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Air fryer mozzarella sticks made from scratch made with only 5 ingredients. Cut back on calories by air frying rather than deep frying.

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It can be so hard to resist the ooey gooey cheesiness of mozzarella sticks. Especially if you’re a cheese lover like I am.

These air fryer mozzarella sticks are no exception. Air frying them also drastically cuts back on calories as opposed to deep frying.

Making these mozzarella sticks is a fairly simple process and it doesn’t require many ingredients. 5 to be exact, with cheese being the star, of course.

Why you’ll love this recipe

  • Air frying cuts back on grease
  • Made from scratch
  • Delicious appetizer or snack
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Ingredients

What you’ll need to make this recipe.

How to make this recipe

1 – Start by cutting a 16 oz. block of mozzarella cheese into 3 x 1/2″ squares. This should give you 24 sticks of cheese.

2 – Add the bread crumbs in one bowl and flour in a different bowl.

3 – Then, in a third bowl, mix the egg and milk together.

4 – Dip the cheese sticks in the flour, then egg, and then bread crumbs until all the cheese sticks have been coated in bread crumbs. 

When coating the cheese with the bread crumbs, I recommend making sure to coat the cheese well not leaving any cheese exposed.

If there are areas where the cheese is exposed before going into the air fryer, then the cheese will ooze out of the breading. It leaves a cheese puddle in the air fryer basket, and a hollow cheese stick.

5 – Lay the breaded cheese sticks flat on a cookie sheet and freeze for about 2 hours until they are solid.

6 – Once the cheese sticks are frozen, set the air fryer to 390 degrees and preheat for about 5 minutes. Remove the basket from the air fryer and spray with nonstick cooking spray.

7 – Place small batches of breaded cheese sticks into the air fryer basket being carful not to overcrowd basket.

8 – Cook for 2 minutes, then flip the cheese sticks over and cook for another 2 minutes. 

I also recommend keeping an eye on your cheese sticks while they are in the air fryer. They can go from perfect to burnt fairly quickly. I found that cooking them for two minutes on each side, for a total of 4 minutes, worked perfectly for me. 

mozzarella sticks on a white plate with marinara sauce in a bowl

What do I serve with Mozzarella Sticks?

Mozzarella sticks can be served with tomato sauce or marinara sauce, as well as plum sauce, jalapeño jelly, barbecue sauce, honey mustard sauce, and ranch dressing. Most dipping sauces will work.

How long can I freeze the uncooked mozzarella sticks?

If you’re not ready to air fry all 24 sticks at once, keep the uncooked mozzarella sticks in the freezer. Properly stored in an airtight container or freezer bag they will last for about 8 months.

Calories per serving (4 sticks): 276

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Yield: 6 Servings

Air Fryer Mozzarella Sticks

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Air fryer mozzarella sticks made from scratch made with only 5 ingredients. Cut back on calories by air frying rather than deep frying.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 9 minutes
Freeze Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 24 minutes

Ingredients

  • 16 ounces mozzarella block cheese
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3 tablespoons nonfat milk
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup plain breadcrumbs

Instructions

  1. Cut cheese into 3 x 1/2 inch sticks.
  2. Place bread crumbs in a bowl. Place flour in a bowl. Mix the egg and milk together in a bowl.
  3. Dip cheese sticks in flour, then egg, and then bread crumbs.
  4. Lay breaded sticks flat on a cookie sheet.
  5. Freeze in freezer for 2 hours or until solid.
  6. Set air fryer to 390° and preheat for about 5 minutes. Spray basket with non-stick cooking spray. Take basket out to spray, don't spray into air fryer.
  7. Place small batches of breaded sticks into fryer basket. Do not overcrowd.
  8. Cook at 390° for 2 minutes. Flip mozzarella sticks and cook for another 2 minutes.

Notes

Be sure to coat mozzarellas sticks well with breadcrumbs so no cheese is showing. This will prevent cheese from oozing out during cooking.

Different air fryer brands may cook at different rates, so be sure to keep on eye on food.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

6

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 276Total Fat: 18gSaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 115mgSodium: 427mgCarbohydrates: 19gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 21g

Nutritional information is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.

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Cyndy

Monday 30th of December 2019

Oh I love this idea - just testing out a new Air Fryer and this is so easy!

simplylowcal

Monday 30th of December 2019

Thanks, Cyndy. :)

Eileen Kelly

Sunday 29th of December 2019

We love mozzarella sticks but not all the frying. This is a great recipe because it's delicious and way healthier than deep frying.

simplylowcal

Sunday 29th of December 2019

Thanks, it's nice not to use all the oil. :)

Ali - We Made This Vegan

Sunday 29th of December 2019

I never thought you could make these in the air fryer, that's very clever and much better for you I bet!

simplylowcal

Sunday 29th of December 2019

Thanks, they come out so great this way.

Tonje

Sunday 29th of December 2019

These mozzarella sticks were amazing! So incredibly good, and I love that they are a bit healthier.

simplylowcal

Sunday 29th of December 2019

Thanks so much, Tonje. :)

Dannii

Sunday 29th of December 2019

Such a great idea to make mozzarella sticks in the air fryer.

simplylowcal

Sunday 29th of December 2019

Thanks!

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