Air Fryer Mozzarella Cheese Sticks

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Cheese sticks covered in egg, seasoned flour and any type of breading such as Italian bread crumbs, Panko bread crumbs and even crushed Hot Cheetos! These are great dipped in a marinara sauce, pizza sauce or delicious right out of the air fryer!

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Cut the cheese sticks in half.

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If you are using Hot Cheetos, crush them in a

plastic bag with a mallet and set aside in a bowl.

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Cover a freezer safe dish or pan with waxed paper.

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Whisk the egg and water together.

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  Combine the flour, salt and Italian seasoning.

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Roll a cheese stick into the egg mixture.

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Roll cheese into the flour.

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Roll in the egg again.

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Roll into the breading like the Hot Cheetos,

Italian bread crumbs or Panko crumbs.

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Place the coated cheese sticks on the

prepared plate. Freeze for 1-2 hours.

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Preheat the air fryer for 5 minutes at 360 degrees.

Spray the bottom of the pan with cooking oil and place

the frozen cheese sticks in the pan without touching.

Air fry for 4-6 minutes, until they start to turn golden

brown and the cheese starts to melt. Watch them

carefully. Mine didn’t turn completely brown before

the cheese melted but the entire breading was crispy.

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Serve immediately with marinara

sauce, pizza sauce or eat plain.

Air Fryer Mozzarella Cheese Sticks

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Ingredients

  • 6 mozzarella sticks 
  • ½ cup all purpose flour
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp. Italian seasoning
  • 1 egg
  • 1 Tbsp. water
  • 1 cup Italian bread crumbs (crushed hot Cheeto’s or Panko crumbs can be used instead)

Directions

  1. Cut the cheese sticks in half making 12 pieces.
  2. Crush the Hot Cheetos fine with a mallet (if you are using them) and set aside in a bowl. Put the bread crumbs or Panko crumbs in a bowl (if you are using them).
  3. Cover a freezer safe dish or pan with waxed paper.
  4. Whisk the egg and water together in a bowl.
  5. Whisk together the flour, salt and Italian seasoning in a bowl.
  6. Roll a cheese stick into the egg mixture.
  7. Roll into the flour mixture.
  8. Roll back into the egg mixture.
  9. Roll into the Italian bread crumbs, Hot Cheeto or Panko crumbs.
  10. Place the cheese sticks on the waxed paper covered dish or pan and freeze for 1-2 hours. This will help keep the cheese from oozing out when you air fry them.
  11. Preheat air fryer to 360 degrees for 5 minutes. 
  12. Spray the hot pan with cooking oil and place the cheese sticks in the pan without touching.
  13. Air fry for 4-6 minutes until they start to turn a golden brown and the cheese starts to melt. You can turn them over halfway through cooking if you want. Watch them carefully. Mine didn’t get completely golden brown but they were crispy and completely cooked.
  14. Serve immediately with marinara or pizza sauce.

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Categories: Air Fryer, Cheese, Ninja Foodi

62 Comments »

    • They turned out excellent Carla. I froze them for 1 hour but next time I will freeze them at 2 hours. They turned out crispy on the outside and melted in the inside, just the way we love them, but I had hoped they would get a better golden brown color. It is so hard getting food to look perfect in the air fryer even though the food tastes perfect…lol

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  1. We love the taste of mozzarella cheese and have made these sticks a couple of times (they very nice as an appetizer or with soup) … ohh, I think we will have them tonight 😊.
    I presume the Hot Cheetos ones are for your granddaughter – you must be one of the best grannies in the world!

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    • I seriously hate frying food. Using the air fryer tastes like fried food without the grease and it still tastes great. I was gifted the Ninja Foodi and I love that it is 8 qt and has so many different functions but I use the air fryer function 95% of the time. I think you would love any air fryer Janet.

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  2. After vacillating back and forth for quite a while, I purchased an air fryer a couple of months ago. I love it! Like you, I was disappointed with the Instapot, used it a couple of times, and that was it.
    The mozzarella sticks look delicious, but I think I would forgo the Hot Cheetos.

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  3. My one grandmother lived with us when I was young, but her health wasn’t the best 😦 I got to know my other grandmother as a teenager after she moved here from Greece, which was awesome. Your grandkids are very lucky 🙂

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