Air fryer ravioli is a quick and easy appetizer the whole family will love. Toasted ravioli is beautifully crispy on the outside, and seasoned with basil and oregano.
Serve with marinara sauce for dipping. Ready in less than 25 minutes!
Fried ravioli is such a fun appetizer to get at restaurants.
With crispy breading, creamy filling, and marinara sauce for dunking, there’s a lot to love!
Toasted ravioli was popularized in St. Louis, Missouri. From there it has spread.
It is typically made by dunking ravioli in eggs, milk, and/or buttermilk. Then it’s coated in breadcrumbs and deep-fried.
Unfortunately, finding vegan fried ravioli is a rarity. (Although, I did score some recently in Kansas City!)
Luckily, it’s super easy to make fried ravioli at home, using store-bought vegan ravioli.
You can use either fresh, thawed, or frozen ravioli.
Plus, thanks to the convenience of the air fryer, it’s not oily or heavy like its deep fried counterpart.
It tastes a lot healthier than what you might find at a restaurant. But you still get all of that delicious flavor.
This mouthwatering appetizer is:
- Beautifully crispy
- Flavorfully seasoned
- Stuffed with delicious filling
- Easy to make
- Completed with pantry-friendly ingredients
- Sure to please the entire family
Vegan toasted ravioli is a wonderful appetizer for a dinner party or games night.
Or you can smother it in sauce, and serve it alongside a veggie.
Voila, you have lunch or dinner!
Here are the ingredients you will need for this air fryer ravioli recipe.
Vegan ravioli: Either fresh or frozen will work here.
In these pictures, I used Trader Joe’s vegan ravioli. Kite Hill ravioli is also terrific.
Panko breadcrumbs: Panko is a Japanese style of breadcrumb. It is ideal for a perfectly crisp, crackling exterior.
You can find it next to the other styles of breadcrumbs in the center aisles of the grocery store.
Aquafaba: Aquafaba is the liquid inside of a can of beans like chickpeas or Great Northern beans. Simply open a can & use the liquid inside for dipping.
Or if you make your own beans from scratch, you can use the liquid the beans cooked in.
Aquafaba is great for getting breadcrumbs to stick to the ravioli. And it helps them to get toasty brown.
(Keep scrolling for alternatives to aquafaba.)
Nutritional yeast flakes: This inactive yeast adds delicious cheesiness to the breading. (Learn more about nutritional yeast flakes here.)
Seasonings: Fill out the breadcrumbs with these delicious seasonings – dried basil, dried oregano, garlic powder, salt, and pepper.
Oil spray: A light spray of oil helps the toasted ravioli to brown. I use a refillable, non-aerosol style sprayer.
Marinara: Use your favorite marinara as a dipping sauce.
Where to find vegan ravioli
While you could make your own vegan ravioli from scratch, for this recipe we’re going the easy route and using store-bought.
That’s what makes this appetizer recipe so fast, easy, and convenient.
You can find vegan ravioli in most natural grocery stores, like Whole Foods.
Kite Hill makes two flavors – spinach or mushroom. Both types include almond milk ricotta.
Depending on the store, it is sold in either the refrigerated or frozen section.
Trader Joe’s also sells their own cashew cheese ravioli in the refrigerated section of the store.
Either frozen, thawed, or fresh ravioli will work for this recipe. You can use it straight out of the freezer (without thawing first) or refrigerator.
Through the magic of the air fryer, the time and temperature are exactly the same.
If the frozen ravioli are stuck together, move them to the refrigerator to thaw before using. Once thawed, it isn’t difficult to carefully pull them apart.
(If there’s a little bit of tearing, don’t worry about it. the panko breadcrumbs will cover that area just fine.)
Step by step instructions
(For full ingredient amounts, keep scrolling to the recipe box at the end of this post.)
Do NOT boil the noodles. For this recipe, we’re breading them straight out of the package – fresh or frozen.
Start by making a breading station.
On a plate combine:
- Panko bread crumbs
- Nutritional yeast flakes
- Dried basil
- Dried oregano
- Garlic powder
Put aquafaba in a bowl.
One at a time, dip vegan ravioli into aquafaba. Shake off excess liquid.
Then dredge in seasoned breadcrumbs.
(The bread crumbs stick best when dry. If yours stop sticking well, replace with fresh panko & re-season.)
Move breaded ravioli to the air fryer basket in a single layer, being careful not to overlap.
(If necessary, air fry in batches. Keep in mind subsequent batches may cook more quickly, because of a hot air fryer.)
Spritz ravioli with cooking spray then air fry at 390 degrees for 6 minutes.
Flip ravioli one by one. Then air fry 2 more minutes.
Serve air fried ravioli with warmed marinara for dipping.
Make it your own
You can make this air fryer toasted ravioli your own by varying the ingredients.
- Replace aquafaba with non-dairy milk blended with a small spoonful of cornstarch.
- Or you can replace aquafaba with a very thin layer of vegan mayo on each ravioli like I did with my eggplant parmesan recipe. (Be sure to remove any excess mayo.)
- Replace seasonings with several generous shakes of Italian seasoning blend.
- Omit the nutritional yeast flakes if you don’t have them or don’t like them.
- Instead of seasoning the panko yourself, you can use store-bought seasoned panko that uses Italian seasonings.
Serve with a delicious dipping sauce:
Make it a meal with these side dishes:
- Broccolini with garlic & kale
- Tomato cucumber salad
- Avocado caprese salad
- Air fryer asparagus
- Grilled Portobello mushrooms
- Red wine mushrooms
- Sautéed kale
Store leftovers in a covered container in the refrigerator.
They will keep for about 3 days.
To reheat, put the breaded ravioli into the air fryer in a single layer.
Air fry leftovers at 390 degrees for 3 to 4 minutes.
Since they are already browned on both sides, you won’t need to flip them.
More vegan air fryer recipes
Craving even more vegan air fryer recipes?
Here are some popular ones you’ll love:
- Fried pickles
- Fried artichoke hearts
- Stuffed peppers
- Baked potato
- Roasted garlic
- Vegan arancini
- Vegan pulled pork
Vegan fried ravioli in the air fryer
- ½ cup panko bread crumbs
- 2 teaspoons nutritional yeast flakes
- 1 teaspoon dried basil
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- Pinch salt & pepper
- ¼ cup aquafaba liquid from can of chickpeas or other beans*
- 8 ounces vegan ravioli frozen, thawed, or fresh
- Spritz of cooking spray
- ½ cup marinara for dipping
- On a plate, combine panko bread crumbs, nutritional yeast flakes, dried basil, dried oregano, garlic powder, salt, and pepper.
- Put aquafaba into a small separate bowl.
- Dip ravioli into aquafaba, shake off excess liquid, and then dredge in bread crumb mixture. Make sure that the ravioli gets fully covered. Continue until all of the ravioli has been breaded.
- Move the breaded ravioli into the air fryer basket in a single layer. Be careful not to overlap the ravioli too much in the air fryer, so that they can brown evenly. (You don't want it to be too overcrowded. If necessary, air fry in batches. Keep in mind that subsequent batches may cook more quickly, because of a warmer air fryer.)
- Spritz the ravioli with cooking spray.
- Set air fryer to 390 degrees. Air fry for 6 minutes. Carefully flip each ravioli over. (Don't just shake the basket. If you do, you'll lose a lot of bread crumbs.) Air fry for 2 more minutes.
- Remove ravioli from air fryer and serve with warm marinara for dipping.