Air Fryer Mozzarella Sticks
As part of my continued effort to experiment with the Hamilton Beach Air Fryer, I was inspired to try making my own mozzarella stick. I was inspired by a recipe that I found on staysnatched.com , but I prepared it somewhat differently due to the ingredients I had available and also, because I prefer a shorter mozzarella stick.
The recipe that I am sharing with you below is the one that I prepared: They came out fantastic, and the kids LOVED them.
BONUS: The assembly of the actual sticks can be done in advance (and should be done at least 1 hour and 15 minutes in advance to allow for 1 hour of freezing time prior to air frying.) Why is this a bonus? Because if your kids are home and need an activity to keep them busy have them make a batch ( or three ) to freeze. That will keep them busy for a while doing something productive that does not involve a screen.
WARNING: Freezing the breaded sticks ahead of time is key. A few from the batch I made still oozed a bit, but most remained intact and were De-lish!
- 10-12 mozzarella cheese sticks, cut in half
- 1 egg, beaten (in its own bowl, large enough to accommodate a mozzarella stick)
- 1/2 c. flour
- 1 c. breadcrumbs
- 2-3 tsp granulated garlic
- 1-2 tsp paprika
- salt & pepper, to taste
- your favourite marinara sauce, for dipping
- Mix together the breadcrumbs, granulated garlic, paprika, salt and pepper in a bowl
- Create a ‘breading’ station by lining up, in order:
- cheese sticks
- plate for breaded sticks
- Dip each stick in the flour, then in the egg, then in the breadcrumb mixture, paying attention to coat the entire stick including the ends
- as then plate on the ‘ready plate’
- Freeze for at least one hour
- Spray air fryer basket with nonstick spray
- Arrange 10 of the prepared and frozen mozzarella sticks in the basket in one layer
- Air fry 10 mozzarella sticks at a time, at 400 degrees for 10-12 minutes, turning over once about halfway through cooking.
- Serve with your favourite marinara sauce and enjoy!
EASIER VERSION: Buy pre-made frozen mozzarella sticks and Air Fry them 😉
This is one of many recipes I tried in the Hamilton Beach Air Fryer. For more click here 🙂
Happy Air Frying!
Disclosure: The Hamilton Beach Air Fryer was offered to me for review. I will only ever share with you products and/or services I believe in. All opinions contained within are my own and cannot be bought 🙂