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Air-Fried Mozzarella Balls

Freezing the cheese after breading ensures these gems turn out with the melt-in-your-mouth texture everyone craves.

Serving Size:


Active Time:

20 min.

Total Time:

4 hrs., 30 min. or overnight


  • 1½ cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup yellow cornmeal
  • ½ tsp. garlic powder
  • ½ tsp. paprika
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • ¼ tsp. pepper
  • 3 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 (8 oz.) pkg. cherry-size (Ciliegine) mozzarella balls


  1. In medium bowl, combine 1 cup flour with cornmeal, garlic, paprika, salt and pepper. Place remaining flour and eggs in separate bowls. Coat mozzarella balls in flour shaking off excess; dip in egg, then cornmeal mixture. Repeat breading process twice. Transfer coated balls to plate; cover and freeze 4 hrs. or up to overnight.
  2. Place crisper plate in 5.5-qt. air-fryer basket; coat with cooking spray. Place basket in air fryer; heat to 360°F. In batches, place balls in single layer in air-fryer basket and coat generously with cooking spray. Air-fry until golden and mozzarella is molten, 7 min.

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