Air Fryer Mozzarella Sticks
Unbelievably crispy, these air fryer mozzarella sticks are everything you want from a gooey mozzarella stick without all the oil!
mozzarella string cheese (6 cheese sticks), each one cut in half
(1/2 of a 12oz package)
whole wheat or all-purpose flour
salt, or to taste
large eggs, divided
Olive oil spray
Marinara or ranch for dipping
Place mozzarella sticks in a zip-top bag and freeze until frozen, at least 1 hour.
Set out three small shallow bowls. In the first bowl, place flour, salt, and pepper; mix lightly.
In the second bowl, add 1 egg and beat lightly.
In the third bowl, combine Panko, Italian seasoning, and garlic powder.
One at a time, coat mozzarella pieces in the flour mixture, then dip into the beaten egg, and finally coat with the Panko mixture, pressing lightly to help the coating adhere.
Place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and freeze again for 30 minutes.
RESERVE bread crumbs. In a small shallow bowl, beat the second egg.
Remove mozzarella sticks from freezer and dip in egg and then coat again in bread crumb mixture.
Return to freezer for 30 more minutes (see note).
Heat air fryer to 400ºF. Place breaded mozzarella sticks in a single layer and spray with olive oil spray. (You’ll need to do them in batches - don’t stack them up or crowd the basket!)
Air fry to 5-6 minutes or until golden brown.
You may use nonstick cooking spray instead of olive oil spray if that’s all you have.
You can freeze the breaded mozzarella sticks for up to 3 months before air frying if desired.
Nutrition information doesn't include dipping sauces.