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gluten free mozzarella sticks

Gluten Free Mozzarella Sticks (Baked)

Tammy OverhoffTammy Overhoff
Gluten Free Mozzarella Sticks are crispy on the outside with gooey cheese inside. This is the perfect appetizer to start any Italian dinner or party! If you've missed restaurant-style mozzarella sticks, these homemade baked mozzarella sticks will hit the spot without upsetting your tummy.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 1 hr 30 mins
Cook Time 8 mins
Total Time 1 hr 38 mins
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American, Italian
Servings 8 people
Calories 394 kcal


  • large shallow bowls
  • baking sheet
  • parchment paper
  • silicone pastry brush


  • 12 whole milk mozzarella string cheese sticks cut in half
  • 1/2 cup gluten free flour I use bob's red mill 1:1 gluten free flour
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 2 teaspoons homemade italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 2 cups gluten free panko bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil


  • Start by getting the dipping station ready. In one bowl, add the flour, and then in a second shallow bowl, whisk together the eggs and milk. In a third shallow bowl, combine bread crumbs and seasonings.
  • Lay parchment paper down on a large baking sheet.
  • Now start the dredging process. Roll a cheese stick in the flour and shake off the excess. Next, dip the cheese stick in the egg wash, letting the excess drip off. Then roll the cheese stick in the breadcrumbs. Last, double dip the cheese stick back into the egg wash and roll one more time in the breadcrumbs. During this last step, I find it helpful to lightly press the breadcrumbs with my hands onto the cheese stick to form the coating. 
  • Place the prepared cheese stick onto the baking sheet covered with parchment paper.
  • Repeat with the rest of the string cheese..
  • Place the prepared mozzarella sticks into the freezer for at least an hour but preferably overnight.
  • After the cheese sticks freeze, place into a plastic bag or continue with cooking.
  • To cook the gluten free mozzarella sticks. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. 
  • Brush half of the olive oil onto a baking sheet.
  • Place the number of mozzarella sticks you want to cook onto the baking sheet and lightly brush more olive oil over the top of the mozzarella sticks.
  • Bake the homemade mozzarella sticks for 9 - 10 minutes or until cheese is melty and golden brown.
  • Sprinkle with fresh parsley (optional) and serve hot with gluten free marinara sauce (optional).


Storage tips.
For the week.
Leftover gluten free cheese sticks will keep in the refrigerator for three days. Warm them up in a 375-degree oven or air fryer for a few minutes instead of the microwave to keep the coating crispy. 
To freeze.
These mozzarella sticks are a labor of love and take time to prepare, so I recommend making a double batch to freeze. After the mozzarella sticks are entirely frozen, put them into a freezer bag and freeze.
When ready to eat, take out the amount you want to cook and continue with the recipe.


Serving: 3cheese sticksCalories: 394kcalCarbohydrates: 39gProtein: 13gFat: 21gSaturated Fat: 8gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 98mgSodium: 806mgPotassium: 42mgFiber: 2gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 110IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 58mgIron: 1mg
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