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Air Fryer Mozzarella Slices

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These Air Fryer Mozzarella Slices are the perfect snack or appetizer! They are crispy on the outside and melty on the inside. The air fryer makes them super quick and easy to make, and they come out perfectly.

If you are looking for the perfect after school snack, or appetizer for your next party, then give this recipe a try. Your entire family will love this snack!

Air Fryer Mozzarella Slices on a clear glass plate next to a red and white checkered cloth with a bowl of sauce and an air fryer in the background
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Air Fryer Mozzarella Slices

Mozzarella is a refreshing and simple cheese to enjoy on its own, or in any dish that needs some extra moisture. This low-sodium gem comes from Italian buffalo or cow’s milk which makes it light enough for those who want less salt without compromising flavor!

Why I Love This Recipe

I love everything with mozzarella. The cheesy stretch when eating mozzarella is so satisfying to see. The best part about this recipe is that it looks and tastes like it’s straight out of an Italian pizza parlor, even though I made it by myself at home with my handy air fryer.

  • Easy to make
  • Always a hit at parties
  • Perfect for picky eaters

If you love air fryer snack recipes, give this Air Fryer Blooming Onion recipe a try.

Air Fryer Mozzarella Slices on a clear glass plate next to a red and white checkered cloth with a bowl of sauce and an air fryer in the background
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Ingredients

Make sure to put these simple ingredients on your grocery list, or if you are lucky you may already have these ingredients on hand, which can save you a trip to the grocery store.

  • fresh mozzarella log 
  • plain Panko crumbs 
  • eggs, whisked 
  • garlic powder 
  • Italian seasoning 
Air Fryer Mozzarella Slices ingredients

Substitutions

Panko crumbs: You can use regular breadcrumbs instead of Panko crumbs in this recipe if you do not have plain Panko crumbs. Another great substitute would be crushed corn flakes.

Garlic powder: You can use granulated garlic as a substitute for garlic powder. In most recipes, minced garlic would do well. However, it will not work on this recipe since it will be incorporated into the coating. 

Mozzarella: If you want to try making this recipe with a different cheese, you can try using burrata cheese because it has amazing meltability.

Equipment Needed / Helpful Tools

Making this air fryer snack recipe is so easy, but you will need a few helpful kitchen tools. Gather these tools and get ready to enjoy this crunchy treat.

How to Make Air Fryer Mozzarella Slices

This recipe comes together in just seven simple steps. This easy recipe is simple to make and can easily be tailored to feed a large or small crowd.

Step 1: Slice the mozzarella into slices

Slice your log into 16 slices. Transfer each slice onto a paper towel, and dab each slice to remove any moisture.

Mozzarella slices next to egg in a dish and panko crumbs in a white bowl

Step 2: Mix together the panko and seasoning

Mix together your Panko crumbs and seasoning in a medium-size bowl.

Mixture of seasoning in a white bowl next to an egg in a white dish and a mozzarella log

Step 3: Dredge the medallions

Place your medallions into the egg wash and make sure they are fully coated on each side.

Dredge mozzarella in egg wash

Place your medallion into the Panko crumbs. Repeat these two steps one more time.

Dredge mozzarella in panko seasoning

Step 4: Preheat the air fryer

Preheat your air fryer to 400° for five minutes. You do this by starting the air fryer without any food in it.

Step 5: Add the medallions to the air fryer

Transfer your medallions to your air fryer. Make sure that they are not touching one another.

Medallions inside the Air Fryer

Step 6: Air fry the mozzarella slices

Set your air fryer to 390° for five minutes. Flip them over and set your air fryer to 390° for an additional 2 to 3 minutes. They should be crispy and brown.

Step 7: Serve and enjoy

Eat as is, or dip in your favorite marinara sauce! Enjoy!

Air Fryer Mozzarella Slices on a clear glass plate next to a red and white checkered cloth with a bowl of sauce and an air fryer in the background

Variations / Options / Add-Ins

If you want to change up this recipe, here are some great ideas.

Parmesan Cheese: Do you love cheese? Add some grated parmesan cheese to the panko breadcrumbs.

Spice: If you enjoy some heat, add a dash of cayenne pepper to the breadcrumbs.

Size: Slice the cheese in any shape or size that you want for a different twist on this recipe.

Serving Suggestions

These mozzarella slices are best served with a dipping sauce to bring the best flavors out of it. Here are some of my favorites:

  • Marinara sauce
  • Dijon sauce
  • Mayonnaise
  • Ketchup
  • Buffalo blue cheese
  • Ranch dressing
a closeup of an Air Fryer Mozzarella Slice

Tips

Here are some tips to make this recipe even better.

