Mozzarella Bites

Fried Mozzarella Balls recipe - these bite-size snacks are delicious, easy and perfect for any party served with marinara.

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 (stay tuned for that recipe next week), 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. You can use Marinated Mozzarella Balls or Mozzarella Pearls for the cheese. We used the latter since that is all we could find. They were small, but they turned out great and were so delicious.

Fried Mozzarella Balls recipe - these bite-size snacks are delicious, easy and perfect for any party served with marinara.

We, of course, served these with Marinara Sauce (our favorite mozzarella sticks dipping sauce) that we found from the store. The only problem we had with these Mozzarella Bites were that they were so perfectly “bite-size” that it was too easy to eat 20! LOL!

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Mozzarella Bites Recipe

4.5 from 2 votes
Fried Mozzarella Balls recipe - these bite-size snacks are delicious, easy and perfect for any party served with marinara.
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
FREEZE 2 hours
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 136 kcal
Author Lil' Luna


  • 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


  1. Cut string cheese into 1" pieces

  2. 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.
  3. Place cheese in milk, one handful at a time.
  4. Toss into your flour bag and shake well.
  5. Put cheese back into your milk bowl and coat completely.
  6. Toss in panko bag and shake until evenly coated.
  7. Place mozzarella bites on a plate or in a bag and freeze for at least 2 hours.
  8. 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.
  9. Serve warm with marinara sauce. ENJOY!


Kristyn Merkley

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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  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!!

  2. 4 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.

  3. 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!!

  4. 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!

  5. 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?

  6. 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 🙂

  7. 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