These mozzarella sticks are coated in Italian-seasoned bread crumbs, cooked until crispy in the air fryer, and served with a zesty marinara dipping sauce.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
10 mins
cook:
10 mins
additional:
1 hr
total:
1 hr 20 mins
Servings:
6
Yield:
12 cheese bites
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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Whisk egg and water together in a shallow dish. Stir flour, salt, and Italian seasoning together in another shallow dish. Place bread crumbs in a third shallow dish.

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  • Dip cheese sticks into egg mixture, then coat with flour mixture. Dip again into egg mixture, then into bread crumbs until coated. Place on a baking sheet and freeze until firm, about 1 hour.

  • Preheat an air fryer to 360 degrees F (180 degrees C). Lightly coat the air fryer basket with cooking spray.

  • Place frozen cheese bites in a single layer in the air fryer, working in batches if necessary, being careful not to crowd.

  • Cook in the preheated air fryer until golden brown and cheese just begins to melt, 4 to 6 minutes. Repeat with remaining bites.

  • Meanwhile, stir together marinara sauce and crushed red pepper.

  • Serve mozzarella bites with marinara sauce.

Cook's Note:

To make ahead, instead of cooking in the air fryer, transfer frozen cheese bites to a freezer container and freeze up to 1 month. Remove from freezer and cook in air fryer, as directed.

Editor's Note:

Nutrition data for this recipe includes the full amount of breading ingredients. The actual amount of breading consumed will vary.

Nutrition Facts

183 calories; protein 10.9g 22% DV; carbohydrates 22.6g 7% DV; fat 6.7g 10% DV; cholesterol 46mg 15% DV; sodium 574mg 23% DV. Full Nutrition
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Rating: 3 stars
09/18/2019
As written these did not work for me. They melted before they got brown and crispy. I will try them again here in the next few days to see if maybe the first batch was just a fluke. Read More
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