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Homemade Mozzarella Sticks

These Homemade Mozzarella Sticks are a crowd favorite food that can easily made at home. Crunchy on the outside and gooey cheese on the inside!

A FUN CHEESY APPETIZER RECIPE

I’m a huge appetizer fan and if it contains cheese – then even better! That is what makes these Homemade Mozzarella Sticks one of my favorite ever. Who can resist a fried cheese stick? We cannot get enough of these at home. We even have nights just dedicated to appetizers. A whole meal of just appetizers really is so much fun! If you have never made them at home, then you absolutely have to try my Homemade Mozzarella Stick recipe. It’s a guaranteed winner!

Hand dipping one Homemade Mozzarella Stick in sauce.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

Do I have to freeze cheese sticks before frying them?

Yes, if you don’t freeze the mozzarella sticks before deep frying they are likely to leak out of the breading before it has a chance to brown.

How do you make mozzarella sticks in the air fryer?

Prepare mozzarella sticks as written below and put them in the freezer as instructed. When ready, preheat your air fryer to 390F for at least 5 minutes. Spray your air fryer basket with olive oil nonstick spray. Place mozzarella sticks in a single layer (you’ll have to do this in batches) and cook for about 5-8 minutes until you start to see some of the cheese bubble out of the sticks.

I don’t have string cheese, can I use a block of cheese?

Yes! That actually works fine. Just be sure to cut the cheese into uniform sized sticks.  

Can you make mozzarella sticks without breading?

Yes. But you won’t fry it the traditional way and you won’t want to use mozzarella cheese. You’ll need a really sturdy cheese like bread cheese (sold at Trader Joe’s, Aldi’s or specialty stores that carry a variety of cheeses), provolone, paneer or halloumi cheese. Heat a nonstick skillet over medium-high heat and add a few tablespoons of your favorite frying oil. Slice cheese into chunks and add to the pan. You will flip the cheese over once the first side starts getting brown. Brown the second side then serve with your favorite sauce.

What dip to use for mozzarella sticks?

Marinara or pizza sauce are the traditional sauces to dip fried mozzarella cheese sticks. You could also use a vodka red sauce, alfredo sauce or really any of your favorite Italian sauces!

How do I store leftover mozzarella sticks?

These can be stored in an airtight container or bag in the refrigerator where they will keep for up to 5 days. These can also be frozen, place cooled mozzarella sticks in a freezer container or bag and they will keep frozen for up to 2 months. Let defrost in the refrigerator overnight. To reheat, if you have an airfryer, this is the best way. Set the airfryer for 375 degrees and cook the mozzarella sticks for 4 minutes, turn them and cook for another 4 minutes. If you don’t have an airfryer, bake them in a 350F degree oven for 10 minutes or until hot and crispy. 

Pinterest image of stacked Homemade Mozzarella Sticks on black plate with sauce.

INGREDIENTS NEEDED: (FULL RECIPE AT THE BOTTOM OF THE POST)

  • all-purpose flour
  • eggs
  • water
  • breadcrumbs
  • panko breadcrumbs
  • italian seasoning
  • salt
  • garlic powder
  • pepper
  • mozzarella string cheese
  • canola oil
Ingredients needed: all-purpose flour, eggs, water, bread crumbs, panko breadcrumbs, italian seasoning, salt, garlic powder, pepper, mozzarella string cheeses and canola oil.

HOW TO MAKE HOMEMADE MOZZARELLA STICKS:

Place the flour in a bowl and set it aside. Whisk the eggs and water together in a small bowl. Set this next to the bowl of flour.

Eggs and water whisked together i bowl.

Mix the panko breadcrumbs, breadcrumbs, Italian seasoning, salt, garlic powder, and pepper in another small bowl and set this next to the bowl with the beaten eggs.  

Panko, breadcrumbs, Italian seasoning, salt, garlic powder, and pepper added to bowl.

