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How to Make Mozzarella Sticks from Scratch

You don't need to trek to your favorite trattoria to enjoy these – whip up a batch at home!


  • Step 1: Cut the block of mozzarella cheese Cut the block of mozzarella cheese into strips that are about 1/2 inch wide and 4 to 5 inches long.
  • Step 2: Heat the oil Heat 1 ½ cups olive oil in the skillet on medium to high heat.
  • TIP: Turn down the heat if the oil starts smoking.
  • Step 3: Prepare the batter In a small bowl, beat the milk and eggs together until combined. Pour the cornmeal mix onto a plate.
  • Step 4: Coat the mozzarella sticks with batter Dip each stick into the liquid mixture, then roll it in the cornmeal mix until it's completely covered. Repeat a second time.
  • Step 5: Fry the sticks Place the breaded sticks into the hot oil and brown for at least one to two minutes on each side until they turn a light brown color. Do not crowd the pan. When they are crispy, immediately transfer with tongs to paper towels and sprinkle with Italian seasoning.
  • TIP: Store the mozzarella sticks on a baking sheet in a warm oven while you make the rest of the batch.
  • Step 6: Prepare your serving platter Arrange the fried mozzarella sticks on a large platter and serve with marinara sauce, ranch sauce, and honey mustard dressing. Dig in!
  • FACT: A medieval manuscript contains the first known recipe for fried cheese sticks.

You Will Need

  • 1 16-ounce block mozzarella cheese
  • 1 1/2 c. olive oil
  • 2 tbsp. two-percent milk
  • Two large eggs
  • 1 1/2 c. cornmeal mix
  • Italian seasoning
  • Marinara sauce
  • Ranch sauce
  • Honey mustard dressing
  • A small kitchen knife
  • A medium skillet
  • A small mixing bowl
  • A plate
  • Paper towels
  • Tongs
  • A large platter
  • A baking sheet

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