Air Fryer Mozzarella Sticks


  • 8 sticks string cheese
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 cups seasoned Panko bread crumbs
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • Marinara sauce or Ranch dressing for dipping


  1. Line a baking sheet with foil or wax paper.
  2. Cut the string cheese sticks in half.
  3. In a shallow bowl, whisk the eggs.
  4. In another shallow bowl or rimmed plate, stir together the bread crumbs, salt and Italian seasoning.
  5. One by one, dip the cheese pieces in the egg until fully coated, then into the breadcrumbs, pressing them into the mixture until fully coated.
  6. Place the sticks on the prepared baking sheet.
  7. Put the pan into the freezer for about about a half hour.
  8. Remove from the freezer and repeat the process of coating with egg and breadcrumbs.
  9. Place the sticks back onto the baking sheet and return to the freezer for about an hour.
  10. Preheat the air fryer to 375 degrees.
  11. Line the air fryer with parchment paper or spray the tray lightly with non-stick spray.
  12. Place the cheese sticks on the parchment paper-lined tray and fry, in batches of about 6 or 7 (don’t crowd them), for about 5-7 minutes.
  13. Remove from air fryer and repeat the cooking process with the rest of the cheese sticks.
  14. Serve hot with warm marinara or other favorite dipping sauce.

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