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Air Fryer Mozzarella Sticks


Indulge in the culinary delight of crafting your very own crispy, gooey, and irresistibly melty mozzarella sticks—the epitome of cheesy perfection! In just 35-40 minutes, you can create these delectable treats without the need for any special equipment or hard-to-find ingredients. Experience the joy of making a snack that far surpasses its frozen counterparts in both taste and texture.

Why Homemade Mozzarella Sticks?

Quick and Easy

Our homemade mozzarella sticks come together effortlessly, requiring only 35-40 minutes from start to finish, including freeze time. Perfect for satisfying those sudden cravings or impressing guests with a delightful appetizer.

Irresistibly Tasty

Experience a flavor explosion with each bite! These sticks boast a crispy, golden exterior that far exceeds the taste of store-bought frozen options. The combination of quality ingredients ensures a mouthwatering treat that is simply unmatched.

Perfect for Sharing

Crafted with the idea of communal enjoyment in mind, these mozzarella sticks are ideal for sharing with family and friends. Whip up a batch for movie nights, gatherings, or as a delightful party snack.

Ingredients You’ll Need

Cheese sticks (opt for string cheese for convenience or cut a block of mozzarella into sticks)

All-purpose flour


Seasoned salt

Panko breadcrumbs (for extra crispiness)

Dried parsley

Dried oregano

Large eggs


Vegetable oil (optimal frying temperature: 350-375°F)

Making the Perfect Mozzarella Stick

Preparation: Unwrap and Cut

Unwrap the cheese sticks and cut them in half for optimal coating.

Breading Stations: The Three-Step Dance

Bag #1: Combine flour, paprika, and seasoned salt.

Bag #2: Mix panko, parsley, and oregano.

Bowl: Whisk together eggs and milk.

Coating: A Symphony of Flavors

Soak 5-6 cheese sticks in the egg-milk mixture.

Coat them in the flour mixture, ensuring an even shake.

Back into the milk bowl for a thorough coating.

Finally, the panko mixture for the second layer of crispiness.

Freeze: The Chilling Pause

Place the coated sticks on a cookie sheet and freeze for 20-30 minutes to prevent cheese leakage during frying.

Frying: Golden Perfection

Heat vegetable oil in a large pan.

Fry sticks in batches until golden brown on all sides (30-60 seconds).

Drain on a paper towel-lined plate.

Air Fryer Directions: Modern Twist on a Classic

Preparation: As Per the Recipe

Prepare mozzarella sticks as per the initial recipe.

Frying in the Air Fryer: The Contemporary Approach

Once frozen, place sticks in the air fryer basket.

Spray with cooking spray, set temperature to 390°F, and cook for 6-8 minutes until golden and crispy.

Expert Tips

Cheese Unwrapping Technique: Unwrap cheese sticks while connected for a seamless process.

Double Coating Magic: Apply a double coating for an extra layer of protection against melting while frying.

Freeze for Success: Ensure the sticks are frozen before frying to prevent cheese leakage.

Fry Basket Wisdom: Use a fry basket for efficient batch cooking. Caution: Without a basket, avoid overcrowding to prevent cheese leakage.

Seasoning Symphony: Customize the panko mixture with garlic powder, pepper, paprika, or Italian seasoning for a personalized touch.

FAQs: Addressing Your Mozzarella Mysteries

Can I make mozzarella sticks in the air fryer?

Absolutely! The air fryer is an excellent alternative for a healthier and equally delicious mozzarella stick experience.

Why did my cheese disappear?

Various factors, including overcooking or excessive heat, can lead to the unfortunate disappearance of cheese. Adequate chilling and thorough coating are essential to prevent this culinary tragedy.

Homemade vs. String Cheese?

While you can use string cheese, opting for block mozzarella enhances both flavor and texture, providing more sticks for your indulgence.

Air Fryer Mozzarella Sticks

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Course: AppetizersCuisine: American


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Elevate your snack game with these irresistible homemade mozzarella sticks, a crowd-pleaser that combines gooey cheese with a flavorful coating, all fried to golden perfection.


  • 12 string cheese sticks

  • ½ cup all-purpose flour

  • ⅛ teaspoon paprika

  • ⅛ teaspoon seasoned salt

  • 1½ cups panko breadcrumbs

  • 1 tablespoon dried parsley

  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano

  • 2 eggs

  • ¼ cup milk

  • Vegetable oil for frying


  • Unwrap and Cut:
    Unwrap cheese sticks and cut them in half crosswise.
  • Breading Stations:
    Combine flour, paprika, and salt in a resealable plastic bag.
    In a second bag, mix panko, parsley, and oregano.
    Beat eggs and milk together in a bowl.
  • Coating Process:
    Toss 5-6 cheese sticks in the egg-milk mixture.
    Transfer sticks to the flour bag, shake, and return to the milk bowl.
    Finally, coat sticks in the panko mixture.
  • Freeze for Perfection:
    Place coated sticks on a baking sheet and freeze for 20–30 minutes.
  • Frying Bliss:
    Heat vegetable oil to 350–375°F.
    Fry sticks in batches until golden brown (30–60 seconds).
    Drain on a paper towel–lined plate and serve immediately with marinara or ranch dressing


  • Make Ahead: Bread sticks and freeze in an airtight container for up to 1 month before frying.

Nutrition Facts

  • Total number of serves: 1
  • Calories: 72kcal
  • Carbohydrates: 5g
  • Protein: 4g
  • Cholesterol: 22mg
  • Sodium: 156mg
  • Potassium: 23mg
  • Fiber: 0.3g
  • Sugar: 0.4g
  • Calcium: 25mg

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