Olive Garden’s Toasted Ravioli is one of the top appetizers on Olive Garden’s extensive menu. They have a crispy, golden brown exterior and a gooey, cheesy interior, and are the perfect appetizer or snack. Here’s an Olive Garden copycat recipe for deep-fried toasted ravioli for anyone wanting to make this tasty appetizer at home.
I order the toasted ravioli from Olive Garden whenever we go there. It’s easy to see why it’s one of their most popular appetizers, and honestly, I could make it a full meal! Those crispy, toasted squares filled with deliciously savory cheese filling are just too good to stop eating! I recently got a craving for these delicious little bites, but there was no Olive Garden action in sight. So I simply made my own! They’re absolutely delicious and hit the spot just like the original.
This delicious recipe starts with frozen ravioli, so it’s exceptionally easy to make. I dip them in a buttermilk mixture and then coat them in seasoned breadcrumbs. Then, I fry them until they’re crispy and golden on the outside and hot and melty on the inside. They’re so easy to make and so absolutely delicious. I serve them to family and friends as appetizers, and sometimes, I make them for my guy and myself as a main meal!
Why You’ll Love This Toasted Ravioli Recipe
- They are so easy to make and you can find premade raviolis at most grocery stores so all you need to do is to make these delicious copycat Olive Garden toasted raviolis is bread and dry them.
- They are a popular appetizer or snack, and they are a hit whenever they are served, and are a crowd-pleaser.
- The cheesy filling is melty and gooey, along with the crispy, golden brown exterior, creating a mouth-watering combination of flavors and textures.
- They are versatile and can be made with a variety of fillings, such as cheese, meat, or vegetables, as well as a variety of sauces, such as marinara, ranch dressing, or your favorite dipping sauce.
Toasted Ravioli Ingredients
This recipe has a list of ingredients that’s nice and short, and the only thing you might have to shop for is the frozen ravioli. It’s that simple!
- Frozen cheese or meat raviolis
- Italian seasoning
- Slap Ya Mama seasoning
- Garlic salt
- Large egg
- Vegetable oil or canola oil
How to Make Toasted Ravioli
Making this recipe is super simple. It starts with frozen ravioli that are thawed, and then it’s just a matter of coating and frying. It doesn’t get easier!
Step 1: Prep
Thaw the ravioli. Then, heat oil in a large skillet or deep fryer over medium heat.
Step 2: Make the Dredge Station
Combine breadcrumbs and seasonings in a shallow bowl. Then, whisk the egg and buttermilk together in another shallow bowl.
Step 3: Coat the Ravioli
Dip the ravioli in the egg mixture. Then, coat them in the breadcrumb mixture.
Step 4: Fry
Add a few ravioli at a time to the hot oil and fry until golden brown on both sides. Remove them with a slotted spoon and place them on a plate lined with paper towels. Serve with marinara sauce when they’re all done!
- Be sure to defrost your ravioli before coating and frying them so they cook all the way through.
- If you don’t have buttermilk, add 1 tablespoon of vinegar or lemon juice to a liquid measuring cup. Then, fill the cup with regular milk until it reaches the 1-cup mark. Let it sit for 5 minutes, and you have buttermilk!
- Gently tap the ravioli when dredging them in each bowl to get the perfect coating.
- Use your favorite brand and variety of ravioli for this recipe.
- Try adding a little Kraft parmesan cheese to the breading mixture.
- If you’re trying to limit your sodium intake, use garlic powder in place of garlic salt.
What to Serve with Toasted Ravioli
You can serve these as an appetizer with marinara sauce or make them a main meal. Pair them with some breadsticks, garlic bread, bread and butter, or vegetables. Their classic flavor goes with just about anything.
Toasted ravioli are breaded, deep-fried ravioli that are usually served as an appetizer.
Toasted ravioli were created and popularized in St. Louis, Missouri. No one knows exactly who invented them first, but the popular theory is that they were first served at Oldani’s in 1943.
Toasted ravioli is not good – it’s GREAT! These little bites are hot and cheesy on the inside and golden and crunchy on the outside. They might just be the perfect appetizer.
Yes. The names are interchangeable.
How to Store, Reheat, and Freeze Leftover Toasted Ravioli
Refrigerate this ravioli in an airtight container for up to 3 days. For longer storage, place the ravioli on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and flash freeze them. Then, place them in an airtight, freezer-safe container and freeze for up to 3 months.
The two best ways to reheat toasted ravioli are in the oven or air fryer.
- Bake the ravioli at 375 for 10 to 15 minutes.
- Air fry the ravioli at 350 for 3 to 5 minutes.
Try This Delicious Toasted Cheese Raviolis Today
This easy, delicious toasted ravioli recipe is melty and cheesy on the inside and crispy and golden on the outside – just like the Olive Garden recipe! The best part is that it’s so easy to make, and it tastes even better than the ones you get from the restaurant. With that combination of ease, convenience, and flavor, why wouldn’t you give these a try? Make just one batch, and you’ll be hooked for life!
More Delicious Fried Appetizer Recipes to Enjoy
These Fried Dill Pickles are a delicious and popular appetizer recipe coated in a crispy, crunchy batter, deep fried to crispy perfection. It’s always a favorite appetizer recipe.
- Heat oil over medium heat in a large skillet or deep fryer.
- In a shallow bowl or container, stir breadcrumbs and seasonings together until combined.
- In a second shallow container, whisk egg and buttermilk together.
- Dip the raviolis into the egg mixture and then coat the raviolis in the breadcrumb mixture.
- Fry in batches. Add 5-6 raviolis to hot oil and fry until golden brown on both sides.
- Remove with a slotted spoon and place on a plate lined with paper towels. Repeat until all raviolis are fried.
- Serve with your favorite marinara sauce.
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