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5 from 10 votes

Air Fryer Mozzarella Sticks

These homemade air fryer mozzarella sticks are awesome, so much better than the frozen store-bought kind. And they are super easy to make, perfect for game day, board game night, or other social gatherings.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time7 mins
Freezing Time1 hr 30 mins
Total Time1 hr 52 mins
Course: Appetizer, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cheese, crisp, crunchy, game day, savory
Servings: 8 people
Calories: 153kcal
Author: Matt Taylor


  • Air Fryer
  • sheet pan
  • parchment paper
  • Bowls
  • Knife
  • Cutting board


  • 8 string cheese sticks or Babybel cheese or whatever you like or a combination of a few kinds of cheese
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup smashed Doritos 50g
  • 1/2 cup panko breadcrumbs 50g
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour 60g
  • 1/2 tsp salt 2g
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder 2g
  • 1/4 tsp black ground pepper 1g


  • Unwrap and cut the string cheese in half then place it on a sheet pan lined with parchment paper and freeze them for 30 to 45 minutes.
  • Take the eggs and add them to a small bowl and whisk. You can add about a tablespoon of water as well if you like.
  • Then add the flour and spices to another bowl and whisk until combined.
  • You can use either bread crumbs or smashed chips like Doritos for the breading. I recommend doing a variety.
  • Dip the cheese in the flour, then into the egg wash, allow the excess to drip off. Then dip the cheese in the bread crumbs or crushed chips. Then go back into the egg wash, finally back into the bread crumbs or chips. Place on the pan and freeze for 30 to 45 minutes. Don't skip the freezing step.
  • Spray the air fryer basket with cooking spray. Then place several of the cheese sticks in the basket, but don't overcrowd them.
  • Cook at 375F/190C for 4 to 5 minutes. Then remove the basket and turn them over, then cook for an additional minute or two, until golden brown. A bit of cheese may ooze out, that is common.
  • Once cooked, place them on a plate with a bowl of marinara sauce or ranch dressing or whatever else you may want to dip them in. Enjoy!



Note: The nutritional facts do not include any dipping sauces like marinara or ranch dressing. 
Tip: After freezing them with the breading on, place them in a zip-locked freezer bag for long-term freezer storage. Then just cook the amount you want each time. They will last about 2 months in the freezer. 
List of nutritional facts for air fryer mozzarella cheese sticks