healthy mozzarella sticks

Who says our favorite cheesy foods have to be off limits? Mozzarella sticks are awesome for every occasion, and make for a delightful snack that most of us have been accustomed to since childhood. Now that we’re mature college girls who are more health conscious, we can still have the cheesy snack we all love, guilt-free! Read on for instructions on how you can DIY these delicious healthy mozzarella sticks!

What you need

  • 12 sticks of string cheese in your choice of cheese, go for the low sodium kind if you want to be extra healthy
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tbsp of flour
  • 5 tbsp of bread crumbs
  • 2 tbsp of parmesan cheese
  • A dollop of olive oil, or cooking spray



  1. Cut the cheese sticks in half, making 24 slices, then freeze the slices in the freezer until completely frozen
  2. Beat the egg in a small bowl. Use a separate bowl to combine the bread crumbs and parmesan cheese
  3. To bread the cheese sticks: First dip the frozen cheese stick into the flour, then into the egg, then into the bread crumb mixture
  4. Once all of the 24 sticks are coated, place them on a baking sheet covered with aluminum foil coated with a few drops of olive oil or sprayed with cooking spray (this will keep cleanup to a minimum, and keep the sticks from sticking!)
  5. Bake in the oven at 400 degrees for about 4 minutes, or until crisp. They need to be watched closely so they don’t melt completely!

What makes them healthier? They’re home cooked with less butter, they’re baked instead of fried, and cheese sticks are a naturally lower calorie cheese snack. You can also add italian spices or herbs to the recipe, adding them into the bowl with the breadcrumb mixture. Serve with marinara sauce and enjoy!

Have you tried this mozzarella stick recipe?

What do you think? What are your favorite healthy substitutions to make while cooking? Leave us a comment below!


Author: Anna Patrick


  1. Hannah says:

    Mine didn’t turn out too well. The cheese started melting too much before the bread crumbs were browned. Maybe because I used Panko breadcrumbs?

  2. Keri says:

    The whole family loved! YUM!!!!

  3. Dylan says:

    “How To… Cook Healthy Mozzarella Sticks”

    Carrot Stick. Seriously. Healthy Chunk of cheese? Riiiigghhhttt…

  4. Kate says:

    I’m not sure how this qualifies as healthy or guilt free! It’s more than 1100 calories if you eat all 24 sticks. Even if you share with someone else, that’s incredibly high. Misleading headline, misleading your readers, it’s no wonder you didn’t put the nutritional information on this. Not even kidding, there are less calories in movie theatre nachos.

    • Keri says:

      Are you kidding me? Who would sit and eat 24 of them??? Anything can be made unhealthy if done in excess. Did you know that one serving of grapes is considered 15 grapes. That’s it- 15. Use some common sense. There are no bad foods, only bad portions and combinations. The food pyramid is set in place for a reason. This recipe is wide open for however you want to make them. There are lots of low fat, low sodium cheeses out there. Some people amaze me.

    • Caitlin says:

      Why are you eating 24 cheese sticks! Or even 12 for that matter! If you eat 2 or 4 which is a much more sensible amount then it is way less calories. It is about 70 calories for 2 cheese sticks. This is not meant to be a main meal.

  5. Rebekah says:

    I tried this and they were very good! But for some reason anytime I make anything with breadcrumbs and bake in the oven it’s always dry anyone know why?

  6. ATasteOfMadness says:

    Oh my goodness. What a great snack! I think I found what I’m going to make tonight!

  7. Crystal says:

    These look great! I can’t wait to try them out!

    Wow it’s amazing that something as simple as a healthier (and yes Jade, cooking it with cooking spray or a dab of oil instead of deep frying is obviously healthier) cheese sticks would bring out the jerks. Are people so bored with their lives that they have to get their panties in a bunch over everything. The arrogance is beyond me. HOAG, honestly you sound like a jerk. You seem to think that you’re a great catch. I can’t imagine many women seem to agree. Jade, you seem to be jumping on the latest bandwagon that wheat is evil. Whole grains are great for you. How long have people been eating breads? How, suddenly in 2012, is it now a problem? Dairy has also been proven to be beneficially, especially in weight loss. If you are not lactose intolerant or allergic, dairy will not harm you. Take all things in moderation and you will be fine. Getting so worked up over something so small is by far worse for your health. People like you make this world much harder to live in, both of you.

  8. Heather says:

    How did you get yours coated so well? What is with the person judging whether these were healthy?! Crazy. I think they looks and will taste great :) Thanks for sharing!

  9. Kat says:

    @ Jade: How are breadcrumbs and mozzarella fake ingredients? I’ve yet to figure this out. I have, however, figured out that the ONLY unrealistic & misleading issue at hand is your “seasoned professional” advice. I’d like to think if you were a professional of ANY sort that you’d behave like an adult without resulting to erroneous criticism and backwards, unwarranted, snide comments. If I were you, I’d drop the cavalier, narcissistic attitude and go do your “trolling” elsewhere.

  10. Jade says:

    I never once said above having a treat once in a while is a bad thing. But the use of the word healthy is not accurate. It’s actually not even any healthier than a deep fried option, so why not go for the deep fried option if you are looking for a treat? Once in a while that deep fried mozza stick isn’t going to kill you and I constantly tell my clients so. But my issue is with the description of this. Many people don’t know the different between the words ‘healthy’ and ‘treat’. Many people would take healthier and low calorie to mean they can eat it every day.

    I’d also like to point out that the fact that you are using fake ingredients (bread crumbs and fake cheese) makes the nutritional content even lower than that of normal mozza sticks.

    Honestly my issue is more with the title than anything else. It’s extremely misleading based on what it is. Lower calorie? Yes. Not flash fried? Correct. But healthy? No. Don’t fool people. If you have it once in a while that’s fine. But don’t claim that it’s healthier. Because it’s not.

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