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Frozen Mozzarella Sticks in Air Fryer

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The best way to use Frozen Farm Fresh Mozzarella Sticks is, hands down, in the air fryer.

The cheese lights up with a crispy breading and ooey gooey center, making air-fried frozen mozzarella sticks the most perfectly delicious snack.

cheese coming out of a mozzarella stick

The Magic of the Air Fryer

If you have an Air Fryer or Ninja Foodi, chances are you are ready to take frozen foods to the next level. Making the perfect snack has never been easier! If you’re a fan of cheesy delights, then this recipe for Farm Rich cheese sticks in an air fryer will make you swoon.

Using an air fryer to cook mozzarella sticks, especially the frozen kind, ensures a crispy exterior with a melted, gooey interior. Unlike traditional frying, air frying offers a healthier approach as it requires little to no oil.

Tips and Tricks:

  • Always ensure that your mozzarella sticks are frozen solid. This prevents them from oozing out and maintains the desired texture.
  • Don’t overcrowd the air fryer basket. It’s essential for the hot air to circulate around each stick to guarantee even cooking.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe:

  • Healthier Option: Air-frying farm-rich mozzarella sticks offers a healthier alternative to traditional frying, cutting back on excess oil and fat.
  • Consistent Results: Air frying ensures even cooking, so every bite is a perfect blend of crispy and gooey.
  • Quick and Easy: With the magic of air frying, these mozzarella sticks, especially the frozen kind, take no time. It’s a hassle-free snack or appetizer for any occasion.
  • They just taste so good: Air Frying frozen foods really assists in taking a flash-frozen item and making it crispy on the outside and tender on the inside without any deep frying oil and in half the time.

This method not only works with frozen mozzarella cheese sticks but also frozen chicken nuggets, frozen pizza rolls, and so much more!

pile of frozen mozzarella sticks

Great for any meal or party: Golden Brown gooey mozzarella sticks are amazing as quick snacks, an easy appetizer recipe, and really to munch on during movie night as the best tasty snack! So grab your frozen appetizers, and let’s get to the cooking process.

How to make Air Fryer Frozen Mozzarella Sticks.

For this recipe, we used Farm Rich Breaded Mozzarella Sticks. There are probably many different brands at your local grocery store to choose from as well.

While you can make homemade mozzarella sticks (which is entirely another recipe with string cheese), there is no need to break out a block of mozzarella cheese, an egg mixture, and a deep fryer to enjoy the best cheese sticks. Just let the air fryer work its magic for rich mozzarella sticks and gooey cheese.

mozzarella sticks in an air fryer
  1. For best results, preheat the air fryer for 5 minutes at 360 degrees. Not preheating will completely alter the cooking time.
  2. Place frozen sticks in a single layer in the air crisp air fryer basket and heat for 5 minutes at 360 degrees. In our tests, heating at higher temperatures will explode the cheese from the sides, leaving no cheese in the center. This same thing can happen in the microwave, which is why the microwave is not a method I prefer to use when heating any frozen foods that have cheese centers.
  3. Remove cooked mozzarella sticks from the basket (tongs work great) and serve immediately with various dipping sauces, like your favorite marinara sauce. They should be perfectly crispy mozzarella sticks! If repeating to additional batches, just redo the entire air fryer cheese stick process.

Air Fryer is perfect for Frozen Mozzarella Sticks.

How to fry mozzarella sticks using the air fryer?

Just like cooking frozen pizza rolls in the air fryer, cooking mozzarella sticks in the air fryer is simply the best way to cook them. The outer bread crumbs are crispy and crunchy on all sides, and the cheese in the center is so full of cheesy goodness that you may lose yourself in the whole box!

In fact, we use this same method to make homemade air fried babybel cheese too.

Favorite Dipping Sauce

The best thing about these frozen cheese sticks is the sauce for dipping!

If you are wondering what sauces to serve with air fryer frozen mozzarella sticks, here are some of our very favorite ways to chow down.

dipping ooey gooey mozzarella stick into marinara sauce

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Air Fryer Frozen Mozzarella Sticks

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
From frozen to fresh, mozzarella sticks can be done in 10 minutes. The air fryer makes this frozen appetizer a snap. Done with ease, crispy outer shells and soft melty centers make the perfect mozzarella sticks. Enjoy now!


  • air fryer


  • frozen mozzarella sticks Farm Fresh Recommended
  • marinara sauce for dipping optional


  • Preheat air fryer for 5 minutes at 360 degrees. 
  • Place frozen cheese sticks in a single layer in the air fryer basket and heat for 5 minutes, at 360 degrees.
  • Remove finished and air fried mozzarella sticks carefully from basket using tongs.
  • Serve immediately while still hot and melty.
  • Sauces that go great with cheese sticks are marinara and ranch.


  • This recipe uses Farm Rich Breaded Mozzarella Sticks, which are slightly smaller than restaurant sized homemade mozzarella sticks as most frozen ones are. This 10 oz. package had 2.5 servings per box. 5 sticks is one serving. 
What dips go great with mozzarella sticks? 
The best thing about these frozen cheese sticks is the sauce for dipping!  If you are wondering what sauces to serve with air fryer frozen mozzarella sticks, here are some of our very favorite ways to chow down. 
  • Tomato Sauce
  • Greek Yogurt Veggie Dip
  • Homemade Marinara Sauce
  • BBQ Sauce
  • Homemade Ranch Dip
  • Thick Ranch Dressing
  • Blue Cheese Dressing
  • Hot Sauce
  • Pizza Sauce


Serving: 1 | Calories: 83kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 7mg | Sodium: 422mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 4g

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