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Mozzarella Sticks

June 23, 2018 (Last Updated: September 17, 2020)

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Mozzarella Sticks – Your favorite restaurant appetizer made right in your own home! These crunchy coated cheese sticks are made with mozzarella cheese sticks rolled in panko bread crumbs for an extra crispy bite. 

Crunchy coated cheese sticks on a a white plate.

I know you’ve had them. Those delicious crunchy, cheesy mozzarella sticks you can order in almost any restaurant. They make a perfect appetizer or snack anytime of the day or night.  

A hot cheese stick being pulled about with the cheese stretching in the middle.

What ingredients do I need to make Mozzarella Sticks?

  • Mozzarella string cheese
  • Eggs
  • Flour
  • Panko bread crumbs
  • Oil for frying

I’ve made a couple of different versions of cheese sticks and now I think I’ve got a perfect recipe – double dipping the cheese sticks in egg, flour, egg and then bread crumbs makes a nice coating.

A plate with crunch cheese and one stick being dunked into a red sauce.

A few tips to keep in mind when making Cheese Sticks

  • Use panko bread crumbs
  • Use a double dip breading system – first egg, then flour, then egg then panko bread crumbs
  • Freeze dipped cheese sticks for 1-2 hours
  • Fry at 375 degrees  – make certain your oil is preheated
  • Drain cooked cheese sticks on a paper towel
  • Enjoy while still hot or warm
  • Serve with your favorite marinara sauce

A blue plate with three cheese sticks on the plate.

If you want to know more about how to make mozzarella sticks, just watch the video!

Mozzarella cheese sticks dipped in marinara sauce

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Crispy fried mozzarella stick being pulled apart.


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Mozzarella Sticks

Your favorite restaurant appetizer made at home 
4.86 from 7 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Freezing 2 hrs
Total Time 20 mins
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Servings 12 people
Calories 162 kcal


  • 12 Mozzarella cheese sticks
  • 2 eggs (beaten)
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 1/2 cups Panko bread crumbs (Italian seasoning)
  • Oil for frying


  • 1/2 cup marinara sauce


  • Unwrap cheese sticks. Blot with a paper towel to remove any excess moisture.
  • Set up three bowls: eggs, flour, bread crumbs
  • Place a piece of parchment paper on a baking sheet
  • Working with one cheese stick at a time, dip into egg, then into the flour, then back into the egg and finally into the bread crumbs. Press bread crumbs firmly onto cheese stick making certain all areas are covered.  Place on baking sheet.
  • Freeze cheese sticks for 1-2 hours until they are fully frozen.
  • Pour oil into a pan. You will need at least two inches of oil. Heat oil to 375 degrees. 
  • Place 3-4 cheese sticks in hot oil. Cook for 2-3 minutes until nicely browned. Remove from oil and place on paper towels to absorb excess oil.
  • Serve hot with marinara sauce. 



Calories: 162kcalCarbohydrates: 10gProtein: 8gFat: 9gSaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 42mgSodium: 338mgPotassium: 64mgVitamin A: 85IUVitamin C: 0.7mgCalcium: 39mgIron: 0.8mg
Keyword Fried mozzarella, Mozzarella cheese sticks, mozzarella sticks recipe
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  • Reply
    Julie @ Back To My Southern Roots
    December 8, 2018 at 11:24 am

    These look SO good. I love cheese sticks. Yum!

    • Reply
      December 9, 2018 at 7:04 pm

      I do too! They are yummy and addicting!!!

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    Fred G
    November 21, 2018 at 1:18 pm

    5 stars
    They really look good. Will have to try them.

    • Reply
      November 22, 2018 at 6:36 am

      I hope you like them!

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    July 8, 2018 at 4:18 am

    I’ve been meaning to make mozzarella sticks like forever! These look so amazing!!!

    • Reply
      July 9, 2018 at 6:40 am

      I think the time to make them is now! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Nicoletta @sugarlovespices
    June 28, 2018 at 2:53 pm

    5 stars
    Look at that gooey mozzarella! I agree on the double dipping before frying, and also the use of the panko crumbs which make for a crunchier texture. They look like a winner!

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      June 28, 2018 at 7:11 pm

      The panko crumbs add all that amazing crunch.

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    Mary Ann | The Beach House Kitchen
    June 27, 2018 at 2:59 pm

    5 stars
    My son Casey will be all over these Kathy! They’re his favorite!

    • Reply
      June 28, 2018 at 7:06 pm

      I hope you make him a batch. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    June 25, 2018 at 4:21 pm

    These look absolutely perfect, not to mention COMPLETELY irresistible! My husband used to say that he “didn’t like” mozzarella sticks…but it turned out that what he really meant was, “If you order mozzarella sticks, I will eat all of them, so I’ll pretend I don’t like them.” I’ve never made them at home, but I’m sure they’d be gone in a flash!

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      June 28, 2018 at 7:01 pm

      My husband often says he’s not that hungry and orders an appetizer and a salad and then he eats all of our leftovers! To be safe you’d better make a double batch!

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    Alix @A Hedgehog in the Kitchen
    June 25, 2018 at 8:37 am

    5 stars
    These look so good, Kathy! I LOVE mozzarella sticks. We’ll have to make these! Thank you! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Reply
      June 28, 2018 at 6:55 pm

      They are pretty addicting! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    [email protected]
    June 25, 2018 at 8:05 am

    5 stars
    Ahhhh! You can just see the crunch!! Anything made with Panko bread crumbs gets my attention… Panko & mozzarella? Match made in heaven!! Pinned!

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      June 28, 2018 at 6:51 pm

      The crunch is the best part…well that and the melty cheese! Just doesn’t get much better than that!

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    Dawn - Girl Heart Food
    June 25, 2018 at 7:25 am

    5 stars
    First of all Pinning this ASAP! I love those mozzarella sticks and to think I could make them at home so easily, makes me super excited! These will be making an appearance real soon ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Reply
      June 28, 2018 at 6:47 pm

      Thanks, Dawn! These really are easy to make! Enjoy!

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    David @ Spiced
    June 25, 2018 at 5:42 am

    Excellent mozzarella sticks tips here, Kathy! Laura was just telling me a couple of weeks ago that I should make homemade mozzarella sticks. I haven’t gotten around to it yet, but I hope to someday. In the meantime, I’m just going to drool over these photos. You nailed it! ๐Ÿ™‚ These would be a great snack while watching World Cup games. Yum!

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      June 28, 2018 at 6:41 pm

      You’d better listen to Laura and get moving on making some Moz sticks! ๐Ÿ™‚

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