Fried mozzarella bites are delicious, easy and the perfect party appetizer when served with marinara. Everyone loves this bite-sized snack!
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 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:
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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.
For more mozzarella recipes, check out:
- Mozzarella Penne
- Mozzarella Sticks
- Fresh Mozzarella Pasta Salad
- Tomato Mozzarella Salad
- Penne Tomato Mozzarella Salad
Mozzarella Balls Recipe
- 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
- 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!