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Ooey Gooey Mozzarella Sticks

Homemade Cheese Sticks are one of the crispy finger foods I crave the most (along with Oven Baked Potato Skins)! The first bite begins with a deliciously crispy outer coating followed closely with a surprisingly soft, gooey and cheesy middle. Serve them with homemade marinara sauce for an appetizer the whole family will love!

Be sure you’re using cheese strings (and not cheese sticks) for this recipe. It melts better and helps keep the cheese from leaking out.

Making homemade cheese sticks could not be easier! It is important to purchase cheese strings and not just mozzarella as the cheese strings will not melt as quickly as regular cheese will. The cornstarch mixture is a bit messy and can feel like a lot but this really keeps the cheese inside.

These Cheese Sticks will have the best results deep fried, it makes them crispy and delicious. They can be baked in the oven or cooked in the air fryer but the best results come from frying! When baking or air frying, a bit of the cheese may leak out, this is normal and they’ll still be delish!

What dipping sauces go well with crispy fried Cheese Sticks?

Many people enjoy a classic marinara sauce with their cheese sticks, but you could use a bolognese sauce for a meatier option. Another delicious dipper is homemade ranch.

I love to eat cheese sticks as an appetizer along with ‘pub grub’ food like loaded nachos, chicken wings, potato skins, sausage balls or Ham and Cheese Sliders! I also enjoy these crispy cheesy bites as a side dish with a tomato soup for a fun lunch or dinner!

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12 mozzarella cheese sticks
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
2 large eggs
1 tablespoon milk
1 cup Italian seasoned breadcrumbs
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon paprika
Salt to taste
Oil for frying


Freeze the mozzarella sticks for at least 2 hours or until they are solid.

Place flour in a shallow dish. Beat the eggs and milk together in another dish. In a third dish, mix breadcrumbs with garlic powder, paprika, and a pinch of salt.

Heat oil in a deep fryer or large saucepan to 365°F (185°C).

Dip each frozen mozzarella stick into the flour, then the egg mixture, and then roll in the breadcrumb mixture. Repeat the egg and breadcrumb coatings for a double layer if you prefer extra crunch.

Carefully place a few breaded mozzarella sticks in the hot oil and fry until golden brown, about 30 seconds to 1 minute.

Remove the sticks from the oil and drain on a plate lined with paper towels.

Serve hot with your favorite dipping sauce.

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