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Parmesan Crusted Tortellini Bites

Prep Time:

30 Minutes

Cook Time:

15 Minutes


6 Servings



About the Recipe

This fried tortellini is definitely one of my favorite appetizers to date. (And the quickest to disappear at a party, might I add.)


  • 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)


  • Mix together the panko breadcrumbs, parmesan cheese, parsley, and red pepper flakes.

  • Cook the tortellini until it’s 1 minute before it’s al-dente. Drain, and coat generously with flour.

  • Dip each tortellini into the beaten eggs, and then into the panko mixture.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Place on a paper towel, pat dry, and serve with warm marinara sauce! Recipe and Photo Credit: Parmesan Crusted Tortellini Bites - The Cozy Cook

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