Air-Fried Mozzarella Sticks


Learn how to make mozzarella sticks in the air fryer with this easy recipe. These ooey, gooey mozzarella sticks are sure to impress. The best part is that they are better for you than their deep-fried cousin! Season with garlic salt and serve with marinara sauce for dipping.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
Additional Time:
1 hr
Total Time:
1 hr 35 mins



  • ½ cup water

  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour

  • 5 tablespoons cornstarch

  • 1 tablespoon cornmeal

  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder

  • ½ teaspoon salt


  • 1 cup panko bread crumbs

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper

  • ½ teaspoon parsley flakes

  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder

  • ¼ teaspoon onion powder

  • ¼ teaspoon dried oregano

  • ¼ teaspoon dried basil

  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour, or as needed

Mozzarella Sticks:

  • 5 ounces mozzarella cheese, cut into 1/2-inch strips

  • cooking spray


  1. Make batter: Place water, flour, cornstarch, cornmeal, garlic powder, and salt in a shallow bowl; mix until thick like pancake batter. Adjust ingredients if needed to get the right consistency.

  2. Make coating: Stir together panko, salt, pepper, parsley, garlic powder, onion powder, oregano, and basil in a second shallow bowl. Place flour in a third bowl.

  3. Make mozzarella sticks: Lightly press each mozzarella stick in flour. Dip in batter, then toss in panko mixture until evenly coated. Place sticks in a single layer on a baking sheet. Freeze for at least 1 hour.

  4. Heat an air fryer to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C) according to manufacturer's instructions.

  5. Place a row of mozzarella sticks in the fryer basket. Spray lightly with cooking spray and close the lid.

  6. Cook sticks in the preheated air fryer for 6 minutes. Open the lid and flip sticks with tongs. Close the lid and continue cooking until golden brown, 7 to 9 minutes.


You can substitute vegan mozzarella in the recipe.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

246 Calories
7g Fat
39g Carbs
13g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 246
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 7g 9%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 23mg 8%
Sodium 936mg 41%
Total Carbohydrate 39g 14%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 13g
Vitamin C 0mg 2%
Calcium 286mg 22%
Iron 1mg 5%
Potassium 66mg 1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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