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Fried Mozzarella Cheese Sticks

Fried mozzarella cheese sticks are all the cozy comfort you dream up wrapped up in the perfect crispy crust. Perfect for freezing until you’re ready to fry–get all the easy steps!

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a plate of cheese sticks with sauce and a spoon

Frying feels so…bad. But I’ll let you in on a secret: it’s not. Not when you use good oils and dive in to a recipe that soothes your soul like these fried cheese sticks do.

It’s certainly an occasional indulgence but oh–they won’t fail you.

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Cheese sticks step by step

Step 1: Prepare three bowls for the dredge. One with flour (gluten free is fine), one with eggs beaten with a little water, and one with breadcrumbs that have been seasoned.

three bowls of breading for cheese sticks; flour, eggs, and bread crumbs

Step 2: Cut 1 pound of low moisture mozzarella cheese in to 4″x 1/2″ thick sticks. My cheese was round so I cut it in half then cut those halves in to sticks.

a cutting board with sliced mozzarella cheese

Step 3: Dip each stick into the flour, then the eggs, and into the bread crumbs pressing well to make sure the breading sticks to all sides. The egg may need to soak a few seconds on each stick so it adheres well.

a stick of mozzarella in flour
a stick of mozzarella in egg wash
a stick of mozzarella in bread crumbs

Step 4: Transfer the sticks to a cookie sheet and freeze until solid. 2 to 4 hours. Once they are frozen, you can transfer them to an airtight container and bake when you’re ready.

a cookie sheet with breaded cheese sticks ready for the freezer

Step 5: Preheat a 9″ skillet over medium high heat with 2 cups of refined coconut oil or your choice of high heat oil. Bake in batches of two or three at a time until deeply golden.

This will happen very quickly–about 2 minutes per side or so. Fry just until you see a little of the cheese starting to ooze and then transfer them to a cooling rack to firm.

two cheese sticks frying in a skillet

Serve warm with your favorite marinara sauce. You won’t be disappointed!

a fried cheese stick being pulled apart to show the gooey cheese

How to make your own bread crumbs

Bread crumbs are an essential part of these fried mozzarella cheese sticks. If you don’t have any on hand it’s easy to make your own. Take any kind of bread and run it through a food processor until you get fine crumbs.

To make 1 1/2 cups you’ll probably need to use about 4 slices of bread.

Transfer the crumbs to a cookie sheet and bake in a 300 degree oven and bake, tossing every 3 or 4 minutes until the crumbs are dry and golden brown. About 10 to 12 minutes.

Learn how to make bread crumbs here.

Can these cheese sticks be baked?

I knew you would ask, so I tested it just in case.

That’s a big fat no.

It’s super hard to get any kind of crust to hold together in the oven and you end up with puddles of cheese with soggy crust on the outside. I wasn’t impressed and no matter how you spin it you won’t be either.

Here’s what they looked like. You can decide if this is what you’d want to serve:

four baked cheese sticks on a cooling rack
Baking these cheese sticks did NOT work.

Can I make these cheese sticks in an air fryer?

Air fryers are glorified convection ovens so I suspicion you are going to end up with a result much like the baked version but if you want to try it, go for it.

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a plate of cheese sticks with sauce and a spoon

Fried Mozzarella Cheese Sticks

Get the crispy crust and gooey cheese all in one delicious place!
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Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Freezing Time: 2 hours 30 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours 50 minutes
Servings: 5 people
Calories: 597kcal
Author: Rachel Ballard

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Gather three medium bowls. In the first add the flour and set aside. To the second add the egg and water and beat well. Set aside.
  • To the third add the bread crumbs, salt, garlic powder and Italian seasoning. Set aside.
  • Slice the cheese in to 4" by 1/2" slices. Working with one or two at a time, place them first into the flour, then the egg then the breadcrumbs pressing firmly.
  • Transfer the breaded sticks to a cookie sheet and freeze 2 1/2 hours or overnight if desired.
  • When ready to fry, heat the coconut oil in a 9" heavy skillet over medium high heat until it reaches 375 degrees. Add one or two cheesesticks at a time. They will fry fast so keep an eye on them.
  • Fry 2 minutes on each side then transfer to a cooling rack. Serve warm with your favorite marinara sauce.

Nutrition

Serving: 3sticks | Calories: 597kcal | Carbohydrates: 47g | Protein: 33g | Fat: 31g | Saturated Fat: 18g | Cholesterol: 114mg | Sodium: 1087mg | Potassium: 211mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 657IU | Calcium: 749mg | Iron: 4mg

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