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Air Fryer Cheese Curds

These cheese curds in the air fryer use a baked breading method and are not deep-fried.
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These ooey gooey Air Fryer Cheese Curds are so deliciously crispy. They use a baked breading method and are not deep-fried. No air fryer? You’ll also find stovetop methods in the post.

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While cheese is delicious as-is, fried cheese is next-level amazing. And now you can make cheese curds in the air fryer with just 2 tsp of olive oil. That’s right; no deep-frying!

This recipe uses my favorite air frying breading method that we also use in our Air Fryer Fried Pickles, Air Fryer Zucchini Chips, Air Fryer Green Tomatoes, and Air Fryer Ravioli. It gives you an amazing crispy coating without needing a bucket of oil.

And if you’re a fan of dipping your curds, check out healthy ranch dressing, chipotle sauce, or sugar-free pizza sauce.

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Equipment Tips

I used this air fryer, this mixing bowl, and this Misto for spraying olive oil on the breaded curds.

Pro Tips/Recipe Notes

No recipe has confounded me as much as creating this one. I could not keep the darn cheese from melting while it cooked. The melted curds taunted me.

I made it eight times over 10 months before I finally cracked the code. If you make any adjustments or substitutions, I cannot guarantee success! Please read the recipe carefully and follow all the steps.

  • For best results, freeze cheese curds before and after breading.
  • Work in batches of 4-6 cheese curds at a time.
  • Do not preheat the air fryer.
  • If you’re making multiple batches, allow the air fryer to cool a bit between batches, or check on them at 3 minutes of cooking time.

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Air Fryer Cheese Curds

Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time4 mins
Freezing1 hr
Total Time1 hr 14 mins
These cheese curds in the air fryer use a baked breading method and are not deep-fried.

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Place cheese curds on a plate and freeze for 30-60 minutes.
    12 oz cheese curds
  • In one bowl combine flour and cornstarch.
    1/4 cup all-purpose flour, 1 tsp cornstarch
  • In another bowl combine kosher salt, panko, breadcrumbs, and Italian seasoning.
    1/4 tsp kosher salt, 1/2 cup panko, 1/2 cup breadcrumbs, 3 tsp Italian seasoning
  • In another bowl, beat eggs until well combined.
    2 eggs
  • Set up an empty plate lined with parchment.
  • It's easiest to work in batches of 4-6. With your left hand, dredge 4-6 curds through the flour/cornstarch and shake the excess off. 
  • With your left hand, drop them into the egg mixture. Using your right hand, stir to coat them completely with egg.
  • Use your right hand and drop them into the breadcrumb bowl, tossing to fully coat with the mixture. Place your breaded curds onto the plate.
  • Freeze for 30-60 minutes.
  • Spray the cold curds with olive oil spray while they're still on the plate. Really coat them well and then let them sit 2-3 minutes.
    2 tsp olive oil
  • Do NOT preheat the air fryer.
  • Brush the basket of the air fryer with olive oil or use a piece of air fryer parchment, and gently place the curds in the basket.
  • Cook at 400F for 4 minutes. You do not need to flip them.

Notes

No recipe has confounded me as much as this one. I made it eight times over 10 months before I finally cracked the code. If you make any adjustments or substitutions, I cannot guarantee success! Please read the recipe carefully and follow all the steps.
 
If you're making multiple batches, allow the air fryer to cool a bit between batches, or check on them at 3 minutes of cooking time.
Stovetop Instructions:
Heat cooking oil (like avocado) over medium-high heat in a cast-iron skillet. Add cheese curds, a few pieces at a time, and cook until golden brown. 
Nutrition Facts
Air Fryer Cheese Curds
Amount Per Serving (3 oz)
Calories 472 Calories from Fat 288
% Daily Value*
Fat 32g49%
Saturated Fat 16g100%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 2g
Cholesterol 173mg58%
Sodium 426mg19%
Potassium 79mg2%
Carbohydrates 17g6%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 27g54%
Vitamin A 136IU3%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 663mg66%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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One comment on “Air Fryer Cheese Curds”

  1. Super easy….perfect instruction, super tasty, and a hit with everyone!  Great recipe, Sarah!  5 stars