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Simple Fried Raviloi with Spicy Marinara Dipping Sauce

I’ve been to several restaurants that feature fried ravioli on their menu.  While I enjoy it, I often find the sauce to be lacking in flavor and the ravioli soggy.  One of Craig’s favorite lines is ” Why dine out, when the majority of what you get can be made better at home, for half the price”?  I don’t disagree, but I do have my days when I don’t feel like being in the kitchen and let’s face it – it’s nice to be waited on!  That said, I’d been dying to create my own version of fried ravioli and here’s the end result.  Some crispy, cheesy ravioli with a spicy dipping sauce that has a hint of sweetness.  Enjoy!

Spicy Marinara

1 14.5oz can diced tomatoes

1 6oz can tomato paste

3 cloves minced garlic

1/3 C diced onion

2 Tbsp olive oil

1 tsp salt

1/2 tsp pepper

1 Tbsp sugar

1/4 C fresh chopped basil

2/3 C water


Fried Ravioli

1 14oz pkg frozen ravioli

1/2 C plain bread crumbs

1/2 C Panko bread crumbs

1/2 C fresh grated Parmesan cheese

2 large eggs, beaten

1 C all purpose flour

3-4 C canola oil


Marinara- place a sauce pan over medium heat. Add olive oil, onions and garlic and saute for 3-4 minutes. Do not allow your garlic to burn.  Add the remaining ingredients, reduce your heat to medium- low, and simmer for 30 minutes.  Taste for any needed seasoning and set aside until ready for use.

Ravioli- In a large saute pan, over medium-high heat, pour in your 3-4 cups of Canola oil.

While that’s heating, take 3 medium-sized bowls. placing the whisked egg in one, the flour, salt and pepper in another and the bread crumbs (panko and plain) and cheese in the last bowl. Roll each ravioli into the flour, dip into the egg and then roll in the bread crumb mixture.

Place each ravioli into the hot oil, taking care not to overcrowd the pan.  I fried 6-8 at a time. Overcrowding will bring the temperature of the oil down and they won’t get crispy.  Fry each ravioli about 2-minutes per side. Remove them from the oil, place on a paper towel- lined cookie sheet and sprinkle them lightly with salt.

Transfer your ravioli to a plate, your Marinara to a bowl, and let the dipping begin!

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This looks like a delicious and indulgent treat! I know my boys would go crazy for them.

Holly, I love what you’ve done here. The classic Italian flavors never disappoint and you’ve achieved the perfect fry on the rav. Yum!

I love the idea of making this at home! I am not a huge fan of cheese, so I could make my own filling and everything!

Fried ravioli is one of those things I love to order when I see it on the menu somewhere but I never think to make it at home! Yum!

Holly, these look great! I always wanted to try out making my own fried ravioli. Looks like I’m breaking out the deep fryer!

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