Freeze mozzarella sticks until frozen solid, at least 2 hours. When ready to bread, preheat oven to 400° and line a small baking sheet with parchment paper.
Bake for 8 to 10 minutes, watching carefully so the cheese doesn’t ooze. Freeze mozzarella sticks until frozen solid, at least 2 hours.
My largest complaint about it is the basket size, so perhaps I need to shop around for a larger one. They get just as crispy as deep-fried mozzarella sticks, which I would argue is something the oven is not capable of achieving.
There is just something about the okay, gooey cheese encased in a crispy breaded coating that is completely and absolutely irresistible. Dipped in marinara or ranch, they’re the perfect party food or snack when you’re craving something cheesy.
Then, they undergo the first breading: flour, then egg, then seasoned breadcrumbs. Once they’re frozen again, you’ll repeat the egg and breadcrumb step.
This will still happen occasionally and in small amounts, but if you skip the freezing steps, you’ll lose a lot more cheese. From frozen, you’ll cook these mozzarella sticks for 5-6 minutes in the air fryer or until golden brown and crispy.
If you start with a cold air fryer, the mozzarella sticks will warm up slower, causing more cheese to melt out of the breading. Tip: Okay, we’ve covered that these are a bit of a hassle (worth it!).
Place mozzarella sticks in a zip-top bag and freeze until frozen, at least 1 hour. In the first bowl, place flour, salt, and pepper; mix lightly.
In the third bowl, combine Pinko, Italian seasoning, and garlic powder. Place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and freeze again for 30 minutes.
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These crispy airfryermozzarellasticks are easy to make plus perfectly gooey and crunchy every time. Just a few minutes in the air fryer gives you a lightened up mozzarella stick that is a healthier take on party time classic.
Use skim milk string cheese dipped in pinko, flour, egg and a mix of Italian spices for a delicious snack to share. I don’t know what it is about football season that always has me thinking about making gooey and crunchy mozzarella sticks.
Served with warm marinara this recipe is practically irresistible with its super gooey cheese and crunchy outside! I’ve made this recipe multiple times at my family’s request and after the first round I found the breading was sticking to my fingers a lot.
A fork helped to only transfer minimal amounts of egg to your dry ingredients. Preheat your air fryer, then slide your now frozen homemade mozzarella sticks into the basket for about 8 minutes at 400 degrees.
Keep the frozen mozzarella cheese sticks from touching each other in the airfryer, and they will be even crispier. TIP 1:Freezing- One of the tricks to keeping the cheese from melting through the coating is to have your mozzarella sticks completely frozen and your air fryer super hot for this recipe.
This gives the outside time to become a golden brown before the cheese gets too hot and turns to liquid. Spots where the flour and egg aren’t coating the mozzarella completely tend to be where they later potentially melt out.
I pulled a batch of these mozzarella sticks made with this recipe out from the freezer when my father-in-law came to visit. If you chose not to preheat your air fryer your first batch of mozzarella cheese sticks may need to be cooked for an additional minute or two.
If your mozzarella sticks aren’t quite cooked and gooey enough, throw them back into the machine for a minute or two extra. You can use PAM and similar sprays in your air fryer, but over time the oil will buildup on your machine.
I choose instead to use either a Mist or this avocado oil spray that doesn’t include propellant for this recipe. You could also go wild with the coating, trying ground up pretzels, tortilla chips, or whatever else crunchy you have around that could be made into crumbs.
Your aluminum foil must be waited down by your food when you make and cook it or it might move around the machine. Typically, boxed frozen mozzarella sticks are fried, so I like to make my own homemade, so they have less oil.
Start by following the directions to coat and add the breadcrumbs to the cheese sticks, then freeze them. Using a fork to help you dip each piece of cheese first in the flour, then in the egg, then in the pinko and spices mixture.
Cheese sticks can then be placed in a freezer bag to be stored or cooked in the air fryer. Add frozen mozzarella cheese sticks to air fryer basket, so they are not touching.
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.
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. Spraying the mozzarella sticks lightly also helps to keep them extra crispy.