Homemade Mozzarella Sticks Recipe: How To Make Mozzarella Sticks

Are you looking for a homemade mozzarella sticks recipe? How about a healthier cheese sticks version than the ones that you find at your favorite restaurant? I have great news for you.

Homemade Mozzarella Sticks Recipe: How To Make Mozzarella Sticks

We’ve been playing around a bit and have come up with a great mozzarella sticks recipe for you to try at home. I had to do this. My middle child is absolutely obsessed with this appetizer. It’s the only thing he orders whenever we go out to eat.

In fact, he usually orders this option as his only MEAL CHOICE and now my little guy is following suit. Can you believe it? LOL! Well, if you want to know how to make mozzarella sticks, you’ve come to the right blog. 

Homemade Mozzarella Sticks Recipe – How To Make Mozzarella Sticks

Guys. This is possible – I promise.  When you make this dish,  your children will love it Nothing is fried or greasy. It’s a healthier option and you have to feel good about that. 

When I first introduce my children to a new dish that I am testing out for the family, I typically try to bring them into the fold and ask them to help out in the kitchen.

If you think your children might be a bit apprehensive about this new treat, have them roll up their sleeves and help along with the process.

Teach them to make this homemade mozzarella sticks recipe alongside with you. They’ll enjoy eating them more if they get help. I almost feel like that is a scientifically proven fact. It isn’t… but it should be.  

Let’s break down the ingredients that you need to get started with this cheesy appetizer option.

Homemade Mozzarella Sticks Recipe Ingredients:

  • 12 sticks of string cheese (can be reduced or skim) in your choice of cheese – I used mozzarella
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tbsp of flour
  • 5 tbsp of bread crumbs
  • 2 tbsp of parmesan cheese
  • A tad of olive oil, or cooking spray 
  • Marinara sauce for dipping

Homemade Mozzarella Sticks Directions

freeze Mozzarella Sticks after you cut them in half

I want to give you the option to pick what type of cheese you want to purchase. You can choose whole or skim at this point. Obviously, the taste will be a bit different if you go with skim, but if we are going for “healthier” mozzarella sticks, then the choice is clear.

Personally, I’m ok with sticking with the whole milk cheese sticks, but that’s just me. To each is own. Do you and I will do me.

Either way, cut your cheese sticks in half, making 24 slices. You need to freeze the slices in the freezer until they are completely frozen. I would say a few hours at least.

This isn’t something you can do immediately. You cannot cook these straight from the fridge. If you do, it will be one gooey mess. So, this mozzarella sticks recipe definitely requires some prep time. 

Beat the egg in a small bowl. Use a separate bowl to combine the bread crumbs and parmesan cheese

When your cheese sticks are frozen, you can begin to work on the breadcrumb batter. Beat the egg in a small bowl. Use a separate bowl to combine the bread crumbs and parmesan cheese.

Have those two bowls ready and close to one another because we are about to start the dipping party. 

To bread the cheese sticks: First dip the frozen cheese stick into the flour, then into the egg, then into the bread crumb mixture

 

To bread the cheese sticks: First dip the frozen cheese stick into the flour, then into the egg, then into the bread crumb mixture again. Once all of the cheese sticks are coated, place them on a baking sheet covered with aluminum foil coated with a few drops of olive oil or sprayed with cooking spray (this helps keep them from sticking).

My picture doesn’t show this because I forgot to do that. You don’t HAVE to have aluminum foil, I’m just trying to help you not have such a big mess. The homemade mozzarella sticks recipe don’t actually require it – but it’s a nice to have. 

Last but not least, bake your cheese sticks in the oven at 400 degrees for about 4 minutes, or until crisp. Watch them closely so they don’t melt completely!

My oven is EVIL. So, I have to stay completely on top of these every single time I make them. So, don’t go to far away from your homemade mozzarella sticks or all of this would have been for nothing.

What Kind Of Texture Can I Expect From This Homemade Mozzarella Sticks Recipe?

Your mozzarella cheese sticks should come out crispy but not as crunchy as they would if you fried them. NATURALLY. You cannot expect the same BITE that you get from a fried product.

As a reminder, these mozzarella cheese sticks are baked. They will feel differently but have the same taste and vibe. We LOVE them because you get the same sensations but not the same BITE. Please try them out. Baked mozzarella sticks do not disappoint. 

Can You Show Me How To Make Mozzarella Sticks Without Freezing The Cheese First?

No. I’m so sorry. I wouldn’t know how to bake an item without freezing the mozzarella cheese sticks first. You wouldn’t need to freeze your cheese if you were frying them I SUPPOSE.

I really don’t know. I’ve never fried sticks before. You might want to do another Google search. I’m more of a baked kind of girl. 

What Sauce Should I Use With My Homemade Mozzarella Sticks?

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Easy! Marinara sauce. I literally buy jarred sauce and my grandmother turns over in her grave every single time I do. I am sure! But she should be happy that I save 4 hours every Sunday now that I stopped making my own gravy these days.

I usually buy Raos. Have you heard of that brand? It literally made me STOP MAKING SAUCE – that’s how good it is. And I made a mean batch of sauce every week. Like out of control good.

Yeah, I’m tooting my own horn. Now, I don’t bother because Rao’s is like $6 on sale every few weeks and HELLO!!!!! 

Looking for more great recipes? How about my Strawberry Bruschetta or my Honey Apple Pecan Crostinis? Try them both! 

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Homemade Mozzarella Sticks Recipe: How To Make Mozzarella Sticks

Ingredients

  • HOMEMADE MOZZARELLA STICKS RECIPE INGREDIENTS:
  • 12 sticks of string cheese (can be reduced or skim) in your choice of cheese – I used mozzarella
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tbsp of flour
  • 5 tbsp of bread crumbs
  • 2 tbsp of parmesan cheese
  • A tad of olive oil, or cooking spray 
  • Marinara sauce for dipping

Instructions

  1. Cut your cheese sticks in half, making 24 slices. You need to freeze the slices in the freezer until they are completely frozen. I would say a few hours at least. This isn't something you can do immediately. You cannot cook these straight from the fridge. If you do, it will be one gooey mess. So, this mozzarella sticks recipe definitely requires some prep time. 
  2. When your cheese sticks are frozen, you can begin to work on the breadcrumb batter. Beat the egg in a small bowl. Use a separate bowl to combine the bread crumbs and parmesan cheese.
  3. Have those two bowls ready and close to one another because we are about to start the dipping party. 
  4. To bread the cheese sticks: First dip the frozen cheese stick into the flour, then into the egg, then into the bread crumb mixture again. Once all of the cheese sticks are coated, place them on a baking sheet covered with aluminum foil coated with a few drops of olive oil or sprayed with cooking spray (this helps keep them from sticking).
  5. My picture doesn't show this because I forgot to do that. You don't HAVE to have aluminum foil, I'm just trying to help you not have such a big mess. The homemade mozzarella sticks recipe don't actually require it - but it's a nice to have. 
  6. Last but not least, bake your cheese sticks in the oven at 400 degrees for about 4 minutes, or until crisp. Watch them closely so they don’t melt completely!

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