Air-Fryer Mozzarella Sticks

Prep this crowd-pleasing air-fryer appetizer ahead and freeze until its time to cook.

Mozzarella Sticks and marinara sauce on yellow plate
Photo: Jason Donnelly
Cook Time:
3 mins
Hands On Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
23 mins
24 cheese sticks


  • cup all-purpose flour

  • 2 8 ounce pkg. mozzarella cheese, cut into 24 (2- to 2 1/2-inch) sticks

  • 1 cup panko bread crumbs

  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley

  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder

  • 1 egg

  • 1 tablespoon water

  • Nonstick cooking spray

  • Marinara sauce, warmed (optional)


  1. Place flour in a shallow dish. Dip cheese sticks into flour to coat. Arrange on a tray. Freeze for 1 hour.

  2. In another shallow dish combine bread crumbs, parsley, and garlic powder. In a third shallow dish whisk together egg and the water. Dip cheese sticks again into flour and then into egg mixture, then into crumb mixture, turning to coat.

  3. Coat air-fryer basket with cooking spray. Preheat air fryer at 400°F. Place cheese sticks, about six at a time, in prepared basket. Cook 3 minutes or until golden. Transfer to a plate. Serve warm. If desired, serve with marinara sauce.

To Make Ahead

Coat cheese sticks as directed in step 2 and place on a tray or plate. Cover and chill up to 2 hours or freeze up to 30 minutes. To serve, cook as directed. Or to reheat cooked cheese sticks that have cooled, return to air fryer and cook 30 to 60 seconds or until warm.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

139 Calories
7g Fat
8g Carbs
11g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 139
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 7g 9%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 40mg 13%
Sodium 255mg 11%
Total Carbohydrate 8g 3%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 11g
Vitamin C 0.6mg 3%
Calcium 299mg 23%
Iron 0.5mg 3%
Potassium 46mg 1%
Folate, total 15.4mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.3mcg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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