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Air Fryer Low-Fat Weight Watchers Mozzarella Cheese Sticks

Air Fryer Low-Fat Weight Watchers Mozzarella Cheese Sticks is a quick and easy, healthy recipe with Italian breadcrumbs and gooey cheese. This recipe will show the cook time and how long to cook frozen cheese sticks.

Air Fryer Low-Fat Weight Watchers Mozzarella Cheese Sticks

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Can You Make Mozzarella Sticks in an Air Fryer?

Yes. The idea for Air Fryer Low-Fat Mozzarella Cheese Sticks came to me from my friend Amber. We often exchange food porn photos that we find on Instagram. Recently, she sent me a photo of a Stacked Cheesy Tower.

It was a tower of five mozzarella patties filled with TONS of cheese. It was a short video that showed the tower being ripped apart with cheese oozing from the middle.

One serving = 2 mozzarella sticks Calories: 224       Fat: 7G      Net Carbs: 19G     Protein: 17G
Weight Watchers Smart Points: 6

Amber’s message was, “Can you snatch this? Ohhh can you air-fry mozzarella sticks?” My response was, “Well are going to find out!” And here we are, and here is the recipe.

How Long Do You Cook Frozen Cheese Sticks?

I cooked mine for about 15 minutes.

Can You Put Oil in the Air Fryer?

Yes. Spritz the mozzarella sticks with oil from a spray bottle.

Air Fryer Low-Fat Weight Watchers Mozzarella Cheese Sticks

I have used Weight Watchers’ string cheese for years. I am in love with the smoky flavor! Using string cheese really helped make this a quick and easy recipe.

Air Fryer Low-Fat Weight Watchers Mozzarella Cheese Sticks

The first time I tried this recipe, I was having a day where everything that can go wrong, will go wrong. It did not start out that way.

I had a Friday off from work I planned to sleep in, work out, run errands, whip up this recipe, and then meet up with friends for the annual Plaza Art Fair here in Kansas City. My workout went well, but my errands were a disaster.

I spent much more time waiting in lines than I anticipated. Everywhere I went I could not dash the long waiting times. So when I got back home to start cooking, I immediately felt rushed….which is not what you want when you are planning a new recipe.

Air Fryer Low-Fat Weight Watchers Mozzarella Cheese Sticks

The thought crossed my mind when I was developing this recipe that I may need to freeze or at least refrigerate the breaded cheese sticks prior to frying them. I opted to use string cheese because I thought I could avoid having to freeze.

I was wrong! If you are pressed for time and wish not to freeze the sticks in advance, this recipe will still work. However, if looks and presentation mean a lot to you, you will need to freeze the sticks in advance so that they maintain a nice shape.

Air Fryer Low-Fat Weight Watchers Mozzarella Cheese Sticks

As with my other posts, if you do not own an Air Fryer you can probably bake these and still obtain nice results.

Air Fryer Low-Fat Weight Watchers Mozzarella Cheese Sticks
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Air Fryer Low-Fat Weight Watchers Mozzarella Cheese Sticks

Air Fryer Low-Fat Weight Watchers Mozzarella Cheese Sticks is a quick and easy, healthy recipe with Italian breadcrumbs and gooey cheese.
Course Appetizer, dinner, lunch
Cuisine American
Keyword air fryer mozzarella sticks
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 16 minutes
Total Time 26 minutes
Servings 5
Calories 224kcal

Ingredients

  • 10 pieces mozzarella string cheese I used Weight Watchers Smoked Flavor
  • 1 cup Italian breadcrumbs
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 cup marinara sauce
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Season the breadcrumbs with salt and pepper.
  • Create a workstation by adding the flour, bread crumbs, and eggs to separate bowls.
  • Dip each string of cheese in flour, then egg, and last the breadcrumbs.
  • Freeze the sticks for one hour so that they harden. This will help the cheese maintain the stick shape while frying.
  • Season your Air Fryer basket before each use so that items do not stick. I like to glaze the basket with coconut oil using a cooking brush.
  • Turn the Air Fryer on 400 degrees. Add the sticks to the fryer.
  • Cook for 8 minutes. Remove the basket. Flip each stick. You can use tongs, but be careful not to manipulate the shape. I used my hands to flip them. They weren't too hot. Cook for an additional 8 minutes.
  • Allow the sticks to cool for 5 minutes before removing them from the pan. Some of the sticks may leak cheese on the outside. Allow the sticks to cool, and then use your hands to correct the shape.

Notes

Cooking time will vary based on the brand of Air Fryer you use. You can test out the results of your Air Fryer by checking on the mozzarella sticks at the very first 4-minute mark, and estimating how much more time the sticks will need.
One serving = 2 mozzarella sticks
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Nutrition (displayed with net carbs)

Serving: 2mozzarella sticks | Calories: 224kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 17g | Fat: 7g
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Nancy L Magatelli

Friday 31st of January 2020

If you put milk in the eggs it sticks better

Meg

Saturday 13th of January 2018

Do you think wheat flour or some other type of flour would work? Thanks.

staysnatched

Saturday 13th of January 2018

I think wheat flour should work fine. I haven't had success in using coconut or almond flour yet. I am still working to perfect a way to use those.

Jess

Friday 5th of January 2018

Taste was great but cooking time was wayyy too long for me. All the cheese exploded out after the first 8 min. Next time I’ll lower heat to 370 or even 350 then 3 min on each side.

staysnatched

Friday 5th of January 2018

Hi there. Thanks for trying this recipe! I'm glad you enjoyed the taste. I agree cooking time will vary based on Air Fryer brand. Thanks for your feedback.

Candy Rachelle

Sunday 1st of October 2017

I've been hearing a lot about the air fryer. I'm sure it's much more healthier than traditional frying. Gonna check out the machine the next time I'm in Corky's.

ELena

Thursday 28th of September 2017

Every time I cook something new everything goes wrong for me :) but it gets better with the second try. I know the same thing will happen when I try these mozzarella cheese sticks.