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Deep Fried Mozzarella Sticks

A restaurant favorite that's easy enough to make at home. Crispy outside with melty cheese, you'll love how fresh and tasty these are when you make them at home.

These babies are crispy on the outside, melty on the inside, and downright delicious. Serve them up at your next party or game night, and watch them disappear!

dipping mozzarella stick into sauce.

❤️ Why you’ll love this recipe

  • Amazingly delicious. Breaded, fried cheese. What’s not to like?
  • They’re easy to make. Really! Deep frying can be intimidating, but use a thermometer and you’ll do just fine.
  • Freezer-friendly. You can make a big batch and pop them in the freezer. When you’re ready for a special treat, fry them straight from frozen. Delicious.

This is an overview of the ingredients. You’ll find the full measurements and instructions in the printable recipe at the bottom of the page.

ingredients on wooden cutting board.

Here’s what you’ll need to make this yummy fried appetizer:

  • mozzarella block or string cheese
  • cornstarch or flour
  • eggs 
  • milk
  • flour
  • panko breadcrumbs
  • Italian seasoning
  • salt
  • marinara sauce or ranch (or both!)

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  • Deep skillet, Dutch Oven, or Deep Fryer
  • Tongs or Strainer

🍴Instructions

Step One: Cut the mozzarella

block of mozzarella cheese cut into sticks

Cut the mozzarella block into 1/2 inch wide pieces. The length is personal preference, but we prefer around 3 inches long

Step Two: Prep the breading components

bowls of cornstarch, egg, and bread crumbs.

In one bowl, mix together the cornstarch or flour, eggs, and milk. In the next bowl, mix together panko breadcrumbs, flour, Italian seasoning, and salt. A cute little assembly line!

Step three: Dip

dipping mozzarella sticks into bowls.

Dip the mozzarella in flour or cornstarch. Then, dip it in the liquids. Finally, coat it in flour and breadcrumbs. If necessary, press the cheese sticks into the breadcrumbs so they stick. Work in small batches.

Step Four: Freeze

mozzarella sticks before frying.

Put the breaded sticks on a plate or baking sheet and freeze them for an hour. This will help the breading stick and keep the cheese firm when they fry.

Step Five: Fry

skillet with oil and bubbling sticks.

Preheat the oil in a large pot to 375°F. Use a candy thermometer to make sure the temperature is correct. Put the mozzarella sticks in the hot oil and cook for 2-3 minutes until they are golden brown. Remove them from the oil and put them on some paper towels. Serve them with ranch or marinara sauce right away!

🥫 Storage instructions


Once you’ve cooked them, they don’t reheat all that well, although they are okay reheated in the air fryer.

But if you freeze them before frying, they store great! If you’re already using it for something else, just do a small batch of mozzarella sticks straight from the freezer. Perfection.

🔍 FAQs

Do I need a deep fryer to make deep-fried mozzarella sticks?

Nope. Although… we love having one (it’s safer and maintains temperature better). As you can see, I do these right in a skillet.


What kind of cheese should I use?

We prefer mozzarella blocks for this recipe (easier to cut than do so much peeling!), but string cheese works too, and you’ll get a classic round look.


Do I need to freeze them before frying?

It’s not required, but we think it helps the breading stick and keeps the cheese from oozing out. Give it a try!

👩🏻‍🍳 Expert tips

  • Your oil temperature is so, so important. Use a candy thermometer if you don’t have a deep fryer to set the temperature. Remember that adding frozen cheese sticks will cause the oil temperature to plummet, so you need to give it time to come back up between batches.
  • Don’t overcrowd the pan. You want plenty of room for the cheese sticks to float around and get nice and crispy on all sides.
  • When in doubt, give them another minute. You want the cheese to be nice and melty on the inside, without being overcooked on the outside.
  • Don’t forget the dipping sauce! We love ranch and marinara, but you could also do a BBQ sauce or honey mustard. So good!

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finished mozzarella sticks next to container of marinara.

📖 Here’s the recipe

cheesy mozzarella stick being pulled apart.
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Deep Fried Mozzarella Sticks

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A restaurant favorite that's easy enough to make at home. Crispy outside with melty cheese, you'll love how fresh and tasty these are when you make them at home.
Prep Time:20 mins
Cook Time:5 mins
Total Time:25 mins
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Equipment

  • Deep skillet, Dutch Oven, or Deep Fryer
  • Tongs or Strainer

Ingredients

  • 1 pound mozzarella block
  • ½ cup cornstarch or flour
  • 2 eggs beaten
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • marinara sauce for serving

Instructions

  • Cut the mozzarella. Cut the mozzarella block into 1/2 inch wide pieces. The length is personal preference, but we prefer around 3 inches.
  • Prep the breading components. In one bowl, place the cornstarch or flour, in the next the beaten eggs and milk, and in the last the panko, flour, Italian seasoning, and salt.
  • Dip. Dip the mozzarella first in the flour or cornstarch, then the liquids, then the flour and breadcrumbs. If necessary, press the cheese sticks into the breadcrumbs to get them to stick. Work in small batches.
  • Freeze. Place the breaded sticks on a plate or baking sheet and let them chill in the freezer for an hour. This will help the breading stick and keep the cheese firm as they fry.
  • Fry. Preheat the oil to 375°, checking the temperature with a candy thermometer. Fry the mozzarella sticks for 2-3 minutes until golden brown. Remove to a paper towel and serve immediately, with ranch or marinara sauce.

Notes

Be sure to check the oil temperature.  If it’s not hot enough, the mozzarella sticks won’t brown or be crispy enough. 
These cook very quickly, so have a paper-towel-lined plate ready. to go.  It’s also helpful to have any dipping sauces and serving plates ready.
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American, Italian- American
Keyword: deep fryer recipies, mozzarella sticks
Servings: 6 people
Author: Katie Shaw
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