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Air Fryer Mozzarella Bites

Points® value
Total Time
35 min
10 min
5 min
With the amazing crisping powers of the air fryer, there is absolutely no reason to deep-fry mozzarella sticks. We opt for mozzarella bites here, cutting the string cheese into bite-sized pieces for maximum breading surface (and maximum crunch). Be sure to freeze the coated cheese pieces for a few minutes before air-frying; we tried cooking them straight away, but the cheese tended to ooze out too much in the air fryer. Do be sure to line the basket with parchment paper to catch any small oozes that might occur.


Cooking spray

4 spray(s)

All-purpose flour

1½ tsp(s)

Egg whites

1 serving(s), large, lightly beaten

Panko breadcrumbs

¼ cup(s)

Italian seasoning

½ tsp(s)

Garlic powder

¼ tsp(s)

Table salt


Part-skim mozzarella cheese

3 oz, cut into 12 pieces

Jarred fat-free marinara sauce

¼ cup(s), warmed


  1. Place the flour and the egg white in two separate small shallow bowls. Combine the panko, Italian seasoning, garlic powder, and salt in another shallow bowl. Place the cheese pieces in the bowl with the flour, and toss well to coat. Dip the cheese pieces in the egg white, turning to coat. Place the cheese pieces in the panko mixture, turning to coat. Arrange the coated cheese pieces on a plate. Place in the freezer for 20 minutes.
  2. Preheat an air fryer, if necessary, to 400°F. Line the air fryer basket with parchment paper. Arrange the cheese pieces in the basket, spacing them apart as much as possible so they’re not touching. Coat the cheese pieces with cooking spray. Air-fry at 400°F until the coating is lightly browned and crisp, 5 to 6 minutes. Serve with the marinara sauce.
  3. Serving size: 3 mozzarella bites and 1 tbsp marinara