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Homemade Mozzarella Sticks

Crispy, gooey, melty, ultra-cheesy—the best mozzarella sticks are the ones you make at home! No special equipment or ingredients needed!


homemade mozarella sticks on a platter with a bowl of marinara dipping sauce

Yes, You Can Make At Home: Mozzarella Sticks Edition

And no, you don’t need a deep fryer or a restaurant-quality hood. You just need to love mozzarella sticks and gather a little courage if you’ve never done deep frying before. Once you dive into this mozzarella stick recipe, though, you’ll probably be surprised by how simple they really are to make. And the best reason to make mozzarella sticks at home—Other than freshness, obviously—is that you can make sure that you’re eating the very best mozzarella sticks out there because you get to control the whole mozzarella stick-making process! There’s nothing worse than craving all of the deep-fried, crispy-crunchy, gooey-salty, cheesy greatness of a perfect mozzarella stick and excitedly getting an order of them only to find that you’re faced with a dreaded pile of mediocre, lukewarm, soggy mozzarella sticks. That’s a disappointment that simply will not stand! Make them at home and you can banish that horrid mozzarella stick sadness for good.

Flour, Eggs, Panko, seasonings and mozzarella cheese sticks on the counter to make homemade breaded mozzarella sticks

What Are Mozzarella Sticks Made Of?

We’d like to let you in on a little dangerous secret. It’s kind of a blue pill / red pill moment, though, so be sure you’re braced, OK? And that you really do want to make mozzarella sticks at home. Do you? OK, then! Read on to have your mind blown: It’s quite likely that you already have everything you need to make mozzarella sticks in your home right now. Seriously! Because mozzarella stick ingredients are actually super basic. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Flour

  • Sea Salt

  • Pepper

  • Garlic powder

  • Eggs

  • Panko

  • Italian seasoning

  • Low-moisture mozzarella cheese or string cheese (yep, you can make mozzarella sticks with string cheese—truly the easiest trick ever!)

mozarella cheese sticks beside bowls of flour, panko and eggs for homemade mozzarella sticks
mozzarella cheese coated in flour, panko and eggs for homemade mozzarella sticks

Why Do You Need To Freeze Mozzarella Sticks Before Frying Them? And, BTW, Can You Make Them Ahead of Time?

Freezing mozzarella sticks before you fry them is essential! Do not pass GO, do not collect $100, and most of all, do not skip this step. Why? Because if you were to drop a mozzarella stick right into the boiling oil, the coating would come off and the mozzarella stick would basically completely disintegrate before your eyes. It’d be a gooey, stringy mess. Freezing allows the crispy panko-and-egg coating to really solidify and get sturdy so that when it hits the oil it can withstand all of that heat. The nice thing about the freezing step is that it means yes! You could make these mozzarella sticks a few days ahead of time, if you want to! Follow the recipe up to the point of freezing, and then once the mozzarella sticks are frozen (after about an hour), you can pop them off the baking sheet and store them in a Ziploc freezer bag until you’re ready to fry them.

homemade mozzarella sticks being deep fried in a pot of oil
homemade mozzarella sticks on a cooling rack

How To Make Mozzarella Sticks

The best ever fried mozzarella sticks are the ones that you make yourself. Why? Because they’re pretty fun to make—a little mess, deep-fry, snack on cheese while you wait—and they’re so, so, so delicious. The hardest part of making mozzarella sticks at home? Waiting for them to cool enough to eat (and please please please try to wait at least a few minutes!).

  1. Grab three bowls and line them up.

  2. One bowl is for flour, salt, pepper and garlic powder. The second bowl is for the whisked egg thinned with a bit of water. The third bowl is for the panko and Italian seasoning.

  3. Time to coat your mozzarella sticks! Take one string cheese piece or mozzarella cheese piece and dip it in each bowl. Start with a dip in the egg, then the flour, then the egg, and lastly in the panko mixture. So that’s three bowls, four dippings total! Yes, your fingers will get a little messy! Yes, this is a great job for the kids to help out with! Once again, the best mozzarella stick dipping order is egg -->flour-->egg-->panko.

  4. Freeze! Yep, you’ve got to freeze those sticks before you drop them in the oil. Lay them on a baking sheet and freeze them for at least 45 minutes.

  5. Fry! Once your oil reaches 350°F, fry the mozzarella sticks. Only fry a few mozzarella sticks at a time and keep an eye on the oil temperature. If you see the number dropping, stop adding mozzarella sticks and give the oil a chance to heat back up—you don’t want to drop the oil temperature too much, or the sticks will turn out soggy instead of crispy.

