Low Carb Mozzarella Sticks

Low Carb Mozzarella Sticks

A few weeks ago, I scoured the web for low-carb appetizers to make for our friends’ Super Bowl party. And while I didn’t make them then, I pinned some yummy-looking mozzarella sticks to try later. And I’m so glad that I did! Here’s how you can make your own low carb mozzarella sticks without bread crumbs.

Ingredients for low carb mozzarella sticks

First, you’ll need some Parmesan cheese in a shaker. We only had the shredded stuff, which we use often for making simple low carb meals, but the powdered kind will serve you much better for this recipe. I had to put the shredded cheese in the blender to make crumbs, whereas the powdery kind is already crumb-like.

I was also out of Italian Seasoning (can you tell we’ve been snowed in?), so I had to make my own.

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Anyway, here’s the low carb recipe for the mozzarella sticks. They’re delicious with my marinara sauce, so be sure to take a  look at that recipe, too.

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Low Carb Mozzarella Sticks

Donella Crigger
These low carb mozzarella sticks are breaded with parmesan cheese instead of breadcrumbs, but they're still delicious. They're also easy to make!
Prep Time 1 hr 10 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 1 hr 40 mins
Course Appetizer
Servings 16 mozzarella sticks


  • 8 string cheeses cut in half
  • 2 eggs beaten
  • 1 cup Parmesan cheese the powdered kind
  • 1 tbsp. Italian seasoning
  • 1 clove garlic minced


  • Mix Parmesan cheese, Italian seasoning and minced garlic in a medium bowl.
  • Dip each string cheese into the egg mixture and then into the cheese mixture.
  • Dip the string cheese in the egg mixture and roll it in the cheese crumbs again.
  • Press the cheese crumbs into the cheese using your fingers.
  • Place the coated string cheese into the freezer for one hour.
  • Pour about half a cup of oil into a frying pan, and let it get HOT.
  • Place 4-5 string cheese halves into the pan.
  • Cook until golden brown on all sides.
  • If the crumb mixture falls off the string cheese, wait until the oil is hotter.

This recipe was adapted from The Busy Broad. She has great tips about making sure the oil is hot enough. She also made the crumbs stick by rolling the coated sticks around in her hands, but that didn’t work for me. It just stuck to my hands. It might work for you, though!

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If you liked this recipe for low carb mozzarella sticks, you’ll love the marinara sauce to go with them!

Sweet Marinara Sauce for Meatballs

36 thoughts on “Low Carb Mozzarella Sticks”

  1. Now this is something I need to try ASAP. Do you know how much a bag of fried mozzarella sticks go for now?! And I’m sure this is much more healthy.

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  3. This is a great and tasty alternative, and it is gluten free. Where was this recipe when I was pregnant and demanding gluten free mozzarella sticks! LOL

  4. The sticks looks absolutly yummy. And is low carb as well. I have to try to make these. Pinned!
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    /Charlotte – My Green Nook

  5. I had crossed mozzarella sticks off of the list of foods I can enjoy since carbs are my enemy when it comes to maintaining a healthy weight. I’m so happy that you linked up your recipe at the This Is How We Roll Thursday party! Yay! Now I can enjoy this delicious appetizer again.

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  11. Awesome idea! They look so crispy! When I try this I think I’ll do one half with just Parmesan cheese and the other I’ll add in some pork rinds too.

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  13. Looking for ways to add fat to my low carb diet — cheeze is my weapon, and these mozzarella sticks look like the right tool for the job! Thanks!

    • I’m not sure, Judy. Probably, but you may need to cover them with foil to keep the coating from burning.

  14. Just made them! They are delicious! I may try adding a bit of coconut flour to the parmesan cheese next time to tone the flavor down. It wasn’t a bad flavor but, you definitely tasted it. Will be making a batch to keep in the freezer and I’ll make these again and again! Thanks!

  15. These are really good. I made them for our Home Group tonight, but my husband and I ate them all after I finished making them. I didn’t have 8 cheese sticks, only 5, so I wasn’t that much of a piglet ???. I will definitely be making these again.

    • I haven’t tried them in an air fryer, but if you do, let me know how it goes! I’ll be getting an air fryer later this month, so I hope to test it myself then!


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