Fried Mozzarella Sticks

16 Servings
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes

Fried Mozzarella Sticks are a classic cheesy appetizer perfect for parties! Easy delicious recipe for homemade gooey crispy cheese sticks.

Homemade Mozzarella Sticks are the perfect Appetizer to serve up at your next party or to go along with an at-home pizza Dinner night. Serve it up with a fresh Marinara Sauce Recipe for dipping and enjoy! Since you are already deep frying, why not make other pizza delivery favorites like Buffalo Wings and Fried Ravioli.

Sabrina’s Fried Mozzarella Sticks Recipe

All you need is a bag of cheesesticks and some ingredients you probably have on hand to make these amazing gooey cheesy snacks. They take just a few minutes to fry and then they are ready to serve with some marinara or pizza sauce. You can even bake or air fry them for a healthier alternative or freeze them to have homemade frozen cheesesticks always on hand when a cheese craving strikes!

Fried Mozzarella Sticks ingredients


  • Cheese Sticks: Individual mozzarella cheese sticks that you can buy as a snack work great for cheesesticks. They’re perfect because they’re already shaped into sticks and you just have to cut them in half. You can also use a block of cheese and cut them into finger length pieces that are about ½ inch thick all around.
  • Corn Starch: Corn starch is important in this recipe because it helps keep the cheese from melting through the crispy coating as it cooks as well as gives the egg something to stick to so the breading doesn’t fall off.
  • Eggs: The beaten egg is crucial to making sure the bread crumbs stick to the outside of the cheese sticks. The egg binds better to the cornstarch which is why you dip them in the egg after the cornstarch coating.
  • Bread Crumbs: We use just regular bread crumbs and then add our own seasoning to control the flavor. The only seasoning we added was salt but feel free to add your own herbs or seasoning blends.

Kitchen Tools & Equipment

  • Flipper Tool: We love our flipper tool for deep frying! The flipper has a long thin blade similar to a shish kebab stick but the end is curve over almost to a circle with a sharp tip. This sharp tip grabs onto whatever your are flipping without sticking, so you can flip food without splashing or squishing it with tongs.
  • Dutch Oven: A dutch oven is great for deep frying because it is made to distribute and hold heat evenly so your oil will stay a constant temperature. 

How to Make

Time needed: 15 minutes.

  1. Prep the Cheese

    In advance of starting the recipe, cut 8 string cheese sticks in half. Put them in the freezer. Giving the cheese sticks time to freeze helps them not to melt before the coating cooks around them.

  2. Heat the Oil

    Get the cooking oil ready to go. Pour oil into a large pot, and turn the stovetop heat on. You want about 3 inches of oil in the pot. To prepare the oil for frying, heat it to 365 degrees. Use a thermometer to make sure it’s reached a high enough temperature before frying.

  3. Add the Coating

    While the oil is heating up, add cornstarch, eggs, and breadcrumbs to 3 separate bowls. Whisk the egg mixture together until well beaten. Roll each piece of cheese in the cornstarch. Tap it gently on the side of the bowl to remove any excess. Then dip it in the egg mixture, using a toothpick or food flipper so you can fully submerge it in the eggs. Let excess egg coating drip off before you coat in breadcrumbs.

  4. Fry the Cheese

    Line a plate with paper towels, and set it to the side of your pot. Place the cheese sticks in the oil to cook for 30-45 seconds, until the breadcrumb mixture is golden brown and crispy. Use tongs to remove from the hot oil. Place each finished Mozzarella Stick on the paper towel-lined plate while you continue cooking the rest.Fried Mozzarella Sticks on serving platter

Can Fried Cheese Sticks be made ahead of time?

You can make Fried Cheese Sticks ahead of time. Simply coat them as usual and then either store them in the fridge overnight before frying or freeze them to fry later for up to 1 month. If you want to freeze them, place them on a parchment lined baking sheet after you bread them and freeze for 2 hours. Transfer the frozen cheese sticks to a container. Fry them from frozen.

Nutritional Facts

Nutrition Facts
Fried Mozzarella Sticks
Amount Per Serving
Calories 110 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Fat 4g6%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Trans Fat 0.003g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.4g
Monounsaturated Fat 0.4g
Cholesterol 31mg10%
Sodium 291mg13%
Potassium 35mg1%
Carbohydrates 12g4%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 6g12%
Vitamin A 36IU1%
Calcium 38mg4%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Tips & Tricks for Fried Cheese Sticks

  • Watch the Oil Temperature

The number one thing when deep drying is to make sure your oil stays at the right temperature so your food cooks quickly without burning. Don’t overcrowd the pot, too much food lowers the oil temperature.

  • Prep the Cheese Sticks

To keep your cheese from melting in the hot oil, you want to freeze the cheese beforehand. As long as your oil is the right temp, it will quickly get gooey without breaking apart or melting through the bread crumbs.

What to Serve With Mozzarella Sticks

Dips: A tangy tomato sauce like marinara or pizza sauce is a favorite dipping sauce for the gooey deep fried mozzarella cheese. Ranch Dressing is another classic sauce, plus you can add more flavor like Italian seasoning or chipotle pepper for a kick., For a slightly fancier dipping sauce, make a rich and creamy pesto sauce by combining Alfredo Sauce and Basil Pesto.

