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Fried Cheese Sticks

Fried Cheese Sticks

Fried cheese sticks are a delicious and classic appetizer that is coated in batter and deep-fried till golden brown and crispy! They are the perfect party snack to pair homemade marinara sauce!
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Keyword Fried Cheese Sticks
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 12 cheese sticks
Calories 197kcal
Author Catalina Castravet


  • 16 oz String Cheese I used mozzarella and cheddar
  • 2 cups Panko bread crumbs plain or regular Italian bread crumbs
  • 1 teaspoon Italian Herbs seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika or regular
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup buttermilk room temperature
  • Oil for frying


  • Fill a deep frying pan or skillet with about 2 inches of oil and heat over high heat until sizzling.
  • In a shallow bowl, whisk together buttermilk, egg, salt, and pepper. Set aside.
  • In a separate shallow bowl, mix bread crumbs with Italian Herbs seasoning, paprika, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Set aside.
  • Unwrap the string cheese sticks. Dip each one into the buttermilk mixture, let excess liquid drip, then toss in the breadcrumbs mixture, then quickly again in the buttermilk mixture, and lastly again in breadcrumbs.
  • Add to the pan with hot oil. Deep fry for ONLY about 1 minute total, cooking 20-30 seconds on one side and 20-30 seconds on the other side, just until the crust is golden brown.
  • Place fried cheese sticks on paper towels briefly to drain excess oil, then serve immediately with a homemade marinara sauce for dipping.


Calories: 197kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 38mg | Sodium: 445mg | Potassium: 59mg | Fiber: 0g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 145IU | Calcium: 70mg | Iron: 0.6mg