Frozen Mozzarella Sticks in Air Fryer

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Prepare frozen mozzarella sticks in the air fryer for an amazing snack or appetizer with a perfectly crispy exterior and a wonderfully melty interior. This quick air frying method, taking just a few minutes, will rival the deliciousness of your favorite restaurant version.

Suitable for vegetarian diets. Post includes Weight Watchers points.

top down view of the finished mozzarella sticks served on a white plate

Kids love mozzarella sticks, and chances are, you probably do too. They can be expensive when you order them out. Cooking frozen mozzarella cheese sticks in the air fryer is super easy and only takes a few minutes.

Follow the tips below, and they will come out perfect every time. They go from frozen to crunchy with melty, stretchy cheese in about 6 minutes.

top down view of the cooked mozzarella sticks inside the air fryer basket

Gone are the days of heating the oven and waiting 20-30 minutes for cheese sticks to get hot. Not only do these cook quickly, but they are also so easy that older children can make them independently. Just like these awesome Air Fryer Frozen Fish Sticks and family favorite Air Fryer Frozen Burritos.

If you’re looking for an easy game-day appetizer or need a simple snack your kids can cook on their own, you will love air frying Frozen Mozzarella Cheese Sticks. Cook frozen, store-bought mozzarella sticks in the air fryer and dip them in your favorite sauce. #somuchyum

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Yes, please, to fried cheese sticks. Because sometimes you just need a quick great snack or an easy appetizer the whole family loves like these Air Fryer Frozen Pierogies or these Air Fryer Frozen Breaded Shrimp. And folks, it doesn’t get much easier than air fryer frozen mozzarella sticks.

Why Make Frozen Mozzarella Sticks In The Air Fryer

  • Quick and Easy – Simple and ready in under 6 minutes. No baking sheet is needed!
  • Melty, Stretchy Cheese – Crispy on the outside, melty, stretchy cheese on the inside.
  • Kid-friendly – Perfect for snacking.
  • Party Food – Make a big batch in no time for a delicious party snack.
  • Dippable – Dip cheese sticks in marinara sauce or go crazy and try something new!

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Ingredient Notes For Air Fryer Frozen Mozzarella Sticks

  • Frozen mozzarella sticks – This recipe uses store-bought frozen mozzarella sticks that have not been thawed. They are cooked straight from frozen. Find these in the frozen foods section. You can also use homemade sticks that have been frozen.
  • No extra oil – Oil spray or nonstick cooking spray is not needed for making these. They turn out perfectly crispy as is.
  • Favorite dipping sauce (optional) – Mozz sticks are great with marinara sauce but choose your favorite.

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Ready to learn how to make air fryer frozen mozzarella sticks? Then gather up your frozen mozzarella sticks, and I will show you…

How To Cook Frozen Mozzarella Sticks In Air Fryer

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Get the complete ingredients list and instructions from the recipe card below.

  1. Preheat the air fryer to 400 degrees F / 200 degrees C.
  2. Line your air fryer basket with frozen mozzarella sticks in a single layer, and make them in batches if needed. I don’t use aluminum foil.
  3. Air fry for 6-8 minutes or until they are golden brown and the interior is warmed through.
  4. Eat immediately on their own or with the dipping sauce of your choice.
a serving of cooked frozen mozzarella sticks

Expert Tips For Gooey Mozzarella Sticks

  • Preheat your Air Fryer before making sticks in the air fryer for the best results.
  • Don’t crowd the basket of the air fryer. You need to leave plenty of space between each cheese stick for the hot air to circulate for maximum crispiness and even cooking.
  • No extra oil is needed for this air fryer recipe—so there is less saturated fat.
  • Watch closely as you near the end of preparation time. You do not want the cheese to start oozing out of the air fryer cheese sticks! The longer you cook them, the more chance of the cheese oozing out.
  • You can gently shake the air fryer basket halfway through the prep time to ensure even cooking.
  • Do not thaw. Ensure these are completely frozen before air frying them for the best results. They get so much crispier then.
  • Want more tips? Then check out these Air Fryer Tips to help you use your Air Fryer better.
  • If making homemade mozza sticks, then use a seasoned breadcrumbs mixture or panko mixture for more flavor.
  • If interested, you can learn Do You Oil A Air Fryer.
  • Check out some of my favorite things to use to make these sorts of weekly recipes.

Remember that these cooking times are approximate and can vary based on the specific brand of cheese sticks, your air fryer’s performance, and your desired level of crispiness. Always consult the packaging and your air fryer’s manual for more precise guidelines.

Flavor Variations For Frozen Mozzarella Sticks In Air Fryer

  • Add Seasoning – for extra taste, you can sprinkle on some Italian Seasoning or garlic powder halfway through cooking.
  • Dip Them – Frozen Cheese Sticks are a tasty snack that really only comes in one flavor, so the magic happens when you decide how to dip them. Marinara sauce is the most popular, but you really need to serve it with your favorite dipping sauce or try one of these other tasty dips suggested below. Some of them might seem a little odd, but trust me….they really are good!
close up of cooked air fryer frozen mozzarella cheese sticks on a plate

Prep And Storage Of Frozen Cheese Sticks In Air Fryer

  • Don’t make ahead – I do not recommend making these in advance, and we suggest you only cook what you need.
  • Storage – You can store leftover mozzarella sticks by placing them in an airtight container in your refrigerator for up to 3 days.
  • Reheat – These do not reheat well. But, if you want to reheat the mozzarella sticks, reheat them in the air fryer for 3-4 minutes at 350 degrees F / 180 degrees C. Toss a couple of times during the time to make the sticks crispy.
  • Don’t Freeze – I don’t recommend freezing the mozzarella sticks again.

