Classic Mozzarella Sticks
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Classic Mozzarella Sticks

Ooey gooey mozzarella sticks coated in an epic combo of secret spices and crunchy crumbs with not a deep fryer in sight! The Joule oven bakes them to crisp perfection. We’ve served them with a marinara sauce, but you could choose any of your favorite dips, fresh pesto, tangy salsa, creamy ranch.
the Smart Oven® Air Fryer Pro
the Smart Oven® Air Fryer Pro Product Details

the Smart Oven® Air Fryer Pro

30 mins total time

15 mins active time


Makes 8



  • panko breadcrumbs icon
    ½ cup (1 oz) panko breadcrumbs
  • olive oil icon
    1 tsp olive oil
  • smoked paprika icon
    2 tsp smoked paprika
  • garlic powder icon
    1 tsp garlic powder
  • onion powder icon
    1 tsp onion powder
  • dried oregano icon
    1 tsp dried oregano
  • celery salt icon
    1 tsp celery salt
  • kosher salt icon
    ¼ tsp kosher salt
  • cornstarch icon
    2 tbsp cornstarch
  • large egg icon
    2 large eggs
  • all-purpose flour icon
    1 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • low moisture mozzarella string cheese stick icon
    8 x 1 oz low moisture mozzarella string cheese sticks
  • marinara sauce icon
    Marinara sauce

    warmed, to serve


  • 1Insert the wire rack into position 4. Set the oven to Bake, Super Convection, 350°F, for 6 minutes, confirm Rotate Remind and press Start to preheat. Meanwhile, continue to the next step.
  • 2Combine the crumbs and oil in a bowl and rub together. Spread evenly in the roasting pan.
  • 3Once preheated, place the pan in the oven and cook for 6 minutes. When the Rotate Remind signals, stir the crumbs and continue cooking. Meanwhile, make the spice mixture.
  • 4Combine the paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, oregano and salt in a small bowl.
  • 5The crumbs should be golden brown. If not, cook them a little longer.
  • 6Transfer the crumbs to a shallow dish. Add 1 tablespoon of the spice mixture and salt and stir to combine. Wipe out the roasting pan. Move the wire rack to position 8 and place the roasting pan on the rack to catch drips during cooking. Adjust the oven to Air Fry, Super Convection, 300°F, for 7 minutes and press Start.
  • 7Place the cornstarch in a shallow dish with the remaining spice mix and stir to combine.
  • 8Place the eggs and flour in a medium bowl and whisk to combine, transfer to a shallow dish.
  • 9Roll the mozzarella sticks in the dusting mixture to coat. Dip in the egg mixture then roll in the spiced crumbs. Place in the air fry basket, evenly spaced apart.
  • 10Place the basket in rack position 3 and cook for 7 minutes.
  • 11The sticks should be crisp on the outside and gooey in the center. If not, cook them a minute longer.
  • 12Allow the mozzarella sticks to cool for a few minutes to firm up. Serve with warm marinara sauce.
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