optional)
- Assemble your work station.
- Coat the frozen ravioli in egg.
- Roll in Panko bread crumbs.
- If you prefer a deep fry taste, coat in cooking spray. If you want a baked taste, skip the cooking spray. Air fry for 15-20 minutes at 350 F.
- Dunk in marinara sauce & enjoy!