Air Fryer Frozen Mozzarella Sticks

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Looking for a dippable, cheesy snack? Frozen mozzarella sticks in air fryer are what you should make!

Cooked right from frozen to being hot and crispy in no time at all, air fryer frozen mozzarella sticks make a great snack or appetizer and taste delicious dipped in a simple marinara sauce!

crispy mozzarella sticks in bowl with marinara sauce behind in jar
Air fryer frozen mozzarella sticks are golden brown perfection!

Recipe Tips

Before you make air fryer frozen mozzarella sticks, be sure to read through these recipe tips for best results!

  • Since there are many different kinds of frozen mozzarella sticks out there, be sure to keep an eye on yours. Cook time will vary slightly – and you don’t want to overcook your frozen mozzarella sticks to the point where they explode their cheese insides!
  • There is no need to add extra oil to the mozzarella sticks before cooking them.

We use this air fryer for our recipes and it has been great.

Step by Step Instructions

This recipe is super simple. However, if you want to see the step-by-step process photos for how to make frozen mozzarella sticks, check out this section.

Otherwise, you can skip to the bottom of this post to check out the recipe card!

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Place the mozzarella sticks into the air fryer.

Preheat the air fryer to 370 degrees Fahrenheit.

When it is hot, add the frozen mozzarella sticks in one even layer. The sticks should not be touching so that they can get crispy evenly.

As you can see in the photo above, two of our mozzarella sticks were frozen together and we couldn’t separate them.

In that case, it is obviously fine if they are touching. Just keep in mind that they likely won’t get as crispy as the other ones.

cooked mozzarella sticks in black air fryer tray
Cook the mozzarella sticks until they are hot.

Cook the mozzarella sticks in the air fryer for a total of 5-6 minutes until hot. Flip after 3 minutes.

Watch/listen closely after the 4-minute mark since they can pop open quite quickly and spill their cheesy filling.

Cooking time varies from air fryer to air fryer and depending on the brand of mozzarella sticks you use.

crispy mozzarella sticks in bowl with marinara sauce behind
Crispy mozza sticks – ready for dipping!

Once heated through and crispy on the outside, carefully remove the sticks from the air fryer with silicone tongs and serve them with a marinara dipping sauce!

Storage Tips

When making air fryer mozzarella sticks from frozen, you should try your best to plan that there are few/no leftovers since these cheesy sticks taste best hot and crispy.

You can reheat cooked mozza sticks but the outer breading is likely to get soft and soggy during storage and when heated once again.

What to Serve Air Fryer Frozen Mozzarella Sticks With

Mozzarella sticks taste great with a tomato-based dipping sauce. If you want to go classic “pub style”, then serve them with marinara sauce!

Of course, frozen mozza sticks can be enjoyed as a simple snack on their own or as one of many appetizers on a platter as you watch the big game!

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mozzarella sticks in bowl with marinara sauce behind

Air Fryer Frozen Mozzarella Sticks

Air Fryer Frozen Mozzarella Sticks are the perfect finger food. Easy to make and full of melty cheese, these sticks are a great appetizer or game-day snack and go well with marinara dipping sauce!
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Prep Time: 1 minute
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Additional Time: 2 minutes
Total Time: 8 minutes
Servings: 8 mozzarella sticks

Ingredients

  • 8-9 frozen mozzarella sticks
  • marinara sauce for dipping, optional

Instructions

  • Preheat the air fryer to 370 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Once hot, add the frozen mozzarella sticks in one even layer. The sticks should not be touching so that they can get crispy evenly.
  • Cook the mozzarella sticks in the air fryer for a total of 5-6 minutes until hot. Flip after 3 minutes. Watch/listen closely after the 4-minute mark since they can pop open quite quickly and spill their cheesy filling. Cooking time varies from air fryer to air fryer and depending on the brand of mozzarella sticks you use.
  • Once heated through and crispy on the outside, carefully remove the sticks from the air fryer with silicone tongs and serve them with a marinara dipping sauce!

Notes

  • The cheese filling inside the mozzarella sticks will be very hot so be sure to enjoy them carefully!
  • Use silicone tipped tongs in the air fryer because they will help to protect the air fryer tray from scratches.

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 486kcal | Carbohydrates: 40g | Protein: 22g | Fat: 27g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 14g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 52mg | Sodium: 1490mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 7g

This nutritional information has been estimated by an online nutrition calculator. It should only be seen as a rough calculation and not a replacement for professional dietary advice.

Course Frozen Foods

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