Air Fryer Cheese Curds (super crispy!)


These air fryer cheese curds are made perfectly crispy in the air fryer in no time at all! Serve these as an appetizer or game day snack.

air fryer cheese curds with a bowl of marinara sauce in the background

Cheese Curds Without the Fryer!

Welcome to the most crispy on the outside, stringy ooey gooey on the inside CHEESE CURDS. And you don’t even need a deep fryer! These cheese curds come together in under 20 minutes and are made completely in the air fryer.

air fryer cheese curds are the best

You’ll love these air fryer cheese curds because:

  • They’re ooey, gooey CHEESY
  • Crispy without deep frying
  • 8 simple ingredients
  • Ready in under 20 minutes!
air fryer cheese curds ingredients in bowls ready to be mixed together

Ingredients – What You Need

Time to round up the following ingredients for your air fryer cheese curds:

  • Cheese curds 
  • Large eggs
  • All-purpose flour
  • Kosher salt 
  • Breadcrumbs
  • Italian seasoning
  • Garlic powder
  • Olive oil spray 

choosing the right curds

We used a classic white cheddar cheese curds, but feel free to use whatever variety of curd you’d like. Yellow cheddar curds or a flavored curd like garlic or dill would also taste amazing!

cheese curd with breading about to be dipped into an egg wash

How to Make Air Fryer Cheese Curds

Mix Together Cheese Curd Breading

In a small bowl, whisk the eggs until they’re smooth. 

In another small bowl, add the flour and salt, and mix together. 

In a third bowl, add the breadcrumbs, Italian seasoning, and garlic powder, and mix together. 

Time to Dip

Working a few at a time, dip a cheese curd into the flour, followed by the egg wash and then the breadcrumbs.

Then, dip the cheese curd back into the egg wash and back into the breadcrumbs again.

Pro tip: Double-dipping will help keep the cheese sealed so it doesn’t explode in the air fryer. 

Freeze Your Curds

Place the breaded cheese curd on a parchment-lined baking sheet and repeat with the remaining cheese curds. Once all of the curds have been breaded, freeze them for 1 hour. 

Time to Air Fry

Once the cheese curds have frozen, spray your air fryer basket with olive oil spray and add as many cheese curds as will fit, making sure none of the curds are touching.

Spray the top of the curds with olive oil spray and bake at 400°F for 6-7 minutes, or until they are golden brown and crisp. 

Serve & Enjoy with Dip

Serve warm, your favorite dipping sauce on the side. We make some recommendations below.

cheese curds in an air fryer basket after being air fried

Air Fryer Tips & Tricks

Preheat Your Air Fryer: Just like the oven, make sure to preheat your air fryer before putting your curds in.

Cook in Batches: whatever you do, cook your cheese curds in batches. To get the best crispy on the outside gooey on the inside curds, you want to make sure your curds are not touching.

Don’t Skip the Olive Oil Spray: spraying your curds with olive oil with help them crisp up to a golden brown. And spraying the basket itself will prevent the curds from sticking to the basket.

How to Store Cheese Curds

Store any leftover cheese curds in an air-tight container in the fridge for up to two days. 

To reheat: preheat your air fryer to 350°F, and reheat the curds for 2-3 minutes or until fully reheated.

air fryer cheese curds in a basket with a bowl of marinara sauce
cheese curd being dipped into marinara sauce

air fryer cheese curds

Air Fryer Cheese Curds

These air fryer cheese curds are made perfectly crispy in the air fryer in no time at all! Serve these as an appetizer or game day snack.

Prep: 10 minutesCook: 10 minutesTotal: 20 minutes

Fat 22

Carbs 28

Protein 20

Yield 4 1x


Ingredients

  • 8-oz. cheese curds 
  • 2 large eggs
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt 
  • 1 cup plain breadcrumbs
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Olive oil spray 

Instructions

  1. In a small bowl, whisk the eggs until smooth. 
  2. In another small bowl, add the flour and salt. Mix to combine. 
  3. In a third bowl, add the breadcrumbs, Italian seasoning, and garlic powder. Mix to combine. 
  4. Working a few at a time, dip a cheese curd into the flour, followed by the egg wash and then the breadcrumbs. Then, dip the cheese curd back into the egg wash and back into the breadcrumbs again. Double-dipping will help keep the cheese sealed so it doesnt explode in the air fryer. 
  5. Place the breaded cheese curd on a parchment-lined baking sheet and repeat with the remaining cheese curds. Once all of the curds have been breaded, freeze them for 1 hour. 
  6. Once the cheese curds have frozen, spray your air fryer basket with olive oil spray and add as many cheese curds as will fit (you dont want to overcrowd the basket). Spray the top of the curds with olive oil spray and bake at 400F for 6-7 minutes, or until they are golden brown and crisp. 
  7. Serve warm, your favorite dipping sauce on the side. 
  8. Store any leftover cheese curds in an airtight container in the fridge for up to two days. 

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1/4
Calories: 396
Sugar: 2
Sodium: 848
Fat: 22
Carbohydrates: 28
Fiber: 2
Protein: 20
Cholesterol: 153

Author: Lee FunkeCategory: AppetizersMethod: Air FryerCuisine: American

Keywords: air fryer cheese curds





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