Mozzarella Sticks


They're gooey, melty, crispy, and completely irresistible.

Prep Time:
50 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 50 mins

Kids and adults alike will be delighted by this irresistible combination of gooey melted cheese and crisp, golden breading. Our mozzarella sticks recipe creates a snack much better than any option you’ll find in the freezer section at the supermarket. They have a crunchy-creamy texture and a cheesy, herby flavor that's complemented by a dunk in marinara sauce.

It all starts with fresh mozzarella cheese. The cheese is cut into sticks and coated in flour, egg, and herb-seasoned breadcrumbs. Then, the sticks are frozen; this essential step can be for as little as an hour or as much as two months. The final step is deep-frying them to achieve that golden, crispy goodness.


  • 1 pound fresh salted mozzarella, patted dry

  • ½ cup unbleached all-purpose flour

  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper

  • 3 large eggs

  • 1 cup plain dried breadcrumbs

  • ¼ cup packed finely grated Parmigiano-Reggiano (1 ounce)

  • 2 teaspoons mixed dried herbs, such as thyme, basil, parsley, and oregano

  • Safflower or other neutral-flavored oil, for frying

  • Marinara, warmed, for serving


homemade mozzarella sticks on round platter

Bryan Gardner

  1. Cut mozzarella:

    Cut mozzarella lengthwise into 1/2-inch-thick slices, then cut again into 4-by-1/2-inch sticks.

  2. Set out dishes with flour, eggs, and breadcrumbs:

    Place flour in a shallow dish; season with salt and pepper. Whisk eggs with 1 tablespoon water in a separate dish; season with salt and pepper. Stir together breadcrumbs, Parmigiano-Reggiano, and herbs in a third shallow dish; season with salt and pepper.

  3. Coat mozzarella sticks:

    Dredge mozzarella sticks in flour, tapping off excess. Dip in egg wash, allowing excess to drip off, and coat with breadcrumbs, patting to adhere.

  4. Freeze mozzarella sticks:

    Transfer mozzarella sticks to a parchment-lined baking sheet. Freeze until firm, at least 1 hour. (Mozzarella sticks can be covered and frozen at this point up to 2 months.)

  5. Heat oil and cook mozzarella sticks:

    Pour enough oil into a heavy pot (preferably cast iron) to come 2 inches up sides. Heat over medium-high until a deep-fry thermometer reads 350 degrees. Working in batches, add mozzarella sticks; cook, turning occasionally, until golden and crisp, 2 to 3 minutes (adjust heat as necessary to maintain oil temperature.)

  6. Drain and serve:

    Transfer to a wire rack set over a rimmed baking sheet to drain. Season with salt; serve immediately, with marinara sauce.

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