Once you try these homemade air fryer mozzarella sticks you’ll never go back to the store-bought kind!

Strips of mozzarella cheese are covered in seasoned breadcrumbs and then cooked in the air fryer into a melty, crunchy, handheld snack that’s ready for dipping and dunking!

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Easy Cheesy Appetizer!

  • It doesn’t take long to get perfect appetizers and quick snacks just like the ones at TGI Fridays or your local sports bar!
  • Make mozzarella sticks in the air fryer in only 10 minutes and serve with marinara, ranch dressing, or Buffalo sauce. Game and party-ready in minutes! Add some air fryer wings, homemade pizza rolls, and some spinach dip to round out the party!
  • Prep a double or triple batch of this recipe and freeze them for future snacking!
taking apart an Air Fryer Mozzarella Sticks

Ingredients & Variations

Cheese – Mozzarella string cheese pieces are the perfect size, shape, and flavor, plus they’re super melty. Cheddar cheese sticks can also be used, so why not make a batch of both?

Breadcrumbs – Panko is extra crunchy and pre-seasoned breadcrumbs are convenient. Either or both will produce crispy, golden-brown cheese sticks. Crushed pork rinds and almond flour mixed together can be used for a low-carb snack.

Seasoning – Grab a packet of Italian, ranch, taco, chili, or lemon pepper seasoning to punch up the flavors.

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How to Make Air Fryer Mozzarella Sticks

  1. Whisk the egg mixture in one bowl and the breadcrumb mixture in another bowl.
  2. Roll each piece of cheese in flour, egg, and breadcrumbs (as per the recipe below). Freeze and repeat Step 4.
  3. Cook mozza sticks in a single layer until they are golden brown. Serve hot.
  4. Keep batches warm in the oven and crisp them all up in the air fryer before serving.

Mozza Sticks Tips & Tricks

  • For maximum coating and crunch, double-coat the mozzarella sticks as directed in Step 6.
  • Always refer to the air fryer manual for your model to compare the best power and time for cooking mozzarella sticks.
  • Avoid overcrowding the air fryer so the air can circulate around each piece, but it’s okay to rewarm them all at once before serving.
Air Fryer Mozzarella Sticks with dip
Air Fryer Mozzarella Sticks with dip
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Air Fryer Mozzarella Sticks

These Air Fryer mozzarella sticks are cheesy, crispy, and oh-so-good.
Prep Time 40 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 8 sticks
Author I Don’t Have Time For That



  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup panko or Italian breadcrumbs, or a combination of both
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 8 strings mozzarella sticks


  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Add the egg with 1-2 tablespoons of water to a small mixing bowl. Beat with a fork.
  • Mix together the Italian seasoning, garlic powder, and breadcrumbs in another small mixing bowl.
  • Dip each individual mozzarella stick into the flour, then into the egg mixture, and then roll in the breadcrumb mixture until coated.  Repeat this breading step a second time.
  • Place the breaded sticks on the lined baking sheet and then in the freezer for at least 30 minutes.
  • Repeat the dipping steps and freezing step one more time. Preheat the air fryer to 400°F.
  • Spray the air fryer basket with cooking spray and cook the mozzarella sticks for 10 minutes or until golden brown.  
  • Remove from the fryer and serve immediately.


It is important to double-coat the mozzarella sticks! This will ensure that the breading mixture is thick enough to contain the cheese.
If this recipe is to be doubled or tripled, remember to cook in batches. Don’t crowd the air fryer basket! To keep large batches warm before serving place them in a 250°F oven until ready to serve. 
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Nutrition Information

Calories: 99kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 0.4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.3g | Trans Fat: 0.003g | Cholesterol: 21mg | Sodium: 71mg | Potassium: 47mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 34IU | Vitamin C: 0.01mg | Calcium: 24mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Appetizer
Cuisine American

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