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Oozing with cheese in every bite, these cheese sticks are a great choice for an easy party appetizer or snack.
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  1. Cheese Sticks Ingredients
  2. How to Make This Cheese Sticks Recipe
  3. How To Serve
  4. Storage
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I’m not sure what it is about cheese sticks, but they are just so darn irresistible with their warm, gooey, cheesy goodness wrapped up in a crispy coating. If you’re looking for a classic appetizer or snack that everyone will love, look no further than cheese sticks.

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Cheese Sticks Ingredients

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You’ll need:

  • 12 string cheese sticks, cut in half 
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tablespoons whole milk
  • ¾ cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch 
  • ¾ cup plain breadcrumbs
  • ¾ cup plain panko breadcrumbs 
  • 1½ tablespoons Italian seasoning 
  • 2 teaspoons onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt 
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 4 cups vegetable oil for frying 

SUBSTITUTIONS AND ADDITIONS

ONION POWDER: You can substitute garlic powder for the onion powder.

SPICY: If you want a spicy alternative, you can add sriracha or hot sauce to the egg mixture.

How to Make This Cheese Sticks Recipe

STEP ONE: Add the eggs and milk to a small bowl. Use a fork to beat the eggs and milk together until completely incorporated. Set it aside.

eggs and milk mixed together in a bowl

STEP TWO: Add the all-purpose flour and cornstarch to a pie plate or shallow bowl. Whisk to combine. Set it aside.

flour and cornstarch whisked together in a bowl

STEP THREE: Add the plain bread crumbs, panko crumbs, Italian seasoning, onion powder, kosher salt, black pepper, and smoked paprika to a pie plate or shallow bowl. Whisk to combine. Set it aside.

bread crumbs, Italian seasoning, onion powder, salt, pepper, and paprika whisked together in a bowl

STEP FOUR: Add the vegetable oil to a 3 to 4-quart heavy-bottomed saucepan and heat over medium-high heat to 350°F.

OUR RECIPE DEVELOPER SAYS

Be sure that you have enough oil so that it is at least 3 to 4 inches deep.

vegetable oil added to the pan

STEP FIVE: While the oil is heating, dredge each piece of cheese in the egg mixture. 

cheese stick dredge in the egg mixture in a bowl

STEP SIX: Next, dredge in the flour mixture. 

cheese stick dredge in the flour mixture in a bowl

STEP SEVEN: Dip the cheese sticks back in the egg mixture a second time before dredging in the breadcrumb mixture. 

PRO TIP:

Make sure the cheese is very well coated in the breadcrumbs. You want the oil to fry the breadcrumbs, not get to the cheese underneath.

cheese sticks dipped into the egg mixture in a bowl

STEP EIGHT: Once the oil reaches 350°F, using tongs carefully place 4 to 5 coated cheese sticks in the hot oil. You will need to turn the cheese sticks, and it will only take 30 seconds to 1 minute to cook them. They should only be golden brown. Adjust the stovetop temperature up or down to keep the oil at the right temperature.

PRO TIP:

It is very important to use a cooking thermometer for the oil. This will help you know when to adjust the stovetop temperature to keep the oil at 350°F.

cheese sticks in a heated oil on a frying pan

STEP NINE: Place the fried cheese sticks on paper towels to drain the excess oil. Eat while hot. 

How To Serve

Serve these cheesy appetizers for a game day snack or even an after school snack. Add ranch dressing, pizza sauce, homemade marinara sauce or any other favorite dipping sauce that you’d like.

While you are frying delicious finger foods, check out our fried ravioli and fried pickles too.

Storage

IN THE FRIDGE: Store any leftover homemade cheese sticks in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. 

IN THE FREEZER: You can freeze the cooked and cooled fried cheese sticks in the freezer for up to 1 month. 

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These melty and delicious cheese sticks make the perfect appetizer. The whole family will love the breadcrumb coating that gives way to ooey, gooey cheese. It might just become your new favorite snack. 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Can I freeze cheese sticks?

Homemade cheese sticks can be kept in the freezer for up to one month.

Does it matter what kind of cheese I use?

This easy recipe will work with cheddar or mozzarella or any other type of cheese strings you find at the grocery store.

What kind of hot oil is best for deep frying?

Fry only with oils that have a high smoking point. The smoking point is the temperature it takes for the oil to start to break down and smoke. Once it smokes, it’s not suitable for frying. Good oils to use are peanut oil, canola oil, sunflower oil, safflower oil, corn oil, or vegetable oil. Olive oil, on the other hand, is not a good oil to fry in.

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Cheese Sticks

5 from 1 vote
Oozing with cheese in every bite, these cheese sticks are a great choice for an easy party appetizer or snack.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 2 minutes
Total Time 12 minutes
Servings 24

Ingredients
  

  • 12 string cheese sticks, cut in half
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tablespoons whole milk
  • ¾ cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • ¾ cup plain bread crumbs
  • ¾ cup plain panko bread crumbs
  • tablespoons Italian seasoning
  • 2 teaspoons onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 4 cups vegetable oil, for frying

Instructions
 

  • Add the eggs and milk to a small mixing bowl. Use a fork to beat the eggs and milk together until completely incorporated. Set it aside.
  • Add the all-purpose flour and cornstarch to a pie plate or shallow bowl. Whisk to combine. Set it aside.
  • Add the plain bread crumbs, panko bread crumbs, Italian seasoning, onion powder, kosher salt, black pepper, and smoked paprika to a pie plate or shallow bowl. Whisk to combine. Set it aside.
  • Add the vegetable oil to a 3 to 4-quart heavy-bottomed saucepan and heat over medium-high heat to 350°F.
  • While the oil is heating, dredge the halved cheese sticks in the egg mixture.
  • Next, dredge in the flour mixture.
  • Dip the cheese sticks back in the egg mixture before dredging in the bread mixture.
  • Once the oil reaches 350°F, using tongs, carefully place 4 to 5 coated cheese sticks in the heated oil. You will need to turn the cheese sticks, and it will only take 30 seconds to 1 minute to cook the cheese sticks. They should only be golden brown. Adjust the stovetop temperature up or down to keep the oil at the right temperature.
  • Place the cooked cheese sticks on paper towels to drain the excess oil. Eat while hot. Serve with your favorite marinara sauce or your favorite dipping sauce.

Notes

  • Be sure that you have enough oil so that it is at least 3 to 4 inches deep.
  • Make sure the cheese is very well coated in the breadcrumbs. You want the oil to fry the breadcrumbs, not get to the cheese underneath.
  • It is very important to use a cooking thermometer for the oil. This will help you know when to adjust the stovetop temperature to keep the oil at 350°F.

Nutrition

Sodium: 215mg | Calcium: 33mg | Vitamin C: 1mg | Vitamin A: 42IU | Sugar: 1g | Fiber: 1g | Potassium: 32mg | Cholesterol: 23mg | Calories: 92kcal | Trans Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Fat: 4g | Protein: 5g | Carbohydrates: 9g | Iron: 1mg
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  1. Jill says

    5 stars
    I’d never tried making these homemade from scratch before and they were so good! Definitely a keeper.

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