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Fried Cheese Sticks Recipe

Fried Cheese Sticks make a favorite appetizer or snack. These homemade fried cheese sticks will quickly become a family favorite.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time2 mins
Total Time12 mins
Servings: 8
Author: Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch


  • 24 mozzarella sticks cut in half or thirds
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 egg
  • pinch cayenne pepper
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 cups Panko crumbs
  • 1 tablespoon Italian Seasoning
  • peanut or vegetable oil


  • Prepare three separate bowls for dredging your mozzarella sticks. One bowl of buttermilk, egg, and cayenne pepper, lightly whisked together. Second bowl of all-purpose flour. Third bowl of Panko crumbs and Italian Seasoning mixture.
  • Dip cheese sticks into buttermilk mixture, then into all-purpose flour, then back into the buttermilk mixture and then finally into the Panko crumbs. Set aside on a sheet pan until all cheese sticks are prepared and the oil is ready for frying.
  • Pour oil into 12-inch skillet to about 2 inches deep over medium heat. Once oil begins to shimmer and reaches about 350 degrees F, it is ready to add the cheese sticks in batches. Fry a few cheese sticks at a time, removing with tongs as soon as they become brown. Watch carefully as they will overcook quickly.
  • Remove to a kitchen sheet pan lined with paper towels to drain. Then, serve warm.