Easy Baked Mozzarella Sticks {Gluten-Free}

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I have always been a sucker for those fried cheese sticks that you can get in many restaurants. I mean what’s not to like? Melted cheese, crispy fried seasoned bread crumbs! YUM! I have NEVER attempted to make them at home however.

For one thing, I don’t own a deep fryer and anytime I try to “deep-fry” something on the stove in a pan, it has not turned out well. But it never occurred to me that you could BAKE them and come up with virtually the same thing. That was intriguing, but what really clinched the deal was when I saw you could make them with regular string cheese!

Sometimes I simply can’t understand why these things don’t occur to me! There is hardly a day of the year that my refrigerator isn’t stocked with string cheese! It was staring me in the face all this time and I didn’t know it.


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All it took to make the leap to making these gluten-free was swapping out the typical italian bread crumbs or japanese panko crumbs that most recipes call for and using gluten-free bread crumbs instead. It won’t yield the crispiness of the panko crumbs, but it tastes delicious nonetheless.

I know some of you are already doubting this could ever possibly work, because I felt the same way…until I tried it. There is one “secret” though that will make all the difference in your success (or lack thereof.) The trick is to FREEZE the string cheese before breading and baking it. If you skip this IMPORTANT STEP you will have one big cheesy mess in your oven! Trust me on this one.


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Easy Baked Mozzarella Sticks {Gluten-Free}

Easy Baked Mozzarella Sticks {Gluten-Free}


  • 12 sticks mozzarella string cheese
  • 1-2 eggs, beaten
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup gluten-free breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese
  • 1 tbsp dried parsley
  • cooking spray


Preheat oven to 400° F. Lightly spray your baking sheet with oil.


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Cut cheese in half to give you 24 pieces. Place cut cheese sticks in the freezer until cheese is frozen (about 30 mins).


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In a small bowl, whisk the egg(s). Place the flour on another small bowl. In a separate bowl, combine bread crumbs, parmesan cheese and dried parsley.

Make an assembly line of the three bowls: flour, egg mixture, and bread crumbs mixture.


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Dip the string cheese, one at a time, in the flour, then in the egg mixture and then in the bread crumbs, making sure to completely coat each piece of string cheese. It helps to pat the crumbs onto the pieces of cheese to make sure they stick.


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Repeat this process with the remaining cheese and place them on your baking sheet.

Spray the tops of the mozzarella sticks with a little more oil and bake in the oven 4 to 5 minutes. Turn and bake an additional 4 – 5 minutes watching them closely so they don’t melt.

Makes 24 pieces.

Serve immediately with warm marinara sauce.


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A couple of NOTES: To increase the crispiness factor, you can re-dip the mozzarella sticks in the egg and then again in the breadcrumbs before baking. You can also brown the breadcrumbs in a skillet over medium heat before applying them to your cheese sticks.

If you’re having a party and want to make these ahead of time, place them on tray with wax paper and freeze them until you are ready to bake.


Now you have a fancy restaurant-style appetizer in your repertoire that you can easily make at home!

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  1. Rachel Loveridge says

    Someone mentioned in gluten-free support group recently that she just uses crushed Corn Chex as a substitute for bread crumbs. I don’t know if it would be as good as the fancier version, but the next time I want to try it and I don’t have GF bread crumbs hanging around (which would be most of the time, lol) I’m going to try it. She said that she and her husband use them to make jalapeno poppers.

    • Kaylee says

      I have used corn or rice Chex as bread crumb substitutes frequently. I just season the crumbs a bit so they have more flavor (same thing if I’m using slightly stale gf bread for crumbs). I add in some onion powder, a touch of garlic powder, and either oregano, basil, and rosemary, or Italian seasonings, maybe a bit of salt and pepper. Mix until it smells good! :) Then continue as normal. This was definitely one of my biggest “I miss you”s from my gluten days. So happy to find this recipe!

  2. Laura says

    These look great! The only thing I’d add is to make sure you are using gluten free flour as well gluten free bread crumbs. Thanks for the idea, next time we have company I’m going to try this recipe out.

    • Telina says

      I’m pretty sure that given her son has celiacs (sp) that she would automatically use gluten-free flour. It’s a safe bet that she just forgot to mention that it is gluten-free flour.

      Having said that … these sound delicious. Not sure if it is gluen-free or not, but try these with garlic dressing or ranch … to die for! Yum!

  3. says

    A tip to make the process even quicker: dump your flour in a small bag (I use the brown paper lunch bags we keep for school lunches), toss in half your string cheese, gather the top of the bag to hold it closed, and shake, shake, shake. Proceed with the recipe. Any time I need to flour-dredge something before breading, I use this method.

  4. Jenn-Jenn says

    FLOUR — I have found that Trader Joe’s carries the best Gluten-Free flour with respect to price and ingredients. I use it for anything that calls for flour — brownies, choc chip cookies, etc. My family is going to flip when I make these for them :)

  5. Stephanie says

    If anyone figures out any tricks when making these, please post. I saw this recipe somewhere else and have tried to make them twice. They were not good at all. I hope you all have better luck than I did and can give me some tips because I love mozzarella sticks. Thanks Jillee. I love your website!!

  6. Melissa says

    Tried these today for after school snacks. I think next time I would put a bit of salt in with the bread crumb mixture. I always have gf bread crumbs on hand from the many ‘failed’ loaves of gf bread around here! I used the ‘Mock cup 4 cup’ mix from Gluten Free On A Shoestring. It seems to work pretty well for anything calling for GF flour.

  7. Jennifer says

    Hi there, yes Panko crumbs will work. I also add in with the breadcrumbs 1/4 tsp salt and 1tbsp of Italian seasoning!! Makes a world of difference in the taste :) . To make it even faster put all the dry ingredients together in 1 bowl. Dip the frozen cheese in the egg then the powder, repeat!!

  8. Pam B. says

    Oh no, more food LOL……I am almost sugared out for the year
    ..right now ? ..having some of the Christmas cookies my DIL made with my coffee…spectacular! She did not skip on the nuts…perfect!
    Your frozen cheese sounds like a wonderful idea….that I WILL try!
    I recently purchased some egg roll wraps and the frozen cheese will work with those.
    New Years? As I am an official old fart I will be in my recliner watching the celebrations and asleep by 9…….2014, isn’t that amazing?
    For those of you going out to party….good for you. have a great time!

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