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Air Fryer Mozzarella Sticks Recipe

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Air Fryer Mozzarella Sticks

If you love cheesy snacks, air fryer mozzarella sticks are a game changer. They are quick to make and come out perfectly crispy every time. You won’t need a deep fryer, and they are a bit healthier too.

Making them from scratch means you can control the ingredients. With just a few spices and a little preparation, you can have restaurant-quality mozzarella sticks right at home.

Exact Ingredients (+ Possible Substitutes)

For making delicious air fryer mozzarella sticks, you need these ingredients:


  1. Mozzarella Cheese Sticks: Use string cheese for easy handling. If unavailable, cut a block of mozzarella into stick shapes.



  2. All-Purpose Flour: Helps the egg mixture stick. You can substitute with whole wheat flour if preferred.



  3. Eggs: Acts as a binder for the breadcrumbs. Use flaxseed meal mixed with water for a vegan option.



  4. Breadcrumbs: Panko breadcrumbs are ideal for extra crunch. Regular breadcrumbs work too, or for a gluten-free option, try crushed rice cereal.



  5. Parmesan Cheese: Adds an extra layer of flavor. If you need a substitute, nutritional yeast provides a cheesy taste.



  6. Seasonings: Common choices are garlic powder, Italian seasoning, paprika, salt, and pepper. Mix and match to your taste. If you need an alternative, use other dried herbs like oregano or basil.


Ingredient Table

IngredientMain OptionSubstitute Option
Mozzarella Cheese SticksString cheeseBlock mozzarella
All-Purpose FlourStandard flourWhole wheat flour
EggsStandard eggsFlaxseed meal + water
BreadcrumbsPankoCrushed rice cereal
Parmesan CheeseParmesanNutritional yeast
SeasoningsItalian, garlic, etc.Oregano, basil, etc.

By using these ingredients and making a few tweaks as needed, you can enjoy perfect air fryer mozzarella sticks every time.

Instructions

Remove the mozzarella sticks from their package.

Decide how many you want to cook. This is usually the hardest part!

Preheat your air fryer to 390°F (200°C).

Spray the air fryer basket with nonstick cooking spray. This helps prevent sticking and ensures even cooking.

Place the mozzarella sticks in the air fryer basket. Do not overcrowd to ensure crispiness.

Cook for 5-7 minutes. Halfway through the cooking time, gently flip each stick. This ensures both sides get evenly crispy.

Check on your mozzarella sticks. When they are golden and crispy, they’re ready!

Remove from the air fryer and let cool for a minute.

Serve with your favorite dipping sauce and enjoy!

Tips, Tricks & Storing

Tips and Tricks

  • Freeze Before Frying: Always freeze the mozzarella sticks for at least one hour before air frying. This helps them keep their shape and prevents the cheese from melting too quickly.
  • Double Coat for Extra Crunch: For an extra crispy texture, dip the sticks in flour, egg, and breadcrumbs twice. This adds a thicker coating.
  • Preheat the Air Fryer: Preheat your air fryer to ensure even cooking. Usually, 3-5 minutes at the required temperature is enough.
  • Use Nonstick Spray: Spray the air fryer basket with nonstick spray to keep the mozzarella sticks from sticking and to help them brown better.
  • Cook in Batches: Avoid overcrowding the air fryer basket. Cook in small batches for the best results.

Storing

  • Refrigeration: If you have leftovers, place them in an airtight container and store them in the refrigerator. They will last for up to 3 days.
  • Freezing: To store longer, freeze the mozzarella sticks. Place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and freeze for about an hour. Then transfer them to a freezer bag or container. They can be stored for up to 4 months.
  • Reheating: To reheat refrigerated mozzarella sticks, pop them in the air fryer at 350°F for 3-5 minutes. If frozen, allow them to thaw for a few minutes before reheating in the air fryer. This helps to regain their crispiness without burning.

Recipe Variations & Serving Suggestions

For a twist, try using different cheeses like cheddar or pepper jack instead of mozzarella. Each gives a unique flavor.

You can also change up the seasonings. Add some chili powder for a spicy kick or use Italian herbs for a classic taste.

Feel free to experiment with breadings too. Swap panko for regular breadcrumbs or use crushed up chips for an extra crunch.

Dipping sauces make a big difference. Marinara sauce is a classic choice, but ranch dressing, BBQ sauce, or even honey mustard can be delicious.

For a healthier option, use whole wheat flour and breadcrumbs.

If you want to add some extra flair, wrap your mozzarella sticks in prosciutto before breading for a gourmet touch.

Serving suggestions:

  • Serve them on a platter with assorted dips at parties.
  • Pair them with a fresh salad for a light meal.
  • Make a fun dinner by adding them to a tapas night with other small bites.

Enjoy experimenting with these easy, delicious variations!

Benjamin Happy Muncher

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