Fried Vegan Ravioli is a take on the most popular appetizers at Olive Garden! Now make this easy fried vegan Italian cheese ravioli Olive Garden style at home.
Here, the stuffed ravioli is coated in seasoned breadcrumbs and then fried to golden brown perfection. If you are looking for easy vegan appetizer recipes that can be made in under 30 minutes, then this is it!
Appetizers at Olive Garden
This recipe is the result of our frequent trips to our favorite Italian restaurant - Olive Garden. In fact, it was the first restaurant I visited after moving to the US, post our marriage.
Now we frequent this place very often and have tasted every possible vegetarian dish on their menu.
We love not just the vegan appetizers at Olive Garden, but also their minestrone soup to pasta and flatbreads. But I am in love with their garlic bread the most.
Honest confession time - I have never tried salads as I hate salads in general! Sorry but that's me. However, this fried ravioli was a pleasant discovery. Have you tried it yet?
KR ordered this from the menu once and we ended up loving it so much that we now order it every time.
On KR's suggestion, I decided to try a small batch at home soon. After a couple of successful batches, I made this for Thanksgiving Potluck at our friend's place.
It was an instant hit! Not just the kids but also all the adults were queuing up to take a (generous) serving of these fried ravioli. Soon, it was all gone!
Don't they look appetizing? Do you feel like reaching out and grabbing as much as your hands can take? Are you drooling like a hungry kid right now?
I am so sorry for putting you through all this. But I can assure you that very soon you too shall be able to replicate this!
Everyone's FAVORITE appetizer can easily be made at home. This fried ravioli is by far one of the best appetizers that I have had!
What I love even more is the simplicity of this recipe. It's so easy that you can even ask your child to help you with the prep (not the frying bit of course!).
If you’re a huge ravioli fan, you’ll love this breaded and fried version!
Why make this vegan Italian appetizer
This can easily become your go-to recipe if you are looking for easy to make vegan appetizer recipes for a crowd!
Here is why I love this fried cheese ravioli, Olive Garden style!
- It's vegan and gluten-free
- Can be made for large groups
- Very easy and simple to make
- Needs basic pantry staples
- It can be made in just 30 minutes
- A great recipe to cook with children
Here's how to make it
If you have enjoyed appetizers at Olive Garden, then you will surely love this homemade copycat version! It's one of the quickest vegan party appetizers you can make at home.
While you can make ravioli from scratch at home, using store-bought ravioli truly is the biggest trick to making this a quick and easy recipe.
- Cook the ravioli as per instructions on the packet. Strain the water and allow the ravioli to cool down.
- You can spread them on a plate for them to cool down and prevent them from sticking to one another.
- Meanwhile, prepare the breadcrumbs mixture. Add breadcrumbs to a bowl.
- Dip each ravioli in milk and then roll it over the prepared breadcrumbs mixture. Repeat this with every ravioli and place them on a tray.
- You can even ask your little ones to help in this step. It's a fun activity for them. Once that is done, it's time to fry the ravioli.
- You can take over from your kids (if they are helping you) and begin frying them in oil. Fry evenly on both sides till they turn golden.
- Be careful to not burn them or fry them in very hot oil. Using a slotted spoon, transfer ravioli to a paper towel-lined plate.
What do you eat it with?
These vegan Italian fried ravioli can be a meal in itself. They make great party appetizers and can also be eaten as an evening snack.
I totally enjoyed serving these delicious fried cheese ravioli, Olive Garden style at a house party and everyone went crazy for them.
Easy vegan appetizer recipes like this Copycat Olive Garden Cheesy Fried Ravioli is a crowd pleaser! Make it for your next house party and let me know how that goes.
Top tips, recommendations, and suggestions
If your frozen ravioli are stuck together, allow them to thaw in the refrigerator. Then you should be able to carefully separate them.
But you do not need to thaw frozen ravioli. You can cook them right away as per instructions on the packet.
I prefer using store-bought breadcrumbs as they are dry and coat well in comparison to the homemade ones that are softer.
Also, you can customize the crumbs mixture as per your liking.
If you have leftover breadcrumb mixture, you can save it in a ziptop bag in the refrigerator, and use it for future vegan Italian ravioli endeavors.
Where can you find vegan ravioli?
If you are not making vegan Italian ravioli at home, you can easily find them at the grocery store or on Amazon.
Check out brands like Kite Hill and Rising Moon. You can choose ravioli with any stuffing of your choice to make this recipe.
Can you fry canned ravioli?
Yes, you can use canned ravioli to make this vegan Italian appetizer. Drain the water and coat them in seasoned breadcrumbs and fry it.
However, I prefer and have used store-bought frozen ravioli.
While the fried version is a delicious indulgent option, you can also make toasted cheese ravioli, Olive Garden style in the oven, or in an Air Fryer.
To make it in the Air Fryer, set the air fryer to 390 degrees. Place the breadcrumbs coated ravioli in the tray and spray cooking oil over it.
Then Air Fry them for 6 minutes. Carefully flip each ravioli over. Air Fry for another 2 minutes.
To make it in the oven, bake the breaded ravioli in a preheated oven (400 degrees F) until golden brown and crispy, 15 to 25 minutes.
Easy vegan appetizer recipes
We all need appetizer recipes that the whole family or friends will love. Because let's admit it, appetizers are the most popular food items at family brunches, parties, and potlucks.
Here are some vegan appetizers that you can try for your next event.
- Chettinad Corn Dhokla
- Savory Polenta Muffins
- Cheese Rice Kebabs
- Moong Dal Pakora
- Banana Chips
- Instant pot Black Bean taco Boats
More Pasta recipes
- Indian Curry Pasta
- Edamame Mushroom Pasta Salad
- Garlic & Breadcrumbs Pasta
- Vegan Gnocchi
- Tomato Rotini Pasta Bake
- Alfredo Cheesy Mustard Pasta Mug Bake
- Almond Picada Pesto Spaghetti
To cook ravioli
- 9 oz ravioli
- Water as needed
To prepare the breadcrumbs mixture
To fry the vegan ravioli
- 1 cup milk
- oil for frying
To cook ravioli
- Cook the ravioli as per instructions on the packet. Strain the water and allow the ravioli to cool down. You can spread them on a plate for them to cool down and prevent it from sticking to one another.
To prepare the breadcrumbs mixture
- Now prepare the breadcrumbs mixture. Add breadcrumbs to a bowl. In that add garlic powder, onion powder, mixed dry herbs, chilly flakes and, vegan Parmesan Cheese. Mix it all together and keep it aside for now.
- Heat oil for frying.
To fry the vegan ravioli
- Add vegan (Almond) milk to a bowl and allow it to come to room temperature or you can warm it up for 45 seconds in a microwave.
- Dip each ravioli in milk and then roll it in prepared breadcrumbs mixture. Repeat this with every ravioli and place them on a tray. Once that is done, its time to fry the ravioli.
- Begin frying them in oil. Fry evenly on both sides till they turn golden. Be careful to not burn it or fry them in very hot oil. Using a slotted spoon, transfer ravioli to a paper towel-lined plate.
- These vegan Italian fried ravioli can be a meal in itself. They are best enjoyed when served hot with some spicy vegan mayo (Sriracha mixed with vegan mayo), regular tomato ketchup or marinara sauce on the side.