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Simple Air Fryer Mozzarella Sticks

Mozzarella sticks in the air fryer? Yes, please! We try to keep things simple and fun, and believe us, these air fryer mozzarella sticks are both.

Crispy on the outside, melty on the inside—perfection. We couldn’t resist popping a few into our mouths while making them.

We love them for movie night, quick snacks, or just because it’s Tuesday. The air fryer does all the work, leaving us with more time to chill.

Simple ingredients, quick prep, and bam! Deliciousness on a plate. If you haven’t tried them yet, now’s your chance. Get ready to level up your snack game!

Ingredients for Air Fryer Mozzarella Sticks

Let’s dive into the good stuff. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Mozzarella cheese sticks: 12 sticks (make sure they’re fully chilled or even frozen)
  • Flour: 1/2 cup, for that essential first coat
  • Eggs: 2 beaten eggs, to help all that breading stick
  • Breadcrumbs: 1 cup, plain or Italian seasoned
  • Seasonings: 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder, 1/2 teaspoon paprika, and a pinch of salt and pepper

Tips for Perfect Air Fryer Mozzarella Sticks

  • Freeze your cheese: Chill those mozzarella sticks at least an hour before you start. It helps prevent a melty disaster in your air fryer.
  • Double coat: For an extra crispy crunch, dip the sticks in egg and breadcrumbs twice. Trust us, it’s worth the extra step.
  • Preheat your air fryer: A hot air fryer means instant crispiness, so don’t skip this step.

Variations and Substitutions

Feeling fancy? Swap out plain breadcrumbs with panko for extra crunch. Or mix some grated Parmesan cheese into your breadcrumbs for a cheesy punch.

No mozzarella sticks? Cut a block of mozzarella cheese into stick shapes. It’ll work just as well.

Craving some spice? Add a pinch of chili powder or some crushed red pepper flakes to the breadcrumbs.

air fryer mozzarella sticks

Air Fryer Mozzarella Sticks

Effortlessly delicious mozzarella sticks made in the air fryer. Perfect for a quick snack or as a party appetizer with minimal fuss.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 23 minutes
Course Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 6 servings
Calories 291 kcal


  • Air-fryer
  • Three shallow bowls or plates
  • Baking sheet


  • 12 mozzarella cheese sticks
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 2 eggs beaten
  • 1 cup breadcrumbs plain or Italian seasoned
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • Freeze the mozzarella sticks for at least an hour.
  • Preheat your air fryer to 390°F.
  • Set up three separate bowls or plates: one with flour, one with beaten eggs, and one with breadcrumbs mixed with garlic powder, paprika, salt, and pepper.
  • Coat each mozzarella stick in flour, dip in eggs, and roll in breadcrumbs. For extra crunch, dip back in the eggs and breadcrumbs for a second coat.
  • Place the coated mozzarella sticks in a single layer on a baking sheet and freeze for another 15-30 minutes.
  • Arrange the mozzarella sticks in a single layer in the air fryer basket.
  • Cook for 6-8 minutes, or until golden brown and crispy.
  • Let them cool slightly before munching (if you can wait!). Serve with marinara sauce for dunking and enjoy!


Serving: 2sticksCalories: 291kcalCarbohydrates: 23gProtein: 17gFat: 14gSaturated Fat: 8gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0.01gCholesterol: 85mgSodium: 593mgPotassium: 73mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 169IUVitamin C: 0.01mgCalcium: 83mgIron: 2mg
Keyword air fryer, mozzarella sticks
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5 from 1 vote
Recipe Rating

Andrew Gray

Friday 12th of July 2024

Absolutely loving these air fryer creations!