Mozzarella Cheese Sticks (Fried, of course)
I know how crazy what I’m about to say is going to sound. But we love to have “Fried Food Day” anytime we are having people over for any sort of watch party.
And really, what better time for some fried mozzarella goodness than when you and your peeps are getting ready to sit down and enjoy the season premiere of The Bachelorette.
And when we do Fried Food Day, we do Fried Food Day. We do fried cheese, fried jalapeños, wings, potato skins. . .if it makes a good fried appetizer, we serve it up.
I know, I know. . .it’s super unhealthy and all that jazz. I didn’t say we do it EVERY day, we know what the word moderation means.
As always, please read through the entire recipe as well as notes, before heating up your oil.
- Unwrap cheese sticks and cut in half. You will have 36 cheese sticks when you are done.
- Line a small sheet pan with parchment paper.
- Set up your breading station
- DISH #1
- All purpose flour
- DISH #2
- Beat until well incorporated with one another
- Season with salt and pepper (season to your liking)
- DISH #3
- Mix Together
- Now it's time to bread
- Starting at dish #1, roll each cheese stick in the FLOUR, shake off excess.
- Dunk the cheese stick in your EGG/MILK mixture
- Then coat each cheese stick in your PANKO mixture
- Lay each cheese stick on your sheet pan, stick pan in freezer for about 30 minutes.
- If you are using a deep fryer, heat your oil to about 360°. Place about 4-6 cheese sticks into your basket (depending on how big your basket is, you may be able to fit more). Keep a very close eye on the mozzarella, it should take no longer than 2-3 minutes for each batch to fry.
- If frying on stove, add oil to pan, when oil is hot, place 6-8 cheese sticks in oil (do not over crowd). Turn each cheese stick when brown and allow other side to cook. It is a very quick process and should not take any longer than 2-4 minutes, so keep a close eye on your cheese.
- Place done mozzarella on paper towel lined dish.
- You do not want the cheese to start leaking from your breading.
- The cheese sticks that I use are the snack cheese sticks. It seems to be more economical to buy the bulk pack from Sam's/Costco. I use what I need to fry, then the rest can be used as snacks for the kiddos.
- I cut my sticks in half because (a) it's a more kid friendly size and (b) the 1/2 sticks fit better in our fry basket.
- While we have never tried a cheddar cheese stick, it is something I plan on doing. However, I'm sure if you were wanting to go down that route, it would be delicious.
- I actually have nothing against the store bought frozen fried mozzarella. I do, however prefer the panko breaded fried mozzarella and I have never seen that in my grocery store freezer.
- We use vegetable oil, but go with whatever oil you use for frying.
- The mozzarella in the picture below was breaded start to finish by my 8 year old and my 10 year old. I cut the stick in half and set up the breading station, but once I gave them instructions, they were good to go. My point in sharing this. . .don't be afraid to get your kiddos in the kitchen and put them to work.
- It's okay if you do not have the need for 36 fried mozzarella sticks. Cut down the recipe as you see fit and adjust your breading stations accordingly.