  • Make sure the medallions are not touching one another in the air fryer.
  • Dab the mozzarella with a paper towel – this will help remove any moisture from the cheese. If you do not do this, your breading will not stick as well to the cheese.
  • Do not overcrowd your air fryer basket – if you crowd the basket, your food will not cook evenly. Make sure to leave some space in between each slice.
  • Do not forget to preheat your air fryer – this will help the food cook evenly throughout.
  • If you want a golden-brown crust, spray your air fryer basket and the mozzarella slices with cooking spray before air frying.

FAQs

Do you have questions about this Air Fryer Mozzarella Slices recipe? Here are the answers to the most commonly asked questions about this recipe.

How to store

You can transfer them to an airtight container lined with a kitchen towel to absorb excess oil. Keep it in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. 

How to reheat

Preheat your air fryer to 400 degrees, and then reheat your medallions for about 1-2 minutes. Leave space in between each medallion to ensure that it will evenly cook/reheat. 

Can I freeze these?

You can freeze mozzarella medallions to air fry them for another time. Simply follow steps 1-3, place the mozzarella medallions on a lined tray, and let them completely freeze. Once frozen, you can store your mozzarella medallions in a ziploc bag and keep them in the freezer for up to 3 months. 

a closeup of an Air Fryer Mozzarella Slice

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📋 Recipe

A clear glass plate holds a stack of golden-brown, air-fried patties, revealing perfectly melted mozzarella slices inside. A red-checkered cloth is partially visible to the left and a small bowl with red sauce can be seen in the top right corner.

Air Fryer Mozzarella Slices

Corinne Schmitt
These Air Fryer Mozzarella Slices are the perfect snack or appetizer.
4.95 from 50 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 13 minutes
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Servings 16 Slices
Calories 154 kcal

Equipment

  • Air Fryer
  • Measuring spoons and cups
  • Bowls
  • Spatula
  • Knife

Ingredients
  

  • 16 ounces fresh mozzarella log
  • 8 ounces plain panko crumbs
  • 2 eggs whisked
  • 2 tablespoons garlic powder
  • 2 tablespoons Italian seasoning

Instructions
 

  • Slice your log into 16 slices. Transfer each slice onto a paper towel, and dab each slice to remove any moisture.
  • Mix together your panko crumbs and seasoning in a medium-size bowl.
  • Place your medallions into the egg wash and make sure they are fully coated on each side. Place your medallion into the panko crumbs. Repeat these two steps one more time.
  • Preheat your air fryer at 400 F for five minutes.
  • Transfer your medallions to your air fryer. Make sure that they are not touching one another.
  • Set your air fryer to 390 F for five minutes. Flip them over and cook for an additional 2 to 3 minutes. They should be crispy and brown.
  • Eat as is, or a dip in your favorite marinara sauce. Enjoy.

Notes

Pro Tips

  • Make sure the medallions are not touching one another in the air fryer.
  • Dab the mozzarella with a paper towel—this will help remove any moisture from the cheese. If you do not do this, your breading will not stick as well to the cheese.
  • Do not overcrowd your air fryer basket—if you crowd the basket, your food will not cook evenly. Make sure to leave some space in between each slice.
  • Do not forget to preheat your air fryer—this will help the food cook evenly throughout.
  • If you want a golden-brown crust, spray your air fryer basket and the mozzarella slices with cooking spray before air frying.
 

Recipe FAQs

How do I store these mozzarella snacks?
You can transfer them to an airtight container lined with a kitchen towel to absorb excess oil. Keep it in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. 
 
How do I reheat these medallions?
Preheat your air fryer to 400 F, and then reheat your medallions for about 1-2 minutes. Leave space in between each medallion to ensure that it will evenly cook/reheat. 
 
Can I freeze these?
You can freeze mozzarella medallions to air fry them for another time.
Simply follow steps 1-3 in the recipe card, place the mozzarella medallions on a lined tray, and let them completely freeze. Once frozen, you can store your mozzarella medallions in a ziploc bag and keep them in the freezer for up to 3 months. 

Nutrition

Serving: 2SlicesCalories: 154kcalCarbohydrates: 12gProtein: 9gFat: 8gSaturated Fat: 4gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 43mgSodium: 290mgPotassium: 77mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 232IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 183mgIron: 1mg
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2 thoughts on “Air Fryer Mozzarella Slices”

  1. 2 stars
    I was hopeful but it just wasn’t good. I would recommend adding salt along with the garlic powder and Italian seasoning. Trying to flip the medallions was a nightmare. They were just a gooey mess. I put the slices that didn’t fit in my air fryer in the oven… even a bigger gooey mess! This recipe was not for me.

    Reply
    • Thanks for sharing your ideas for additional ingredients to add. I’m sorry you had a bad experience with the recipe. It could be that the mozzarella log that you used was a little softer. Also, there are tips in the post about making sure to dab off any moisture from the mozzarella slices, and to fully coat them in the Panko and repeat this step a couple of times – did you follow those tips?

      Reply
4.95 from 50 votes (49 ratings without comment)

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