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Homemade Mozzarella Sticks on a serving platter with a side of marinara sauce

Breaded Mozzarella Sticks with Marinara Sauce

Homemade Mozzarella Sticks with marinara sauce are perfect for a party or game day.  Gooey and melty on the inside and golden and crunchy on the outside, they're absolutely addicting!
Course Appetizer, Appetizer/ Snack
Cuisine American
Keyword homemade mozzarella sticks, mozzarella cheese sticks
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Freezing Time 40 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 6 Servings
Calories 440kcal
Author Lalaine


  • 12 pieces mozzarella sticks
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1 cup flour
  • 2 cups breadcrumbs
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • oil

For Marinara Sauce

  • 1 cup crushed tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • Remove mozzarella sticks from packaging and cut each horizontally into half.
  •  In a shallow bowl, place flour.
  • In another shallow bowl, whisk together eggs and milk.
  • In another shallow bowl, combine bread crumbs, Italian seasoning, garlic powder, and salt and pepper to taste.
  • Dredge mozzarella sticks in flour, dip in egg mixture and then roll in breadcrumbs mixture.  
  • Dredge again in flour, dip in egg mixtures, and then roll in breadcrumbs to fully coat.
  • Arrange breaded mozzarella sticks in a single layer on a cookie sheet. Freeze for about 30 to 40 minutes or until firm.
  • In a deep, thick-bottomed pan over medium heat, heat about 2-inch deep of oil to 350 F. 
  • Add mozzarella sticks in batches and cook, turning once or twice, for about 1 to 2 minutes or until golden and crisp. 
  • With a slotted spoon, remove from pan and drain on a wire rack set over a baking sheet. Serve hot with marinara sauce.

For Marinara Sauce

  • In a blender or food processor, pulse tomatoes until blended
  • In a pan over medium heat, heat olive oil. Add garlic and cook until aromatic. 
  • Add crushed tomatoes and bring to a boil. 
  • Add Italian seasoning and season with salt and pepper to taste. 
  • Lower heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, for about 10 to 15 minutes to allow flavors to meld.


Nutritional Info calculated at 4 pieces per serving.


Calories: 440kcal | Carbohydrates: 48g | Protein: 21g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 85mg | Sodium: 780mg | Potassium: 243mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 165IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 146mg | Iron: 3.7mg