Homemade Mozzarella Sticks

Homemade Mozzarella Sticks

This post originally appeared on The Confident Mom’s Blog, where How To: Simplify regularly contributes monthly guest posts filled with tips, tricks and recipes to simplify life in the kitchen.

One of my all-time favorite appetizers to enjoy is a very large order of piping hot mozzarella sticks with flavorful marinara sauce. There’s just something about the little gems of fried, cheesy deliciousness that make my mouth water in anticipation. Ever since I was young, I have always loved pulling and stretching the mozzarella sticks apart only to dunk them in marinara sauce.

Besides the whole pulling, stretching and dunking part, I also love that mozzarella sticks are easy-to-prepare in the comfort of your own kitchen. Homemade mozzarella sticks always seem to have the perfect amount of crunch paired with ooey, gooey cheese that seems to stretch for miles. I feel as though kids and adults alike have so much fun eating mozzarella sticks not only because they taste great, but also because in this case, it’s okay to play with your food.

With just a few ingredients and a couple steps, you can have a basket of warm mozzarella sticks that are perfect to serve the kids as an after school snack, to dinner guests before the main course or to set on the table while the football games are on the television. Just be sure to have some warm marinara suace nearby for the endless amount of dunking!

Homemade Mozzarella Sticks


  • 8 pieces of string cheese
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1-2 eggs
  • 1-2 tablespoons milk
  • 1 cup Italian-style Panko Bread Crumbs (I like to use Progresso)
  • Oil for frying
  • 1/2 cup marinara sauce (for dunking)


  1. Cut the string cheese in half for a total of 16 pieces.
  2. Pour the flour in a bowl.
  3. Whisk together the egg(s) and milk in a separate bowl.
  4. Pour the bread crumbs in a bowl.
  5. Make an assembly line of the three bowls: flour, egg mixture and bread crumbs.
  6. Roll the string cheese, one at a time, in the flour, then in the egg mixture and then in the bread crumbs, making sure to completely coat each piece of string cheese. It helps to pat the bread crumbs onto the pieces of cheese to make sure that they stick.
  7. Place the finished cheese sticks on a plate and put them in the freezer for at least 30 minutes to allow the bread crumb topping to set and the cheese to chill.
  8. Heat oil in a large pot (or in a fryer if you have one) until it reaches approximately 375 degrees (Tip: If you don’t have a thermometer or a deep fryer, heat up oil and then toss in a tiny chunk of bread. If the bread sizzles at the top of the oil, then the oil is hot enough).
  9. Place the cheese sticks carefully into the hot oil and carefully roll the sticks around until the bread crumb topping turns a golden brown. This happens quickly so be sure to remove the sticks from the oil before the cheese completely melts through the bread crumbs.
  10. Remove from the oil with a slotted spoon or tongs and place on paper towel so that some of the grease gets absorbed into the towel. 
  11. Serve warm with marinara sauce.


  • Reply Maria October 20, 2010 at 2:42 pm

    I am going to make these for game day!

  • Reply Souffle Bombay October 20, 2010 at 2:45 pm

    My kids LOVE eating and making Mozz Sticks!
    These are just perfect!
    Your photos just wreck me!

  • Reply maggy@threemanycooks October 20, 2010 at 2:46 pm

    Loving you now more than ever! Brings me back to my childhood. I LOVE Mozzarella Sticks! Thanks for the recipe.

  • Reply Cookin' Canuck October 20, 2010 at 2:48 pm

    I could sit and watch football all day with a plate of these in front of me!

  • Reply Raquelle October 20, 2010 at 3:16 pm

    I can't wait to make these! Thanks for the recipe.

  • Reply Melissa October 20, 2010 at 3:31 pm

    This is exactly how I make them! Aren't they delicious! My husband and his friends LOVE them too. Makes me a popular wife, lol.

  • Reply Julia October 20, 2010 at 3:45 pm

    I love how easy these are to make. So why have I never made them? Well, I need to now. Yours look perfect!!!

  • Reply doughmesstic October 20, 2010 at 3:58 pm

    Must make these, pronto! Great post.

  • Reply Amanda October 20, 2010 at 4:29 pm

    Oh, I am so gonna make these! We love cheese sticks and I bet they taste better than the frozen ones.

  • Reply Chicago Cuisine Critique October 20, 2010 at 4:59 pm

    These look great! I have never tried to make mozzarella sticks on my own but this do not seem too intimidating. Thanks for sharing. :)

  • Reply Michelle October 20, 2010 at 5:16 pm

    Always wanted to try making these! They would be a perfect snack for Sunday Football!

  • Reply theconfidentmom October 20, 2010 at 5:22 pm

    We made these as a family the other night, they were AWESOME!

  • Reply CrystalsCozyKitchen October 20, 2010 at 5:33 pm

    My husband would love it if I made these for him – they look delicious!

  • Reply Michelle @ Brown Eyed Baker October 21, 2010 at 12:25 am

    You are my hero. Mozzarella sticks are my all-time favorite appetizer. I can't wait to make these!

  • Reply Imwaytoobusy October 21, 2010 at 1:27 am

    Wow, these look great! I have a weakness for mozzarella sticks :)

  • Reply Dixie Caviar October 21, 2010 at 3:13 am

    These will be lunch tomorrow, followed by a run (if I can make it off the couch)…

    Love your blog!!

  • Reply tamilyn October 21, 2010 at 3:59 am

    They sound delish, but I'm wondering if the oil heat should be 375 instead of 175?

