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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.

Recipe Summary

10 mins
10 mins
1 hr
1 hr 20 mins
12 cheese bites


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


Instructions Checklist
  • 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.

  • 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; carbohydrates 22.6g; fat 6.7g; cholesterol 46mg; sodium 574mg. Full Nutrition