Say hello to your favorite new snack… Air Fryer Cheese Curds! Perfectly crispy on the outside, gooey on the inside, and packed with delicious cheese flavor, they’re everything you want in fried cheese curds… without all the oil!
Growing up in Wisconsin, let’s just say cheese curds have always been a big deal. They make a delicious appetizer, side dish, or snack… and they’re especially delicious when fried!
These Air Fried Cheese Curds are our newest favorite. You might call them an obsession, in fact… and once you try them you’ll see why! Coated in crispy panko bread crumbs, Parmesan cheese, and Italian seasonings, they’re crunchy, flavorful, and perfect for dipping in your favorite sauce.
1 cup cheese curds
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
2 large eggs, beaten
1 cup breadcrumbs (panko or regular)
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
Salt and pepper, to taste
Cooking spray or oil (for spraying)
For Aioli: Combine garlic cloves, olive oil, and the 1/2 teaspoon soul seasoning in a small bowl and toss to coat. Wrap garlic tightly in a small piece of foil.
Preheat the air fryer to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Place wrapped garlic in the air fryer basket, and air fry for 15 minutes.
Remove garlic from the air fryer and place in a small bowl. Mash roasted garlic with the back of a spoon. Let stand for 30 minutes.
Stir mayonnaise and lemon juice into the mashed garlic until well combined. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes before serving.
For Cheese Curds: Place cheese curds on a large rimmed baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Place the tray with cheese curds in the freezer for 30 minutes.
Meanwhile, whisk flour and 1 teaspoon soul seasoning together in a shallow bowl. Whisk eggs and milk together In a separate bowl until smooth and cohesive. Stir panko and remaining 3 teaspoons soul seasoning together in a third shallow bowl.
Remove cheese curds from the freezer. Working in batches, dip cheese curds into the flour to coat well, then into the egg mixture, making sure to shake off any excess. Dip curds again in flour mixture and again into egg mixture. Finally, dip curds into panko to fully coat with breadcrumbs. Use your dry hand to pack on panko so that it sticks well. Place breaded cheese curds back onto the baking sheet. When all cheese curds are breaded, return the baking sheet to the freezer for 30 minutes.
Preheat the air fryer to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Remove tray from freezer. Using a mister, lightly spray both sides of the cheese curds with vegetable oil. Coat the air fryer basket with nonstick cooking spray.
Working in batches, place cheese curds in the air fryer basket in a single layer. Air fry until golden brown and crispy on both sides, flipping halfway through cooking time, 4 to 6 minutes.
Let stand in the air fryer for 1 to 2 minutes before serving. Serve with roasted garlic aioli.
nd delicious air fryer cheese curds!
Note: Cooking times may vary slightly depending on the brand and model of your air fryer, as well as the size and type of cheese curds used. Keep an eye on the curds while cooking to prevent overcooking or burning.
Enjoy your homemade Air Fryer Cheese Curds as a delightful and addictive snack!
Note: Cooking times may vary depending on the brand and model of your air fryer, as well as the size of the cheese curds. Keep an eye on them to prevent overcooking or burning.