Air Fryer Mozzarella Sticks Recipe

Rating 5.0
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Air fryer mozzarella sticks are easy to make and eliminate deep frying. Gooey melted cheese is encased in a flavorful crisp shell and dunked in a delicious marinara sauce.
Utensils Appetizer
Globe Italian
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low-fat mozzarella string cheese
1/2 cup(s)
all-purpose flour
large eggs
2 tblsp
2 cup(s)
1 tsp
Italian seasoning
1 tsp
garlic powder
salt and pepper, to taste
marinara sauce, for dipping, see notes for recipe

Directions 11 steps | 110 Minutes

Step 1

Line a sheet pan with parchment paper. In a shallow bowl, add the flour. Season with salt and pepper.

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Step 2

In a second shallow bowl, whisk together the eggs and water.

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Step 3

In a third shallow bowl, whisk together the panko, Italian seasoning and garlic powder. Season with salt and pepper.

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Step 4

Cut each string cheese in half. Dip one string cheese in the flour and shake off the excess.

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Step 5

Coat the floured string cheese in the egg mixture and let the excess drip off.

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Step 6

Roll the string cheese in the seasoned panko and transfer to the prepared sheet pan. Repeat with the remaining string cheese.

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Step 7

Transfer the baking sheet to the freezer and freeze for 30 minutes. While the mozzarella sticks are freezing, wrap the egg wash and the seasoned panko with plastic wrap and transfer them into the refrigerator. Discard the flour.

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Step 8

Remove the mozzarella sticks from the freezer. Remove the seasoned panko and the egg wash from the refrigerator. Dip a mozzarella stick into the egg wash. 

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Step 9

Roll the mozzarella stick into the seasoned panko, packing the panko into the mozzarella stick as you roll them. Examine each stick to make sure they are completely covered and there are no bare or thin spots including the ends. If there are, press on the panko to make sure they are covered. Transfer the baking sheet into the freezer again and freeze for 45-60 minutes. Discard the remaining egg wash and seasoned panko. (See notes.)

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Step 10

Preheat the air fryer to 375°F. Coat the inside of the air fryer basket with nonstick cooking spray before placing the mozzarella sticks inside. Place the mozzarella sticks in a single layer without overlapping. If there is not enough room, fry the mozzarella sticks in batches. Fry the mozzarella sticks for about 6-8 minutes, until golden brown and crispy.

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Step 11

Serve with a side of marinara sauce. Enjoy!

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  • For a delicious marinara sauce, check out our Italian marinara sauce recipe.
  • Any thin spots will allow the mozzarella to ooze out of the casing. Be sure to completely cover each mozzarella stick.

Nutrition Per Serving
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8.5 g
11.1 g
23.7 g


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Sandra G.


13 Jul 2022

The perfect way to make mozzarella sticks.

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Sandra G.


08 Jul 2022

Definitely my go-to recipe for air-fried mozzarella sticks! Easy and simple and delicious!

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Chrystal G.


21 Jan 2022

Amazing! And so simple. I love that this let's me enjoy a fried favorite with a healthier twist.

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