Mozzarella Sticks

Want me to let you in on a little secret? Ryan does not like mozzarella sticks. Want me to let you in on another secret? Despite the fact that he claims he does not like mozzarella sticks, Ryan loved these. And so did my in-laws and our friends.  Basically they were the hit of our Super Bowl party. They take a little more effort then cooking frozen, pre-made mozzarella sticks but trust me one bite of the crispy, cheesy goodness and you’ll never buy the frozen variety again.

One of the problems that I usually have when I make mozzarella sticks is the cheese coming out during the frying process. That is where these differ. These mozzarella sticks are wrapped in wonton wrappers and then coated in panko bread crumbs before frying. The panko ensures that the outside is crispy and crunchy. The wonton wrapper ensures that none of the cheese oozes out when you are cooking them. Problem solved.


Mozzarella Sticks Recipe

Serves 4 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
  • 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 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
    February 21, 2012 at 12:22 am

    Hey Des, great idea! Do you think this recipe would work with average string cheese as well?

    • Reply
      February 21, 2012 at 11:31 am

      Hey Mikelle, Yep it will :)

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    Jenn and Seth (@HomeSkilletCook)
    February 19, 2012 at 8:39 pm

    these sound AWESOME!! totally need to try these :)

  • Reply
    February 15, 2012 at 1:44 am

    Genius! I’m going to try this. Thanks for sharing!

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    Sarah Marie
    February 14, 2012 at 10:32 pm

    These were delicious! I actually repeated the batter step twice to give an extra layer of crispiness and that made them extra delicious. Thank you for sharing.

  • Reply
    February 9, 2012 at 8:16 am

    Louise, preheat overn to 400 degrees, place sticks on a baking sheet and bake them uncovered for 6 to 8 minutes.

    • Reply
      February 9, 2012 at 10:33 am

      Thanks Deeli! I would also drizzle just a little olive oil over the top before baking.

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    February 9, 2012 at 4:33 am

    These look great. I don’t like to fry anything these days. Can these be baked instead? If so, what temperature and for how long? I would like to give these a try.

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    February 8, 2012 at 9:14 pm

    O. M. G. Tonight I bought WW mozzarella sticks and wonton wrappers with the intent of making 2 separate dishes. I think i’m gonna have to make these Thursday night instead!!!

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    February 8, 2012 at 8:34 pm

    I’ve been making mozzarella sticks with won ton wrappers for years but never thought about the additional egg and Panko coating so am thanking you so much for that idea, Des !!! :-) Have you tried using Chinese mustard as an alternative or addition to Marinara sauce ??? Yummo :-)

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    February 8, 2012 at 10:17 am

    This is genius. M sticks are not something I would ordinarily thnk of making. But now I’m thinking of making them.

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