Appetizer

Gluten Free Air Fryer Mozzarella Sticks

These gluten free air fryer mozzarella sticks are what you have been missing. Ooey-gooey, crunchy, cheesy goodness without the oily mess.

gluten free air fryer mozzarella sticks with marinara on tray

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Mozzarella Sticks- The Unending Craving

I still remember the last thing I ate before I went gluten free for the rest of my life. It was a plate of fried mozzarella sticks. They are my dream food. Melted cheese, crunchy bread crumbs, dipped in marinara is the best thing ever.

I made a gluten free baked version of mozzarella sticks (it’s HERE!), but recently I got an air fryer. I know the past few years everyone has been all about the Instant Pot and they are great, but I am in LOVE with my air fryer.

Air Fryers are the best invention ever. We use it literally every day for everything from broccoli to chicken legs. It’s the best. (You can even do Air Fryer Asparagus like THIS ONE from Vegetarian Mama!)

dipping gluten free air fryer mozzarella sticks in marinara

5 Steps to Perfect Gluten Free Mozzarella Sticks

There is a technique for building the perfect breading. 5 steps. It may be tempting to skip a few, but you need all the coatings to ensure that your cheese doesn’t leak out all over the place and to give you that crunchy coating that is typical of a mozzarella stick.

5 steps to breading gluten free air fryer mozzarella sticks

In order to get that crispy coating start with gluten free flour, egg, more flour, more egg, and gluten free bread crumbs. I prefer to use a fine bread crumb, such as Schar. If your bread crumbs are coarse you may want to run them through the food processor.

I season my bread crumbs myself, but you can also use pre-seasoned if that is easier for you.

gluten free air fryer mozzarella stick broken to show cheese

Gluten Free Air Fryer Mozzarella Sticks

These babies are crave-able. Especially when served with homemade marinara sauce. The great thing about them is that you can make them and freeze a big batch for whenever the craving hits.

I use a Go Wise air fryer. I did a lot of research and while it’s not top of the line, it was as top of the line I could afford. So far so good. It’s working great and we use it every day.

The great thing about this is that you get all the crispy goodness, without the oil so they are a bit healthier.

Trouble Shooting

Why did my cheese melt out?

Some cheese will melt out, as is the nature of mozzarella sticks, but of course you don’t want all of it to melt out. Try this:

  • Make sure you have frozen the cheesesticks before beginning the breading process and then again after they are breaded.
  • Try lowering the temperature of your air fryer. Different air fryers can vary a bit in temperature.
  • Cook for a minute less.
  • Double check that you are making sure that the coating is all around the cheese so there are no holes.
  • Use fine bread crumbs. If they are a bit coarse, run them through the food processor.

You are going to love these! Be sure to make some of my 5 minute marinara to go along with them!

Another great air fryer recipe is this Air Fryer Baked Potato from Vegetarian Mama, so good! If you are trying to figure out which air fryer recipe is best for you check out Vegetarian Mama’s guide to the best air fryer’s on the market!

Do you have an air fryer? If so, what is your favorite thing to make?

Happy gluten free eating!

gluten free air fryer mozzarella sticks
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4.32 from 75 votes

Gluten Free Air Fryer Mozzarella Sticks

Ooey, gooey gluten free mozzarella sticks are easily made ahead and cook quickly in the air fryer! Don't have an air fryer, they can be baked or fried as well.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: air fryer, mozzarella sticks, party foods
Servings: 12
Calories: 63kcal

Ingredients

  • 6 mozzarella cheese sticks cut in half
  • 1 egg beaten
  • 1/2 cup gluten free flour
  • 1/2 cup super fine gluten free breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons Italian Seasoning
  • marinara sauce for dipping

Instructions

  • Cut Mozzarella sticks in half and freeze for at least 30 minutes
  • Set up breading station with bowl for beaten egg, gluten free flour, and breadcrumb mixture (gluten free bread crumbs, salt, garlic powder and Italian Seasonings)
  • Dip mozzarella sticks in flour, egg, flour, egg and then bread crumb mixture.
  • Freeze breaded mozzarella sticks for at least 30 minutes.
  • Cook in air fryer at 370 degrees for 6 minutes, turning once.

Notes

Mozzarella sticks must be in freezer for at least 30 minutes or until ready to cook.

Nutrition

Calories: 63kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 21mg | Sodium: 212mg | Potassium: 9mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 25IU | Calcium: 21mg | Iron: 1mg

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37 Comments

  • Reply
    Lisa
    June 8, 2020 at 3:30 am

    2 stars
    This was a massive fail for me. I used Trader Joe’s gluten free flour and gluten free rice bread crumbs. I froze the cheese for 30+ minutes, then dipped in flour, but the flour did not stick at all because the cheese was frozen, so had no tackiness. I dipped in the egg, went back to flour, which would stick to the egg, but the egg was also not adhering well, so the second dip in the flour = uneven coating. Another dip in the egg caused a lumpy, uneven mess before the last dip in the breadcrumbs, which of course made the whole thing even more uneven and lumpy. As you can imagine, the cheese did melt out, so the air fryer contained a mass of melted cheese. I followed the recipe, and the 1/2 tsp. of salt made the coating unbearably salty. I think most gluten free products tend to be oversalted, so the breadcrumbs probably had enough without adding more. I was really looking forward to having cheese sticks again, but this was a bust. 🙁

    • Reply
      Amanda
      August 3, 2020 at 3:00 pm

      I’m so sorry it didn’t work. I’ve never used Trader Joe’s Rice bread crumbs are pretty coarse for these. If there is not enough coating, it will definitely leak out. I generally use a bread crumb like Schar (which has no salt added), or I pulse whatever I’m using in the food processor to grind it down. I’ve made these a bunch of times and I did a tutorial, but I cannot for the life of me find it on my phone. I will try to do some insta stories on this soon, your welcome to follow me on Instagram or if you are signed up for my email newsletter, when I do it I will be sure to send it out. Thank you for letting me know what didn’t work so I can try to fix it and add tips for others!

