Air Fryer Mozzarella Sticks

Air Fryer Mozzarella Sticks

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Easy Panko breaded Air Fryer Mozzarella Sticks cooked up crispy in the air fryer. Just as delicious as deep fried without the mess and added calories. 


  • 8 mozzarella string cheese
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 1 teaspoon Italian spices
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • ⅔ cup marinara (optional)


  1. Unwrap and cut the mozzarella sticks in half. Add the flour to a bowl. Whisk the eggs together in a second bowl. In a third bowl combine the panko breadcrumbs, Italian spices, garlic powder, and black pepper.  
  2. Dredge the mozzarella sticks in the flour, then dunk in the beaten eggs, then roll in the breadcrumb mixture. Place them on a baking sheet covered with parchment paper with space between them. Place the baking sheet on a level surface in the freezer for at least 30 minutes.  
  3. Preheat the air fryer to 390 degrees.  Brush the mozzarella sticks with olive oil. Place in the air fryer basket with space between the sticks. Cook for 5 minutes or until they are brown and crispy. Keep a close eye on them. If the cheese starts to escape then remove them from the air fryer quickly. 


  • For extra crispy mozzarella sticks dunk them one more time in the beaten eggs and then in the panko bread crumb mixture. Increase the breadcrumbs to 1 1/4 cups and the eggs to 3.
  • Freeze the breaded mozzarella sticks on a parchment covered baking sheet with space between the sticks for at least 30 minutes.
  • Every air fryer cooks at a little different pace so check on the sticks several times.
  • For maximum enjoyment serve with warm marinara.
  • Refrigerate leftovers and reheat in the air fryer at 390 degrees for about 5 minutes.
  • Freeze for up to 3 months. See below for freezing tips. 

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