Crunchy on the outside, gooey on the inside, plus these baked mozzarella sticks are gluten free!
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Baked Mozzarella Sticks
I don’t think I know anyone who doesn’t like mozzarella sticks. It was one of the hardest things for me to give up when I went gluten free. They were my go-to appetizer whenever we went out. I’m pretty sure they were the last thing that I ate before giving up gluten for life.
Once diagnosed with Celiac Disease I pretty much figured I would never eat one again. I knew I could make them, but it just seemed like a hassle. Mozzarella sticks are one of those things that when you want one, you don’t want to make a mess of the whole kitchen, you just want to eat them.
Fortunately, through some trial and error, I figured out a way to not only make them without having to fry anything, but also make them so you can just pull a few out of the freezer whenever you want!
Tips and Tricks
There are a couple of tricks to making amazing gluten free baked mozzarella sticks.
4 Step Breading Technique
Usually, I use a traditional 3 step breading technique when making fried or oven-fried foods, but I found that four steps worked much better for these gluten free mozzarella sticks. For these baked mozzarella sticks I did an egg, seasoned flour, egg, seasoned bread crumbs.
Season all the way
You can use your favorite gluten free all purpose flour (I love to use GF Jules) and season it well with salt, pepper, and a bit of garlic powder works well. For the breadcrumbs, I added a salt, pepper, and garlic powder. I prefer a finer bread crumb for these, such as Schar breadcrumbs.
The trick is to taste the gluten free breadcrumbs and flour before you start your dredging process. They need to be almost over seasoned to give really good flavor.
To keep the cheese from melting before the bread crumbs have a chance to crisp up, the mozzarella sticks have to be frozen. The great part about this is that you can just freeze them until you’re ready to use them and then just pull out what you want.
These are super easy to bake. All you need is your favorite cooking spray or one of those fancy bottles where you make your own oil spray. Spray the pan, place the mozzarella sticks, spray on top of them. After they have cooked for 5 minutes flip them and respray and cook 2-3 more minutes. Watch to make sure the cheese doesn’t start oozing out.
Enjoy these easy gluten free baked mozzarella sticks!
What was (or would be) the hardest thing for you to give up going gluten free?
Gluten Free Baked Mozzarella Sticks
- 8 mozzarella sticks
- 1/3 cup all purpose gluten free seasoned flour
- 2/3 cup gluten free bread crumbs
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 2 whisked eggs
- Oil Spray
- Cut mozzarella sticks in half.
- Using three bowls, set up a breading station with whisked eggs, seasoned gluten free flour, and bread crumbs mixed with salt, pepper and garlic powder.
- Dip mozzarella in egg, than flour, than egg, than bread crumbs.
- Place on a baking sheet and freeze for at least two hours (or bag and use whenever ready).
- Preheat oven to 400.
- Spray with cooking oil (such as PAM)
- Bake for 5 minutes.
- Bake for 2-3 more minutes.
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KortneyJanuary 23, 2017 at 4:02 am
Love that these are freezable. If I had a bunch of these in my freezer they would become the perfect go to snack!
Alisa FlemingJanuary 21, 2017 at 1:12 pm
I think I need to try these dairy-free as the coating just looks too perfect! My husband is GF and would love these. I bet it’s great on chicken, too.
NutrimomJanuary 20, 2017 at 5:56 pm
I’d love to try these eggless (son has an egg allergy) – I’ve always wanted him to try mozzarella sticks!
AmandaJanuary 20, 2017 at 10:23 pm
I would try Italian dressing! I use that sometimes when I make chicken
Amanda | The Golden Girl DiaryJanuary 20, 2017 at 1:51 pm
These look amazing! GF is such a great option, grains are so bad. Love this recipe!
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Tina Dawson | Love is in my TummyJanuary 20, 2017 at 12:09 pm
Freezing to prevent melting! Uh, how have I never thought about that! Brilliant!
sue | theviewfromgreatislandJanuary 20, 2017 at 11:46 am
I’ve made fried mozzarella cheese, but never tried to bake it, this is genius! I love the freezing tip, too.
DanniiJanuary 20, 2017 at 11:03 am
I have just had to give up cheese for a while, so this post is killing me. They look amazing!
MaryJanuary 20, 2017 at 10:49 am
Mozzarella sticks are my weakness. So great to be able to make them gluten free!
Willow | Will Cook For FriendsJanuary 20, 2017 at 10:48 am
These sound amazing! I love that you can freeze them and just bake off a few at a time. Otherwise I would be eating the entire tray. If I went gluten-free, I think the hardest thing to give up would be GOOD bread. I know gluten-free breads have come a really long way, but I’m a big fan of rustic, hearty, made-at-a-bakery-just-down-the-road sourdough bread. That’s something I haven’t seen gluten-free flours replicate yet, and I would definitely miss them. That said, I love to experiment with gluten-free cooking and baking, and most everything else I love has an equally good gluten-free variation! Maybe someday sourdough will be tackled, too. 🙂
ChristinaJanuary 20, 2017 at 10:45 am
These are seriously so pretty they look like they’re straight from a restaurant! And I’m loving that you went with a four step breading technique instead of three!