Can you Make Mozzarella Sticks with String Cheese? Who else loves fried cheese? Is there anything better than melted cheese with a crunchy outer shell? Well, today I’m sharing how to make super easy Mozzarella Sticks using string cheese! I think this is the easiest way to make homemade mozzarella sticks, which in my opinion are so much better than frozen section cheese sticks.
Can I Use String Cheese for Mozzarella Sticks?
I pinned a great-looking mozzarella sticks recipe using string cheese a couple of years ago, so I figured let’s try it out and see if it really works!
Does String Cheese Melt?
You bet it does. The traditional string cheese is mozzarella cheese. The way they process and heat the cheese makes it so that the proteins in the cheese line up, so you can that easily pull away, making that cool, kid-friendly string cheese.
I buy string cheese sticks in bulk for the kiddos and will keep it in the freezer, pulling out a handful at a time. You prep the string cheese with flour and then freeze, but I just started with the string cheese frozen… making this a quick recipe to pull off.
You also need a bowl of flour, and a bowl with the beaten egg and milk to make these homemade cheese sticks.
For the breadcrumb mixture, I used panko breadcrumbs, which is definitely my favorite type of bread crumb to use. Panko adds a great crunch to any coating. I love it in my Panko Chicken with Garlic Butter Fettuccine and this Garlic Panko Crusted Tilapia Recipe. So the panko bread crumbs I added some great spices and herbs and used a whisk to combine them. I find putting the bread crumb mixture in a shallow bowl or a pie tin is the easiest.
Now when it comes to coating recipes I like to live by the rule, wet hand, and dry hand. I take one of the frozen pieces of string cheese and coat it in flour. Then I drop it into the egg mixture. With my other hand, I toss it around to coat and then move it to the breadcrumb mixture. Then go back to your dry hand and sprinkle the breadcrumb mixture on top and then use your dry hand to toss it around. Repeat until you have all your cheese sticks ready. I keep them on a baking sheet with some parchment paper on top.
Then you need to heat up your vegetable oil. It only takes a couple of inches of oil to fry up the delicious mozzarella sticks. If you have a deep fryer you certainly could use that and you can find my air fryer recipe here: Air Fryer Mozzarella Sticks. Once the oil heats up you will carefully put a few cheese sticks into the hot oil and cook them until they are golden brown. It is ok if you get some cheese leaks, that’s all part of deep frying.
Once golden brown, I put them onto aluminum foil, and if you want you can keep them warm in the oven while you cook up the rest. Put your oven to the lowest setting it has. When you are ready to serve you can warm up some pizza sauce or marinara sauce and you need some ranch dressing for those ranch lovers.
Mozzarella SticksPrint Recipe
- 8 Frozen String Cheese
- ¼ cup flour
- 1 egg
- 1 ½ tablespoon milk
- 1 cup panko crumbs
- 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
- ½ teaspoon pepper
- 1 teaspoon garlic salt
- canola oil enough to fill pot one inch
- Cut the frozen string cheese pieces in half.
- Place your flour in a bowl and lightly coat each string cheese piece with flour.
- In another bowl mix together the egg and milk.
- Mix together the panko crumbs, Italian seasoning, pepper and garlic salt in a shallow pan. I love using a pie tin.
- Pour your canola oil into a deep skillet to the height of 1″ up the side. Begin heating the oil on medium.
- Take your flour dipped string cheese pieces and one at a time dip them into the egg/milk mixture then coat them in the seasoned panko crumbs.
- After your oil has heated for a few minutes gently place one of the coated string cheese pieces into the oil. If the piece floats within 5-10 seconds the oil is hot enough. Cook 30-60 seconds on each side till it’s nicely browned.
- Let them drain/cool a minute on a paper towel-lined plate before enjoying with your favorite marinara sauce.
The flavor was wonderful and it was pretty quick and easy to make. My kiddos loved it and it made for a great afternoon treat.
Who can resist that melted cheesy goodness!
Thanks for stopping by friends!