  6. Cool! This is essential. Let those crispy, golden, perfect mozzarella sticks cool a bit before eating. Trust us on this one.

  7. Eat! Serve them with some marinara sauce for dipping, if you really want to have the best mozzarella stick experience ever.

homemade mozarella sticks on a platter wit a bowl of marinara dipping sauce
homemade mozarella sticks on a platter wit a bowl of marinara dipping sauce

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Homemade Mozzarella Sticks, Here You Come!

Crisp and golden and perfectly melty on the inside, these are so irresistible! We hope you’re as into them as we are! When you make them, let us know how it goes! Share a photo and tag us on Instagram using @themodernproper and #themodernproper so that we can see your stuff! Happy eating!

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Homemade Mozzarella Sticks

  • Serves: 6
  • Prep Time:  1 hr
  • Cook Time:  10 min
  • Calories: 294


  • 3/4 cup All purpose flour
  • 2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups Panko
  • 2 tsp Italian Seasoning
  • 12 oz low moisture mozzarella cheese cut into pieces 3-inch x ¾ inch, or 12 oz string cheese cut in half
  • Homemade marinara for dipping
  • 1 quart vegetable oil


  1. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper, set aside.

  2. In a small shallow bowl mix the flour with salt, pepper and garlic powder.

  3. In a second bowl add eggs along with 1 tablespoon of water and beat until smooth.

  4. In a third bowl mix together the panko and the Italian seasoning.

  5. Working with one piece of cheese at a time, dip the cheese into the egg mixture, followed by the flour mixture, back into the egg mixture and finally into the panko, gently pressing the panko to ensure it sticks. Set the cheese sticks on the prepared baking sheet and repeat with remaining cheese. Place the baking sheet in the freezer and freeze the cheese sticks for 45 minutes.

  6. In a large pot, set over medium high heat, bring the oil to 350°F, using a deep fat thermometer. Remove the cheese sticks from the freezer. Working in small batches gently drop them into the hot oil. Cook until golden brown on all sides, about 2 minutes. Remove from oil and place on a metal cooling rack set over a baking sheet. Repeat with remaining cheese sticks.

  7. Serve mozzarella sticks immediately with marinara sauce.

*Serving size is 4 pieces.

Nutrition Info

  • Per Serving
  • Amount
  • Calories294
  • Protein22 g
  • Carbohydrates29 g
  • Total Fat16 g
  • Dietary Fiber2 g
  • Cholesterol92 mg
  • sodium1261 mg
  • Total Sugars1 g

Homemade Mozzarella Sticks

Questions & Reviews

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  • Jennifer

    Can I use plain breadcrumbs instead of panko?

    You might not get the same result. Panko has a dryer and flakier consistency than regular breadcrumbs, and as a result they absorb less oil. Panko produces lighter and crunchier tasting fried food. We have not tested this recipe with regular breadcrumbs. Hope this helps Jennifer!

  • Brandon

    Up to how long can you have these in the freezer?

    We haven't tested freezing them for a prolonged amount of time but someone else said they froze them for 12 hours and they turned out great. Hope you enjoy Brandon.

  • Angie


    Thanks Angie!

  • Shane

    How many does it yeild?

    About 24.

  • Steve

    Can these be done in the oven or air fryer?

    We imagine so but we haven't tested it in the air fryer so can't say for sure!

  • Cynthia

    Tried your recipe today and it was delicious . Definitely needs more than 45 mins to freeze. I would make them again.

    Thanks Charlize, we are so happy you loved it!

  • Taylor

    These taste like heaven kissed my plate. My cheese didn’t really melt at all tho so they ended up like breaded cheese sticks haha but that’s ok cause I actually hate melted cheese😂just not sure what I did wrong

    Haha love that example. That is interesting. Did you use a thermometer? Curious if your oil was a tad too hot so it cooked the breading too quickly without melting the cheese. Glad you loved them though!

  • Carter

    Dude, when I tasted this it felt like it was made from a god. Had me bout to start tearing dude. ITS SO GOOD!

    HAHA! Thanks Carter, we are so glad you loved these!

  • Willow

    I put them in the oven after I fried them because the weren’t gooey and cold inside, I also had to fry them 1 by 1 because they would turn black if I didn’t. But after they came out of the oven they were gooey and really good!

    Oh no! Sorry to hear that. It sounds like maybe the oil was too hot. Were you using a thermometer to test the temperature of the oil? If not that might be helpful for next time, glad you made them work out in the oven though!

  • Richard

    It was good, I would use about half the salt.. other than that it came out perfect, make sure your oil hits 350 before you fry! I used vegetable oil the crunch was perfect on them though.. My wife loved them

    Thanks Richard, glad you enjoyed them!