RecipeMozzarella Sticks

Nutrition Facts
Amount per Serving
  • Calories: 60
  • Protein: 5 g
  • Total Fat: 3.5 g
    • Unsaturated Fat: 1.5 g
    • Saturated Fat: 2 g
  • Cholesterol: 10 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate: 2 g
  • Dietary Fiber: 0 g
  • Total Sugar: 0 g
    • Natural Sugar: 0 g
    • Added Sugar: 0 g
  • Sodium: 160 mg
Take Note

These ooey-gooey mozzarella sticks require only four simple ingredients that you probably already have in your kitchen. They’re baked, not fried, but still have a crispy, crunchy coating and a melty, cheesy filling. (You can easily make them in the air fryer; simply cook for about 4 minutes on 400˚.) Grab some warmed marinara sauce and dip away.

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This recipe makes 12 pieces
  • 6 mozzarella sticks
  • 4 egg whites
  • ¾ cup Italian-seasoned breadcrumbs, preferably whole grain
  • ¼ cup grated parmesan cheese

Slice the 6 string cheese sticks in half, lengthwise, so you have 12 long, slender pieces.  Place the 12 halves on a baking sheet and put in freezer for at least 2 hours. (*this will prevent the cheese from melting too quickly in the oven while the outer breading becomes crispy and browned)

Preheat the oven to 450˚ and coat a second separate baking sheet with nonstick oil spray. Set aside.

Whisk together the egg whites in one bowl and set aside. In another bowl, stir together the Italian-style breadcrumbs and parmesan.

Dunk each cheese slice into the beaten egg whites, shaking off the excess, and then dipping in the breadcrumbs, pressing the crumbs on all sides to help them adhere. Repeat these two steps so that each cheese slice has a double layer of coating; egg whites—breading—egg whites—breading. Transfer each coated cheese stick to the oil-misted baking sheet. Repeat until all of the sticks are well-coated, then discard remaining egg whites and breadcrumbs.

Lightly mist the tops of the cheese sticks with additional nonstick oil spray, and place in the oven for about 5 minutes to melt the cheese and crisp up the outer coating. (To make in an air fryer, set to 400˚ and cook for about 4 minutes.)

Serve with warm marinara sauce for dipping.

Nutrition provided for 1 mozzarella stick.

For more tasty finger foods, try these Tomato and Mozzarella Skewers with Honey Balsamic Drizzle