Air fryer frozen mozzarella sticks make for a quick snack that everyone loves! The melted cheese inside is nice and gooey and the outside gets golden and crispy.
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I have yet to meet someone that doesn’t go gaga for mozzarella sticks. Soft creamy melted goodness in a crispy crunchy coating – it is hard to beat.
I keep a pack of Farm Rich mozzarella sticks in my freezer at all times, just in case guests suddenly show up. A quick homemade dipping sauce on the side and everybody is happy. Also, their air fryer mozzarella sticks calories only come up to 270 per 3 sticks.
Here are some of my tips for air frying frozen foods and how to prevent the cheese from exploding all over your air fryer.
What Temperature and How Long Do You Cook Mozzarella Sticks in Air Fryer?
Let’s get the basics out of the way because the right temperature and cooking time is key to preventing a mozzarella explosion. Unfortunately, exact temperatures and timing may differ depending on the type of air fryer and mozzarella sticks brand.
For Farm Rich mozzarella sticks in air fryer, the magic numbers are 400 degrees Fahrenheit and 5 minutes cook time before a flip followed by another 3-4 minutes. This is what gives me perfectly intact golden brown cheese sticks without all of the cheese oozing out.
For fresh homemade air fryer mozzarella sticks, the cook time is generally shorter. Some also call for a lower temperature, like these keto air fryer mozzarella sticks. Be sure to check the original recipe for cook times and temperatures.
How Do You Keep Mozzarella Sticks from Exploding in Air Fryer?
Can you cook cheese in air fryer without it exploding? Yes, you can! Frozen cheese sticks in air fryer only explode when they are overcooked.
Now you also know how to prevent it from happening. When cooking mozzarella sticks in air fryer it is better to err on the side of caution and take them out earlier rather than later.
How to Clean Air Fryer
Okay, it happens to the best of use. Sometimes mozzarella sticks explode before we get to them on time. So what do you do with all that cheese sticking to the air fryer basket and sides?
Most air fryer baskets are non-stick so you want to be careful when cleaning. I recommend going at it gently with just dish soap and a soft sponge. If necessary, let it soak for a while so you won’t need as much elbow grease.
Another important step is to spray the air fryer basket with cooking spray, every single time. Not only does it prevent burning of the food, but it also makes it less likely that the food gets stuck.
How to Reheat Mozzarella Sticks in Air Fryer
Air fryers are great for reheating breaded foods while maintaining their crunch. It doesn’t make the food soggy as the microwave does and it doesn’t dry out like in the oven.
All you need for reheating mozzarella sticks is 1 minute on each side at 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Not that I expect any of these cheese sticks to be leftover.
What are your tips for cooking mozzarella sticks in an air fryer? Let me know in the comments below. I am very curious.
Try these other frozen air fryer recipes!
Air Fryer Frozen Mozzarella Sticks
- 12 Mozzarella Sticks, I used Farm Rich mozzarella sticks
- Nonstick Cooking Spray
- Spray air fryer basket with nonstick cooking spray. Add a single layer of frozen mozzarella sticks to the air fryer basket. Close the lid or tray.
- Set temperature to 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 5 minutes, flip, and cook an additional 3-4 minutes until crispy on the outside and the cheese is melted on the inside.
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