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Homemade Mozzarella Sticks – Extra Crispy

If you are a cheese fan and enjoy a good crunch, you’ll really appreciate these Homemade Mozzarella Sticks.  They are absolutely the perfect finger food that get snatched up in a wink.

Panko Mozzarella Sticks

Gooey warm Mozzarella is encased by a beautifully crisp exterior – thanks to Panko breadcrumbs, in lieu of traditional bread crumbs.  Panko is definitely in.  Thankfully, a bag of Panko can easily be found in Asian aisles of most large grocery stores these days.

Panko Mozzarella Sticks

If you’ve never worked with Panko before, it’s only fair to warn you that you just might become addicted to the stuff.  It is extremely versatile.  Panko can be used to coat anything from these cheese sticks to seafood to chicken.  Just use them in place of your standard bread crumbs, and be prepared for an extraordinary crunch that surpasses the old stand by.

Panko Mozzarella Sticks

The hubby and kids were all over this crispy, tasty finger food.  It’s so much fun to be treated to one of our favorite appetizers without setting foot in a diner.  Not to mention these mozzarella sticks are tastier, crunchier, and meltier when you do them at home!  But, do serve them up while still hot, so the yummy cheese is savored while it’s still very melty and delish.

Panko Mozzarella Sticks

Most of us won’t have a problem devouring these while still fresh and warm.  Chances are, they won’t be sitting around very long at your party.  Enjoy!

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Panko Mozzarella Sticks

Panko Mozzarella Sticks

If you are a cheese fan and enjoy a good crunch, you’ll really appreciate these Homemade Mozzarella Sticks.  

  • Prep Time: 45
  • Cook Time: 5 min
  • Total Time: 50 minutes

Yield: 32 1x

Ingredients

Units Scale
  • 16 sticks of mozzarella string cheese
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 1/4 cup whole milk
  • 2 cups Japanese Panko bread crumbs
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 TB dried oregano
  • oil for frying (peanut oil is great for frying)
  • Optional: Marinara sauce for dipping

Instructions

  1. Prepare Seasonings: Place flour in a small dish.  In another bowl, mix together the eggs and milk.  In a third bowl, combine panko bread crumbs with garlic powder, onion powder, pepper, and oregano.
  2. Coat and Freeze: Cut mozzarella sticks into halves. Roll a piece of mozzarella in flour, dip into egg mixture, and roll well in Panko mixture.  Press crumbs in place so mozzarella stick is fully coated.  Continue until all pieces are well coated.  Place coated mozzarella sticks on a wax-lined baking sheet and put in freezer for at least 30 minutes.  (The flash-freezing is important in keeping cheese from falling apart in hot oil.)
  3. Fry: Pour oil to fill a third way up to halfway up in a heavy sauce pan.  Using a thermometer, keep oil steady at 365F.   Remove frozen mozzarella sticks and fry a few pieces (don’t crowd) at a time, keeping oil temp at 365F throughout frying process (you’ll have to play with turning heat up or down as needed.)  Fry about 25-30 seconds, turning sticks until they are an even golden brown, and drain on paper towels.  Try not to let cheese leak, but a few tiny bubbles are fine.  Continue until entire batch is made.  Serve with your favorite marinara sauce and do eat these while hot!

Notes

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Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1
  • Calories: 60
  • Sugar: 0.8 g
  • Sodium: 160.2 mg
  • Fat: 0.7 g
  • Carbohydrates: 7.2 g
  • Fiber: 0.7 g
  • Protein: 6.1 g
  • Cholesterol: 14.4 mg
  • Category: appetizer
  • Method: frying
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Keywords: mozzarella sticks, homemade mozzarella sticks, fried mozzarella sticks

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23 comments

    • Becky

    Where is the PRINT button?

      • Amy Dong

      Sorry, Becky! We’ve updated the majority of recipes here to include a print button, with just a handful left to go. Will work on this one, so you’ll see it very soon! Thank you for your patience.

    • cathy

    I’ve made these several times using Italian Panko Bread Crumbs. No garlic, onion powder or black pepper. Fabulous!

    • Rach

    Recipe looks great! Do you think you can place these in an air fryer?

      • chewoutloud

      Rach, I’m guessing that you could! 🙂

    • Sue

    I used Italian Panko crumbs. So Good!

    • Nabiha

    Made these last night. They turned out spectacularly well! Thanks so much!

      • chewoutloud

      YAY, great to hear it, Nabiha! Thanks for taking time to come over and let us know 🙂

    • xg

    Can i freeze these ?

      • chewoutloud

      Great idea! I have yet to try freezing them, but my suggestion would be to prepare them up until the point of cooking. Freeze them in airtight container, and then fry when ready to eat. Hope you love ’em 🙂

    • Steven Neiger

    Mouth Wateringly good

      • chewoutloud

      It really is! Thanks for visiting, Steven!

    • Phô mai que

    Your cheese sticks look so yummy. I’ve always been in love with this food. Thanks for the recipe!

      • chewoutloud

      It’s so much better at home than out. Thanks for visiting 🙂

      • Christina

      Mmmmm these look amazing …gonna try them today

    • Corina

    These wouldn’t last long in my house. I’d be fighting my husband for them!

    • belocchio

    Japan meets Italy in this addictive recipe. One would be the hostess with the mostess if you served this combo up. Bravo. V.

    • Sarah

    I love cheese sticks, but rarely have a good one. These look like they would cut the mustard! 😀

    • myninjanaan

    omggg these look delish! I bet the panko just takes them over the edge!

    • thehungrymum

    Yes! I love cheese & crunchy! These look gorge 🙂

    • mmmarzipan

    Oh- these look TOO good! 🙂

    • vinicooksveg

    Yummy! Just so yummy!

    • Liz

    These look awesome!

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