- 3/4 cup all purpose flour
- 2 teaspoon sea salt
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 2 eggs
- 2 cups panko
- 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
- 12 ounces low moisture mozzarella cheese cut into 3-inch x 3/4-inch, or 12 ounces string cheese cut in half
- Marinara for dipping
- 1 quart vegetable oil
Step 1: Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper, set aside.
Step 2: In a small shallow bowl, mix the flour with salt, pepper, and garlic powder.
Step 3: In a second bowl, add eggs along with 1 tablespoon of water and beat until smooth.
Step 4: In a third bowl, mix together the panko and Italian seasoning.
Step 5: Working with one piece of cheese at a time, dip the cheese into the egg mixture, followed by the flour mixture, back into the egg mixture, and finally into the panko, gently pressing the panko to ensure it sticks. Set the cheese sticks on the prepared baking sheet and repeat with remaining cheese. Place the baking sheet in the freezer and freeze the cheese sticks for 45 minutes.
Step 6: In a large pot set over medium-high heat, bring the oil to 350 degrees F, using a deep fat thermometer. Remove the cheese sticks from the freezer. Working in small batches, gently drop them into the hot oil. Cook until golden brown on all sides, about 2 minutes. Remove from oil and place on a metal cooling rack set over a baking sheet. Repeat with remaining cheese sticks.
Step 7: Serve mozzarella sticks immediately with marinara sauce.