Preheat the air fryer by running it at 360°F (180°C) for 5 minutes.
Brush the frozen mozzarella sticks with oil, then spread them out in a single layer in the air fryer basket.
6 frozen mozzarella sticks, ½ teaspoon vegetable oil
Air fry at 360°F (180°C) for 4 minutes, shaking them around once halfway.
Serve immediately with your favorite dipping sauce!
This recipe for air fryer frozen mozzarella sticks was created in a Philips HD9252/90 Air Fryer*. Cooking time can vary with your air fryer model.
Ingredient notes & substitutions
Frozen mozzarella sticks can be store bought or homemade. The thicker the breading, the easier to keep them from exploding while frying.
Vegetable oil can be skipped, but adds a nice touch of color
Tips & tricks
Preheat your air fryer for the best result
Don't defrost the mozzarella sticks but cook them straight from frozen
Cook mozzarella sticks in one layer for an even cook. If making a lot, cook them in batches.
Shake the mozzarella sticks around halfway for an even cook
Cook time can vary with different air fryers
Don't overcook them to avoid the mozzarella sticks exploding
To check if they are done, grab a mozzarella stick and squeeze it gently, if it's done it should feel a bit soft inside
Store any leftovers in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 4 days - but I recommend not air frying more than you will finish
How do you keep mozzarella sticks from exploding in the air fryer?
Mozzarella sticks are prone to exploding, any way you cook them. There are two main ways to avoid this:1. Thicker breading to help keep that cheese inside2. Not overcooking them since the too-hot cheese is what makes them explodeThis recipe has been tested with mozzarella sticks with a very thin breading, so the times recommended here should help avoid exploding mozzarella sticks.However, all air fryers are different, so if you're worried about them exploding, try air frying just one of them first to determine the optimal time for your air fryer.