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Mozzarella Sticks: the tasty, vegetarian appetizer recipe for fried mozzarella sticks

Total time: 20 Min + Chilling time
Difficulty: Low
Serves: 4 people
By Cookist
Mozzarella cheese
400 g
150 g (1 ½ cups)
vegetable oil such as peanut seed oil
Fine salt

Mozzarella sticks is a quick, easy French recipe you can serve as tasty, vegetarian appetizer or finger food for a party. Choose a string cheese or dry, compact mozzarella cheese, then cut it into thin slices, coat it in the egg and the breadcrumbs, then fry it in boiling peanut seed oil until golden brown. These tasty treats will be crispy on the outside and stringy, melty cheese on the inside.

Serve your fried mozzarella sticks with your favorite dip such as marinara sauce or aioli. So let’s find out how to prepare a perfect mozzarella stick appetizer by following our step-by-step recipe and serve it at a standing buffet or for a quick , delicious meal.

Can you make Mozzarella Sticks in the Air Fryer?

Yes! If you want to make a light version of fried mozzarella sticks, cook them in the air fryer. Arrange each piece on a single layer of the basket and cook for about 5-7 minutes or until golden brown and crispy.

Tips for making the Best Mozzarella Sticks

Pizza mozzarella cheese is the best option for this recipe as it is dry and not very watery. If you use fresh mozzarella, cut it into slices and let it drain in a colander for at least an hour, then dry them with a sheet of paper towels.

Make sure to coat the mozzarella slices in beaten egg and then in breadcrumbs twice in order to prevent the cheese from leaking out during frying.

Do not skip the freezer step so you prevent the cheese from leaking out before the crust becomes golden and crispy.

For a lighter version, you can bake your mozzarella sticks in the oven. Arrange the breaded cheese slices in a baking dish, lined with a sheet of baking paper, then drizzle with a little oil, season with a pinch of salt and bake at 180°C for about 20 minutes, or until golden brown.

If you don't have breadcrumbs on hand, you can use panko.

For a tastier coating, mix breadcrumbs and Italian-style seasoning.

How to store and reheat Homemade Mozzarella Sticks

It's best to fry the mozzarella sticks and enjoy it hot at the moment. Anyway, you can also store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 3-4 days.

Before serving, reheat mozzarella sticks in the oven at 350°F for about 5-7 minutes.

Can you freeze Fried Mozzarella Sticks?

Of course! Line cool mozzarella sticks on a single layer on a baking sheet and place it in the freezer until frozen. Once ready, you can arrange them in zip-top bags and keep them in the freezer for up to 3 months. When you want to serve them, reheat mozzarella sticks in the oven at 450°F for about 12-15 minutes.

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How to make Mozzarella Sticks

Break the eggs into a bowl and beat them well with a fork 1.

Cut the mozzarella cheese into strips 7-8 centimeters long and about 1 centimeter thick. Pass them in the eggs 2 and then in the breadcrumbs. Repeat twice to make the coating thick enough so that the cheese cannot leak out.

Arrange the slices of breaded mozzarella cheese on a cutting board 3 or a baking tray and let them set in the freezer for at least 30 minutes in order to make the breadcrumbs more compact.

In a large pan, heat a neutral, vegetable oil such as peanut seed oil to 170-180°C by using a frying thermometer. Add the mozzarella cheese slices and fry them, flipping them from time to time. Work on batches to prevent the temperature from dropping too low to prevent the sticks from absorbing too much oil. On the other hand, if the oil is too hot the mozzarella sticks can burn.

When the slices of mozzarella cheese will be golden brown on all sides, drain and let them dry on a sheet of absorbent kitchen paper.

Season them with a pinch of salt and serve very hot.

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