Are you looking for an appetizer? How about dinner? This incredible Air Fryer Fried Tortellini recipe can cover either dinner or appetizer.
Air Fryer Fried Tortellini- Soy Free
Nothing compares to biting into a crispy pasta filled with a creamy cheese. These tortellinis are versatile and can be served with your favorite dip or marinara sauce. Because these are air fried, you don’t have to worry about the greasiness like you would get at a restaurant. Instead, you have a healthier version of your favorite dish.
Did I mention this Air Fryer Fried Tortellini recipe is a soy-free? If your family has a soy allergy like mine does, I got you covered. It’s no fun to scroll past a recipe because of an allergy.
Tortellini is always a favorite in our home, especially when I add a batter and fry it! These treats are unbeatable in flavor. I also wanted to create a soy-free version so my youngest son could also enjoy these tantalizing treats.
Let me say this Air Fryer tortellini is hands down better than takeout! No one will ever suspect the soy-free version!
Easy Air Fryer Fried Tortellini
As a recipe inventor, my kitchen is my laboratory and my family is my test subjects. After I made these for the first time, they were gone within minutes. After I tasted one, I knew I had perfected a masterpiece. In fact, my husband and my teenager played paper, rock, scissors for the last one.
I served ours with the choice of ranch or marinara. Both were excellent options.
The mix of Panko and parmesan works well together. I can taste the mix combination of cheeses and bread in every bit. My husband said he was reminded of his time in Italy and has asked for them at least once a week. My kids, on the other hand, ask for them every day!
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Best Tortellini for Air Fryer Fried Tortellini
As you head out to your local grocer, be sure to visit the refrigerator section. Refrigerated tortellini is the freshest you will get next to making homemade. It will save you time and batters up rather nicely. I don’t recommend using frozen. Frozen tortellini won’t thaw well and the batter will not stick very good to the tortellini.
Do You Cook Tortellini Before Air Frying It
Yes, you will cook your tortellini before you batter and place in the Air Fryer. Ensure that your pasta is al dente so that when you toss it in the Air Fryer, it doesn’t overcook.
Tip for Making Air Fried Tortellini
One big tip I wanted to stress is don’t overlap your tortellini in the Air Fryer. If you overlap the tortellini, they will not cook evenly and the pieces that touch can remain soggy. Don’t be afraid to cook in batches. When it’s all said and done, you’ll be glad you cooked in batches. Your family is sure to want more!
When To Serve Up Air Fried Tortellini
You can serve this as a main dish paired with a crispy green salad or one of your favorite side dishes. Or you can serve it as an appetizer. I’ve served these tortellinis as an appetizer for get togethers and used colorful toothpicks.
Can You Refrigerate Air Fryer Fried Tortellini
Yes, you can refrigerate leftover air fried tortellini! Although tortellini is best served straight out of the Air Fryer, it is still a tasty reheated leftover. No complaints from my teenaged son in the taste department when he reheats the leftovers. You can heat up in the microwave or even toss in the oven or Air Fryer to reheat it. They will last 2-3 days in the fridge.
What If I Don’t Own An Air Fryer
You can use the oven to get that baked taste. It won’t be as delicious as the Air Fryer version, but it will work. Just preheat your oven to 350 degrees and bake for around 8 minutes or until it is lightly golden brown.
Air Fryer Fried Tortellini
Serves – 4 to 6
- 1 (9 oz.) package refrigerated Three Cheese Tortellini
- 2 large Eggs, beaten
- 1 cup Gluten Free Panko Breadcrumbs
- ¼ cup grated Parmesan
- ¼ tsp. of Red Pepper Flakes
- ½ cup Marinara Sauce to server as a Dipping Sauce ( you can make your own in the instant pot. Here’s a meat sauce version if you wanted to try that…)
- Chopped Basil to garnish (optional)
1) Cook the tortellini in boiling water for 5 minutes. It should be al dente. Drain and keep aside on a plate.
2) Mix together the Panko breadcrumbs, parmesan cheese, and red pepper flakes in a shallow bowl.
3) Dip each piece of the cooked tortellini into the beaten eggs, and then coat completely in the Panko mixture.
4) Generously grease the Air Fryer basket. Place a few crumb coated tortellini pieces in it.
5) Air fry at 350 F for 8 minutes. Repeat with the remaining pieces.
6) Serve with warm marinara sauce.
If you love Italian food, I am sure you will be a fan of this quick and easy recipe. Skip ordering your favorite appetizer and stay in and make some to treat yourself and break up the work week. This is a recipe we enjoy on any occasion. Weekends are an excellent time for us to enjoy these tortellinis during game night or family movie night.
There you have it! Super easy and delicious! This is a great recipe the whole family can enjoy! Kiddos and adults alike. Also, since I now am in the midst of raising a teen, I can tell you this is a recipe that is great for those teenagers who love to eat everything in sight! Enjoy!
Have you ever tried Air Fryer Fried Tortellini? Comment below and let me know!
Don’t Forget To Print Your Recipe For Later!
- 3 lbs. pork tenderloin
- 1 cup homemade "faux" soy sauce ( I make my own in the instant pot. Just click the words for the recipe.)
- 1 tbsp garlic powder
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 1 tbsp onion powder
- 1/2 cup honey
- 1 tbsp ground ginger
- salt and pepper if desired
Freezer Bag Instructions
1) Score the top of the tenderloin a few times. This will allow the meat to marinade better and release excess fat while cooking.
2) Place the pork tenderloin in a freezer bag.
3) Cover the tenderloin with the remaining ingredients.
4) Seal the freezer bag and remove any excess air. Shake up the bag so that the marinade is mixed. Write the cooking instructions on the bag then roll it in half and place the tenderloin in the freezer for up to 1 month.
Cooking Label: Honey Soy Tenderloin 75 Minutes or 1:15 (25 minutes per lb.)
NPR Cooking Directions from frozen:
1) Defrost the tenderloin enough to be able to remove it from the bag.
2) Place the tenderloin and all the marinade in the Instant Pot. Scored side up. Do not set it on a trivet or add any extra liquid. The marinade is enough liquid to bring it pressure as it defrosts.
3) Close the lid and turn the pressure valve to sealing. Cook the tenderloin on high pressure for 75 minutes or 1 hour 15 minutes using the "Meat/Stew", "Manual", or "Pressure Cook" options. Let the pressure naturally release.
4) Check the internal temperature to make sure it reaches 170 degrees then remove the tenderloin. Set it aside to rest for at least 10 minutes before slicing. If the internal temperature hasn't reached 170 then let it cook for another 10 minutes.
5) While the tenderloin is resting, simmer the juice left in the Instant Pot on sauté mode to make a glaze. Let the juice simmer for 10-15 minutes until it has reduced and thickened. Then spoon it over the tenderloin and serve.
Disclaimer: I have inputted all ingredients into a program. I am not a nutritionist or dietician. So I cannot be held responsible for the validity of these calculations. ~Laura