Prepare a tray lined with parchment paper and set this next to the bowl with the bread crumb mixture. Use tongs to place each mozzarella stick into the flour mixture (cover completely).

Tongs dipping cheese in flour.

Then dip it into the egg mixture.

Tongs dipping cheese in egg mixture.

Then completely cover it with the breadcrumb mixture. Set it onto the prepared tray. 

Tongs dipping cheese in breadcrumb mixture.

When all of the mozzarella sticks have had one coat of breading we are going to give them a second coating. This time, flour is not needed. So again using the tongs, place each bread stick in the egg mixture.

Tongs dipping cheese back into breadcrumb mixture.

And then coat completely with the bread crumb mixture (sides and ends as well). 

Tongs holding up coated cheese stick.

Again place these on the tray. Freeze the coated mozzarella sticks for at least 1 hour.

Coated cheese sticks on pan.

Heat the oil in a heavy skillet, or dutch oven, to a temperature of 325-350 degrees. (just pay attention to how quickly they are browning and adjust your temperature) Place a place lined with paper towels next to the deep frying station. Fry mozzarella sticks for a minute or 2 per side, or until golden brown.  Do not crowd the pan as it will drop the temperature of the oil. Remove mozzarella sticks to the plate lined with paper towels.

Mozzarella sticks frying in oil.

Serve with marinara sauce on the side if you like.  

Overhead photo of Homemade Mozzarella Sticks on plate with sauce.

Enjoy!

Hand pulling one Homemade Mozzarella Stick apart showing cheese pull.

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Homemade Mozzarella Sticks

These Homemade Mozzarella Sticks are a crowd favorite food that can easily made at home. Crunchy on the outside and gooey cheese on the inside!
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Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Chill Time:: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 40 minutes
Servings: 16

Ingredients

  • cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 Tablespoon water
  • 1 cup bread crumbs
  • 1 cup panko crumbs
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • 16 mozzarella string cheese sticks cut in half

Instructions

  • Place the flour in a bowl and set it aside.
  • Whisk the eggs and water together in a small bowl. Set this next to the bowl of flour.
  • Mix the panko, bread crumbs, Italian seasoning, salt, garlic powder, and pepper in another small bowl and set this next to the bowl with the beaten eggs.
  • Prepare a tray lined with parchment paper and set this next to the bowl with the bread crumb mixture.
  • Use tongs to place each mozzarella stick into the flour mixture (cover completely), then dip it into the egg mixture, then completely cover it with the bread crumb mixture and set it onto the prepared tray.
  • When all of the mozzarella sticks have had one coat of breading we are going to give them a second coating. This time, flour is not needed. So again using the tongs, place each bread stick in the egg mixture and then coat completely with the bread crumb mixture (sides and ends as well). Again place these on the tray.
  • Freeze the coated mozzarella sticks for at least 1 hour.
  • Heat the oil in a heavy skillet, or dutch oven, to a temperature of 325-350 degrees. (just pay attention to how quickly they are browning and adjust your temperature)
  • Place a place lined with paper towels next to the deep frying station.
  • Fry mozzarella sticks for a minute or 2 per side, or until golden brown. Do not crowd the pan as it will drop the temperature of the oil.
  • Remove mozzarella sticks to the plate lined with paper towels.
  • Serve with marinara sauce on the side if you like.

Notes

  • These can be made in the air fryer, see the FAQ section above.
  • Try different string cheese flavors to switch it up!
  • You will want to double coat these to ensure that the cheese does not seep out.
  • These can be frozen, see above on how to do that.
  • Easily double this recipe to serve more people.
  • Serve with your favorite dipping sauces.
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American

Nutrition

Calories: 144kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 7g | Sodium: 382mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g

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“The Country Cook” is not a dietician or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is an estimate. If calorie count and other nutritional values are important to you, we recommend running the ingredients through whichever online nutritional calculator you prefer. Calories and other nutritional values can vary quite a bit depending on which brands were used.

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