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Make your own Mozzarella Sticks

by Emma on June 21, 2010

in Dinner

Warm gooey cheese wrapped in crunchy bread crumbs. Genius. Wish I had been the first person to think of it. Actually, on second thought, I probably would have been too embarrassed to tell anyone if it had been my idea.

"Hey, guys. I made up this new finger food. It's fried string cheese." I can just smell the judgment. 


 I didn't make these up. But I do love them. The boyfriend and I gobbled these up until there was one lonely mozzarella stick left, and it took all the resolve I had in me to be a lady and act like I didn't want the last one. But I did want. Oh how I wanted it. :)

I learned how to make these from the best. To make your own you will need: string cheese (each one will make two mozzarella sticks), bread crumbs (I used Panko), two eggs, 1 tablespoon milk, 1/4 cup flour, basil or parsley flakes and oil for frying.


First set yourself up a little station like mine, shown above. You need a tray or shallow bowl of flour, one of bread crumbs and basil flakes, and one with the eggs and milk whisked together. Cut all of your string cheese sticks in half. Dip the cheese sticks in the flour and coat all sides. Then dip them in the egg mixture. And then dip them on the bread crumbs, lightly rolling them around so they get completely coated. After they get crumbed place them all on a clean plate.


Cover the plate in plastic wrap and set in the freezer for thirty minutes. This will sort of flash freeze the cheese sticks, ensuring that they won't melt on the inside before the outside has a chance to crisp when cooking. Heat a couple inches of oil on medium/high heat. Once the oil is nice and hot gently drop one cheese stick in to the pot, cook for 30-45 seconds then flip and let it cook on it's other side. Adjust the oil temperature if you need and then cook all of your cheese sticks, a few at time. Serve immediately with marinara sauce, seek a couple for yourself first. ;)  


Andie June 21, 2010 at 11:26 am


taylor June 21, 2010 at 1:03 pm

You should try a healthier version. I love making mine by coating them in ground up whole wheat bran flakes(dipping them in dry, then wet (egg) and then dry), and baking them in the oven. I season the bran flakes with a little bit of garlic salt, and flip them halfway through baking…

christina alessi June 21, 2010 at 1:21 pm

These sound so delicious.
I wonder if you could cook them in the oven?
I’m starving.

Sarah M June 21, 2010 at 1:24 pm

mmm. My favorite.
I have only ever tried it with the ‘fancy’ moz. they sell in high class delis (or, ya know, the Super Target counter…:) but have found it VERY hard to keep them together because that moz is definitely more ‘runny’. I am just going to suck it up and do it with string cheese from now on!
Sarah M

Krystle Payne June 21, 2010 at 1:32 pm

i’m trying this right now! I’m going to surprise my friend with them when she gets here :-)

Bekka June 21, 2010 at 4:50 pm

This looks so good!

Kara June 21, 2010 at 6:08 pm

Omg, seriously one of my favorite foods. So so so delicious all the time, every time.

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Yum, this has always been a favorite at our local restaurant. Now I can try to make it at home–as the organic food delivery always brings me advocados and I never know what to do with them (I’m from Michigan, you know!)

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Dayna July 26, 2011 at 5:30 pm

Love this! I’ve been making mine all this time with brick mozzarella, which is so much more expensive than some cheese string sticks! I am most definitely going to try this recipe. I may mix some nutritional yeast flakes in with the panko to up the flavour and nutritional value! A little parmesan mixed in with the bread crumbs never hurt anyone either!