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Mozzarella sticks served with a side of marinara sauce.

Mozzarella Sticks

This recipe for mozzarella sticks is cheese coated in seasoned breadcrumbs, then deep fried until golden brown and crispy. A fun and easy appetizer option that's even better than what you would get at a restaurant.
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Freezing Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 40 minutes
Servings 16
Calories 141kcal
Author Sara Welch


  • 16 string cheese cut in half crosswise
  • 1/3 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups Italian style breadcrumbs
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons milk
  • oil for frying
  • 2 tablespoons chopped parsley
  • 1 cup marinara sauce


  • Place the flour in a small bowl. Place the breadcrumbs, salt and pepper in a second bowl and stir to combine.
  • Place the eggs and milk in a third bowl and beat until well mixed.
  • Dip each piece of cheese into flour, then into the egg, then the breadcrumbs, then the egg again, then the breadcrumbs again. Place each finished cheese stick on a sheet pan lined with parchment.
  • Repeat the process until all the cheese has been coated.
  • Freeze the cheese for at least 2 hours or until frozen solid.
  • Heat 3 inches of oil in a deep pot to 350 degrees F.
  • Place a few cheese sticks at a time into the oil. Cook for 2-3 minutes or until just golden brown.
  • Drain the cheese sticks on a paper towel. Sprinkle with parsley and serve with marinara sauce.



Calories: 141kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 36mg | Sodium: 308mg | Potassium: 61mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 100IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 26mg | Iron: 1mg