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Air Fryer Mozzarella Sticks


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These homemade Air Fryer Mozzarella Sticks are so much better than frozen store bought mozzarella sticks, they are crispy on the outside and on the inside you will find melted cheesy goodness.

If you love gooey mozzarella cheese this recipe is for you. I love a good cheese pull and these crispy mozzarella sticks always satisfy that craving for me.

Air Fryer Mozzarella Sticks on a glass plate with a sauce in the middle and air fryer in the background.

Air Fryer Mozzarella Sticks

Using an air fryer to cook your food has several benefits for our bodies. I’ve fallen in love with using an air fryer because I can get the crispy fried texture and taste without all the added calories and fat.

Why I Love This Recipe

Air Fryer Mozzarella Sticks are easy to make and turn out so crispy on the outside and have the perfect cheese pull in the middle.

  • Ready in under 30 minutes
  • Easy to make
  • Always a hit at parties

If you enjoy tasty air fryer appetizers you may also like this Air Fryer Blooming Onion recipe.

Top view of Air Fryer Mozzarella Sticks on a plate with a red sauce and some mozzarella sticks beside the plate

Ingredients

You only need a few simple ingredients to make these crispy appetizers. Most of these ingredients you will most likely already have in your pantry.

  • mozzarella cheese sticks
  • cornstarch
  • flour
  • panko
  • eggs
  • nature’s seasoning
  • parsley
Air Fryer Mozzarella Sticks ingredients in small bowls, mozzarella cheese sticks, cornstarch, flour, panko, and eggs.

Substitutions

Mrs. Dash: For a salt free seasoning, use Mrs. Dash Original in place of Nature’s Seasoning.

Red Pepper Flakes: Add in red pepper flakes to your breadcrumbs for a hint of spice.

Equipment Needed / Helpful Tools

You only need a few simple tools to make this kid friendly snack.

How to Make Air Fryer Mozzarella Sticks

These mozzarella sticks are so easy to make, they come together in four easy steps.

Step 1: Cut your mozzarella

Unwrap your mozzarella sticks and then cut them in half.

Step 2: Prepare your breading for your sticks

In one bowl, combine the cornstarch, flour, and nature’s seasoning. Add the parsley to the panko in another bowl. Beat the eggs in a third bowl.

Step 3: Bread your mozzarella sticks

Coat the sticks in the egg then the flour mix. Next coat the sticks back into the egg and then the panko.

Three glass dishes containing the three coatings for the mozzarella sticks. The upper dish contains flour, the middle dish contains the eggs, and the lower dish contains the panko.

Step 4: Air Fry your mozzarella sticks

Place the battered sticks in the air fryer and spray with oil. Cook the sticks at 400 degrees for 5 minutes. Let cool slightly before eating.

Air fried mozzarella sticks in an air fryer basket.

Variations / Options / Add-Ins

Looking for a way to change up your recipe? Here is my suggestion for you.

Mozzarella Cheese: Don’t have cheese sticks on hand? You can slice a block of mozzarella cheese into sticks.

Seasoned Panko: Use seasoned breadcrumbs for even more flavor.

A piece of mozzarella stick being dipped in a red sauce.

Serving Suggestions

I always serve my Air Fryer mozzarella sticks with pizza or marinara sauce for dipping. You can serve these as a snack, an appetizer or even as a side dish for dinner.

Every once in a while I like to have an appetizer dinner. I pull out our favorite appetizers like these Air Fryer Mozzarella sticks and we have a snack style dinner, it’s so easy, and the kids love it.

Top view of Air Fryer Mozzarella sticks on a glass plate with a red sauce in a saucer placed on top of the plate as well.

Tips

Want to make sure your Mozzarella sticks turn out perfect? Here’s my best cooking tips.

  • Be sure to spray your breaded sticks well with oil, to help them crisp up and brown in the air fryer.
  • Do not overcrowd your air fryer, make sure there is space for your sticks to cook on all sides.

FAQs

Have questions for this fun appetizer recipe? Here are some answers to the most commonly asked questions.

How to store

Store your leftover sticks in the fridge in a storage bag or airtight container for up to three days.

How to reheat

Reheat in the air fryer for 3 to 4 minutes at 350 degrees. If you are reheating frozen add an additional 3 to 4 minutes to your cooking time.

Can I freeze?

Yes, you can freeze these mozzarella sticks once they are cooked and completely cool. They can be frozen for up to three months.

Air Fryer Mozzarella Sticks on a glass plate with red sauce.

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Air Fryer Mozzarella Sticks Recipe

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Air Fryer Mozzarella Sticks

These homemade Air Fryer Mozzarella Sticks are so much better than frozen store bought mozzarella sticks!
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Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Servings 20 Sticks
Calories 82 kcal

Equipment

  • Air Fryer

Ingredients
  

  • 10 mozzarella cheese sticks
  • 1/2 cup cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 cup panko
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon nature’s seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon parsley

Instructions
 

  • Cut mozzarella sticks in half
  • In one bowl, combine the cornstarch, flour, and nature's seasoning. Add the parsley to the panko in another bowl. Beat the eggs in a third bowl.
  • Coat the sticks in the egg then the flour mix. Next coat the sticks back into the egg and then the panko.
  • Place battered sticks in the air fryer basket and spray with oil.
  • Cook on 400 for 5 minutes.
  • Let cool before eating.

Nutrition

Serving: 2SticksCalories: 82kcalCarbohydrates: 8gProtein: 4gFat: 4gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 24mgSodium: 255mgPotassium: 15mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 26IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 19mgIron: 1mg
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A collage of 2 images of Air Fryer Mozzarella Sticks. Top part shows a piece of mozzarella stick being dipped in a red sauce, bottom part shows a top view of mozzarella sticks on a glass plate with red sauce.

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