Oven Baked Mozzarella Sticks

Oven Baked Mozzarella Sticks

Mozzarella sticks are one of my favorite appetizers. The cheesy gooey goodness inside a crispy golden outer crust?? Irresistable! The thing is, are they healthy? No. Are they even in the middle, like not healthy but not not healthy? No. They are definitely no-so-healthy. But they’re so good! But they’re unhealthy.

You see my embarrassing restaurant ordering dilemma?

Oven Baked Mozzarella Sticks

Fortunately, in addition to loving cheesy gooey things wrapped in crispy golden breaded crusts, I also love turning not-so-healthy deliciousness into totally-guilt-free deliciousness. Enter healthier Oven Baked Mozzarella Sticks.

Oven Baked Mozzarella Sticks

These mozzarella sticks are done in basically three simple steps.

1) Freeze the cheese.

2) Coat the cheese with crumby goodness.

3) Bake the cheese to crispy golden melty gooeyness.

Eat. Enjoy. Repeat! (Repeat = Not necessary but totally recommended).

Oven Baked Mozzarella Sticks

Oven Baked Mozzarella Sticks
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Cheesy mozzarella sticks, baked in the oven to perfect crispiness! So easy, so cheesy, and so much healthier than traditional fried mozzarella sticks!
Recipe type: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Serves: 4
  • 25 part skim string cheese sticks, chopped in half
  • ½ cup flour
  • 1 egg, slightly beaten
  • 1 cup bread crumbs
  • 2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • optional: ranch or marinara sauce
  1. Preheat oven to 425. Line a baking sheet with foil and spray heavily with cooking spray.
  2. Freeze mozzarella sticks until hard (about 30 minutes). Place flour in one bowl and egg in a second bowl. In a third bowl, add bread crumbs, onion powder, garlic powder, chili powder, and salt and whisk to combine. Toss the cheese sticks in the flour to coat, then in the egg mixture, then in the crumb mixture. Dip each coated cheese stick into the egg mixture one more time, and then back in the crumb mixture one more time. Freeze sticks about 15 minutes. (This will keep the cheese from melting too fast while the coating gets crispy in the oven).
  3. Place cheese sticks in a single layer on prepared baking sheet. Spray thoroughly with cooking spray. Bake 5-8 minutes, then turn and cook another 5-8 minutes on other side until golden and crispy. Allow to cool slightly before serving with ranch or marinara dipping sauce.

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  1. Kristina Frisk says

    Any idea what the calorie content in these are? They look yummy but I would like to be able to track the calories. Thanks!

    • Tiffany says

      Hi Andrea, I usually buy plain, but you can buy seasoned ones as well. I wouldn’t recommend panko for this recipe though. :)

  2. Rosalie says

    Can you make these ahead and freeze batches in freezer bags? And what would be the best way to do it? I would love to just be able to take a bag out of the freezer to be able to bake up when company comes over.

    • Tiffany says

      Hi Rosalie! I think you could freeze these. After breading them I would lay them out on a single sheet of nonstick foil and put them in the freezer for 15-20 minutes. Then transfer them to a plastic zip lock bag and return them to the freezer. This will help them to not stick together in the bag. Then when you want to cook some, I’d probably let them thaw 5-10 minutes before putting them in the oven. :)

  3. Socialnetworkhobo says

    Thoroughly enjoyed them but require a small amount of experimentation on temperature and freezing time.