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Air Fryer Mozzarella Sticks Easy Recipe

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Now you can make your favorite ball park snack, Mozzarella Sticks at home without deep frying. Use your Air Fryer to whip up this easy appetizer or snack any time.

Mozzarella sticks on a white plate with a red sauce

Stop buying those frozen mozzarella sticks and make your own. Here’s your easy recipe for Air Fryer Mozzarella Sticks. We enjoy these deliciously gooey mozzarella sticks on game day, family movie night and pretty much anytime the grand kids are here.

Air Fryer Info You Need

The most important thing to know about the Air Fryer from my perspective is that it will crack your counter. Who knew, right! Easy fix. Sit it on a sturdy hard surface, not plastic, cutting board before each use. When I first learned this little tidbit, I thought it wouldn’t crack my granite counter but as it turns out, it will. Mine didn’t crack but with a little research I found out other folks had that problem. Again, easy fix, use a cutting board underneath while using your Air Fryer.

All Air Fryers are not created equal. Your may take slightly more or less cook time than mine based on size and power, like microwaves. Make recipe adjustments accordingly.

Be sure to leave space between your mozzarella stick in the Air Fryer. We wouldn’t want them exploding in there now would we. Can you imagine the mess. I’m so glad my Air Fryer basket is dishwasher safe!

Ingredients for making Air Fryer Mozzarella Cheese Sticks

ingredients for making Air Fryer Mozzarella sticks

We are using simple ingredients you will find at your grocery store and maybe even already have in your pantry.

  • 1 (12 oz.) pkg. Mozzarella String Cheese Sticks, any brand
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup Panko bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup Italian bread crumbs
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. onion powder
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • Non-stick spray
  • Marinara or Pizza Sauce for dipping, optional

Equipment needed

Instructions

Step 1

Begin by covering a large baking sheet with parchment paper.

mozzarella cheese sticks on a white plate

Step 2

Remove the cheese sticks from their wrappers. Our recipe calls for cutting each one in half to make two shorter sticks. If you prefer longer cheese sticks, skip this step. It’s an easy way to feed more folks when cooking for a crowd.

Step 3

Set up your dipping station to make the process go smoothly. You need three shallow containers.

Add the flour to one container.

Beat the egg until frothy in the second container.

bread crumb batter for fried cheese sticks

Stir the breadcrumbs and seasonings together in the third container.

mozzarella cheese sticks batter station

Step 4

Roll each cheese stick in the flour, then dip it in the egg and finally roll it in the panko mixture. Place the battered sticks on your prepared baking sheet.

Continue the process until all of the cheese stick have been battered.

Battered Mozzarella sticks on a sheet pan

Step 5

Cover the baking pan with foil and set it into the freezer. Allow the cheese sticks to freeze at least 3 hours or preferably over-night.

Step 6

Time to cook your frozen breaded mozzarella sticks. Set Air Fryer to 370°. Spray the basket with non-stick cooking spray, like Olive Oil Spray which I use.

Battered Mozzarella sticks on Air Fryer basket

Step 7

Place the frozen cheese sticks in the basket without sides touching, in a single layer. Do Not Overcrowd, leave space in between. Cook for 5 to 8 minutes or until your cheese sticks are nice and crispy golden brown.

Dip in Marinara or your favorite sauce and enjoy!

Air Fryer Mozzarella Sticks

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Yield: 24

Air Fryer Mozzarella Sticks Easy Recipe

Air Fryer Mozzarella Sticks

Easy recipe for Air Fryer Mozzarella Sticks. Simple ingredients for making your own gooey cheesy Mozzarella sticks for appetizers or snacks.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 7 minutes
Additional Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 22 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 (12 oz.) pkg. Mozzarella String Cheese Sticks, any brand
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup Panko breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup Italian breadcrumbs
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. onion powder
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • Marinara or Pizza Sauce for dipping, optional

Instructions

  1. Begin by covering a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Remove the cheese sticks from their wrappers. Then cut each one in half to make two shorter sticks. If you prefer longer cheese sticks, skip this step. Your yield will be less.
  3. Set up your dipping station to make the process go smoothly. You need three shallow containers. Add the flour to one container. Beat the egg until frothy in the second container. Stir the breadcrumbs and seasonings together in the third container.
  4. Roll each cheese stick in the flour, then dip it in the egg and finally roll it in the breadcrumb mixture. Place the battered sticks on your prepared baking sheet. Continue the process until all of the cheese stick have been battered.
  5. Cover the baking pan with foil and set it into the freezer. Allow the cheese sticks to freeze at least 3 hours or preferably over-night.
  6. Time to cook. Set Air Fryer to 370°. Spray the basket with non-stick cooking spray.
  7. Place the frozen cheese sticks in the basket without sides touching. Do Not Overcrowd, leave space in between. Cook for 5 to 8 minutes or until your cheese sticks are nice and crispy golden brown.
  8. Serve and enjoy!

Nutrition Information

Yield

24

Serving Size

1

Amount Per Serving Calories 25Total Fat 1gSaturated Fat 0gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 0gCholesterol 9mgSodium 166mgCarbohydrates 4gFiber 0gSugar 1gProtein 1g

Nutrition information is estimated and may not be exact based on uncontrolled variables in home kitchens used by each individual cook.

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