Air Fryer Ravioli With Quick Tomato Dipping Sauce

Air Fryer Ravioli With Quick Tomato Dipping Sauce

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Air Fryer ravioli are puffy little pillows of toasted bliss that you can enjoy without guilt. In just minutes you can turn a package of ravioli into a delicious snack or appetizer at your next party.

The ravioli is coated in a breadcrumb mixture seasoned with parmesan cheese and herbs. Then cooked in an air fryer or baked in a conventional oven until puffy, crisp, and golden brown. The toasted ravioli is served with a chunky marinara or the quick tomato dipping sauce included in this recipe. 

I have had this recipe since before air fryers hit the market. I use to cook these ravioli in the oven but I decided to test this recipe a few times in the air fryer. Holy cow! That thing will cook them in short order; about half the time as they did in the oven.

fresh uncooked ravioli

Benefits To Air Fryer Ravioli

  • No Hot Grease: There is no greasy mess or nasty smells from deep frying.
  • Healthier: This is a low-fat recipe with a lot less fat vs deep frying.
  • Fast: The air fryer cuts the cooking time in half!
  • Easy to Make: With refrigerated pasta, this recipe comes together in just minutes. However, it’s best to allow the pasta to thaw, which takes about 30 minutes at room temperature.
  • Adaptable: This recipe can be adapted depending on the ingredients you have on hand.

tongs dipping ravioli into breadcrumb mixture

Ingredients and Substitutes

The Bread Crumb Mixture:

  • Breadcrumbs: Be sure to use plain breadcrumbs so you can season them to taste. If you want extra-crispy ravioli use, Panko. In my opinion, regular breadcrumbs complement the pasta better.
  • Seasonings: dried oregano and dried basil.
  • Spice: a pinch of cayenne pepper can be added for a wee bit of heat. Leave it out if you don’t like spicy food.
  • Cheese: freshly grated parmesan cheese is a must. This cheese provides a bit of saltiness, so that is why I do not add salt to the breader mixture.

A Binder:

I have tested this recipe with both buttermilk and a beaten egg. Either one works just as well as the other. You just need something wet to help the breadcrumb mixture adhere to the fresh pasta.

The Pasta:

Fresh ravioli can be found in most local supermarkets in the refrigerated section. In my store, they can be found near the deli section, so ask a store clerk or start there first. If you can’t find fresh pasta in the refrigerated section, then use frozen ravioli and let them thaw prior to cooking.

The Quick Tomato Dipping Sauce:

You won’t need a whole jar of marinara, so I recommend making the quick tomato dipping sauce.

You only need the following ingredients:

  • 8 ounce can of tomato sauce
  • Seasoning: dried oregano, dried basil, garlic powder, and onion powder.

dipping ravioli into buttermilk

How To Make Air Fryer Ravioli

If you are using frozen ravioli, allow them to defrost prior to cooking. 

Preheat the air-fryer to 350 degrees F. Most air fryers do not have a preheat feature, so turn it on set the temperature, and let it run 3 to 5 minutes prior to using.

Bread the Ravioli:

  1. Combine the breadcrumbs, oregano, basil, parmesan cheese, and cayenne pepper in a medium-size shallow bowl.
  2. Pour the buttermilk (or beaten egg) into a separate medium-size shallow bowl.
  3. Dip a few ravioli at a time into the egg and then toss them in the breadcrumb mixture to coat evenly.

breaded ravioli spaced out on air fryer rack

Air Fryer Cooking Instructions:

  1. Place the ravioli onto a rack or inside the basket of your air fryer. Continue until the rack or basket is full. Make sure the ravioli have plenty of space (¼-inch) in between each. You may have to cook more than one batch at a time.
  2. Place the rack or basket of ravioli inside the preheated air fryer. Set the temperature to 350 degrees for 4 to 8 minutes, or until crispy and golden brown. Repeat until all the ravioli are cooked.

