If you like mozzarella cheese sticks, then you are going to absolutely adore this easy air fryer Babybel cheese bites recipe! A fun and easy way to make your own snack, and without deep-frying! The air fryer makes these crisp on the outside, gooey on the inside, and absolutely delicious every single time!
Air Fryer Babybel Cheese Bites Recipe
We are cheese fans so this totally made sense to make in our house. Cheese sticks are excellent, but this makes them even more fun and appealing. A simple coating and under 10-minutes time and you have a great snack that is sure to pull apart with melt goodness that you will love.
What Should I Coat the Cheese With?
For this recipe, Italian breadcrumbs were used. This is the more traditional coating for cheese sticks and works well with this for a nice bit of flavor while giving the crisp exterior coating. You can use plain breadcrumbs and simply add in ½ teaspoon Italian seasoning blend and ¼ teaspoon garlic powder to give it a bit more flavor.
While I have used Panko breadcrumbs in the past, I find them to be unnecessary in this particular recipe. As long as you flip them and watch carefully, they should crisp nicely without needing the extra crunch.
What Flavor of Babybel is Best for This?
Babybel currently offers multiple flavors to choose from, and all are delicious. This recipe used the original flavor. You could also use mozzarella for a more traditional cheese stick flavor. Other options include gouda, white cheddar, sharp original, and their light cheese. Any of these would work for this recipe, but start with the original and test others to see which you prefer.
What Do You Dip Babybel Cheese Bites Into?
One of my favorite things about these is the fact that I get to dip them into something yummy. I am a dip gal for sure, so there is always a variety of options on hand. Below are a few popular choices that pair well with the cheese rounds, but you can use whatever you have on hand, or nothing at all!
- Marinara sauce (we use this all-purpose pasta sauce recipe)
- Ranch dressing or dip
- Cocktail sauce (our teens swear by this)
- Jalapeno dip
- Spicy mustard dip
How do You Reheat Leftover Cheese Bites?
The best way to reheat these is to put them in the foil-lined air fryer basket for 2 to 3 minutes at 350°F. You just want them to be melty and crisp on the outside. If you prefer, they can be heated in the oven, toaster oven, or in the microwave, but the air fryer is the easiest method of reheating these.
What Air Fryer Should I Get?
If you are new to air frying, it's a wonderful way to prepare many foods in a fraction of the time without the need for a lot of extra oil. In this case, it eliminates the need to deep fry these to crisp the outside and makes the cheese melt. If you are looking to buy an air fryer for yourself, consider a few things.
Look at the size and decide how large you need. A 5-quart or larger is recommended for 4+ servings. You also want to make sure it has a large range of temperatures for a variety of recipes. Lastly, you want to pay attention to reviews. While it may be well-liked, the reviews can give you insight into how it works for your particular needs.
My favorite air fryer brands:
I have used all of the models above and own the Cosori, Ninja, and Instant Pot options. They have different options and suit different needs, but can all work great for this recipe and most air fryer recipes. You may also want to check out my Air Fryer Mediterranean cookbook for further ideas for your air fryer.
- Babybel cheese rounds
- Italian breadcrumbs
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How to Make Air Fryer Babybel Cheese Bites
Preheat the air fryer at 350°F.
Whisk the eggs in a shallow bowl until well beaten.
Place breadcrumbs into a separate shallow bowl. If using plain breadcrumbs, add in seasonings and stir to combine.
Remove the red coating from the cheese rounds.
Dip each cheese round into the egg and coat it on all sides.
Then dip into the breadcrumbs, coating all sides well.
Line the air fryer basket with aluminum foil.
Place the dipped cheese rounds onto the aluminum foil-lined basket.
Air fry for 3 minutes, then flip, and continue cooking an additional 2 to 3 minutes until browned on the outside and the cheese is melty.
Serve immediately with your favorite dipping sauce.
More Tasty Snack Ideas
In our house, snacks are always a hit. With the recipes below, you can always have something tasty and easy to make on hand for a snack or side dish. The best part is these are ideal for sharing with others and perfect for not just your own snack, but using as appetizers at your next party! Bookmark, pin, or print these recipes to use soon!
- Crispy Baked Zucchini Chips Recipe
- Crescent Roll Mini Deep Dish Pizzas Recipe
- Baked Homemade Accordion Waffle Fries Recipe
- Homemade Soft Pretzel Bites with Gooey Cheddar Queso
- 8 Original Babybel cheese rounds
- 1 cup Italian breadcrumbs (106 gm)
- 2 eggs
- Preheat the air fryer at 350°F.
- Whisk the eggs in a shallow bowl until well beaten.
- Place breadcrumbs into a separate shallow bowl. If using plain breadcrumbs, add in seasonings and stir to combine.
- Remove the red coating from the cheese rounds.
- Dip each cheese round into the egg and coat it on all sides.
- Then dip into the breadcrumbs, coating all sides well.
- Line the air fryer basket with aluminum foil.
- Place the dipped cheese rounds onto the aluminum foil-lined basket.
- Air fry for 3 minutes, then flip, and continue cooking an additional 2 to 3 minutes until browned on the outside and the cheese is melty.
- Serve immediately with your favorite dipping sauce.
If using regular breadcrumbs, add ½ teaspoon Italian seasoning blend and ¼ teaspoon garlic powder to the breadcrumbs and stir before dipping.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 585Total Fat: 30gSaturated Fat: 16gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 257mgSodium: 1517mgCarbohydrates: 43gFiber: 3gSugar: 5gProtein: 35g