How to Cook Frozen Mozzarella Sticks in Air Fryer

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Have you ever wondered how to cook frozen mozzarella sticks in the air fryer?  You won’t believe how perfectly they cook! Air fryers are an awesome way to cook up your favorite frozen appetizers and other meals! See how to cook frozen mozzarella sticks in the air fryer. It is so easy and fast! 

Air Fryer Mozzarella Sticks

We continue to love our air fryer and use it on a weekly (many times daily) basis.  What an awesome machine!  We have cooked everything from fresh vegetables to meat to frozen foods in our air fryer.  The cooking is so consistent and the food comes out perfectly cooked every time.

I didn’t think that there was an appliance that I would love more than my pressure cooker… but I will tell you, the air fryer is giving our Instant Pot a run for its money!

Air Fryers cook frozen food to PERFECTION!

I have a new air fryer recipe for you today and guess what? It’s another frozen food favorite.  Just like the post that I wrote about frozen potstickers in the air fryer and frozen pigs in a blanket in the air fryer, this recipe might sound a little silly.

After all, it’s a pre-made food that just requires re-heating, right? Yes, and no. I have found that it can be tricky to cook up some of our fave frozen apps in the air fryer.  It takes a little experimenting to get the time and temperature just right.  So, since I figured it out on my end, I figured it would be helpful info to share!

One thing about the air fryer and frozen food is that it truly mimics a consistency that is the perfect blend of baked and deep fried.

Farm Rich Breaded Mozzarella Sticks

Make sure you check out the other air fryer recipes we have written:

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How to Cook Frozen Chicken Nuggets in the Air Fryer

And make sure you check out these EASY Air Fryer Donuts!!

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Another amazing dessert idea? Air Fryer S’mores! No campfire required!


Cooking Breaded Frozen Mozzarella Sticks in an Air Fryer

Similar to other frozen apps, this food requires zero prep.  Simply arrange the frozen sticks in your air fryer in a single layer.

Mozzarella Sticks in Fryer

I cooked these at 380 degrees for 7 minutes. 

When I cook mozzarella sticks in a traditional oven, I like to cook them until the cheese is JUSSSST about to bubble out of the breading.


Cooked Mozz Sticks

I always enjoy my mozzarella sticks with a side of warm marinara sauce.

Cooking Mozzarella Sticks Air Fryer

Appetizers and Marinara

Air Fryer Mozzarella Sticks
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Frozen Mozzarella Sticks in Air Fryer

Use your air fryer to cook frozen appetizers to perfection!  These frozen mozzarella sticks cooked in the air fryer are crispy on the outside, and melted on the inside.
Prep Time1 min
Cook Time7 mins
Total Time8 mins
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American, Italian
Keyword: air fryer, mozzarella sticks
Servings: 1
Calories: 270kcal


  • 5 frozen mozzarella sticks


  • Arrange frozen mozzarella sticks in a single layer in your air fryer basket.
    Mozzarella Sticks in Fryer
  • Cook at 380F for 7 minutes, until the cheese is JUST about to burst out of the breading.
    Cooked Mozz Sticks
  • Serve with marinara sauce on the side.
    Cooking Mozzarella Sticks Air Fryer

Air Fryer is a Healthier Cooking Alternative

I remember many years ago when my mom gave my dad a deep fryer for Christmas.  Consumer deep fryer models were super popular and you could plunk that contraption on your counter and deep fry your little heart out.  I remember him cooking all sorts of foods, from wings and chicken nuggets to french fries and tator tots.

I also remember the stinky smell of the oil that lingered in the kitchen (actually the whole house) for days after the last fried meal. Pair the smell with the fact that food cooked in oil typically isn’t the healthiest, and you have even more reasons to love an air fryer.

We started with a smaller air fryer and are already considering an upgrade to a bigger model.  In a typical week, we use our air fryer a minimum of 4 days out of 7, sometimes more than once a day. The air fryer has given many of our meals a healthy makeover without sacrificing the taste. (Actually, I’d be willing to bet that our meals are actually tastier now than they ever have been thanks to the consistent crispy cooking that we get with the air fryer.) If that’s not a plug to go buy an air fryer, I don’t know what is!

Do you have an air fryer?  If so, how often do you use it?

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14 thoughts on “How to Cook Frozen Mozzarella Sticks in Air Fryer”

  1. 5 stars
    Just tried your method and my mozzarella sticks came out beautifully! Well, my version doesn’t have a 380° setting so I used 375° but otherwise, perfect. Thanks so much!

    • By more than one batch, do you mean more sticks at one time than I made? I would keep the settings the same. I do not preheat, but you can if you want!


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