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Air Fryer Frozen Mozzarella Sticks

Make Air Fryer Frozen Mozzarella Sticks for your next game day or snack! The air fryer makes them crispy on the outside and cheesy on the inside in just minutes!

frozen mozzarella sticks with marinara sauce

Mozzarella sticks are a classic appetizer in many restaurants, including Italian restaurants or even fast food chains. This appetizer takes a stick of mozzarella cheese that gets breaded, then fried. Mozzarella sticks can be served with a dipping sauce like marinara sauce, ranch dressing, or BBQ sauce.

If you want to enjoy mozzarella sticks at home, you can purchase frozen mozzarella sticks that are pre-breaded and can be found in the freezer section of your grocery store. They are a great appetizer to have on hand for impromptu get-togethers or when you need a quick snack.

Air Fryer Frozen Mozzarella Sticks are a fantastic appetizer ready in minutes! The air fryer creates a crispy outer crust while the inside stays nice and melty. This is a healthier alternative to deep frying since you use less oil. Serve these air fryer mozzarella sticks with a dipping sauce of your choice, and enjoy!

🧀What You’ll Need

  • Frozen Mozzarella Sticks – You can find these in the frozen appetizer section of your grocery store. Popular brands include TGI Fridays, Snapps, Market Pantry, Great Value, Trader Joes, or Feel Good Foods.
  • Air Fryer – We are loyal to our Ninja Foodi, but any air fryer will work for this recipe.
  • Dipping Sauce – Serve your mozzarella sticks with a side of marinara sauce, ranch dressing, BBQ sauce, or even ketchup!

🔥How To Air Fry Frozen Mozzarella Sticks

1️⃣Preheat the air fryer: Turn your air fryer to 375F and preheat for 3-5 minutes. This is important as you want the air fryer to be hot, so the mozzarella sticks cook evenly while defrosting at the same time.

2️⃣Place frozen mozzarella sticks in the air fryer: Add your frozen mozzarella sticks to the air fryer basket and spread them out into a single layer. They will stick together and not cook evenly if they are too close.

3️⃣Cook the mozzarella sticks: Cook for 5 minutes, then remove the basket and shake it around to ensure even cooking. Cook for 3-5 minutes or until golden brown and crispy.

4️⃣Serve immediately with dipping sauce: Serve your air fryer frozen mozzarella sticks immediately with a side of dipping sauce.

👩🏻‍🍳Cooking Tips

  • Preheating is important when cooking frozen foods as it helps them cook evenly throughout while defrosting.
  • The best time and temperature for making frozen mozzarella sticks in the air fryer depends on the brand and size. You may need to add or subtract a few minutes of cooking time.
  • If your mozzarella sticks are not as crispy as you like, cook them for a few minutes longer.
  • Be careful when removing the cooked mozzarella sticks from the air fryer basket. They will be hot! Use tongs or a fork to remove them from the basket and place them on a serving plate.
  • Serve the mozzarella sticks immediately. The longer they sit, the soggier they will become.
  • Ensure the mozzarella sticks are in a single layer as the air needs to circulate around them to cook evenly. If they touch each other, they will not get as crispy.

🍟More Easy Air Fryer Appetizers

frozen mozzarella sticks with marinara sauce

Air Fryer Frozen Mozzarella Sticks

Make Air Fryer Frozen Mozzarella Sticks for your next game day or snack! The air fryer makes them crispy on the outside and cheesy on the inside in just minutes!
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Calories: 160kcal

Equipment

  • air fryer or Ninja Foodi

Ingredients

  • 1 box Frozen Mozzarella Sticks

Instructions

  • Turn your air fryer to 375F and preheat for 3-5 minutes. This is important as you want the air fryer to be hot, so the mozzarella sticks cook evenly while defrosting at the same time.
  • Add your frozen mozzarella sticks to the air fryer basket and spread them out into a single layer. They will stick together and not cook evenly if they are too close.
  • Cook for 5 minutes, then remove the basket and shake it around to ensure even cooking. Cook for 3-5 minutes or until golden brown and crispy.
  • Serve your air fryer frozen mozzarella sticks immediately with a side of dipping sauce.

Nutrition

Serving: 2g | Calories: 160kcal

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