Homemade Mozzarella Sticks – Jen Tilley


One of my all-time favorite appetizers to enjoy is a very large order of piping hot mozzarella sticks with flavorful marinara sauce. There’s just something about the little gems of fried, cheesy deliciousness that make my mouth water in anticipation. Ever since I was young, I have always loved pulling and stretching the mozzarella sticks apart only to dunk them in marinara sauce.

Besides the whole pulling, stretching and dunking part, I also love that mozzarella sticks are easy-to-prepare in the comfort of your own kitchen. Homemade mozzarella sticks always seem to have the perfect amount of crunch paired with ooey, gooey cheese that seems to stretch for miles. I feel as though kids and adults alike have so much fun eating mozzarella sticks not only because they taste great, but also because in this case, it’s okay to play with your food.

With just a few ingredients and a couple of steps, you can have a basket of warm mozzarella sticks that are perfect to serve the kids as an after school snack, to dinner guests before the main course or to set on the table while the football games are on the TV. Just be sure to have some warm marinara sauce nearby for the endless amount of dunking!

Homemade Mozzarella Sticks


  • 8 pieces of string cheese
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1-2 eggs
  • 1-2 tablespoons milk
  • 1 cup Italian-style Panko Bread Crumbs (I use Progresso)
  • Oil for frying
  • ½ cup marinara sauce (for dipping)


  1. Cut the string cheese in half for a total of 16 pieces.
  2. Pour the flour in a bowl.
  3. Whisk together the egg(s) and milk in a separate bowl.
  4. Pour the bread crumbs in a bowl.
  5. Make an assembly line of the three bowls: flour, egg mixture and bread crumbs.
  6. Roll the string cheese, one at a time, in the flour, then in the egg mixture and then in the bread crumbs, making sure to completely coat each piece of string cheese. It helps to pat the bread crumbs onto the pieces of cheese to make sure that they stick.
  7. Place finished cheese sticks on a plate and put them in the freezer for at least 30 minutes to allow the bread crumb topping to set and the cheese to chill.
  8. Heat oil in a large pot (or in a fryer if you have one) until it reaches approximately 375 degrees.
  9. Place the cheese sticks carefully into the hot oil and carefully roll the sticks around until the bread crumb topping turns a golden brown. This happens quickly so be sure to remove the sticks from the oil before the cheese completely melts through the bread crumbs.
  10. Remove from the oil with a slotted spoon or tongs and serve warm with marinara sauce.

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  • These look really good & I can’t wait to try them!

  • Tried these last night and they were really good, but note that the temperature should be 375. It was actually kinda funny because I made them assuming the temperature would be around 350, so my first few turned out great. Then I read the recipe again and it said 175 so I was like, “shooot! turn the temperature down!!” LOL Needless to say, not much happens to them at 175 haha

  • Yikes, Beth! I’m sorry about the typo…it’s definitely 375 degrees! The post has been updated! Thanks so much for trying the recipe. I’m glad you liked the mozzarella sticks!

  • Jason Stout

    Just wanted to mention that my fiance and I tried this out tonight and were somewhat disappointed. By freezing them first, it seems like they don’t cook through and like any type of stove-top oil frying, the oil gets dirty fast. This led to burnt mozzarella sticks. Overall, the idea sounds good, but we must have messed up somewhere. Any advice?

  • WOW, sorry. We have made these several times and they turn out great. You only freeze them for a short time, perhaps you did it too long. My kids love these!

  • Phô mai que

    Your cheese sticks look so yummy. I’ve always been in love with this food. Thanks for the recipe!

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