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Air Fryer Gluten Free Mozzarella Sticks

These Air Fryer Gluten Free Mozzarella Sticks are quick and easy to make. They come together in just under an hour and taste amazing paired with the pesto ranch dipping sauce. Great for an appetizer for Sunday Football.

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a hand pulling apart of mozzarella stick.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • Air Fryer Gluten Free Mozzarella Sticks come together in just about an hour.
  • These sticks are gluten free, but you’d never believe it.
  • Made in the air fryer making them much healthier than fried mozzarella sticks.
  • A great appetizer for Sunday Football!
  • The longest part of this recipe is just freezing the cheese-sticks, which can be done the night before.
  • They come together in just 5 minutes in the air fryer.
  • If you loved this recipe, be sure to check out my Football Peanut Butter Cups!

Ingredients And Substitutions

These are the main ingredients and substitutions for Air Fryer Gluten Free Mozzarella Sticks. Scroll down to the recipe card for a full list of ingredients and instructions.

The center of these mozzarella sticks are made with string cheese, feel free to use your favorite kind such as full fat, low fat, flavored, etc!

You will need a couple eggs for dipping.

To keep these cheese sticks gluten free, you will need to use 1:1 gluten free flour such as Bob’s Red Mill or King Arthurs. If you aren’t gluten free, you can use all purpose flour.

I used pre-seasoned gluten free bread crumbs to keep this recipe quick and easy, but you can season your breadcrumbs yourself as well with italian seasoning, garlic powder, onion powder and paprika.

The dipping sauce is made with ranch and pesto, again for ease I used store bought and just combined the two.

all the ingredients you need to make this recipe in individual containers.

How To Make

ONE: Start by freezing your string cheese for a minimum or 3 hours or overnight. You can leave the string cheese in the package or remove them, it’s up to you.

frozen cheese sticks

TWO: When ready, remove the string cheese from the freezer and remove them from the plastic and cut them in half.

THREE: Prep the rest of the ingredients by added the whisked eggs in one bowl, the gluten free flour in another, and the gluten free bread crumbs in another.

frozen cheese sticks, bread crumbs, eggs, and flour in individual containers.

FOUR: Using one hand dip the cheese in the flour and drop it in the egg mixture. Using the other hand, coat the cheese stick in the egg wash and then drop it back in the flour. Using the flour hand coat the cheese stick in flour fully and then drop it in the egg wash. Then, lastly coat in the bread crumbs.

the cheese sticks dipped and coated in the bread mixture.

FIVE: Place the cheese sticks in the air fryer and fry for 5 minutes. Remove, let cool for 1-2 minutes and enjoy with the ranch pesto dipping sauce.

Tips And Tricks

Cheese sticks must freeze for a minimum of 3 hours to prevent them exploding in the air fryer. Feel free to freeze them the night before or morning of.

Use two hands when coating the cheese sticks, keep one just for the egg and the other for the flour. and bread crumbs. This will prevent a big mess.

When air fryer half of the cheese sticks, place the other coated half back in the freezer.

To make ahead, dip cheese sticks and place in the freezer until ready to enjoy. Let thaw on the counter for 5 minutes before placing in the air fryer.

How To Serve And Store

Serve these Air Fryer Gluten Free Mozzarella Sticks once they have rested for 1-2 minutes. Enjoy with pesto ranch dipping sauce.

Store leftovers in an airtight container. You can reheat in the air fryer again. However, please note leftovers will differ slightly.

air fried mozzarella sticks.

Taste And Texture

These Air Fryer Gluten Free Mozzarella Sticks are savory, crunchy and warm and gooey in the center.

Frequently Asked Questions

If I’m not gluten free can I use regular flour and bread crumbs?

Yes, totally!

Can I make these aheadof time?

Yup! Just coat as directed and place the cheese sticks in the freezer until you’re ready to cook. Let them thaw on the counter for 5 minutes before air frying.

What’s another good dipping sauce?

Ranch, marinaria sauce, pesto!

Other Recipes You May Like

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Air Fryer Gluten Free Mozzarella Sticks

These Air Fryer Gluten Free Mozzarella Sticks are quick and easy to make. They come together in just under an hour and taste amazing paired with the pesto ranch dipping sauce. Great for an appetizer for Sunday Football.
Pin Recipe
PREP TIME:
3 hours
COOK TIME:
5 minutes
TOTAL TIME:
3 hours, 5 minutes
Author - Hannah

Ingredients

Mozzarella sticks 

  • 8 frozen string cheese sticks, cut in half
  • 3 eggs 
  • 1 cup seasoned bread crumbs 
  • 1/2 cup gluten free flour

Pesto Ranch Dipping Sauce

  • 1/3 cup ranch
  • 1/4 cup pesto 

SCALE:

1X

YIELDS:

16 Mozzarella Sticks

Directions

  1. Start by freezing your string cheese for a minimum or 3 hours or overnight. You can leave the string cheese in the package or remove them, it's up to you.
  2. When ready, remove the string cheese from the freezer and remove them from the plastic and cut them in half.
  3. Prep the rest of the ingredients by adding the whisked eggs in one bowl, the gluten free flour in another, and the gluten free bread crumbs in another.
  4. Dip the cheese in flour, egg, flour, egg, bread crumbs. Using one hand dip the cheese in the flour and drop it in the egg mixture. Using the other hand, coat the cheese stick in the egg wash and then drop it back in the flour. Using the flour hand coat the cheese stick in flour fully and then drop it in the egg wash and coat fully. Then, lastly drop and coat the cheese stick in the bread crumbs.
  5. Place the cheese sticks in the air fryer, don't over crowd allow there to be some room between each one, and fry at 350F for 5 minutes.
  6. Remove, and let cool for 1-2 minutes.
  7. Make the pesto ranch by combing pesto sauce and ranch, then serve with the warm air fried sticks and enjoy!

Notes

  • Cheese sticks must freeze for a minimum of 3 hours to prevent them exploding in the air fryer. Feel free to freeze them the night before or morning of.
  • Use two hands when coating the cheese sticks, keep one just for the egg and the other for the flour. and bread crumbs. This will prevent a big mess.
  • When air fryer half of the cheese sticks, place the other coated half back in the freezer.
  • To make ahead, dip cheese sticks and place in the freezer until ready to enjoy. Let thaw on the counter for 5 minutes before placing in the air fryer.

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