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FAQs For Air Fryer Frozen Mozzarella Sticks

How Long To Air Fry Frozen Mozzarella Sticks?

When it comes to cooking mozzarella sticks in the air fryer, the time required can vary depending on your air fryer’s size. However, for consistent results, it’s recommended to preheat it to 400 degrees F / 200 degrees C.

Typically, mozzarella sticks are ready in about 6-8 minutes, but it’s important to monitor them closely as they near completion to avoid any cheese oozing out.

How To Make Sure Air Fryer Mozzarella Sticks Have Melty Cheese?

To ensure your air fryer mozzarella sticks have melty cheese, follow these steps:
– First, grab a hot mozzarella stick from the air fryer (caution: it’s hot!).
– Then, give it a gentle squeeze.
– Subsequently, if it’s soft and pillowy, you’ve achieved melty, stretchy cheese perfection.
– If it’s still firm, extend the cook time for another minute or two.

What Are Mozzarella Sticks Made Of?

They are made of mozzarella cut in a stick shape and coated in breadcrumbs and seasoning.

How Do I Make Homemade Mozzarella Sticks?

To make delicious homemade sticks, cut the mozzarella cheese into stick-shaped pieces. Dip these cheese sticks into a beaten egg, then coat them in a breadcrumb mixture and seasoning.

After freezing them for about 30 minutes, air fry them until they turn a beautiful golden brown.

Are Mozzarella Sticks Better In The Air Fryer?

Yes, mozzarella sticks often turn out better when prepared in the air fryer. The air fryer can achieve a crispy exterior while keeping the cheese inside gooey.

How Do You Keep Mozzarella Sticks From Bursting In An Air Fryer?

To keep mozzarella sticks from bursting in an air fryer, ensure they are well-frozen, avoid overcrowding the air fryer basket, preheat the air fryer, and closely monitor time to achieve a crispy exterior and gooey cheese without any bursting.

What Are The Best Brands Of Frozen Mozzarella Sticks?

The best brands of frozen mozzarella sticks are Farm Rich, TGI Fridays, Nathan’s Famous, Ore-Ida, Trader Joe’s, and Market Pantry (Target Brand), found pre-packaged in the freezer section.

one mozzarella stick pulled apart and sitting in front of a plate of cooked mozzarella sticks

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Serve Air Fryer Mozzarella Sticks With:

  • Bang Bang sauce – drizzle for a spicy kick.
  • 5-minute Honey mustard – Add some sweet and tangy goodness.
  • Ranch Dressing – Dip them into a cool and creamy dressing.
  • Fry Sauce – This is such an irresistible sauce.
  • This copycat Chick-fil-A sauce is a favorite in my house!
  • French Onion Dip – For great flavor.
  • BBQ sauce – Add a smoky twist.
  • Marinara sauce – This is the classic sauce to pair with them. I like to make this easy Air Fryer Pasta Sauce.
  • Blue cheese dressing – Elevate the richness.
  • 5 Minute Yum Yum sauce – Such a burst of flavor.
  • Jelly (try jalapeno jelly!) – This is a unique and delightful twist.
  • An Air Fryer – There are different air fryer makes and models. Choose the right size for your family and make these mozzarella sticks. As well as other air fryer recipes.
  • Tongs – To help you safely turn over those fried mozzarella sticks. They’re great for turning frozen foods.
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Weight Watchers Points

There are 9 Blue Plan SmartPoints in one serving of this.

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top down view of the finished mozzarella sticks served on a white plate
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Air Fryer Frozen Mozzarella Sticks

The perfect party food, cooking frozen mozzarella sticks in air fryer is quick and easy!
Prep Time1 minute
Cook Time8 minutes
Course: Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine: American, Western
Diet: Vegetarian
Servings: 8
Calories: 290kcal
Author: Bintu Hardy

Ingredients

  • 1 pound (450g) store-bought frozen mozzarella sticks

Instructions

  • Preheat the air fryer to 400 degrees F / 200 degrees C.
  • Line your air fryer basket with frozen mozzarella sticks, cooking in batches if needed.
  • Air fry for 6-8 minutes or until they are golden brown and the interior is warmed through.
  • Served on their own or with the dipping sauce of your choice.
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Notes

  • Preheat your Air Fryer before making sticks in the air fryer for the best results.
  • Don’t crowd the basket of the air fryer. You need to leave plenty of space between each cheese stick for the hot air to circulate for maximum crispiness and even cooking.
  • No extra oil is needed for this air fryer recipe. So, less saturated fat.
  • Watch closely as you near the end of preparation time. You do not want the cheese to start oozing out of the air fryer cheese sticks! The longer you cook them, the more chance of the cheese oozing out.
  • You can gently shake the air fryer basket halfway through the prep time to ensure even cooking.
  • Ensure these are completely frozen before air frying them for the best results. They get so much crispier then.
  • If making homemade mozza sticks, then use a seasoned breadcrumbs mixture or panko mixture for more flavor.
  • Storage – keep leftovers in an airtight container inside the fridge for 3 days.
  • There are 9 WW Blue Plan SmartPoints in one serving of this.

Nutrition

Calories: 290kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 25mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g

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