How To Cook Frozen Mozzarella Sticks In Air Fryer?

Air Fryer Mozzarella Sticks are something like ‘Pure Love’ to kids while they dine out. In fact, it is one of the most favorite frozen snacks items (especially for kids) that you can cook in an air fryer in your kitchen. Cooking frozen mozzarella sticks in an air fryer can be super QUICK and EASY when you do it following the right way.

To get the perfect taste of mozzarella sticks, you need to know How to Cook Frozen Mozzarella sticks in air fryer in a proper way.

Ideally, you should cook frozen mozzarella sticks in an air fryer (preferably in batches if required – depending on the space) for around 5 – 8 minutes until the exterior part becomes crispy and golden in color. The heat of the air fryer should be around 400-degree Fahrenheit to have the perfect texture.

In today’s post, I have shared a comprehensive discussion on cooking frozen mozzarella sticks in air fryer.

What Are Mozzarella Sticks?

How To Cook Frozen Mozzarella Sticks In Air Fryer

Mozzarella sticks are one of the most popular appetizers which can be enjoyed best when they are served hot.

These mozzarella sticks are also known as mozzarella cheese sticks that are fried until they become crispy. Also, a breading coating or layer is applied over the mozz sticks before they are fried.

How To Cook Frozen Mozzarella Sticks In Air Fryer?

Cooking frozen mozzarella sticks in an air fryer

In this section I have made a step-by-step tutorial for Cooking Frozen Mozzarella Sticks In An Air Fryer.

Step 1 – Start with the Prep Work

First of all, place a clean wax paper on a baking sheet where you will need to keep the mozz sticks. Now, take a bowl and wash it with clean water. Now beat an egg and keep it in the bowl.

Now, take another bowl and combine the salt, breadcrumbs, and Italian seasoning and mix it properly.

Step 2 – Coating Your Mozzarella Sticks & Freezing Them

Now take each of the mozzarella sticks and dip it into the bowl where you have kept the beaten egg in order to coat the mozz sticks.

During this coating thing, you have to dip your mozz sticks completely into the bowl where the breadcrumbs mixture is kept. Remember that if you don’t dip the sticks fully into the 2nd bowl, the coating or layering on the sticks won’t be done properly.

Although this coating procedure can be a bit messy, it is completely OKAY!

When you are done with the coating or layering thing on the mozzarella sticks, you have to keep each of these sticks on the baking sheet on which you have already placed a clean wax paper. While placing the sticks, you have to be very careful so those sticks don’t touch each other.

Now, it is time for freezing your mozz sticks. According to my experience, I would say that the freezing time should be 30 minutes minimum and 60 minutes maximum.

Step 3 – Coating the Mozz Sticks Again & Freezing Again

In this step, you have to take the mozz sticks out of the freezer and sip those sticks again into the beaten egg and after that the breadcrumb mix again.

Now, it is time to put your mozzarella sticks again in the freezer for another 30 minutes. If you want, you can freeze them for 60 minutes (maximum) as well.

Step 4 – Air Frying the Mozzarella Sticks

Now, you have to use a little amount of nonstick cooking spray on the mozz sticks and air fryer basket. This will keep your mozzarella sticks from sticking to the air frying basket. And, it will also keep you safe from experiencing any kind of unwanted experience like the explosion of the mozz sticks.

Then, set your air frying machine to nearly 400-degree Fahrenheit. Now it is time to start air frying your mozzarella sticks (depending on space limitation it is recommended to fry the sticks in batches).

For each batch of your mozz sticks, you should air fry them for around 5 – 8 minutes.

Step 5 – Time to Serve

Well, in this last step, all you need to do is to remove the mozz sticks from your air frying machine and place the cooked mozzarella sticks on a plate or bowl.

Now, wait for around 2-3 minutes to avoid situations like tongue burning before you eat them with your family members.

While serving the cooked mozzarella sticks for adults, I would recommend some salad ideas. In my experience, I would say that I found the BEST combo when I tried out air-fried mozzarella cheese sticks with these salad items –

However, if you want to serve your freshly cooked delicious mozzarella cheese sticks for your kids, then you don’t need to worry about the salad. In this case, you can serve the sticks with some sauce (preferably tomato sauce) or hot dog slices.

How Long To Cook Frozen Mozzarella Sticks In Air Fryer? 

How long to air fry mozzarella sticks in air fryer

The first thing you have to do is to set your air frying machine to nearly 400-degree Fahrenheit. For Your Information, it is recommended that you should use a good quality air fryer for air frying your mozzarella cheese sticks if you really want to get your desired texture.

Now, use a good-quality nonstick cooking spray and spray it on the mozz sticks and the air fryer basket. You should keep in mind that the spraying thing is a mandatory step if you want to avoid accidents like the explosion of the cheese sticks.

