Mozzarella Bites

Fried mozzarella bites are delicious, easy and the perfect party appetizer when served with marinara. Everyone loves this bite-sized snack!

These bite-sized version of one of our favorite appetizers, Mozzarella Sticks, are absolutely divine dipped in homemade Marinara or Ranch.

Fried mozzarella balls on a platter with marinara sauce

Easy, Cheesy Appetizer

Have I mentioned how much we love appetizers in my family?? 😉 This next recipe is one my sister, Kellyn, tried out. For years she’s always been the one to make Mozzarella Sticks, but she wanted to change things up and decided to make some Fried Mozzarella Bites instead.

Sticks? Bites? We weren’t complaining. We’re a family that loves cheese, so we knew they would be a hit! And they were!

Best of all, these fried Mozzarella bites were super easy to make. My sister made them just like we make our Fried Zucchini, but they can also be baked.

There are a few different types of mozzarella you can use. The recipe card states to use mozzarella sticks and all you need to do is cut them into bite size pieces. You can also use marinated mozzarella balls or mozzarella pearls. The latter are a bit smaller, but they turn out great and are so delicious.

How to make mozzarella balls process pic - cut up string cheese

How to Make Them

PREP. Cut string cheese into 1″ pieces. Prepare coating process by pouring milk in a bowl and setting aside. Put 1 cup flour in a plastic bag and in another bag add 2 cups panko, mixed with seasonings.

COAT. Place cheese in milk, one handful at a time. Toss into your flour bag and shake well. Put cheese back into your milk bowl and coat completely. Toss in panko bag and shake until evenly coated.

FREEZE. Place mozzarella bites on a plate or in a bag and freeze for at least 2 hours.

(Freeze Ahead of Time: Don’t skip the freeze time otherwise the cheese will ooze right out before the frying time is done. If you don’t want to pause for 2 hours in the middle of making them, you can prep and freeze them ahead of time. Once they have been breaded, place them in a single layer in a container. You can store them in the freezer for up to 3 months until you’re ready to fry them up.)

FRY. Heat up oil on medium heat. Fry in hot oil until golden brown. Be sure to take them out of the oil before they get too hot or cheese will ooze out of breading.

Dipping: Our favorite sauce to dip these in is marinara. It’s hard to beat that combination! For some other delicious combinations try pairing these bites with:

Mozzarella bites on a white platter with a side of marinara

more Cooking Methods + storing

How to bake: Preheat the oven to 425°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Place the coated cheese bites on the sheet. Lightly spray them with cooking oil. Bake for 4-6 minutes or until heated and soft. One indicator is to wait for 1-2 bites to ooze a bit of cheese. Remove and let cool just a bit before serving.

Air Fryer: You can easily air fry these cheese bites. It’s a little healthier than frying them in oil and you still get a warm crips bite. Preheat the airfryer to 400°F. Spray the basket with cooking spray. Place the bites in a single layer. Spray the top of the bites with cooking spray and then fry for 6-8 minutes or until warm and gooey. You may need to fry in batches. Keep the remaining bites in the fridge or freezer while the others are being fired.

Leftovers: These bites are best when eaten right away. However, if you do end up with leftovers, store them in an airtight container in the fridge for 2-3 days. To reheat: preheat the oven to 400°F and then bake until warm and crips, about 5 minutes. 

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Mozzarella Balls Recipe

5 from 2 votes
Fried mozzarella bites are delicious, easy and the perfect party appetizer when served with marinara. Everyone loves this bite-sized snack!
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
FREEZE 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 15 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 136 kcal
Author Lil' Luna

Ingredients

  • 1 package package string cheese
  • 2 cups Panko Bread Crumbs
  • 2 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1 tsp parsley
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup flour
  • Marinara Sauce (homemade or store bought)
  • Oil for frying

Instructions
 

  • Cut string cheese into 1" pieces
  • Prepare coating process by pouring milk in a bowl and setting aside. Put 1 cup flour in a plastic bag and in another bag add 2 cups panko, mixed with seasonings.
  • Place cheese in milk, one handful at a time.
  • Toss into your flour bag and shake well.
  • Put cheese back into your milk bowl and coat completely.
  • Toss in panko bag and shake until evenly coated.
  • Place mozzarella bites on a plate or in a bag and freeze for at least 2 hours.
  • Heat up oil on medium heat. Fry in hot oil until golden brown. Be sure to take them out of the oil before they get too hot or cheese will ooze out of breading.
  • Serve warm with marinara sauce. ENJOY!

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My name is Kristyn and I’m the mom of SIX stinkin’ cute kids and the wife to my smokin’ hot hubby, Lo. My mom’s maiden name is Luna, and I’m one of the many crafty “Lil’ Lunas” in the fam. On this site I like to share all things creative - from recipes to home decor to gifts and home decor ideas. Welcome!

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Comments:

  1. Ummm – yeah – I’ll be right over!!!!! I have a serious love for appetizers like this- fried stuff with cheese- move over because I’m not sharing. WOW these look so good. I know what I’m making every single weekend – even if there isn’t football on 🙂 Thank you!!

    1. You’re so sweet, Gina! I would LOVE it if you were actually close enough to come right over. Wouldn’t that be awesome?! Hope you had a wonderful Christmas!!

  2. These are looking quite mouth watering, Kristyn! I actually already have all of the ingredients on hand… so looks like we’re going to make these for a Friday night kind of snack! (=

  3. 5 stars
    These look wonderful! Can’t wait to try them.

    Do you see any problem with freezing them overnight? I was thinking of making these this weekend for a Super Bowl gathering, but would really like to have the bulk of the work done ahead of time.

  4. I love this recipe the only thing I did different was deep fry them in a dryer set to 360 degrees for about 90seconds-2minutes perfect!!

  5. oh my goodness, Kristyn…this is the best recipe site I have ever seen…just wish I could save the recipes…but I am not very good on the computer…I am so hungry now…and only looked at the soups and the appetizers…lol…you are doing an awesome job…just hope I can find your site again….Keep up the good work, you are doing great…and this is coming from a 50 something year old woman !!!

    1. Awe, you are so sweet!! Thanks so much for saying that! You can PIN the recipes, if you have pintrest, that way you can save them or print them & make your collection of recipes to try 🙂 I hope you like the ones you try!

  6. I read recipe – I have “?”
    listed in ingredients… 2 cups Panko Bread Crumbs -but- in instructions… stated 1 cup panko
    What happened to the other cup?

    1. Oops, sorry! Will need to fix that. Just keep it the 2 cups. Really, it doesn’t need to be exact. The more the better for me 🙂 Hope that helps!

  7. 5 stars
    So tasty! I tried this recipe yesterday for my family and It has been appreciated! Thanks KRISTYN!! I will try other recipes you shared on your blog 🙂

  8. I am IN LOVE with your website. All of your recipes are so clearly explained and so delicious. i’ve tried quite a few of them and my family has yet to be disappointed. you are “the bomb” when it comes to COOKING AND SHARING YOUR RECIPES