  • Reply Tracy October 21, 2010 at 1:43 pm

    I have always love mozzarella sticks too – I have a serious weakness for them! My mouth is watering just looking at your photo!

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  • Reply greenoatsandjam October 21, 2010 at 4:45 pm

    mmm im excited to make these! i can never live without cheese, especially mozzarella!


  • Reply Debs October 21, 2010 at 4:50 pm

    Oh yum, I could just sit and munch on some of these now.

  • Reply JehanP October 21, 2010 at 6:34 pm

    Looks so good! This is only my all time favorite snack! I think some fried mozzarella sticks are in order this weekend!

  • Reply Vicky (eat live spin) October 21, 2010 at 9:05 pm

    Those look so good. I used to love mozzarella sticks but haven't eaten them in YEARS!

  • Reply Kulsum@JourneyKitchen October 22, 2010 at 2:12 pm

    Quiet similar to how I make mine! Loved homemade Moz Sticks. Your photo is amazing!

  • Reply Cherine October 23, 2010 at 10:11 am

    Would love to try these!

  • Reply Miss Morris October 25, 2010 at 6:31 am

    They look delicious. Mmmmmm!

  • Reply Rich October 25, 2010 at 5:30 pm

    You just told me how to make my new favorite snack. I am forever in your debt … and consequently, you may be on my fiancee's bad side for awhile – she's on something called a 'wedding diet' :)

  • Reply Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction October 28, 2010 at 11:32 pm

    These look wonderful. My hubby absolutely loves mozzarella sticks. I will have to give these a try, even though I don't do much frying. I think these will be worth it!

  • Reply Anonymous April 4, 2011 at 8:13 pm

    Use fresh Mozzarella instead of string cheese. Lightly salt the cheese before you flour and bread them.

  • Reply Dinner at Six Thirty June 23, 2011 at 2:00 pm

    this looks great! I'd rather make this than buying the ones at the frozen section.

  • Reply Mover Packer October 15, 2011 at 12:10 pm

    There's just something about the little gems of fried, cheesy deliciousness that make my mouth water in anticipation. Ever since I was young, I have always loved pulling and stretching the mozzarella sticks apart only to dunk them in marinara sauce.

  • Reply Jackie January 9, 2012 at 7:23 pm

    Hi Jen

    What brand of marinara sauce do you use.

  • Reply Jenny January 13, 2012 at 1:10 pm

    Served these as an appetizer before lasagna (yum!) and I cheated… ;) I like mine with a good amount of breading – despite my desire to stay thin, I'm one of those that orders extra crispy fried chicken, extra crispys as Long John's (Fish – what? They serve fish there??? lol) – so the cheese sticks took a second dip in the egg wash and panko bread crumbs…They fried up terrific! Thanks for a fun addition to my lasagna dinner. Guests enjoyed them very much. :)

  • Reply Mary Beth February 27, 2012 at 3:02 am

    Amazing! I have a serious addiction to Mozzarella Sticks but always assumed they would be difficult to make. You proved me wrong (and to be completely honest these were my main course as a reward for a week of eating healthy!). Will absolutely make these again. I did try baking some which didn't turn out as well. The extra calories in the oil are well worth it. :-)

  • Reply Anonymous April 25, 2012 at 10:38 pm

    thank you very much!! this was very helpfull

  • Reply Shannon L June 28, 2012 at 6:04 pm

    Yummy! Thinking i should make extra & freeze them :)

  • Reply Anonymous July 8, 2012 at 3:41 am

    THIS ROCKS! it was EZ,convenient, and fun.Me and my girlfriend did them. Thank you for posting this fun recipe!

  • Reply Mike July 14, 2012 at 11:06 am

    Just made them and they were amazing! Really easy to make as well. Thanks for the recipe! Mike.

  • Reply Anonymous July 27, 2012 at 12:33 am

    yea the recipe sounds easy so i guess i can use any type of string cheese?

  • Reply Anonymous August 9, 2012 at 12:10 am

    These really were extremely simple to make and very delicious!! My boyfriend loved them,thanks!!

  • Reply Anonymous August 29, 2012 at 4:17 am

    Is 30min enough time to freeze?

  • Reply Anonymous September 8, 2012 at 4:14 am

    Luv it

  • Reply Anonymous September 29, 2012 at 11:53 pm

    OMG these were so delicious!!! Thanx sssoooo much!!!!

  • Reply Anonymous October 4, 2012 at 4:52 pm

    Fantastic! Thanks a bunch for making my aphrodisiac dream come true Lol

  • Reply Anonymous December 2, 2012 at 2:24 pm

    These were sooo good! Great post!

  • Reply Anonymous January 7, 2013 at 10:05 pm

    very tasty..and way cheaper then the store bought frozen junk…ty for this recipe ;D

  • Reply Anonymous March 2, 2013 at 2:36 am

    Thank you!!! I was a bit worried about getting the oil temp correct,as I rarely fry *anything*, lol. However, they came out perfect!!! Thank you soo much! <3

  • Reply Kylie Wilson March 3, 2013 at 4:58 pm

    Just got done making them they're so easy and good! Thanks so much for the recipe!

  • Reply Anonymous April 3, 2013 at 4:38 pm

    They are delicious!

  • Reply Ravit July 10, 2013 at 1:03 am

    looks yum! definitely want to try it, however, i don't fry. wondering if baking it would work and on what temp.?

  • Reply Chocolate Lover ^.^ July 14, 2013 at 7:46 pm

    Your pictures look sooo good!
    I'm so gonna make these!

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