Oven Baked Mozzarella Sticks

Oven Baked Mozzarella Sticks – Cheesy mozzarella sticks, baked in the oven to perfect crispiness! So easy and much healthier than traditional ones!

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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Oven Baked Mozzarella Sticks

Cheesy mozzarella sticks, baked in the oven to perfect crispiness! So easy, so cheesy, and so much healthier than traditional fried mozzarella sticks!
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Keyword baked, cheese
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4
Author Tiffany


  • 25 part skim string cheese sticks, chopped in half
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 egg, slightly beaten
  • 1 cup bread crumbs
  • 2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 2 teaspoosn garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • optional: ranch or marinara sauce


  • Preheat oven to 425. Line a baking sheet with foil and spray heavily with cooking spray.
  • 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).
  • 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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These mozzarella sticks look amazing!

Mozzarella sticks are my favorite! And I love that you show ranch cuz I love dippin em in ranch too!! I mean really how can anyone in their right mind resist warm gooey cheese dipped in ranch! Ugh LOVE THIS!

Mmm, would doesn’t love a good mozzarella stick?! Nothing to dislike about breaded, melty cheese 🙂 yum!! Pinned 🙂

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

I don’t usually buy breadcrumbs, … which type would you use?

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

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.

    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. 🙂

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

Can these be made gluten free? Is it possible to replace the regular flour with gf flour and keep the same structure of the mozzarella stick?

    To be honest, I have never tried making these gluten free. I can’t say for sure! I’d love to hear the outcome for you though!

4 stars
the MOZZARELLA exploded a little but overall very good

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