Parmesan Crusted Tortellini Bites

These Fried Tortellini Bites are surrounded by a crispy Parmesan Crust and make a fantastic appetizer with some warm marinara sauce for dipping! Plus, instructions for baking them!

Be sure to try my sweet cream cheese wontons next!
a fork dipping a fried and breaded tortellini bite into marinara sauce

This fried tortellini is definitely one of my favorite appetizers to date. (And the quickest to disappear at a party, might I add.) Let’s get into some FAQ!

Can You Make These Ahead of Time?

Preparing the breading for this fried tortellini can take a bit of prep time.

Luckily, you can bread these ahead of time and place the breaded tortellini an an airtight container in the fridge the day before you’re ready to fry them up.

Can You Make These in an Air Fryer?

Anything with a breading like this (as opposed to a liquid deep fry batter) works well in an air fryer.

You can also use Ravioli to make this recipe in an air fryer. Check out how it’s done here.

Can You Bake Tortellini Bites?

  • Yes. To bake these, preheat your oven to 375° and place a greased baking sheet in the heated oven for 5 minutes.
  • Remove the baking sheet from the oven and place the breaded tortellini on top. Lightly spread with cooking spray.
  • Bake for 15-20 minutes, until they’re crisp and begin to toast and brown.
  • Remove from the oven and serve with warm marinara!

a plate of breaded, fried tortellini with marinara sauce in background.

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4.15 from 34 votes
Servings: 6
Parmesan Crusted Tortellini Bites
Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
45 mins
 
Author: Stephanie
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Fried Tortellini, tortellini appetizers, tortellini bites, Tortellini Recipe

These Fried Tortellini Bites are surrounded by a crispy Parmesan Crust and make a fantastic appetizer with some warm marinara sauce for dipping!

Ingredients
  • 9 oz. refrigerated three cheese tortellini see notes for my preferred brand
  • 48 oz. Canola oil (6 cups)
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 large eggs beaten
  • 1 cup Panko breadcrumbs
  • ¼ cup Parmesan cheese finely grated
  • 2 teaspoons parsley finely chopped
  • ¼ teaspoon of red pepper flakes (optional)
  • ½ cup marinara sauce
Instructions
  1. Mix together the panko breadcrumbs, parmesan cheese, parsley, and red pepper flakes.
  2. Cook the tortellini until it’s 1 minute before it’s al-dente. Drain, and coat generously with flour.
  3. Dip each tortellini into the beaten eggs, and then into the panko mixture.
  4. Heat the oil in a dutch oven to 375 degrees. You may not need to use all of the canola oil but ensure that the tortellini is covered by an inch or two. 

  5. If you’re unsure if the oil is the right temperature, put a test piece of tortellini in the oil and ensure that it begins to fry almost immediately, but not too intensely. Cook the tortellini pieces for about 5 minutes on each side, until golden brown. You may have to do this in batches.
  6. Place on a paper towel, pat dry, and serve with warm marinara sauce!
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Recipe Notes

Baking Instructions

  • Preheat your oven to 375° and place a greased baking sheet in the heated oven for 5 minutes.
  • Remove the baking sheet from the oven and place the breaded tortellini on top. Lightly spread with cooking spray.
  • Bake for 15-20 minutes, until they're crisp and begin to toast and brown. 
  • Remove from the oven and serve with warm marinara!

BUITONI Refrigerated Three Cheese Tortellini is great with this recipe.

Nutrition Information
Calories: 377, Fat: 20g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Cholesterol: 73mg, Sodium: 453mg, Potassium: 118mg, Carbohydrates: 34g, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 2g, Protein: 12g, Vitamin A: 4.5%, Vitamin C: 1.7%, Calcium: 13.9%, Iron: 14.2%

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Parmesan Crusted Tortellini Bites

Parmesan Crusted Tortellini Bites