NOTE: If your air fryer has racks you can cook ravioli on multiple racks, but swap them out halfway through. If your air fryer doesn’t have racks, I recommend flipping the ravioli about halfway through to ensure even cooking.

air fryer ravioli cooking inside air fryer

Oven Cooking Instructions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. (Convection Bake if you have that setting.)
  2. Place the ravioli on a large sheet pan leaving ¼-inch space between each ravioli. 
  3. Bake for 5 to 7 minutes, flip the ravioli over. Return the ravioli back to the oven and continue to bake for an additional 5 to 7 minutes, or until the ravioli are crispy and golden brown.

air fryer ravioli with quick tomato dipping sauce

Make The Quick Tomato Dipping Sauce:

While the pasta cooks, make the quick tomato dipping sauce or warm your favorite marinara.

  1. Whisk together the ingredients of the tomato sauce in a small saucepan over medium-low heat, until warmed through; about 3 to 5 minutes.

Serving Air Fryer Ravioli:

Remove the ravioli from the air fryer or oven and serve immediately with the prepared tomato sauce.

air fryer ravioli with quick tomato dipping sauce dripping off ravioli

What to Serve With Air Fryer Ravioli

Turn these into a meal tonight or enjoy them tomorrow as a snack. You’ll enjoy these no matter how you serve them!

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Air Fryer Ravioli With Quick Tomato Dipping Sauce

Turn a package of ravioli into a delicious snack or appetizer at your next party. Air Fryer ravioli are puffy little pillows of toasted bliss
Course Appetizer, Main Course, Snack
Cuisine American, Italian
Keyword Air Fryer, Pasta, Raviloi
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 18 minutes
Servings 18
Calories 78kcal

Ingredients

For The Ravioli:

  • ½ cup plain breadcrumbs use Panko for extra crispy ravioli
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • ½ teaspoon dried basil
  • ¼ cup parmesan freshly grated
  • 1 pinch cayenne pepper (optional)
  • ½ cup buttermilk or egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 9- ounce package cheese ravioli thawed if frozen
  • 1 cup marinara sauce store-bought, or make your own dipping sauce using the recipe to follow

The Quick Tomato Dipping Sauce:

  • 8 ounce can tomato sauce
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • ½ teaspoon dried basil
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder

Instructions

  • If the ravioli are frozen, allow them to defrost prior to cooking.
  • Preheat the air-fryer to 350 degrees F. Most air fryers do not have a preheat feature, so turn it on set the temperature, and let it run 3 to 5 minutes prior to using.
  • Combine the breadcrumbs, oregano, basil, parmesan cheese, and cayenne pepper in a medium-size shallow bowl.
  • Pour the buttermilk (or beaten egg) into a separate medium-size shallow bowl.
  • Dip a few ravioli at a time into the egg and then toss them in the breadcrumb mixture to coat evenly.

For the Air Fryer:

  • Place the ravioli onto a rack or inside the basket of your air fryer. Continue until the rack or basket is full. Make sure the ravioli have plenty of space (¼-inch) in between each. You may have to cook more than one batch at a time.
  • Place the rack or basket of ravioli inside the preheated air fryer. Set the temperature to 350 degrees for 4 to 8 minutes, or until crispy and golden brown. Repeat until all the ravioli are cooked. (see notes)

For the Conventional Oven:

  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. (Convection Bake if you have that setting)
  • Place the ravioli on a large sheet pan leaving ¼-inch space between each ravioli.
  • Bake for 5 to 7 minutes, flip the ravioli over. Return the ravioli back to the oven and continue to bake for an additional 5 to 7 minutes, or until the ravioli are crispy and golden brown.
  • Meanwhile, warm the marinara in a small saucepan. Alternatively, whisk together the ingredients of the tomato sauce in a small saucepan over medium-low heat, until warmed through; about 3 to 5 minutes.
  • Remove the ravioli from the air fryer or oven and serve immediately with the prepared tomato sauce.

Notes

If you don’t have buttermilk, use an egg instead.
Use Panko for extra-crispy ravioli.
If your air fryer has racks you can cook ravioli on multiple racks, but swap them out halfway through. If your air fryer doesn’t have racks, I recommend flipping the ravioli about halfway through to ensure even cooking.
Time may vary based on your size and brand of your air fryer.
Calories are calculated based on the homemade quick tomato dipping sauce. Reference your jar of marinara if using a storebought brand. For nutrition information see our POLICIES AND DISCLAIMERS page.

Nutrition

Serving: 1Ravioli | Calories: 78kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 10mg | Sodium: 215mg | Potassium: 62mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 81IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 38mg | Iron: 2mg
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