When you are done with the spraying thing, it is time to air fry your mozzarella cheese sticks in your air frying machine. In this stage, put the mozzarella sticks in the air fryer basket one by one. Or, you can also place the sticks in the basket in batches. Actually, it depends on the space limitation of your air fryer basket.

However, it is now way a good idea to put all the mozz sticks in the air fryer basket at a time. Keep in mind that it can completely ruin your cheese sticks.

Now, start air frying the mozzarella sticks for around 5 to 8 minutes. But, sometimes, the air frying time can also take around 8 to 10 minutes.

Actually, the main thing to notice in this case is to wait until the exterior part of the mozzarella sticks becomes golden & crispy.

So, when you see that the mozz sticks have become crispy or golden in color, then you can take off the first batch of the cheese sticks from the air fryer basket. And, then start air frying the next batch of your mozzarella cheese sticks.

The Secret of Delicious Mozzarella Sticks

Now I am going to share some SECRET tips regarding how to make delicious mozzarella sticks based on my real-life experience.

Before you start reading the following tips, I would suggest you to put your utmost attention here –

  • Always make sure you double-coat the mozzarella cheese sticks in order to make them the utmost delicious ones for your kids.
  • For double-coating the sticks, always freeze the mozz sticks twice otherwise the coating or layer won’t be done correctly.
  • If the double coating is not done appropriately, the coating may slide off when you put them in the air fryer basket.
  • Freezing time may sometimes vary depending on how well you have prepared the breadcrumb mixture.
  • Never forget to use a good-quality nonstick cooking spray.

Tips For Making Lovely Mozzarella Sticks

Here are some wonderful tips that can surely help you make lovely mozzarella sticks.

  • Pick the mozzarella cheese sticks carefully, because not all the sticks are of the same size.
  • It is always a better idea to use full-fat and regular-sized mozzarella sticks.
  • Before you begin the air frying thing, you gotta make sure that the freezing has been done appropriately/
  • If the freezing is not done properly, it may ruin your mozzarella sticks.
  • Always use nonstick spray on the air fryer basket and mozz sticks as well.
  • It would be better to air fry the mozz sticks in batches in order to get the perfect texture of the cooked cheese sticks.

Nutritional Facts

Nutritional data of the mozzarella sticks may vary because it completely depends on the type of mozz sticks you will be using in your case.

However, typically the nutritional data found in the mozz sticks are as follows:

  • Serving Amount: 3 Sticks.
  • Calories: 270
  • Fat: 15g.
  • Carbs: 23g.
  • Fiber: 1g.
  • Protein: 12g.

The Best Frozen Mozzarella Stick To Use?

Well, it is quite natural that some of you may want to avoid the extra hassle of preparing the frozen mozzarella sticks in their kitchen.

If you fall in such a category, it is quite obvious that you definitely want to about the best frozen mozzarella sticks available in the market at this moment in time.

Well, I always love to use T.G.I. Friday’s Mozzarella Sticks because they are perfect in shape & size. And, the best thing about these mozz sticks is that the cheese won’t leak out.

The Best Air Fryer To Cook Frozen Mozzarella Sticks?

Now there’s another important thing to know – which air fryer is the best for cooking frozen mozzarella sticks! Well, for air frying frozen mozzarella sticks, you will find a lot of air fryers from varieties of renowned brands in the market.

From my personal experience I will recommended to use Ninja AF101 Air Fryer for cooking frozen mozzarella sticks.

However, you may also check deferent best quality air fryers which best fitted in your kitchen.

FAQs – Air Fryer Mozzarella Sticks

Do you have to preheat an air fryer before cooking the mozzarella sticks?

It is not necessary to preheat the air fryer before you start cooking your mozzarella cheese sticks. An air fryer can increase the cooking temperature within a very short time. So, you don’t need to worry about the pre-heating thing of your air fryer before cooking any frozen food.

How long do you put mozzarella sticks in the air fryer?

In order to get the best result, you should put mozzarella sticks in the air fryer for 5 to 8 minutes. However, you have to set the temperature of your air frying machine to 400-degree Fahrenheit before putting the sticks in the air fryer basket.

Can you put aluminum foil in the air fryer?

Although there’s no problem with putting aluminum foil paper in the air fryer, I would like to tell you that it is not the best option.
However, it is sometimes necessary to use aluminum foil paper for cooking several frozen food items. So, it is you who will take the final decision at the end of the day.


Throughout the above discussion, I have tried to provide a real-life experience-based answer to the question regarding how to and how long you need to cook frozen mozzarella sticks in an air fryer.

Besides, I have also tried to share some SECRET tips about cooking frozen mozzarella sticks in an air fryer.

ENJOY your Mozz Sticks!

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