Easy Healthy Crispy Mozzarella Sticks

These Easy Healthy Mozzarella Sticks make a delicious game-day snack or appetizer!  These are coated in flour, egg wash, bread crumbs, seasonings, and then air fried or baked to golden perfection! Try dipping them in my homemade zero-point marinara sauce!

PREP TIME 10 minutes
COOK TIME 10 minutes
TOTAL TIME 2 hours 20 minutes


  • 12 mozzarella sticks
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 large eggs, beaten with 1 Tbsp. water
  • 1/3 cup Italian-style bread crumbs – use gluten-free if needed
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp paprika or smoked paprika
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp salt


  1. Place flour in the ziplocked bag, whisk the egg in a small, shallow plate or dish, combine bread crumbs along with the seasonings in another small, shallow plate or dish.
  2. Put the cheese sticks in the ziplocked bag with the flour. Gently toss the cheese sticks with flour.
  3. Transfer the flour covered cheese sticks to the egg wash and completely coat the cheese stick with egg wash.
  4. Then coat each cheese stick in the bread crumbs and cover completely.
  5. Place cheese sticks on a baking sheet that has been lined with parchment paper.
  6. Freeze the cheese sticks on the baking sheet for at least 2 hours. The key is to freeze the cheese sticks before cooking, this ensures the cheese doesn’t overcook or leak out before the outer coating gets golden and crispy!

Air Fryer Directions:

  1. Preheat air fryer to 400 degrees.
  2. Place frozen mozzarella sticks in a single layer, not touching.
  3. Spray the tops with nonstick cooking spray.
  4. Cook for 5-7 minutes.

Oven Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  • Place frozen mozzarella sticks on a parchment paper lined baking sheet in a single layer.
    Spray the tops with nonstick cooking spray.
  • Cook for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown.
  • Enjoy immediately. These are best served warm.
  • Serve with your favorite dipping sauce like my skinny ranch or this zero point marinara sauce.

Makes 12 mozzarella sticks

2 Points® per stick


  • Smart-points: GREEN: 3 smart/point per stick BLUE/PURPLE: 2 smart/points
  • It is important to freeze the breaded cheese sticks before cooking so the cheese doesn’t escape the breading during the cooking process.
  • Be sure to spray the tops with nonstick spray before cooking-this makes them crisper.

Nutrition Information:



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