Baked Mexican Mozzarella Cheese Sticks

November 15, 2012 by Ali

A few weeks ago, I was adding in the thyme and oregano to my favorite homemade mozzarella sticks when it suddenly occurred to me — why are cheese sticks always made with Italian seasonings? Mexican food includes mozzarella all the time. Why not give this cheese stick recipe a try…Mexi-style?!?

So I did.

And I’m pretty sure that if you should too.

These turned out SO well!!! For the Mexi twist, I added in chili powder, cumin, oregano and a pinch of cayenne in place of the traditional Italian seasonings. And then when baked with Panko, I love that they were super crispy but not fried. (So hey, you can enjoy them all the more!) Finally, in place of marinara, I subbed in some of my favorite salsa. A match made in foodie heaven.

Can’t wait to try these again soon!

Baked Mexican Mozzarella Cheese Sticks

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 24 mini cheese sticks


  • 12 sticks part-skim mozzarella string cheese
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 5 tbsp Italian seasoned breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 cup Panko bread crumbs
  • 2 tsp. chili powder
  • 1 tsp. cumin
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic salt
  • 1/4 tsp. oregano
  • cooking spray (I used olive oil in my Misto


Begin by unwrapping each piece of string cheese, and then cutting them all in half. Place evenly on a plate and freeze until frozen, at least 1 hour.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil, and spray lightly with olive oil.

Set up your prep line for the cheese sticks. Fill the first bowl with the flour. Fill the second bowl with the beaten egg. Then fill the third bowl with the panko, chili powder, cumin, garlic salt and oregano, and whisk those five ingredients together until evenly mixed.

Remove the frozen pieces of string cheese, and one by one dunk each first in the flour mixture until evenly coated, then the egg, then carefully roll in the panko mixture. Be sure that all sides of the cheese are coated in breadcrumbs, then gently place on the prepared baking sheet. Repeat with remaining breadcrumbs.

Bake for 8-10 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and just begins to seep out. Remove and serve immediately with your favorite salsa.

About Ali

Ali Ebright is a freelance recipe developer and food writer/photographer, and blogs at Gimme Some Oven and Gimme Some Life. She also loves all things music, traveling near and far, actually making things from Pinterest, cozying up with a good book and her sweet pup, Henry, and spending time with a wonderful group of friends. Come say hello and follow Ali on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+ & Instagram.

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34 thoughts on “Baked Mexican Mozzarella Cheese Sticks

  1. I’ve tried making mozzarella sticks this way before but not using this exact recipe. It’s never worked for me, probably because I didn’t use egg! :)

    - Jenn @TheRebelChick

  2. What a great idea for a healthier cheese snack! Really like that they are baked, not fried. Thanks so much for sharing your recipe!

    - Pamela Baker

  3. Hi! Of course I just found this recipe on Pinterest ;) And was wondering the answer to what someone else already asked…the recipe lists the Italian breadcrumbs & the Panko but doesn’t say what to do with the Italian breadcrumbs in the instructions…could you clarify? Thanks! They look fabulous!

    - Laura

  4. I can’t wait to make these….Thank-You. For sharing this recipe…… you are my new BFF!

    - Karen Calvin

  5. These photos are incredible. And this snack is right up our alley. Thanks for sharing!

    - aimee @ ShugarySweets

  6. These pictures are incredible! The red is so unbelievably awesome. I love how it just jumps out at you! And I love mozzarella sticks. Can’t wait to try the baked kind. :)

    - Erin @ Texanerin Baking

  7. Definitely loving this mexican touch!

    - Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious

  8. Breaded mozzarella…breaded asadero…breaded colby cheddar…breaded monterey jack…breaded colby jack…breaded pepper jack…bread ALL the cheeses!

    - Kelly

  9. Brilliant! I love spicy food so why didn’t this ever occur to me?!

    - Rachel @ Baked by Rachel

  10. Not sure how you manage to make breaded cheese look INSANELY gorgeous but you did. Geez Ali. you are so talented. And now I want a cheese stick with my coffee!!!

    - sally @ sallys baking addiction

  11. These cheese sticks look out of this world great!

    - marla

  12. Yum, what a great appetizer!

    - Laura (Tutti Dolci)

  13. This is the best idea for a mozzarella stick I think I have ever seen!!

    - Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love.

  14. Yum! Don’t show Tanner these! He will have a new addiction :)

    - LIz Stevens

  15. Yummy, yummy YUMMY!!!! 8D


    - summer

  16. Y.E.S. Why have I never thought of this! Perfect!

    - Cassie | Bake Your Day

  17. I am so gonna try these out! Love me some cheese :)

    - Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes

  18. Mexican food and cheese – two of my favorite things!

    - Riley

  19. These look delicious! I’ll take mozzarella in basically any form. I’ve considered injecting it, so I can get my fix even faster.

    - Jen @ Jen's Favorite Cookies

  20. oh yum! Mexican food is the favorite in this house! These sound SO GOOD! We’ll definitely have to give them a try!

    - Alaina @ Fabtastic Eats

  21. Honey. Child. Yes.

    - Bev @ Bev Cooks

  22. These sound SOOOO good! & the photos? Holy smokes! GORGEOUS :)

    - Tina | My Life as a Mrs

  23. Oh my, that’s GENIUS. The husband would devour all of these in a sitting (which is why I’ll have to make them in secret ;).

    - Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough

  24. Hmmmm…I wonder if these would work with vegan mozza and egg substitute? Definitely worth trying. They look AMAZING.

    - Sarah M.

  25. Such an awesome idea! I love crispy baked mozzarella sticks and I can’t wait to try this version with all those yummy Mexican flavours too!

    - Kathryn

  26. These sound simply fabulous!

    - Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar

  27. These sound yummy!! However, am a bit confused . . . the list of ingredients includes 5 tbsp of Italian breadcrumbs, yet the directions do not say anything about what to do with them. I am assuming that the panko bread crumbs should be used instead of the italian breadcrumbs?

    - Sharon K

  28. They look delish, I might make a southwestern greek yogurt dip as well with these. Thinking of these for the next family get together:)

    - Sarah

  29. yum, yum, YUM!!! no doubt in my mind i’ll be giving these a go this holiday season!

    - little kitchie