Jalapeno Mozzarella Sticks

Ryan got in the car one day last week and said “The Seahawks game on the 23rd has been flexed”. I stared at him blankly. I had no idea what that meant. I’m guessing he could tell by the look on my face that he might as well have been speaking Greek because the next thing he said was “They are playing on Sunday Night Football”. This is a big deal in our house. So big in fact, that despite the fact that it is two days before Christmas we’ll be having a party and if you’re having a party too these would be perfect for your football fans.

I have used this technique of wrapping the mozzarella in a wonton wrapper before. It worked really well. So well that I didn’t think I could improve on it but I thought I’d give it a try by adding some jalapenos to the mix. It worked well too. Really well. In fact, it may be my new favorite way to eat mozzarella sticks. They are crispy and crunchy on the outside. Creamy, melt-y and spicy on the inside. The perfect game day snack.

Jalapeno Mozzarella Sticks Recipe

Serves 4 - 6 Prep Time: Cook Time:


  • 1 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 8 sticks of mozzarella string cheese, cut in half
  • 8 small jalapenos, cut in half lengthwise, stems and seeds removed
  • 16 wonton wrappers
  • bowl of water
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • oil for frying



Combine the panko, salt and garlic powder together in a bowl.


Place one piece of mozzarella, in one half of a jalapeno, place both in a wonton wrapper. Dip your finger in the water and run along the edges of the wrapper. Fold the wrapper around the mozzarella so that it is completely closed. Dip into the egg. Dredge in the panko mixture to coat completely. Repeat with remaining ingredients.


In a large pot heat 1 inch of oil to 350 degrees. Fry mozzarella sticks, in batches if necessary, until golden brown, 2 to 3 minutes. Use a slotted spoon to transfer to a paper towel lined plate. Sprinkle with kosher salt. Serve.



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  • Reply
    October 12, 2013 at 12:24 am

    Hi Robert- I’ve never tried baking them so I can’t really recommend it. However, if I was going to try, I’d bake them at 400 until browned and be sure to toss the panko with a little oil before baking.

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    Robert Greenwood
    August 6, 2013 at 10:34 am

    can these be baked instead?!

  • Reply
    June 29, 2013 at 1:33 pm

    Hi! how did you wrap the wonton shell around? in the shape of a wonton or log?

    • Reply
      June 29, 2013 at 4:05 pm

      Hi Alanna- In the shape of a log :)

  • Reply
    Nicole (MyLoveForCooking)
    June 4, 2013 at 8:16 pm

    This is a very delicious marriage! Excited! :)

  • Reply
    June 4, 2013 at 3:58 pm

    This is GENIUS!!! Can’t wait to make these!

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    Tariqul Islam
    April 7, 2013 at 7:48 pm

    Wow these look really great! im gonna try it out!

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    December 18, 2012 at 11:34 am

    If I get invited to a Super Bowl party this year I’ll take some of these with me. Great idea!