Whether you call these delicious bites fried cheese, mozzarella cheese sticks, mozzarella sticks or just plain cheese sticks you’re going to want to make this easy homemade fried cheese.
While perusing one of my Pioneer Woman cookbooks I came across this easy recipe. My family LOVES fried cheese and if it’s on a menu we usually order it. Even my picky eater enjoys it.
I’ve always wanted to make restaurant style fried cheese at home but never really knew how. I knew it started with mozzarella sticks like my boys often have for snacks but that’s about it. The original recipe makes 32 pieces which was too much for us to snack on, especially with other munchies, so I scaled it back to about 16 pieces.
This is my smaller version. If you are making it for more people figure 4 to 5 cheese sticks per person and adjust the flour, egg and Panko accordingly. For the 16 I made I used only one egg and about 1/8 of a cup of milk. The recipe is easily doubled.
Our favorite pasta sauce, when this post was originally published, was Bertolli Vidalia Onion and Garlic. That is no longer made so our new favorite is their Olive Oil and Garlic. I always have it on hand and it’s a great substitution for marinara sauce. Either works well.
Don’t substitute regular breadcrumbs for the panko. The panko gives them a nice crunch and texture. I have made these cheese sticks with both the Italian seasoned and plain panko breadcrumbs.
Simple steps to make easy homemade fried cheese
- After dredging the cheese stick in flour, dip in egg.
- Roll in panko breadcrumbs.
- Place on sheet tray and freeze to set the crumb coating.
- Fry a few pieces of string cheese at a time.
This recipe is definitely a keeper and will certainly be made again and again. A perfect snack for movie night, game night or a lazy Sunday afternoon. Mozzarella sticks were a big hit with the family.
I’m a fan of many Ree Drummond recipes. This Steak sandwich with caramelized onions is another favorite.
Adapted from: The Pioneer Woman Cooks - Food From My Frontier As an Amazon Associate and member of other affiliate programs, I earn from qualifying purchases.
Amount Per Serving: Trans Fat: 0g
Adapted from: The Pioneer Woman Cooks - Food From My Frontier
As an Amazon Associate and member of other affiliate programs, I earn from qualifying purchases.
Originally published November 10, 2013; Updated January 3, 2020