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Air-Fried Mozzarella Sticks (Homemade)

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Hello, my wholesome food lovers! Today’s recipe reinvents a timeless favorite – mozzarella sticks – with a focus on health without compromising the soul-satisfying flavors we all adore.

With the magic of air-frying, we’re transforming this traditionally guilty pleasure into a nutrient-packed delight. Prepare your taste buds for a crispy, cheesy experience that’s as kind to your body as it is indulgent to your senses!

What Are Mozzarella Sticks Good With?

Air-fried mozzarella sticks are versatile stars that shine alongside a myriad of dips. Dip them into a heart-healthy avocado lime dressing, a spicy homemade tomato jam, or a classic marinara sauce rich in antioxidants.

To keep things extra wholesome, serve them with a side of crisp, fresh vegetables for an added nutrient boost.

How Do You Make Mozzarella More Flavorful?

Let’s elevate our mozzarella! For an explosion of flavor, marinate your cheese in a blend of olive oil, minced garlic, and a dash of chili flakes before breading.

This not only seasons the cheese but also introduces a lively kick. The air-frying method also helps to lock in these robust flavors, creating an irresistibly tasty crust.

Why Does Store-Bought Mozzarella Taste Different?

The difference in taste with store-bought mozzarella often lies in the additives and the process used for preservation. These can affect the cheese’s natural creaminess and flavor profile.

For our homemade version, we’ll be using fresh, preservative-free mozzarella which allows the genuine, delicate taste of the cheese to take center stage.

Ingredients List

  • 8 sticks of fresh, preservative-free mozzarella cheese
  • 1 cup of whole wheat or almond flour breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 cup of grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tablespoon of dried Italian herbs
  • 1 teaspoon of garlic powder
  • 2 large eggs, preferably organic
  • 1/2 cup of almond or coconut flour
  • Non-stick cooking spray (olive or avocado oil)

Step-by-Step Instructions

  1. Preheat your air fryer to 390°F (199°C).
  2. Slice the mozzarella into 8 even sticks. If time permits, freeze the sticks for 15-20 minutes for better texture.
  3. In a shallow dish, mix the breadcrumbs, Parmesan, Italian herbs, and garlic powder.
  4. Lightly beat the eggs in a separate bowl and place the almond or coconut flour in a third dish.
  5. Coat each mozzarella stick in flour, then dip into the egg, and finally press into the breadcrumb mixture until well-coated.
  6. Arrange the sticks in a single layer in the air fryer basket, ensuring they don’t touch. Spray lightly with your cooking spray.
  7. Air fry for 6-8 minutes, or until golden and crisp, turning halfway through cooking.
  8. Let them cool for a couple of minutes — they will be piping hot inside!

Air-Fried Mozzarella Sticks (Homemade)

Recipe by Dr. Hailee
5.0 from 2 votes
Servings

4

servings
Prep time

12

minutes
Cooking time

8

minutes
Total time

20

minutes

Homemade mozzarella sticks – with a focus on health without compromising the soul-satisfying flavors we all adore.

Ingredients

  • 8 sticks of fresh, preservative-free mozzarella cheese

  • 1 cup of whole wheat or almond flour breadcrumbs

  • 1/2 cup of grated Parmesan cheese

  • 1 tablespoon of dried Italian herbs

  • 1 teaspoon of garlic powder

  • 2 large eggs, preferably organic

  • 1/2 cup of almond or coconut flour

  • Non-stick cooking spray (olive or avocado oil)

Directions

  • Preheat your air fryer to 390°F (199°C).
  • Slice the mozzarella into 8 even sticks. If time permits, freeze the sticks for 15-20 minutes for better texture.
  • In a shallow dish, mix the breadcrumbs, Parmesan, Italian herbs, and garlic powder.
  • Lightly beat the eggs in a separate bowl and place the almond or coconut flour in a third dish.
  • Coat each mozzarella stick in flour, then dip into the egg, and finally press into the breadcrumb mixture until well-coated.
  • Arrange the sticks in a single layer in the air fryer basket, ensuring they don’t touch. Spray lightly with your cooking spray.
  • Air fry for 6-8 minutes, or until golden and crisp, turning halfway through cooking.
  • Let them cool for a couple of minutes — they will be piping hot inside!

Nutrition Facts

  • Serving Size: 1g
  • Calories: 150kcal
  • Carbohydrates: 8g
  • Protein: 16g
  • Fat: 6g

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Wrap-up

Our air-fried mozzarella sticks are the perfect example of how traditional recipes can be tweaked for better health without skimping on flavor.

They’re a testament to the joy of eating well and living well. Serve these up at your next gathering or as a nutritious snack for your family, and watch them disappear in moments. Happy air-frying!

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