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air fryer mozzarella sticks on a white plate and white background

Air Fryer Mozzarella Sticks

Air Fryer Mozzarella Sticks are easy to make and taste amazing! Who knew that mozzarella sticks in the air fryer would taste so delicious! Ditch that deep fry and learn how to make mozzarella sticks without all that oil!
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Keyword air fryer cheese sticks, air fryer mozzarella sticks
Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 16 sticks
Calories 65kcal
Author Cindy Gordon | Vegetarian Mamma


  • Air Fryer



  • Place the cheese sticks into the freezer. Cheese sticks must stay in the freezer for at least 30 minutes.
  • In a shallow bowl, whisk the egg until blended and set aside.
  • In another bowl mix the spices and bread crumbs and set aside.
  • In a gallon sized baggie, pour in the flour and set aside.
  • Remove cheese sticks from the freezer. Cut in half. Put halved cheese sticks into the bag with flour. Move the cheese sticks around so the flour thinly coats them.
  • Dip each cheese stick in the egg wash.
  • Dredge the cheese stick through the panko/bread crumb mixture with spices. Make sure that the cheese stick is covered on each side.
  • Place all sticks BACK into the freezer and freeze another 30 minutes. This step is KEY!
  • Place the covered cheese sticks in the air fryer. Cook at 370 Degrees F for 4-5 minutes. When the timer goes off, remove the air fryer basket, let the air fryer mozzarella sticks solidify some You can also shape any that might have started to explode.Serve with marinara and enjoy!




  • Here is a PRO TIP for your air fryer cheese sticks...keep a pack of cheese sticks in your freezer. That way when you want to make some air fryer mozzarella sticks, you are ready! The cheese sticks are already in the freezer and frozen!
  • You actually DO NOT have to cut the cheese sticks in half before freezing.
  • I feel that the air fryer cheese sticks actually cook better when they are cut in half, but if you want you can keep the sticks full length.
  • Air Fryer Oven - I have cooked their air fryer mozzarella sticks in my air fryer oven and it seems to take 1-2 LONGER in the AF Oven. Keep that in mind if you are cooking with an air fryer oven.
  • Watch the air fryer cheese sticks closely in the last 1-2 minutes. They can quickly explode. While they do not look great when they explode, they still taste good :)
  • If you want your air fryer mozzarella sticks to be a golden brown color you can spritz with cooking oil. This will help them to brown up.


Calories: 65kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 18mg | Sodium: 139mg | Potassium: 10mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 46IU | Calcium: 19mg | Iron: 1mg