How To Air Fry Mozzarella Sticks Frozen

How To Air Fry Mozzarella Sticks Frozen & Still Get a Crispy Finish

Do you know how to air fry mozzarella sticks frozen? Frozen Mozzarella Sticks have grown in popularity over the past couple of years, being a constant on most kids’ menus in restaurants when you’re dining out. I know personally that my parents would’ve probably loved for me to fall in love with mozzarella sticks when I was a kid and order these from the menu. However, that’s not how my life went.

When I was a kid, I wanted to eat what the grownups were eating. So, I wanted to enjoy crab legs, lobster tails, and even vegetables if they were cooked right. I wasn’t really a fan of the rare steak, though unless they covered it in cheese, which wasn’t going to happen. But as I said, I wanted to eat what my parents were eating. So, that’s what I did.

Fast forward a couple of years later when I’m trying now to feed my own children. Unfortunately, my kids’ culinary cravings are nothing like mine was. They don’t want vegetables. Nor do they want to eat the steak that I’m eating. What they want are mozzarella sticks. And the best way to cook these quickly is in your Air Fryer.

This post is going to be for all you parents out there, like me, that want to feed their kids without the hassle of slaving over a stove. Today, we’re going to explore, how to air fry frozen mozzarella sticks so that your kids will love you more.

Where to Buy Mozzarella Sticks Frozen

The best part about frozen mozzarella sticks is that you can buy them in the supermarket pre-breaded, and ready to go. However, if you, for whatever reason, get to the supermarket and they’re out of mozzarella sticks, fret not because you can also make them from scratch. It’s actually not that hard. And this post will also show you how to do that.

The issue most parents face today is that they don’t want their kids eating a whole lot of fried food. Fried food equals trans fats and extra calories. While extra calories equal unhealthy kids. No one wants their kids to be unhealthy but children love fried food. Luckily, the workaround for this is your air fryer.

You can actually air fry frozen mozzarella sticks in the oven, but I’ve found that the end result isn’t as crispy plus it melts a whole lot more. My children don’t like eating their mozzarella sticks when they go soft. So, the oven method is not for me. What I do instead is throw them in the Air Fryer. You don’t need some defrost them. Simply air fry then serve them up with your favorite dipping sauce or salad, if you’re trying to keep your kids healthy. You can enjoy them yourself as well with a nice glass of wine.

Tips For Air Frying Mozzarella Sticks Frozen

If you purchase the pre-breaded frozen mozzarella sticks from the grocery store, it’s actually recommended that you don’t defrost them before cooking. That way when you’re cooking your mozzarella sticks, they won’t melt out and create a mess in your air fryer.

How To Air Fry Mozzarella Sticks Frozen: Recipes

Here are a few easy recipes to get you started.

Parmesan Mozzarella Sticks

Time: 90 minutes

Serves: 12


  • Mozzarella, 2 cups, grated
  • Cornstarch, 3 tbsp
  • Egg, 1
  • Italian seasoned breadcrumbs, 1 cup
  • Oregano, 1 tbsp
  • garlic powder, 1 1/2 tsp
  • salt, 1 tsp
  • Parmesan, 1 1/2 tbsp


  1. Choose the Air Fry option and set the temperature of the Instant Pot Duo Crisp Air Fryer to 400°F.
  2. Line a baking sheet with the parchment.
  3. Make a thorough mixture of cornstarch and Parmesan to shredded cheese.
  4. Cut your cheese into sticks and put it in the freezer (45- 60 mins).
  5. Beat your egg in a small bowl.
  6. Combine salt, garlic powder, and breadcrumbs and mix well in another bowl.
  7. Immerse your cheese sticks in the egg and coat them well.
  8. Roll the egg-coated sticks in breadcrumbs and place them back on a baking sheet.
  9. Put this in the freezer for around 20 mins.
  10. Repeat the egg and bread steps and place them in the Air Fryer basket. Close the lid.
  11. Cook at 400°F for around 10 minutes while making sure to rotate frequently.
  12. When the sticks begin to melt, transfer them back to your baking sheet. Let rest for a couple of minutes.

Bonus Recipes

Now that we’ve explored how to cook your frozen Mozzarella Sticks. Let’s explore a few recipes that pair well with them.

Caesar Salad

This recipe will provide you with the same delicious taste of the classic salad as it is meant to be eaten.

Serves: 4

Time Needed: 10 min


  • Garlic (2 cloves, minced and pureed)
  • Anchovies (1 tbsp., powder or paste)
  • Lemon Juice (3 tbsp.)
  • Worcestershire Sauce (1 tsp.)
  • Salt (1/4 tsp)
  • Pepper (1/8 tsp)
  • Egg Yolk (1)
  • Olive Oil (1/4 cup)
  • Romaine Lettuce (1 bunch, roughly chopped)
  • Parmesan Cheese (1 cup, grated)
  • Croutons (1 cup)


Create a Caesar Dressing by whisking together your garlic, anchovies, Worcestershire sauce, lemon juice salt, egg yolk, and pepper. With one hand whisking slowly add your olive oil to the mixture (be sure to continue whisking vigorously, you may also opt to do this step with a blender or mixer). In 4 salad bowls add your romaine lettuce, drizzle with dressing, toss then top with croutons, and parmesan. Serve and Enjoy.

Kale Salad with Feta Cheese and Tomatoes

Make this sizzling salad and serve with crumbled feta cheese on top.

Time: 5 minutes

Yield: 2 servings


  • 1 bunch curly kale, chopped
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon thyme
  • ¼ cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon ginger powder
  • 2 tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 cup feta cheese
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil


In a bowl add vinegar, ginger powder, salt, pepper, oil, thyme, and mix to combine. Take a medium bowl, add tomatoes, and pour vinegar mixture. Mix well. Sprinkle feta cheese on top. Serve and enjoy.

Final Thoughts

Mozzarella sticks make a delicious snack for any member of the family plus they are super easy to make. My personal favorite, these days, is enjoying my mozzarella sticks with a side of Caesar salad and a chilled juice of white wine.

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