Homemade Mozzarella Sticks

I have to be honest. I am not much of a steak or soup girl (except tomato soup which I really love) but I am definitely an appetizer girl. One of my all-time favorites is Mozzarella sticks with marinara sauce. The picture above doesn’t really do justice but this is ooey gooey mozzarella sticks that’s so easy to make.

Ingredients for Mozzarella Sticks:

  • canola oil for deep-frying
  • fresh mozzarella or you can use bocconcini (then you will have Mozzarella balls :))
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cup panko
  • salt and pepper

Ingredients for Marinara Sauce:

  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 2-3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 1/2 cup whole peeled tomatoes
  • 2-3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon sweet basil, finely chopped
  • salt and pepper
To make the Marinara Sauce:
  1. In a saucepan, heat olive oil and sauté the onions until they sweat. I usually add just a pinch of salt to the onions.
  2. Saute the garlic just for a few minutes.
  3. Add the whole tomatoes with their juices and let it simmer for about 10 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.
  4. Add the chopped basil right before turning off the heat. Set aside.
To make the Fried Mozzarella Sticks:
  1. If you’re using Bocconcini, drain the liquid and pat dry.
  2. In a bowl, whisk together milk and eggs.
  3. In separate bowls, prepare the all-purpose flour and panko/bread crumbs. Season the panko with salt and pepper.
  4. Roll the cheese on the all-purpose flour.
  5. Dip the cheese on the egg mixture.
  6. Coat it with the panko, shaking off excess.
  7. Repeat this process for every piece of cheese.
  8. Deep fry the cheese for a few seconds. Be very careful when frying as the mozzarella may easily ooze out like what happened to some of my sticks 🙂
There you have this ooey gooey mozzarella sticks that’s just perfect paired with the marinara sauce. Best of all, it’s homemade!


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