Crispy healthier air fryer mozzarella sticks are ridiculously delicious and so healthier than deep-fried. Made ahead and frozen, these skinny mozzarella sticks are perfect for a party
Keyword air fryer recipe, appetizer recipe, mozzarella cheese sticks recipe, party food, tailgating recipe
Prep Time 15minutes
Cook Time 10minutes
Additional Time 2hours
Total Time 2hours25minutes
8part-skim string cheese sticks
Preping The Mozzarella Cheese Sticks
Slice all cheese sticks in half so you have 16 equal pieces.
In a small bowl combine panko, paprika, oregano, parsley, garlic powder, onion powder and salt.
In a second small bowl add one egg and beat with a fork (or whisk).
In a third small bowl add the flour.
Using a fork to help you dip each piece of cheese first in the flour, then in the egg, then in the panko and spices mixture. Once covered place on your cookie sheet.
Continue coating all pieces of cheese, lining them up on the cookie sheet.
Place cheese sticks in the freezer for a minimum of two hours or until frozen solid. Cheese sticks can then be placed in a freezer bag to be stored or cooked in the air fryer.
Cooking The Cheese Sticks In The Air Fryer
Set air fryer to 400 degrees. Allow to preheat for a minute or two until warm.
Spray air fryer basket with a light mist of oil spray.
Add frozen mozzarella cheese sticks to air fryer basket so they are not touching. ( I was able to fit 7-8 in my basket)
Heat cheese sticks for 3-4 minutes, then open the air fryer and shake them around the basket or flip them with tongs. Cook an additional 3-4 minutes on the other side until crispy, brown, and gooey inside. If they aren't quite crispy enough, pop them in for an additional minute, easy peasy!
Serve while hot with a side of marinara for dipping!
Freezing these mozzarella sticks ahead of time is important so they get the right texture that is crispy on the outside and gooey on the inside.
Add a little more pan spray lightly in between batches to ensure all batches are evenly crispy. Spraying the mozzarella sticks lightly also helps to keep them extra crispy.
Air fryers can vary in temperature. On my air fryer, 400 degrees works best but temperatures can vary between air fryers. If your cheese continues to melt out, try lowering your temperature by 10-15 degrees.