Homemade Mozzarella Cheese Sticks are made with whole milk mozzarella cheese, lightly battered with egg and a seasoned panko mixture. These are baked up quickly in the oven for that perfect stringy, cheesy appetizer!

You may wonder what is so fancy about a cheese stick. Well, these are no ordinary cheese sticks. They are very easy to make and turn out just as tasty, if not tastier than those you can buy in the store or get out in a restaurant!

Cheese Sticks on Serving Platter with One broken in half and dipping sauce in background

What I love about these homemade Mozzarella Cheese Sticks

These are made with whole milk mozzarella, and seasoned panko crumbs with a little kick and then baked. In my opinion, these are fancy because they are homemade and not store bought! Also, the whole milk mozzarella makes these cheese sticks super stringy and melty. Who doesn’t love that?!

This recipe is really so easy to make. I buy whole milk mozzarella sticks right at Trader Joe’s (it is the only place I have found them). When I get home with them, I put them straight in the freezer until I’m ready to assemble them.

Stringy Cheese Pull

FAQ about this recipe

Can I use part-skim mozzarella cheese sticks instead of whole milk?

Yes. As a matter of fact, part-skim cheese sticks may hold up better. They just will not be as stringy.

Can I substitute bread crumbs or crushed pork rinds for panko?

Yes, you can substitute either. If your low carb, go with the pork rinds for sure. If you do sub bread crumbs, be aware that your coating may not come out as crispy.

Why did the cheese melt out of my coating?

Well, this could happen just because it is cheese, and cheese melts! The best way to try and avoid this is to be sure your cheese sticks are frozen when you start, and put them back in the freezer for a while before you bake them. There’s little you can do about this when baking cheeses.

Homemade Mozzarella Cheese Sticks are Easy to Make

  1. Assemble your ingredients.

    Pull your frozen cheese sticks out of the freezer, whisk your eggs, and measure your panko.Ingredients mis en place

  2. Batter Cheese Sticks

    Dip cheese stick in beaten egg, then dip in panko coating. Repeat. Then lay coated cheese stick on baking sheet coated with cooking spray. Bake at unbaked, breaded cheese on baking sheet

  3. Bake in 400 degree oven.

    Bake 5 minutes. Remove from oven and turn cheese sticks over. Bake another 5 minutes. Remove and serve hot.

Tips for making Homemade Mozzarella Cheese Sticks

  • Freeze your mozzarella cheese sticks prior to dipping. Then freeze them again after dipping in egg and panko
  • Double dipped in the egg and panko coating, sprayed with cooking spray and bake for only 10 minutes in the oven.
  • Save time and make these ahead then freeze until ready to bake and eat!

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Cheese sticks on serving plate with one broken in half
Yield: 6 servings

Homemade Mozzarella Cheese Sticks

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes


  • 12 sticks whole milk mozzarella cheese sticks, frozen
  • 3/4 cup panko crumbs
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon basil
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground red pepper flakes
  • 2 large eggs, beaten


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  2. In a blender or nutra bullet, whiz 3/4 cup panko crumbs, 1 teaspoon garlic powder,1/4 teaspoon oregano, 1/4 teaspoon basil, 3/4 teaspoon salt, 3/4 teaspoons salt, and 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes for about 10 seconds. Place blended panko bread crumbs in bowl.
  3. Whisk 2 eggs until well blended.
  4. Dip mozzarella stick in egg, then dip in panko bread crumbs. Repeat.
  5. Place mozzarella stick on baking sheet sprayed with cooking spray. Once all mozzarella sticks have been coated, spray with a coating of cooking spray.
  6. Place baking sheet with mozzarella sticks in the oven. Bake 5 minutes. Remove from oven and turn over mozzarella sticks. Place back in oven for 4-5 more minutes. 
  7. Serve with a side of marinara sauce if desired.


Some sticks may have some cheese ooze out, this is ok, but if you see this happening, it is time to remove them from the oven.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size

2 mozzarella sticks

Amount Per Serving Calories 250Total Fat 15gSaturated Fat 8gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 6gCholesterol 107mgSodium 743mgCarbohydrates 12gFiber 1gSugar 2gProtein 17g

Nutrition information is provided as a courtesy, but will vary depending on the specific brands of ingredients you use. Please consult with your doctor regarding specific health needs.

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