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!
What is Vegan Cheese?
Years ago, being vegan meant no cheese. But in recent years, the introduction of many types of vegan cheeses means we no longer have to skip the cheese. I’ve tried several types and brands of vegan cheeses, so here is a brief run-down of the types available.
Vegan cheese involves combining plant-based protein with lactic bacteria. Many cheeses also include oils, emulsifiers, and thickeners for flavor and texture.
Depending on the brand and type of cheese, vegan cheese ingredients may include:
- Soy protein
- Solidified vegetable oil (such as coconut, palm, or safflower)
- Nuts (including cashews, macadamias, and almonds)
- Plant-based flours, like tapioca, almond, or cashew
- Pea protein
- Potato or corn starch
- Plant-based milks, such as almond or coconut
When selecting vegan cheese, be sure to read the ingredients list. Some varieties may be processed to get the desired flavor and texture. “Vegan” dose not always mean healthy. Also beware if you are sensitive to soy, as many vegan cheeses contain tofu or other soy derivatives.
Vegan Mozzarella Sticks
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.
Make it a Meal
These Vegan Mozzarella Sticks are a great starter for any gathering. Serve them just before these Vegan Oyster Rolls.