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Crispy Baked Mozzarella Sticks

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Mozzarella sticks, a beloved snack that has graced the menus of countless bars and restaurants, have a special place in the hearts of food enthusiasts. These delightful bites of golden-brown, gooey cheese are hard to resist. In this recipe, we’re going to elevate this classic favorite by making Crispy Baked Mozzarella Sticks. This healthier twist on the deep-fried classic promises all the cheesy satisfaction without the guilt.

Historical Context: Mozzarella sticks, believed to have originated in the United States, gained immense popularity during the 1970s and have remained a beloved appetizer ever since. Traditionally, these sticks were deep-fried, resulting in an indulgent but calorie-laden treat. However, with health-consciousness on the rise, there has been a shift towards baking them to achieve that crispy exterior while retaining the creamy interior.


1. Preheat and Prepare:

  • Preheat your oven to 400°F (200°C) and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

2. Breadcrumb Mixture:

  • In a mixing bowl, combine the breadcrumbs, grated Parmesan cheese, Italian seasoning, garlic powder, and onion powder. Mix well to ensure all the ingredients are evenly incorporated.

3. Create the Egg Wash:

  • In another bowl, whisk together the eggs and milk until they are well combined.

4. Coat the Mozzarella Sticks:

  • Take each mozzarella stick half and dip it into the egg wash, ensuring it’s completely coated.
  • Next, roll the coated mozzarella stick in the breadcrumb mixture, pressing gently to make sure the breadcrumbs adhere.

5. Double Coating (Optional):

  • For an extra crispy texture, repeat the dipping and rolling process for each mozzarella stick.

6. Arrange on the Baking Sheet:

  • Place the coated mozzarella sticks on the prepared baking sheet. Make sure they are spaced apart to allow even cooking.

7. Lightly Spray with Cooking Oil:

  • Lightly spray the mozzarella sticks with cooking oil. This will help them turn golden and crispy in the oven.

8. Bake to Perfection:

  • Bake in the preheated oven for about 10 minutes or until the sticks are golden brown and the cheese inside is melting.

9. Serve Hot:

  • Remove the crispy baked mozzarella sticks from the oven and let them cool for a minute. Serve them while they are still hot and gooey.

10. Dipping Sauces:

  • Pair your Crispy Baked Mozzarella Sticks with your favorite dipping sauces, such as marinara sauce, ranch dressing, or a zesty garlic aioli.

Crispy Baked Mozzarella Sticks offer the perfect balance between nostalgia and a healthier approach to indulgence. By baking instead of deep-frying, you can enjoy these delicious bites guilt-free. Whether you’re serving them as an appetizer at a gathering or simply enjoying them as a snack, these mozzarella sticks are sure to be a hit. So, fire up your oven and get ready to savor the crispy, cheesy goodness of this classic favorite with a modern twist.


prep time
15 minutes.
cooking time
10 minutes.
total time
25 minutes.


  • Baking sheet

  • Parchment paper

  • Mixing bowls (for breadcrumbs and egg wash)

  • Whisk

  • Knife

  • Cutting board


  • 12 mozzarella string cheese sticks, halved

  • 1 cup breadcrumbs

  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning

  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder

  • 2 large eggs

  • 2 tablespoons milk

  • Cooking spray (olive oil or canola oil)


Preheat oven to 400°F.
Mix breadcrumbs and seasonings.
Dip mozzarella in egg wash, coat with breadcrumbs.
Bake until golden, serve hot.
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