Mozzarella sticks are wonderful fried cheese sticks that are coated with breading to contain the melted goodness. Biting into a crispy shell to a string of gooey, stringy cheese is a delicious, fantastic mess. This is one appetizer that is not on many vegan menus, so I set out to create a dairy-free recipe for Vegan Mozzarella Sticks to satisfy any craving for this yummy snack!

I don’t make a habit of eating fried foods often, but every now and then, an indulgent fried tasty bit is in order. These vegan mozzarella sticks are sure to satisfy any crispy, gooey, fried food craving! Especially dipped in homemade tangy marinara sauce.

Ingredients

Instructions

Prepare the cheese sticks

  1. Cut mozzarella into rectangles. You can make them as big or as little as you want.
  2. You’ll need three bowls. In the first one add 1/2 cup of flour. In the second, add the plant-based milk. Finally, combine 1/4 cup flour, panko breadcrumbs, garlic powder, onion powder, parsley, oregano, and nutritional yeast to the third bowl.
  3. Drop one piece of mozzarella into the flour, then into the milk. For a better coating, repeat those two steps. Then roll the mozzarella into the panko coating. Repeat with all the mozzarella sticks.
  4. Bake or fry according to following instructions.

Frying Instructions (recommended)

  1. Add 1 1/2 cups vegetable oil to a frying pan. Heat over medium heat until hot. Test the heat of the oil by splashing one drop of water or a bread crumb in the oil. The oil should sizzle and gently pop, but reduce heat if reaction is too extreme. 
  2. When oil is ready, turn on vent fan and gently drop mozzarella sticks into oil. Fry for about 5-7 minutes or until golden brown.
  3. Place on a platter lined with paper towels to drain excess oil.
  4. Serve with warm marinara sauce.

Baking Instructions

  1. Freeze the mozzarella sticks for 1 hour.
  2. Preheat oven to 450°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  3. Place mozzarella sticks onto prepared baking sheet, and bake for about 18-20 minutes, or until golden brown.
  4. Serve with warm marinara sauce.

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