These homemade mozzarella sticks are so easy to make and so delicious to eat, you’ll wonder why you never made them before.
This post was originally written in July 2018 and updated in May 2020 to provide a more exact recipe.
I probably first heard the mozzarella sticks recipe six or seven years ago. I was at a neighbor’s house, and she mentioned offhand that she made homemade mozzarella sticks.
“It’s so easy! You freeze your sticks of cheese, and then coat them with flour-egg-breadcrumbs-egg-breadcrumbs, and then fry!”
And I thought, oh my gosh that’s so cool.
And I promptly did not make them for the next seven years.
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It’s not totally my fault, though. And this time, it’s actually not because I’m lazy. Cheese is just really expensive here, and as a young family with a few kids, we weren’t going to splurge on quality mozzarella just to make yummy, delicious, exquisite, delightful, homemade mozzarella sticks.
No matter how much I wanted to.
Recently, though, we came into a bunch of cheese.
“Came into” makes it sound like we inherited it. We didn’t inherit it, exactly, but we did get it for free. Pounds and pounds of hard cheese for free. Hurray for Uncle Jeff, king of finding and getting free stuff, who called us up one day and said, “I have a freezer full of cheese I got for free. Come and take as much as you like.”
So we took. And took. And took. And now we have a freezer full of cheese.
Now that I have all this cheese, it’s my duty, nay, my obligation, to use it up. I have to use some of it to make homemade mozzarella sticks. I almost have no choice. I must. No matter my feelings on the matter.
(Luckily my feelings are that I love, love, love mozzarella sticks)
(I dodged a bullet there, didn’t I)
Anyway. Mozzarella sticks. Homemade mozzarella sticks. As I said earlier, I had the mozzarella sticks recipe years ago already. I still wanted to check out mozzarella sticks recipes online, just in case.
(in case of what? Who knows. But just in case.)
All the recipes were basically the same. Some had you freezing the cheese sticks before breading, and some had you freezing them after, but that was about the only difference.
So I went and made mozzarella sticks. And they were delicious. And you must make them, too.
Homemade mozzarella sticks recipe
Lightly coat each frozen cheese stick with flour. Then coat with egg, then breadcrumbs, then egg again and breadcrumbs again. This makes a thick coat to prevent the cheese from oozing everywhere in your frying pan and making a gigantic mess.
Fry the coated sticks until golden brown on both sides. Some of my mozzarella sticks cooked in like 30 seconds and some took around two minutes. So just eyeball them until they look done, mkay?
Serve the mozzarella sticks with marinara sauce.
Sorry, I need a moment. I got lost thinking about how deliciously amazing these are, but I’m back now.
Where was I?
Right. Homemade mozzarella sticks. You need these in your life.
As my seven-year-old son keeps saying, “When are you going to make them again? I’m dying on them!”
And I say, “for them. You are dying FOR them.” Ah, the joys of raising a child in a non-English speaking country….
And fun fact, since we keep talking (I keep talking, whatever) about mozzarella cheese: did you know that traditional mozzarella cheese is made from water buffalo milk?
I didn’t either until I was at a nature reserve earlier this year with my family and saw that factoid on a sign (hanging, appropriately, near the water buffalo). I promptly pulled out my phone and Googled it. And lo and behold, it is true. So now, if anyone ever asks you “is mozzarella cheese made from water buffalo milk,” you can confidently say “YES!”
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- 1 bag of mozzarella cheese sticks, or 1 block of mozzarella cheese, cut into strips
- 1/2 cup flour
- 2 beaten eggs
- 1 cup breadcrumbs
- salt, pepper, garlic powder to taste
- oil, for frying
- Freeze cheese sticks for 2 hours, or until frozen solid.
- Season breadcrumbs with salt, pepper, and garlic powder.
- Bread the mozzarella sticks by dipping in flour, then egg, then breadcrumbs, then egg again, then breadcrumbs again. You want a thick, even coating. Make sure not to leave any gaps that melted cheese can leak through.
- If the breading took longer than a few minutes, pop the raw, breaded mozzarella sticks back in the freezer to firm them up.
- Deep fry the mozzarella sticks for 30 seconds - 2 minutes per side, until they are golden brown.
- Serve hot, with marinara sauce.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 185Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 69mgSodium: 312mgCarbohydrates: 22gFiber: 1gSugar: 1gProtein: 8g
Nutrition information was calculated by a third party.