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    Kristen Wood
    October 21, 2019 at 11:20 am

    5 stars
    I don’t have an air fryer yet, but my kids just recently discovered the joy that is mozzarella sticks and this post has me wholly convinced to buy one! 🙂

    • Reply
      Amanda
      October 25, 2019 at 10:57 am

      Mozzarella sticks are so good and an air fryer is great for veggies too! It’s a total win!

  • Reply
    Nikki Piskula
    May 2, 2019 at 3:28 pm

    I have a 7 year old diagnosed with celiac a month ago. We have mastered all his favorite foods except for (of course his most number 1 favorite) mozzarella sticks. I have fine bread crumbs so hopefully this will work!

    • Reply
      Amanda
      May 7, 2019 at 1:43 pm

      We love these! You can also use the same recipe to bake or fry them!

  • Reply
    Kendall
    April 24, 2019 at 4:05 pm

    If I do not have an air fryer, what would a good alternative be?

    • Reply
      Amanda
      April 29, 2019 at 10:20 am

      You can fry them on the stove or bake them in the oven!

    • Reply
      Stacy
      September 15, 2019 at 7:02 pm

      I lost my cheese. What did I do wrong? I followed the directions……I was so bummed

      • Reply
        Amanda
        September 15, 2019 at 9:28 pm

        Oh no! That’s the worst. What bread crumbs did you use and how long did you freeze them before you put them in the air fryer. Also, out of curiosity, which air fryer do you have?

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    Laurie Reece
    January 20, 2019 at 2:40 pm

    Can I use ground up pork rinds instead of bread crumbs?

    • Reply
      Amanda
      January 22, 2019 at 9:19 pm

      That sounds like it would be great! I’m pretty sure that they would work well, especially in the air fryer.

  • Reply
    Mike
    December 31, 2018 at 9:07 am

    They were crunchy (a good thing) – and I watched these like a hawk in the air fryer, but they did melt out all over the pan.
    10 minutes was too much
    8 minutes or so not enough
    I even used 375 degrees instead of 400
    this will take multiple iterations and experiments to find a VERY delicate balance – if there is one.
    I had 12 sticks (6 halved sticks) frozen for 2 hours. 2 maybe 3 were intact after cooking
    so the quest continues.

    • Reply
      Amanda
      December 31, 2018 at 10:41 am

      Hi! I’m glad they were crunchy, but I’m not sure why they melted out, I’ve only had that happen when I cooked them too long or used bread crumbs that were not fine enough. Out of curiosity, which bread crumbs did you use? I’d love to troubleshoot the recipe because I want it to work every time. Feel free to email me at amanda@eatatourtable.com. Thanks!

  • Reply
    Richard
    October 7, 2018 at 3:27 pm

    Out of interest, why do they need to be frozen before cooking?

    • Reply
      Amanda
      October 7, 2018 at 4:52 pm

      Hi, If they are not frozen, the cheese will melt before the breading is cooked :). Enjoy!

  • Reply
    Clair
    June 8, 2018 at 10:10 pm

    These look and sound so good! I am trying to slowly get this family gluten free 🙂

    • Reply
      Amanda
      June 12, 2018 at 9:46 am

      It always helps when you can make their favorites gluten free!

  • Reply
    Jenni LeBaron
    June 6, 2018 at 12:19 pm

    I definitely need to catch up with the air fryer train. All these gorgeous recipes are popping up and I am out of the loop. These mozzarella sticks look awesome and I love that they aren’t deep fried. Healthier = better!

    • Reply
      Amanda
      June 12, 2018 at 9:46 am

      I’m in love with my air fryer! Seriously one of the best investments.

  • Reply
    Brittney
    June 6, 2018 at 9:46 am

    These sound amazing and they look absolutely delicious! My friend was just diagnosed with Celiac after years of getting SO sick! I’m going to have to send this her way!

    • Reply
      Amanda
      June 12, 2018 at 9:47 am

      It’s sad that it can take years for a Celiac Diagnoses. I hope she enjoys these!

  • Reply
    Marcie Cheung
    June 5, 2018 at 6:14 pm

    I’ve been hearing a lot about air fryers lately. I hadn’t even thought about making mozzarella sticks in them! What a yummy idea!

    • Reply
      Amanda
      June 12, 2018 at 9:47 am

      They are the best and they make amazing mozzarella sticks!

  • Reply
    Amanda Finks
    June 5, 2018 at 1:43 pm

    Love the crunchy outside and gooey cheesy center! Perfect recipe for an air fryer!

  • Reply
    Belle
    June 5, 2018 at 1:32 pm

    Yum! These look absolutely fantastic!

  • Reply
    Mimi
    June 5, 2018 at 12:21 pm

    They look incredible! I really need an air frier

  • Reply
    jenna urben
    June 5, 2018 at 11:56 am

    I love this, gotta get my hands on an air-fryer!

    • Reply
      Amanda
      June 12, 2018 at 9:48 am

      They are the best!

  • Reply
    Claire
    June 5, 2018 at 11:02 am

    Oh I can almost hear the crunch!
    These look delicious!

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