Air-Fryer Cheese Curds

Crispy air-fryer cheese curds are just as delicious as the deep-fried curds but with less of the mess.

Wisconsin Cheese Air-Fryer Cheese Curds Recipe
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35 Minutes



Look for the Proudly Wisconsin Badge when shopping for cheese. Any brand of Wisconsin Cheese Curds can be used in this recipe.


  1. Heat air fryer to 350˚F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with waxed paper.
  2. Place flour into a shallow bowl. Lightly beat eggs in a separate shallow bowl. Combine the bread crumbs, garlic powder and cayenne pepper in another shallow bowl.
  3. Coat cheese curds, a few at a time, in flour. Dip cheese curds into eggs; then coat with crumb mixture, shaking off any extra coating between steps. Place cheese curds on prepared pan.
  4. Lightly spritz curds with cooking spray just before placing into air fryer basket. Arrange curds in a single layer in the basket. Refrigerate remaining curds until frying.
  5. Set timer for 5-7 minutes. Fry curds, removing basket at 3 minutes; flip curds. Cook for 2-4 minutes longer or until light brown, crispy and the curds begin to melt. Repeat step with remaining curds, starting with a light spritz of cooking spray.
  6. Serve in a bowl or parchment-lined basket with dipping sauces.

Recipe Tips

Season the bread crumbs. Customize flavor of the curds with your favorite seasonings.| Select similar sized curds. Frying similar sized curds at the same time ensures that they melt and brown evenly.| Fry curds in a single layer. Limiting the number of curds in the fryer at a time to a single layer yields a crispier coating.| Monitor the cooking temperature and timing. Since air fryers vary by manufacturer, it’s best to take care while cooking curds, adjust temperature and cook time as needed based on how the curds are browning and melting.
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