Homemade Baked Mozzarella Sticks

Mozzarella sticks are a delicious treat, probably one of the most popular appetizers at restaurants, and a fun party food. They tend to be rather fattening, especially considering they are usually fried, but they are so irresistibly tasty. So how do you give in to the temptation that is mozzarella sticks without the guilt? Make healthy, Baked Mozzarella Sticks! Here is a recipe I love, and your family will too.

baked homemade mozzarella sticks

Healthy Baked Mozzarella Sticks


1 pkg. low fat mozzarella cheese strings (8-10 sticks)
1/2 cup flour
2 large egg whites, lightly beaten
1 cup dry bread crumbs or Italian style panko (seasoned)
marinara sauce for dipping

healthy baked homemade mozzarella sticks


1. Cut mozzarella string cheese pieces in half and put in freezer for 15 minutes (so they ooze less while baking)
2. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
3. Place flour, egg whites, and bread crumbs in three separate shallow bowls for dipping. If using bread crumbs, season with salt and pepper to taste (Italian style panko is already seasoned)
4. Dip each mozzarella stick, one at a time, into the flour to lightly coat, then into the egg whites, and finally into the bread crumbs, completely covering the cheese. Pat crumbs on to help them adhere to egg whites layer.
5. Place each completed mozzarella stick onto a baking dish.
6. Bake for 10-15 minutes, until mozzarella sticks are a golden color. Serve with marinara sauce or dip of choice.

I hope you enjoy this delicious, healthy twist on traditional fried mozzarella sticks. If you are health conscious, for your heart or weight, these lighter, less greasy Baked Mozzarella Sticks will make you feel like you aren’t missing a thing! If you try them, I’d love to know what you think of my recipe.

Note: Some comments indicate that mozzarella is oozing sooner than time prescribed in this recipe- keep an eye on the sticks while baking and feel free to shorten the bake time to suit your oven. If you see the mozzarella sticks turn a lovely shade of gold before the 10 minutes, take them out!

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  • Evie

    Haha, I’m fourteen and I’m making these for my dad and his girlfriend. Hoping they turn out well, I’ve read a lot of the comments saying they’ve melted everywhere, so I’m gonna cook them at a lower tempurature and see how they do. Also, I’m experimenting with whole milk mozz and part-skim mozz just to see what happens.

    Thanks for the recipe, my family and I love mozzarella sticks, and the fact that they’re baked makes them so much better. Thanks!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Aliza

    Made them as a side dish today for dinner, and they were amazing! Thank you so much for the recipe! I did turn each one over and cooked a little bit more. So great, thanks for sharing! :)ReplyCancel

  • Adriane

    I saw this recipe on pinterest. I only had 5 cheese sticks so I had a lot extra which I used to make onion rings. It was quite delicious :)ReplyCancel

  • Skye Drinkwater

    I made these over the weekend and will be making them again. They are delicious!!! I used Classico Fire Roasted Tomato pizza sauce to dip them in instead of marinara.ReplyCancel

  • Now i am feeling hungry! But alas i cannot make all this stuff :(ReplyCancel

  • Allie

    I just tried making these at 350 degrees for 8 minutes after being frozen for about 25 minutes and they still melted everywhere :(ReplyCancel

  • amylynn

    I was soo excited to see this recipe. My family loves cheese sticks and the fact that they are baked was great. I froze the sticks for 15 min before prepping and another 10 after. I baked only at 350. About 1/2 of them melted and none got brown. I ate some and the flavor was good but the appearance was off putting. Needs work.ReplyCancel

  • great recipe! i used gluten free bread crumbs and flour instead of regular and it work great! a little oosy but tasted great!!ReplyCancel

  • Kelsey Apley

    Oh yummy!!ReplyCancel

  • Monica

    I did it at 300 degrees for 10 minutes and they were great! If i would have left them in any longer they wouldve melted everywhere. I also didnt preheat the oven, i turned it on once they were inside.ReplyCancel

  • Stacey

    I tried these tonight and they are way better than what I have had a Ruby Tuesday or Applebees!! thanks so much for sharing!!ReplyCancel

  • Phô mai que

    The cheese sticks look so yummy! I usually eat the fry version. But I’ll try the bake one soon. Thanks for the recipe!ReplyCancel

  • Holly

    I made these over the weekend and they were really good! I’m a lover of mozzarella cheese sticks, but sadly they are always deep fried! I tried cutting the cheese up in different ways to see which worked best. I think cutting the stick in half short way, and then cutting those two halves once long ways (you will have 4 cheese sticks per stick that way) made the best cheese stick. (Less cheese melted out with that method.) I also made them on a stone pan. Halfway through I turned down the oven for a bit- that helped make them crunchy and the cheese wasn’t bubbling as much.
    Thanks for this awesome recipe!ReplyCancel

  • I love mozzarella sticks, but usually skip them due to all the frying oil. This is right up my alley!ReplyCancel

  • Sandra

    I made these yesterday for my boyfriend and his friends. They were a huge hit! They’re so simple yet taste so complex. His friends wanted to know what were in them. As far as trouble with baking them, I did everything like you said. Froze for 15 minutes. I didn’t preheat which I’m thinking I should have, because they were in the oven for over 20 minutes, and still didn’t get the golden brown color I was hoping for. I did not have any issues with them melting all over at all. I was worried, but they turned out amazing.ReplyCancel

    • Penelope

      That is so great to hear! I love to make them because I have two little boys and I don’t want to give them anything fried, so am always looking for healthier versions of our favorite foods. Thank you for telling me how it worked out!ReplyCancel