Italian Dinner: Freshly fried mozzarella cheese sticks are the perfect appetizer to go with Italian dinner favorites like Chicken Parmesan and Baked Spaghetti. Elevate your pizza night by making these melty cheese sticks and homemade Pepperoni Pizza, using the leftover Pizza Sauce for dipping!

How to Store

Store: After cooking, the Mozzarella Sticks are best served hot and fresh, but they can be at room temperature for up to 2 hours. Cool them on a wire rack before storing leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days.

Reheat: The best way to reheat Fried Cheese Sticks is an air fryer (390 degrees) or the oven (350 degrees) to make them crispy again. You can also pop them in the microwave, just don’t fry them in oil a second time.

Freeze: You can freeze leftover cheesesticks for up to 3 months. Let them cool, then freeze for an hour on a baking tray before storing in a freezer bag. Reheat in the oven or air fryer from frozen.

Alternative Cooking Techniques

Air Fryer Mozzarella Sticks

  • Another cooking method you can try is air frying. It’s a really simple and quick process to get the same crispy and melty Mozzarella Sticks.
  • Preheat the air fryer to 390 degrees, then line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  • Coat the cheese sticks in cornstarch, eggs, and bread crumbs just like in the original recipe.
  • After you coat one, set it on the baking sheet while you prepare the next.
  • Place them in the air fryer basket. You want them in a single layer, so you may have to do a couple of batches.
  • Spray the sticks with a thin layer of cooking spray, then seal the air fryer and cook for 6 minutes.

Frequent Questions

Why make homemade fried mozzarella cheese sticks?

Unless you live right around the corner from your favorite pizza joint, there is no way delivery fried cheese sticks are going to be as crispy and gooey as freshly fried ones. Making them homemade not only means they are hot, crispy and melty, but it’s also much cheaper than getting store bought frozen cheese sticks.

What kind of breadcrumbs are best for deep fried cheesesticks?

Since they are cooking for a short time, in less than a minute, it’s okay to use regular breadcrumbs to make fried cheesesticks. Plus regular breadcrumbs will give a thicker coating to stand up to the melty cheese. You usually use panko bread crumbs for recipes where the frying time is longer because they absorb less oil and when you want a lighter coating.

Recipe Card

Fried Mozzarella Sticks

Fried Mozzarella Sticks are a classic cheesy appetizer perfect for parties! Easy delicious recipe for homemade gooey crispy cheese sticks.
Yield 16 Servings
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Course Dinner
Cuisine American
Author Sabrina Snyder


  • 8 mozzarella cheese sticks , cut in half, and frozen
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 2 large eggs , beaten
  • 2 cups bread crumbs
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • canola oil , for frying


  • Add three inches of oil in a large pot and heat to 365 degrees (use thermometer to be sure).
  • Roll the cheese sticks in the cornstarch, then dust off excess.
  • Using a toothpick or food flipper, add to the eggs to coat, then let excess egg drip off.
  • Add to breadcrumbs mixed with salt and roll to coat well.
  • Cook in oil for 30-45 seconds until browned.
  • Serve immediately with marinara sauce.


Calories: 110kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.4g | Trans Fat: 0.003g | Cholesterol: 31mg | Sodium: 291mg | Potassium: 35mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 36IU | Calcium: 38mg | Iron: 1mg
Keyword: Fried Mozzarella Sticks

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Italian Style Breadcrumbs: To add some more flavor to the outer coating, you can use Italian breadcrumbs. Either buy Italian-style breadcrumbs at the store or mix Italian seasoning into regular breadcrumbs. Just pour the breadcrumbs into a bowl and whisk in 2 teaspoons dried parsley, 1 teaspoon dried basil, 1 teaspoon dried oregano, 1 teaspoon dried thyme, 1 teaspoon garlic powder, ½ teaspoon salt, and ½ teaspoon black pepper.

Cheese: You can make delicious fried cheese using other cheese like sharp cheddar cheese, Swiss cheese, Gouda, or Pepper Jack. They don’t make cheese sticks in that many different varieties, so the easiest thing would be to buy a block of the kind of cheese you want and slice it into pieces about the size of half a cheese stick.

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About the Author: Sabrina Snyder

Sabrina is a professionally trained Private Chef of over 10 years with ServSafe Manager certification in food safety. She creates all the recipes here on Dinner, then Dessert, fueled in no small part by her love for bacon.

Sabrina Snyder is a professionally trained personal and private chef of over 10 years who is the creator and developer of all the recipes on Dinner, then Dessert.

She is also the author of the cookbook Dinner, then Dessert – Satisfying Meals Using Only 3, 5 or 7 Ingredients, published by Harper Collins.

She started Dinner, then Dessert as a business in her office as a lunch service for her coworkers who admired her lunches before going to culinary school and becoming a full time personal chef and private chef.

As a personal chef Sabrina would cook for families one day a week and cook their entire week of dinners. All grocery shopping, cooking and cleaning was done along with instructions on reheating. As a private chef she cooked for private parties and cooked in family homes in the evenings for families on a nightly basis after working as a personal chef during the day.

Sabrina has been certified as a ServSafe Manager since 2007 and was a longstanding member of the USPCA Personal Chef Association including being on the board of the Washington DC Chapter of Chefs in the US Personal Chef Association when they won Chapter of the year.

As a member of the community of food website creators Sabrina Snyder has spoken at many conferences regarding her experiences as a food writer including the Indulge Food Conference, Everything Food Conference, Haven Food Conference and IACP Annual Food Professionals Conference.

Sabrina lives with her family in sunny California.

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