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Air Fryer Mozzarella Sticks

These air fryer mozzarella sticks are a healthier take on a favorite snack classic! Skim string cheese sticks dipped in whole wheat flour, egg, panko breadcrumbs and spices: onion powder, garlic powder, salt, chili powder, and smoked paprika!
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: air fryer mozzarella sticks
Servings: 24 sticks
Calories: 48kcal


  • 1 (10 oz) package part skim mozzarella string cheese each stick cut in half
  • 1/4 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup panko
  • 1/2 - 1 teaspoon onion powder*
  • 1/2 - 1 teaspoon garlic powder*
  • 1/2 - 1 teaspoon salt*
  • 1/2 - 1 teaspoon chili powder*
  • 1/2 - 1 teaspoon smoked paprika*
  • Marinara sauce for dipping
  • Ranch for dipping


  • Place halved cheese sticks into a ziplock baggie and place in freezer until frozen, at least 30 minutes.
  • Place egg into a shallow bowl and whisk until broken up. Set aside.
  • Place breadcrumbs, panko, onion powder, garlic powder, salt, chili powder, and smoked paprika in another shallow bowl and whisk until well combined. Set aside.
  • Line a rimmed baking sheet with a silicone mat or parchment paper.
  • Place frozen cheese sticks and flour into another ziplock baggie (the one from the freezer will have too many ice chunks) and shake until the cheese sticks and fully coated in the flour.
  • Discard excess flour.
  • Dunk one cheese stick in egg until fully coated and then in panko mixture until fully coated.
  • Place on lined baking sheet and repeat with remaining cheese sticks.
  • Place baking sheet in freezer until all the cheese sticks have re-frozen, at least an hour.
  • Preheat air fryer to 370 degrees F and grease the basket with cooking spray.
  • Place in the mozzarella sticks, work with about 6 at a time, so you don’t over crowd them.
  • Close the air fryer and cook for 5 minutes.
  • Repeat with as many mozzarella sticks as you’d like. Store uncooked leftovers in the freezer!
  • Serve with dipping sauces and enjoy!
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Use 1 teaspoon each of spice if you want a more aggressively seasoned mozzarella stick!
If you'd like to make these ahead of time, after the mozzarella sticks are frozen on the baking sheet, move them to a ziplock baggie and store in freezer for 2-3 months. 


Calories: 48kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 13mg | Sodium: 206mg | Potassium: 14mg | Vitamin A: 75IU | Calcium: 13mg | Iron: 0.2mg