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Cheesy Baked Mozzarella Sticks

Baked Mozzarella Sticks

 Baked Mozzarella Sticks 

The cheesiest mozzarella sticks baked in the oven and coated in fresh parsley and bread and panko crumbs then pairs with marinara sauce for dipping. One of the easiest recipes for a quick and satisfying snack that everyone will rave about.

This insanely easy snack can be made in under an hour.  In fact, most of the time is spent in the freezer to hold the cheese together to make it getting a nice brown crust easier without the cheese melting out.  Making this appetizer doesn’t call for a lot of ingredients and can be popped in the oven and baked in a cinch.  If you’re looking to please your friends, family or a crowd, you’ll want to make this homemade version without the all preservatives.  Homemade is always better than store bought.

This warm bread has everything you will love.  Ooey gooey Mozzarella cheese melted between a crusty fresh herb bread crumb and and panko crumb mixture. The sticks do get breaded with a typically egg wash and flour coat and I’d doubled that step to make them extra crispy and flavorful.

Mozzarella Sticks

Since I’m sharing appetizers and game day food and many of us use rides to get home from games or pubs, I thought I’d let ya’ll know something that happened a few weeks ago.

I know everyone raves about Uber and it’s been here in New Orleans for about 6 months now.  Anyway, Halloween night a group of us girls go out for a night on the town and decide to take an Uber for the first time.  Not because we did not have another way of transportation because there were cabs all around us.  Our thought was that we wanted to support someone in the community where this may be their only job.

The Best Baked Mozzarella Sticks

We got an estimate of $60 (which included a surcharge because it’s Halloween).   Our ride is 20 minutes and the guy takes a 10 minute detour on a wrong turn.  No biggie—or so we thought (but we were charge $70 for that wrong turn)!  As we’re walking inside we look at the bill on the phone and it’s a whopping $162 for a 20 minute ride!  I almost died, ya’ll!  A cab would of been like $50 tops!  An estimate of $60, I expected maybe $70 tops but an extra $100 is uncalled for.  Uber, you suck!

After doing some research, I found the most outrageous Uber bills on the internet to include a $800 tab for a 20 minute ride in Denver.  Yes, I said Denver not NYC!  No thank you!  I will gladly be taking a cab especially since I’ve never had an issue with the service or the tab.  I guess I understand how a driver can make $250,000 a year working for Uber now!  Never . Again .

After a ride like that, I better be getting the Cash Cab next time.

Cheesy Mozzarella Sticks

To take this traditional recipe to the next level, add some heat to it.  I love to add red pepper or red pepper flakes.  Add some Italian seasoning or garlic salt if desired to really pack a big flavor in each bite.  Pair it with white sauce, red sauce or any kind of homemade sauce would work.

Baked Mozzarella Sticks

Seasoned mozzarella sticks with a homemade parsley, panko and bread crumb crust paired with marina sauce for dipping!
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Course: Appetizer
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 24


  • 12 mozzarella string cheese pieces
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 cup bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup panko crumbs
  • 1 tablespoon Parmesan cheese ((powder))
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons parsley
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 Italian seasoning
  • pepper to taste
  • marinara sauce (, for dipping)


  • Separate string cheese from package and evenly cut across the center the each. Place saran wrap/cling wrap across baking sheet and place string cheese on sheet then freeze for 20 minutes.
  • Crack eggs in bowl and whisk until smooth; set aside. Pour flour in separate bowl; set aside. Mix together panko and bread crumbs, Parmesan cheese, salt, parsley and Italian seasoning in a bowl; set aside. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  • Dip mozzarella in (1) flour then coat in (2) egg then (3) flour then (4) egg then (5) bread crumb mixture. Spread evenly on a prepared baking sheet with foil and a little cooking spray. Repeat process until done then lightly spray the tops with cooking spray. Place in freezer for 20-30 minutes then bake for 4-5 minutes on one side. Flip over and bake for another 4-5 minutes. Serve with marinara sauce.






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    Marsha | Marsha's Baking Addiction
    11/10/2015 at 3:28 pm

    Oh yum! These look so good! I bet they taste scrumptious in the sauce!

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    11/11/2015 at 12:20 am

    My daughter loves any kind of cheese. This would be nice for her to try.

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      Jessica Knott
      11/11/2015 at 7:05 pm

      It’s pretty delicious, I’m sure she will love this! Thank you!

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    11/12/2015 at 2:59 pm

    this just just simple and yummy

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    Bintu | Recipes from a Pantry
    03/03/2016 at 11:08 pm

    My sister is obsessed with mozzarella sticks and the last time I tried to make them for her the cheese ended up all over the baking pan and not in the pretty crispy shell. What a GENIUS idea to freeze them first. Thanks for the tip! My sister is going to love me when I visit in May 😛

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    Sara | Life's Little Sweets
    03/03/2016 at 11:44 pm

    5 stars
    What a classic recipe, these look amazing, pinning for later!

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    Jillian @ Food, Folks and Fun
    03/04/2016 at 12:18 am

    5 stars
    My kids love mozzarella sticks! I can’t wait to try this better-for-you recipe!

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    Rebekah | Kitchen Gidget
    03/04/2016 at 12:40 am

    5 stars
    OMG I can’t believe how much you got charged for that wrong turn! I’ve used Uber in Seattle and Richmond, VA with wonderful service, but I’m not so sure anymore after some of the stories I’m hearing…

    I’m thinking of making a double batch of these and keeping some in the freezer for when melty cheese is needed asap!

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    Sam | Ahead of Thyme
    03/04/2016 at 12:49 am

    This looks so amazing!! I can’t wait to try this! Thanks for the recipe 🙂

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