By Ashley St John
I recently got an air fryer as a gift and have been trying out different foods and recipes that I can use with it. I found that it only takes a few minutes to cook frozen foods such as french fries and popcorn shrimp. I finally decided to try to make something from scratch as opposed to the frozen options.
- Mozzarella sticks
- Bread crumbs (I used Target brand, but any brand will work)
- Italian seasoning
For most of the measurements, you can just do however much you want, depending on how much you want to make; I decided to make 12 mozzarella sticks.
I first put the mozzarella sticks in the freezer for about half an hour to make sure they were completely firm. You can take them out of the packaging or just leave them right in. You can leave them in there a little longer if you find that they aren’t firm enough. While the mozzarella sticks are in the freezer, you can start getting everything else together.
Crack two eggs in a shallow bowl and whisk them together. I used about a cup and a half of bread crumbs (although it was a little too much, so I would suggest using a little less) with about a tablespoon of Italian seasoning mixed in another shallow bowl. Lastly, put ¼ cup of flour in a third shallow bowl.
I then covered the air fryer’s inside with tin foil, mainly to make the clean-up later on easier. At the same time, I covered a sheet pan with some tin foil as well.
Once the mozzarella sticks are firm enough, take them out of the freezer and unwrap them (if they’re still wrapped). Once unwrapped, take one and roll it thoroughly in the flour, then the eggs, and then the breadcrumb/Italian seasoning mixture. Once you’ve rolled it in all of the ingredients, place it on the tin foil-covered pan. Repeat that with the rest of the mozzarella sticks, then place the pan in the freezer. (Save the extra eggs and breadcrumbs for later)
Let those sit in the freezer for about 10-15 minutes before taking them out again. Take one and roll it in the eggs, then breadcrumbs again, then place in the air fryer. Mine could only fit six, so I had to split this process in half. I cooked mine for about seven minutes at 400 degrees. Halfway through, I pulled them out and rolled them over so that they would cook evenly on both sides.
I recommend letting them sit for a minute after taking them out because they are very hot and a little too soft to pick up. You can serve them with any kind of marinara sauce you’d like; I used the Classico Fire Roasted Tomato and Garlic sauce because it was all I had, but it worked well with them.