Fried mozzarella cheese appetizer served with fresh basil and Parmesan for garnish and marinara as a dip.
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Fried Mozzarella Cheese

Gooey fried fresh mozzarella cheese encased in a light, crispy and flavorful coating of bread crumbs, Parmesan and spices. Use this recipe to make fried mozzarella balls, rounds or sticks. Serving size is 4 oz of fried cheese per person. 
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American, Italian
Servings: 4
Calories: 544kcal
Author: CraftBeering


  • 1 lb fresh mozzarella cheese (a pre-sliced log recommended)*
  • 2/3 cup flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tbsp water (or beer or milk)
  • 1 cup bread crumbs (Panko recommended)
  • 1 tsp dry oregano or basil
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese + more for dusting
  • cooking oil as needed, about 2 cups
  • fresh basil for garnish


  • Set up a breading station - in one bowl mix flour, salt and pepper, in a second bowl beat the eggs and water (or beer or milk), in a third bowl combine the bread crumbs, dry oregano and Parmesan. 
  • Slice the cheese into about half inch thick pieces (or use pre-sliced rounds). Dredge each in flour, shake off excess, then dip in egg wash, let excess drip, and finally coat with bread crumbs mixture. 
  • Place the coated mozzarella pieces on a parchment paper lined cutting board or a baking sheet and set aside. Pour cooking oil in a frying pan (about an inch deep) and heat to 350 F.
  • Fry the mozzarella pieces for approximately 90 seconds to two minutes per side, or until each side begins to turn golden brown.** 
    Maintain even cooking oil temperature ( 4-5 pieces of cheese at a time). Add a bit more cooking oil in between batches and let it come to temperature before frying more cheese.
    Serve immediately with a side of warm marinara and garnish with fresh basil and a sprinkle of grated Parmesan.



*Mozzarella balls (aka pearls) or sticks can work as well.
**Flip using a flexible utensil such as a fish spatula (the melted cheese fritters are very delicate). 
When done frying gently set each fried mozzarella piece onto a cooling rack to avoid cheese that has oozed out of the casing sticking to any paper towels.