Quickest Air Fryer Mozzarella Sticks

These quick Air Fryer Mozzarella Sticks are crunchy on the outside and full of melted cheese. And, they’re ready from start to finish in only 10 minutes!

mozzarella sticks on light blue plate; bright yellow cloth with red flowers and green leaves

Recently we shared a recipe for Air Fryer Mozzarella Sticks. These are really tasty and they are actually fairly easy to make. However, they’re time-consuming and a tad annoying because you have to freeze them after breading them.

Why do you have to freeze them? So that the cheese doesn’t melt and ooze out before the breading browns.

So one day I was craving mozzarella sticks but I didn’t want to wait all that long. I happened to have some egg roll wrappers in my fridge and I decided to try wrapping cheese in those. It worked!

I just took a stick of string cheese, wrapped it in an egg roll wrapper, lightly oiled the outside, and put it into the air fryer for 6 minutes. The wrapper was crunchy and golden and the cheese inside was melted. The whole experiment took 10 minutes tops. I was delighted!

I know you are probably wondering if any cheese leaks out during cooking. The answer is yes. When I make a batch of 6 cheese sticks, usually 2 have some cheese coming out of one end. However, it seems to just leak a little bit at that end and the rest of the cheese stick is still full of cheese. So it doesn’t seem to matter that much.

As to clean up, my air fryer is non-stick so the melted cheese just wipes right off.

If you want your cheese sticks to leak even less though, you can do an extra step that isn’t in the recipe. What you do is whisk together an egg with 1 tablespoon of water. Then, when the recipe says to moisten the edges of the egg roll wrapper, use that egg mixture instead of the water.

I have a tutorial over here for how to roll egg rolls. You can use that or just have a look at this image here which shows everything you need to know:

picture collage showing the steps to wrap an eggroll wrapper around a cheese stick

One more thing to note, I don’t do more than 6 at a time because more doesn’t seem to work well. With 6 they all end up brown and crunchy. When I’ve tried 8, even though they fit, they are a bit soft in places, but too brown in other places to make me want to cook them for longer. So just do 6 at a time.

The only thing left to say is that you need to serve these babies with a dip. A little bit of plain marinara sauce heated a bit in the microwave would be super traditional. If you want to try something amazing though, go for this Sriracha Mayo. It’s soooo good with the mozza sticks!

OK, let’s get going on making these crunchy bits of cheese heaven. Yeah!

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Quickest Air Fryer Mozzarella Sticks

mozzarella sticks on light blue plate

These air fryer mozzarella sticks are crunchy on the outside and full of melted cheese. And, they’re ready from start to finish in only 10 minutes!

  • Author: Christine Pittman
  • Prep Time: 4 minutes
  • Cook Time: 6 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 2 servings

Ingredients

  • 6 egg roll wrappers
  • 2 Tbsp. water or use an egg wash
  • 6 sticks of string cheese
  • Cooking spray

Instructions

  1. Lay an egg roll wrapper on a large plate or cutting board with one of the four points pointing toward you (it will look like a diamond shape).
  2. Moisten the edges lightly with the water.
  3. Put a stick of cheese in the middle of the egg roll wrapper horizontally from the point on the left toward the right.
  4. Fold the cheese into the egg roll wrapper like a burrito: Starting with the corner closest to you, fold the corner up and over the cheese so that it is almost touching the opposite corner. Now you have a triangle with a cheese stick running along inside the base of the triangle.
  5. Fold the two side corners in and over the ends of the stick of cheese.
  6. Roll the cheese up the rest of the way, keeping the side corners tucked in, to the remaining corner.
  7. Make sure the edges are sealed.
  8. Repeat the above with the remaining egg roll wrappers and sticks of cheese.
  9. Preheat air fryer to 400°F.
  10. Lightly spray all sides of the egg rolls with cooking spray.
  11. Arrange rolls in a single layer in the basket of the air fryer with as much room between them as possible.
  12. Cook until browned in places and crunchy, 6-7 minutes.

These air fryer mozzarella sticks are crunchy on the outside and full of melted cheese. And, they\'re ready from start to finish in only 10 minutes!
These air fryer mozzarella sticks are crunchy on the outside and full of melted cheese. And, they\'re ready from start to finish in only 10 minutes!

Christine Pittman

Christine is the Senior Editor and Owner of The Cookful, COOKtheSTORY and IsThisThatFood. Her sites reach over 1.5 million readers per month, which means that things can get a bit crazy. She's constantly writing, taking pictures, editing, managing contributors, and, oh yeah, cooking. To say that she wears many hats is an understatement - there are many hats, and also many shirts, shoes, pants, and even the odd cape!