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How to Know When Ravioli Is Done?

Last Updated on February 26, 2024 by Lauren Beck

Ravioli, a delectable Italian dish, is enjoyed globally for its flavor and simplicity in preparation. Its versatile fillings, ranging from cheese to meat to vegetables, make it a dish for all taste buds. Despite its popularity, determining the perfect cooking time for ravioli remains a challenge for many.

In this article, we’ll share some tips and tricks to help you know when your ravioli is perfectly cooked.

How to Know When Ravioli Is Done?

Ravioli is done when it’s cooked through, and the filling is hot. You can check if the ravioli is done by cutting it into one of the ravioli pieces or by tasting one. If the pasta is cooked through and the filling is hot, then the ravioli is done.

Does Ravioli Float When It Is Done?

Yes, ravioli can float to the water’s surface when cooking. However, this is not always an accurate indicator of doneness, as some types of ravioli may float to the surface before they’re fully cooked. 

It’s best to use a combination of methods to ensure your ravioli is cooked.

How Do You Know if Ravioli Is Overcooked?

Overcooked ravioli can become mushy and fall apart. You can tell if ravioli is overcooked by looking at the pasta itself. If the pasta is falling apart or the filling leaks, the ravioli is likely overcooked. Additionally, overcooked ravioli may have a soft, mushy texture.

How Long to Boil Ravioli?

The cooking time for ravioli can vary depending on the type of pasta and filling you’re using. As a general rule, fresh ravioli typically cook in 2-3 minutes, while dried ravioli can take 4-6 minutes. 

It’s best to follow the cooking instructions on the package or taste the ravioli periodically to ensure it’s cooked.

Ways to Cook Ravioli

Ravioli can be cooked in a variety of ways, including boiling, baking, and frying. Here are some common ways to cook ravioli:

  • Boiling: Boiling ravioli is the most common method of cooking. Simply add the ravioli to a pot of boiling water and cook until it’s done.
  • Baking: Baking ravioli can give it a crispy texture. Place the ravioli on a baking sheet, brush with oil, and bake in the oven until crispy and golden brown.
  • Frying: Fried ravioli can be a delicious appetizer or snack. Coat the ravioli in breadcrumbs and fry in hot oil until crispy.

Tips & Tricks On How To Best Prepare Ravioli

  • Use a large pot: Use a large pot of water to boil the ravioli, as this will prevent the pasta from sticking together.
  • Salt the water: Add salt to the boiling water to enhance the flavor of the pasta.
  • Don’t overcrowd the pot: Cook the ravioli in batches if necessary to prevent overcrowding the pot.
  • Drain well: Drain the ravioli well to prevent excess water from diluting the sauce.

Can You Cook Ravioli Frozen?

Cooked Ravioli on a White Plate

Yes, you can cook frozen ravioli. Simply add the frozen ravioli to a pot of boiling water and cook until it’s done. Frozen ravioli may take slightly longer to cook than fresh ravioli, so be sure to follow the cooking instructions on the package.

How Long Does Ravioli Last In The Fridge?

Cooked ravioli can last in the fridge for up to 5 days if stored in an airtight container. However, the texture and flavor of the ravioli may change over time, so it’s best to eat it within a day or two of cooking for the best flavor and texture.

Signs That Ravioli Might Have Gone Bad

If ravioli has gone bad, it may have a sour or off smell, a slimy texture, or visible mold. If you notice any of these signs, it’s best to discard the ravioli and not consume it.

Why Is My Ravioli Floating Immediately?

If your ravioli is floating immediately, it may be because the water is boiling too vigorously or because the pasta is not dense enough. Try reducing the heat on the stove or adding more pasta to the pot to prevent the ravioli from floating too soon.

Can You Fry Ravioli?

Yes, you can fry ravioli for a crispy appetizer or snack [1]. Coat the ravioli in breadcrumbs or flour, then fry in hot oil until golden brown and crispy. Serve with your favorite dipping sauce for a delicious treat.


Cooking ravioli to perfection can be challenging, but with these tips and tricks, you’ll know when your ravioli is perfectly cooked. Whether you’re boiling, baking, or frying your ravioli, be sure to taste it periodically to ensure it’s cooked through. And if you have leftover ravioli, store it in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days. Try different types of ravioli and experiment with different cooking methods to find your perfect dish!


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