Homemade Mozzarella Sticks in the Air Fryer are so quick and easy to make, that they’ll be a family favorite in no time!
Strips of mozzarella cheese are dipped in an egg wash and then coated in seasoned bread crumbs and air-fried to crispy perfection! Each bite of hot and melty, cheesy deliciousness will win over even the pickiest eater!
Air Fryer Mozzarella Sticks
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Best Air Fryer Appetizer
- The air fryer whips up appetizers in minutes with minimal cleanup. So why buy frozen when you can make them fresh?
- This simple recipe makes the best breaded mozzarella sticks you’ve ever tasted! Double up the batch because they will disappear fast!
- Mozzarella sticks are the perfect portable party food. Serve them on their own or with marinara, ranch, bleu cheese, honey mustard, or bbq sauce!
- DIY a super fun and tasty appetizer platter with these other air fryer favorites: Air Fried Cheese Curds, Air Fryer Loaded Tater Tot Skewers, Air Fryer Lemon Pepper Wings, Air Fryer Kale Chips, Air Fryer Carrot Fries.
Ingredients & Variations
CHEESE: Mozzarella makes the creamiest, cheesiest stick, but long strips of pre-packaged string cheese or sharp cheddar cheese will also work. Choose one or many different varieties of cheese!
BREADING: Seasoned breadcrumbs and Panko give cheese sticks that perfectly golden coating and distinctive crunch.
Going low-carb? Switch out the breading for a combination of crushed pork rinds and almond flour.
SEASONINGS: Any package of Italian seasoning will do! Or try a taco, chile, or Cajun seasoning.
How to Make Mozzarella Sticks in the Air Fryer
It’s easy to prepare these tasty snacks for air frying.
- Freeze mozzarella sticks while preparing the breading mixtures (per recipe below).
- Combine wet and dry ingredients in separate bowls.
- Dip frozen cheese sticks into the egg mixture and then the breading mixture.
- Spray mozzarella sticks with cooking oil and air fry!
How Long to Cook Mozzarella Sticks in Air Fryer
Most air fryers will take 6 to 8 minutes to create perfectly crispy and creamy breaded Mozza sticks. Just place mozzarella sticks in a single layer in the air fryer basket. Cook them until they are golden brown and crispy on the outside.
Tips for Crispy Cheesy Goodness
- Be sure the air fryer is preheated before cooking mozzarella sticks. The initial blast of hot air seals the coating to the outside and seals in the cheese.
- Make sure there’s a little space between the cheese sticks so the hot air can circulate all around them, ensuring an even, crispy coating.
- If cooking in batches, keep air-fried mozzarella sticks warm in the oven.
- Reheat leftover mozzarella sticks in a preheated air fryer until they are crispy again.
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Air Fryer Mozzarella Sticks
- 8 mozzarella cheese sticks frozen
- 1 egg beaten
- 2 tablespoons milk
- 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
- ½ cup panko breadcrumbs
- ½ cup seasoned breadcrumbs
- Freeze mozzarella sticks for at least 30 minutes before coating them.
- Preheat the Air Fryer to 400°F.
- Mix milk and the egg in one bowl and the remaining ingredients in another.
- Coat the mozzarella stick in the egg mixture then the breadcrumb mixture and repeat the process.
- Repeat until all of the other sticks are done and generously spray with cooking spray.
- Place sticks in the air fryer basket and cook for 6-8 minutes or until golden brown in color.