Air Fryer Mozzarella Sticks

If you want to make and freeze these ahead of time, you can. After the second coating, leave the sticks in the freezer on the tray, and let them freeze completely solid. Transfer the frozen sticks to a zip-top bag for up to 2 to 3 months. Make sure you air fry them at 360°F (instead of 390°F) for 8 to 10 minutes.

  • Prep time: 5 minutes
  • Cook time: 8 minutes
  • Freeze time time: 1 to 2 hours
  • Yield: 8 mozzarella sticks


  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 8 whole milk (or low-fat) mozzarella sticks

Special equipment:


1 Do the prep work: Line a rimmed baking sheet with wax paper. Lightly beat the egg in a wide, shallow bowl.

Combine the Italian seasoning, salt, and breadcrumbs in a second wide, shallow bowl.

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2 Coat the mozzarella sticks and freeze them: Dip a mozzarella stick into the beaten egg and coat it completely. Dip the stick into the bowl with the breadcrumbs and coat completely. This will be messy. It’s okay.

Transfer to a wax paper-lined rimmed baking sheet and line them up so they are not touching. Freeze for 1/2 hour minimum, 1 hour maximum.

How to cook mozzarella sticks in air fryer coat the sticks and freeze them

3 Coat the mozzarella sticks again, and freeze them, again. Pull the mozzarella sticks out of the freezer, dip them into the egg and then the breadcrumb mix, and then freeze them for another 1/2 hour minimum, 1 hour maximum.

Air fryer cheese sticks recipe coat the sticks again

4 Air fry the mozzarella sticks: Set your air fryer to 390°F. Spray the air fryer basket and the mozzarella sticks with a nonstick cooking spray. Air fry the mozzarella sticks (in batches if desired or necessary, as space permits) for 6 to 8 minutes until the exterior is golden and crispy.

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5 Serve! Remove from the fryer, cool just long enough to avoid burning your tongue, and eat immediately!