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Air Fryer Publix Breaded Mozzarella Sticks

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Crispy Publix Air Fryer Breaded Mozzarella Sticks


Publix Breaded Mozzarella Sticks become irresistibly gooey and crispy when cooked in an air fryer, making them the perfect snack or appetizer for any occasion. This recipe ensures that each mozzarella stick is evenly cooked, with a golden-brown exterior and a stretchy, melted cheese interior.

By utilizing the air fryer, these mozzarella sticks offer a healthier alternative to traditional deep-frying methods, without sacrificing any of the flavors or textures that make them a beloved comfort food.

Ingredients List

  • 1 package of Publix Breaded Mozzarella Sticks

  • Marinara sauce, for dipping

  • Grated Parmesan cheese, for garnish

  • Italian seasoning or fresh basil, for garnish

Step by Step Cooking Instructions

  1. Preheat your air fryer to 390°F (198°C) for about 3-5 minutes, preparing it for optimal cooking.

  2. Arrange the Mozzarella Sticks: Place the breaded mozzarella sticks in a single layer in the air fryer basket, ensuring they don't touch to allow for even air circulation and cooking. Depending on the size of your air fryer, you may need to cook them in batches.

  3. Cook: Air fry the mozzarella sticks for 6-8 minutes, or until they are golden brown and crispy. Carefully monitor them to prevent the cheese from oozing out.

  4. Serve: Immediately serve the crispy mozzarella sticks garnished with grated Parmesan and a sprinkle of Italian seasoning or fresh basil. Offer warm marinara sauce on the side for dipping.

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Pro Tips and Suggestions

  • For an extra crispy coating, you can lightly spray the mozzarella sticks with cooking spray before air frying.

  • Serve these mozzarella sticks as part of a larger appetizer spread, including other favorites like chicken wings or vegetable sticks, for a fun and varied snack selection.

  • Ensure to let the mozzarella sticks cool for a minute or two after cooking, as the cheese will be extremely hot.

Interesting Alterations You May Want to Try

  • For a spicy twist, serve the mozzarella sticks with a side of sriracha mayo or spicy marinara sauce for dipping.

  • Experiment with different dipping sauces, such as ranch dressing, garlic aioli, or a creamy pesto sauce, to find your favorite combination.

  • Add a sprinkle of chili flakes to the Parmesan garnish for an added kick of heat.

Key Takeaways and Calories

  • Crispy Air Fryer Mozzarella Sticks provide a quick and easy way to enjoy a classic appetizer with less oil and fat, thanks to the air frying method.

  • This dish is perfect for satisfying cheese cravings or serving up a crowd-pleasing snack at parties and gatherings.

  • A serving of air fryer mozzarella sticks, excluding dipping sauces, is approximately 200-250 calories, making them a relatively indulgent yet manageable treat.


The Crispy Air Fryer Mozzarella Sticks recipe is a game-changer for anyone looking to recreate this popular appetizer at home, offering a healthier, fuss-free approach to achieving the perfect balance of crunch and melt.

Whether you're hosting a movie night, need a quick snack, or want to add a delicious starter to your meal, these mozzarella sticks are sure to delight with their ease of preparation and irresistible taste.



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