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Mozzarella Sticks Recipe

Mozzarella Sticks Recipe

I'm particularly fond of these tasty snacks because they're baked, not fried. Cheese is one of my family's favorite foods. Being of Italian descent, I cook often with ricotta and mozzarella cheeses. -Mary Merchant, Barre, Vermont
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min. YIELD:4-6 servings


  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 cup dry bread crumbs
  • 2-1/2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 12 sticks string cheese
  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted
  • 1 cup marinara or spaghetti sauce, heated


  • 1. Place flour in a shallow bowl. In another shallow bowl, beat eggs and water. In a third shallow bowl, combine the bread crumbs, Italian seasoning, garlic powder and pepper. Coat cheese sticks with flour, then dip in egg mixture and coat with bread crumb mixture. Repeat egg and bread crumb coatings. Cover and chill for at least 4 hours or overnight.
  • 2. Place on an ungreased baking sheet; drizzle with butter. Bake, uncovered, at 400° for 6-8 minutes or until heated through. Allow to stand for 3-5 minutes before serving. Serve with marinara or spaghetti sauce for dipping. Yield: 4-6 servings.

Recipe Note

Editor's Note: Regular mozzarella cheese, cut into 4-in. x 1/2-in. sticks, can be substituted for the string cheese.

Nutritional Facts

2 each: 312 calories, 17g fat (10g saturated fat), 116mg cholesterol, 749mg sodium, 22g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 1g fiber), 20g protein.

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SharonAMichael User ID: 8240217 219381
Reviewed Jan. 31, 2015 Edited Feb. 1, 2015

"A definite CROWD PLEASER . . . even my picky kiddos LOVED them!! They even requested them for our Super Bowl Sunday spread!!

I added the melted butter to the bread crumb mixture . . . I also cut my string cheese in thirds to make more of a mozzarella cheese bite . . . on the second bread crumb application I pressed in the bread crumbs. I had NO problems with cheese oozing out or soggy breading!! I layered my cheese bites on a sheet pan lined with parchment paper and slapped them in the freezer to set for about 30 minutes . . . then I bagged them in a freezer bag and froze them until I was ready to bake them. I also baked mine @ 425.
In addition, I added an extra 1/2 teaspoon of Garlic Powder and used only 1 1/2 teaspoons of Italian seasoning."

jmkasprak User ID: 2880256 1556
Reviewed Jun. 4, 2014

"I had no problem with my string cheese oozing. When I first took them out of the oven, the breading was slightly soggy, like one reviewer mentioned. Since my guests were late in arriving, I turned the oven back to 180 to hold, and when I took them out a half hour later they had gotten a nice firm crust like I had fried them. My guests were surprised when I told them I made them. I would give them 5 stars after they crisped up."

Kaublee User ID: 5834088 4167
Reviewed Aug. 27, 2013

"Had high hopes for this. I followed the recipe exactly as directed. I breaded each stick separate and made sure they were coated so no cheese would ooze out while baking. All but one didn't ooze and the breading was very soggy. My cheese loving kids didn't like them. I think it has more potential if deep fried!"

Bambi45 User ID: 727716 1548
Reviewed Feb. 19, 2013

"I was wondering, could you fry these?"

alexiscwagner User ID: 4927230 4360
Reviewed Feb. 12, 2013

"Not as good as I had hoped-it's not worth making by hand. I'll probably just buy them in future"

tamarachronister User ID: 1908061 3296
Reviewed Aug. 23, 2012

"Wonderful flavor! I used mozzarella brick cheese ... and baked in toaster oven. Will use string cheese and conv. oven next time.

Brick cheese melted too much and was a bit heavy. Sometimes experiments don't work! But it's a great recipe if you follow directions!! :)"

skywaitress User ID: 5434571 3842
Reviewed Jan. 28, 2012

"I sub low fat string cheese to lower calories. The reason for chilling is so the cheese doesn't melt to a flat mess in the oven. I have put them in the freezer for about 45min to an hour. Turns out fine!"

god'slillgirl User ID: 5389671 3293
Reviewed Sep. 2, 2010

"I finally mand this recipie & I loved it! My siblings who are extreamly picky eaters said that they didn't like it because it tasted different & not like the boxed stufff. I thought that it tasted better! I really enjoyed these & they are so easy & quick to make :)"

god'slillgirl User ID: 5389671 3244
Reviewed Sep. 1, 2010

"Warning: I didn't read this recipie before hand ( a very very bad idea) & didn't notice that it says refrigerate for 4 hours!! So oven ready people hungry I saw it & said "Opss we arn't having this tonight!!" Lucky for me they weren't the main corse. So I will have them for lunch tomarrow :) Does anyone know why you have to chill them any ways?"

hwdog User ID: 5202486 4345
Reviewed Jun. 10, 2010

"very yummy- make sure you don't eat too many!! It doesn't seem like you're eating big cheese sticks."

ctskrs User ID: 161153 198984
Reviewed Mar. 20, 2010

"I love this recipe. It goes over great where ever I take it. I've made it so many times I barely need to look at the recipe anymore."

trashcanlyds7 User ID: 4114535 5572
Reviewed Jan. 17, 2010

"Excellent!! They are so tasty and much better because they are baked, not deep fried like most recipes"

nar84 User ID: 4561528 3194
Reviewed Nov. 12, 2009

"The whole family loved them my suggestion if you have children make a bunch they were gone before I even knew it:)"

ritamc53 User ID: 1955833 3273
Reviewed Jan. 28, 2009

"My husband loves this recipe."

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