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Air-Fried Mozzarella Cheese Bites with Spicy Marinara Sauce

Rated as 3 out of 5 Stars

"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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1 h 20 m servings 183
Original recipe yields 6 servings (12 cheese bites)


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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Preheat an air fryer to 360 degrees F (180 degrees C). Lightly coat the air fryer basket with cooking spray.
  4. Place frozen cheese bites in a single layer in the air fryer, working in batches if necessary, being careful not to crowd.
  5. Cook in the preheated air fryer until golden brown and cheese just begins to melt, 4 to 6 minutes. Repeat with remaining bites.
  6. Meanwhile, stir together marinara sauce and crushed red pepper.
  7. 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

Per Serving: 183 calories; 6.7 22.6 10.9 46 574 Full nutrition

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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.