Air Fryer Mozzarella Cheese Sticks
1lb Mozzarella cheese
1 cup Flour
1 1/2 cup Panko Breadcrumbs
1 tbsp Italian Seasoning
Raspberry Saucefor serving
This super simple recipe for quick-cook air fryer mozzarella cheese sticks is mouth-wateringly delicious and a guaranteed crowd-pleaser. For this recipe, deliciously creamy mozzarella is surrounded by a crisp and golden coating of crunchy seasoned breadcrumbs then air fried to oozy perfection and served with a sweet and sticky raspberry dipping sauce. This recipe would also work with a plain gluten-free flour replacement and breadcrumbs if you are following a gluten-free diet. Hope you will enjoy Air Fryer Mozzarella Cheese Sticks!
With the seasons beginning to shift as we head towards Fall, our thoughts (and appetite!) naturally turn to hearty comfort foods to replace the summer salads. And nothing says comfort more than baked cheese and golden breadcrumbs, right? With a need to satisfy those comfort food yearnings, we have taken this classic favorite and added our unique twist to provide you with the ultimate cheese snack. What’s more, Air Fryer Mozzarella Sticks are easy to prepare and cooked within only a matter of minutes. So it’s a great option for kids to help with too! We are so excited to share this recipe with you. Just know you are going to love eating it as much as we do.
Mozzarella sticks were created in Paris, France but have since evolved to become a family snacking favorite worldwide – but the basics remain the same, ensuring a perfectly melted center and a deliciously crisp and golden exterior.
Although you can serve Air Fryer Mozzarella Sticks with a variety of dips and sauces or even on their own. We have found raspberries to be the ideal sweet companion for these savory cheese dippers. There’s just something perfect about the combination of gooey cheese, crispy breadcrumbs, and a sweet and sticky raspberry dip – try it for yourself, we know you will love it too!
The key to getting the perfect mozzarella sticks is all in the preparation.
Before you begin the recipe, it is best to set out all of the ingredients and needed equipment and kitchen utensils in front of you. This will save you time and eliminate any unnecessary kitchen stress!
What you will need for Air Fryer Mozzarella Sticks:
A clean worktop or cutting board
A sharp knife to slice the mozzarella
An air fryer assembled and ready to go
Three small bowls (cereal bowls would work perfectly)
A fork or whisk to beat the eggs
Spoons for mixing
One small dip bowl or ramekin for serving the raspberry sauce
Once you have these items assembled you are ready to prepare the cheese sticks for cooking.
How do you make Air Fryer Mozzarella Cheese Sticks?
Firstly, be sure to slice the mozzarella into even sized sticks. This will ensure that they all cook evenly and at the same time in the air fryer.
Once you have prepared the cheese you will need to add the flour to one of the reserved bowls. Mix the breadcrumbs, and seasoning in another and the egg to the third bowl, beating well to combine.
Once the bowls are set with their ingredients, you can start to coat the mozzarella sticks. Begin by dipping each piece of cheese in turn into the flour, beaten egg then finally the seasoned panko breadcrumbs. It’s super important to make sure the cheese is liberally coated all over in a layer of each and in that order to make sure the coating sticks. Once you have coated each cheese stick in a single layer, you then want to repeat the process of flour, egg, and breadcrumbs. We find this double-layer not only gives you the perfect golden crumb. It also ensures that the gooey mozzarella stays encased in the breading. So, cheese does not ooze out when cooking and make a mess!
Once you breaded the mozzarella it is ready for cooking. You will need to set the air fryer to 200 degrees Celsius or 400 degrees Fahrenheit and carefully arrange the coated cheese sticks in the air fryer basket. Just place them in the air fryer for just 4-6 minutes to cook through.
Meet the air fryer!
If you haven’t used an air fryer before they are worth the investment as they are so versatile and can cook a broad range of foods and cuisines. By using an air fryer mozzarella sticks we have not only eliminated the fuss and mess of regular frying, but the mozzarella sticks are also ready in just a fraction of the time that it would take if we were to use a traditional deep-frying method. The other key benefit of an air fryer is that it is safer to use than a regular fryer. Eliminates the need to use unhealthy cooking oils and added fats. The results are just as delicious, healthier and with less clean up – what’s not to love?
What goes with Air Fryer Mozzarella Cheese Sticks?
Once you finished cooking the mozzarella sticks all that remains is to serve with the sweet and sticky raspberry dipping sauce. Just be sure to serve the sticks warm from the air fryer to ensure the mozzarella is at its ultimate gooey-ness and the coating is still perfectly crisp!
If air frying is new to you or you are a little daunted by the cooking process, you can also follow our super simple instructional recipe video. The video will guide you step by step through the recipe making the process. It’ll guarantee perfectly delicious results every single time!
These crispy coated cheese dippers are just so warm and comforting. They make the perfect weekend sharing feast for the whole family or a great snack between meals. Better still, they are a great way to impress friends with your cooking skills at parties and holiday celebrations as they are the perfect finger food!
We hope you enjoy the recipe!
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