One of the best snacks for making in your air fryer is frozen mozzarella sticks. These breaded cheese sticks get nice and crunchy on the outside and perfectly melty on the inside. When done right your air fryer frozen mozzarella sticks will come out way better than any appetizer from a restaurant.
After my dad had a heart attack that was majorly caused by his love of deep-fried foods I decided that we should make an effort to reduce the friend foods our family eats. While we do not commonly eat a lot of fried food every step you make to begin healthier is a good step. So we got an air fryer… Or well technically two. One of our favorite snacks is to make frozen mozzarella sticks in the oven but we discovered that the air fryer makes them so much better.
Now well I buy a lot of cheese sticks from Sams Club now because theirs are really good and the price is great. We have two styles of air fryers including the original basket style like this one and a toaster oven style one like this one that allows us to air fry larger batches.
Why mozzarella sticks are better in the air fryer
The air fryer is truly the best way to make mozzarella sticks. When you place them in the oven the air doesn’t circulate enough for a truly even cook. Tossing them in the deep fryer leaves you with an oily melty mess. The air fryer gives you the truly perfect mozzarella sticks.
How to air fry mozzarella sticks
When air frying mozzarella sticks you always want to start from frozen. Do not thaw your mozzarella sticks before you cook them in the air fryer as this can lead to the melting of the cheese before the crust can form.
To get the perfect crunch for your mozzarella sticks in the air fryer be sure to preheat your air fryer before you start. This will allow the outer part of the mozzarella stick to crisp up before the steam starts to release from the frozen cheese.
Spray your cheese sticks with oil before you begin. For this one use olive oil in an oil sprayer bottle is perfect for giving that fried texture and crispiness without worrying about the smoke point.
Run your frozen mozzarella sticks in your air fryer for 6 to 8 minutes to get the cheese perfectly melty and the outer crust crunchy.
For the best results leave plenty of space between mozzarella sticks to ensure proper airflow.
What temperature should you air fry frozen mozzarella sticks?
Air fry your frozen mozzarella sticks at 380 to 400 degrees to cook them to perfection. Remember to always preheat your air fryer even for something as simple as frozen mozzarella sticks.
Can you air fry mozzarella sticks without oil?
Yes, you can air fry frozen mozzarella sticks without oil. That said spraying your food with oil is how you make your air fryer give you the same crispy crunch you love from a deep fryer.
What to pair your air fryer mozzarella sticks with
Air fryer mozzarella sticks make a great snack and when you have kids and teens in the house making them in an air fryer makes it easy to keep everyone fed quickly and the teens and older kids can generally whip them up all on their own which is always a bonus when the people in your home want to eat pretty much all day long. Serving them on their own is easy but there are some great ways to spice things up.
Air fryer frozen mozzarella sticks go great with your favorite marinara sauce leftover pizza sauce, garlic butter, homemade barbeque sauce, and melted cheese. Make it healthier and use the mozzarella sticks as part of a snack tray with fruits and vegetables.
We love our air fryers because they make it so much easier on us and they allow us to make a simple step to better heart health, keep our home cool in the summer while cooking, including baking in the air fryer and making air fried sweet potatoes a breeze.